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Household Hazardous Waste

The City Of Boston holds Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days four times a year. Please check this site for future dates. They will be posted here as they are scheduled.

2016 Hazardous Waste drop-off dates


  • For Boston residents only; proof of residency required.
  • No commercial waste will be accepted.
  • Foot traffic is prohibited.
  • The City reserves the right to reject materials.
  • For more information, please call 311.
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    Hazardous Waste Disposal and Paper Shredding

    Boston residents can safely dispose of hazardous waste and shred unwanted documents for free at upcoming events.

    May 7, 2016: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    UMass Boston, Dorchester.

    June 25, 2016: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    West Roxbury Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner Street, near Millennium Park.

    July 23, 2016: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    400 Frontage Road, South Boston.

    November 19, 2016: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    West Roxbury Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner Street, near Millennium Park.

    *Paper shredding is sponsored by the City of Boston Credit Union. Shredding is limited to 10 Copy Paper sized boxes of personal documents per person. Shredding business papers is prohibited.
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    Note: Latex/Acrylic Paint Is Not Hazardous

    Latex and Acrylic Paint can be disposed of with regular trash.

    When putting latex paint in the trash, residents must make sure any paint left in the paint can is be completely dried.

    To dry latex paint:

    - Remove paint can lid, and let paint air dry, or
    - Mix paint with kitty litter, saw dust, or purchase a paint hardener kit at a hardware store. 

    When paint is completely dried, place paint can in a trash bag. Put no more than 2 cans of paint in each bag of trash.

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    Boston Police Offer a Safe Way to Dispose of Old Prescription Medication

    Drug disposal kiosks are located at several district stations. Residents can drop off their unused old prescription medication 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the following locations:

    District A-1: 40 New Sudbury St., Boston, MA 02114
    District A-7: 69 Paris St., East Boston, MA 02128
    District B-2: 2400 Washington St., Roxbury, MA 02119
    District B-3: 1165 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA 02124
    District C-6: 101 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127
    District C-11: 40 Gibson Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
    District D-4: 650 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
    District D-14: 301 Washington St., Brighton, MA 02135
    District E-5: 1708 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132
    District E-13: 3345 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
    District E-18: 1249 Hyde Park Ave., Hyde Park, MA 02136

    These kiosks provide an anonymous, safe and environmentally-friendly solution for the proper disposal of unused/expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medication. Business or commercial medicine disposal is not allowed at the District Stations. Residents should have the medication in its original containers, with any names or prescription numbers erased, if possible.

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