Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Day


The Town of Acton holds a Hazardous Waste Day twice a year and offers residents a safe and legal way of disposing of hazardous materials. For more information on hazardous waste disposal or Hazardous Waste Day, please contact the Health Department at 978-929-6632.

The 2016 Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at the DPW Garage located at 14 Forest Road from 9:00 am until 11:30 am.This collection service is for Acton residents only and proof of residency will be required.

See our Household Hazardous Waste Day Flyer for more information.

Sharps Collection No Longer Accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Day


  • We no longer accept Medication and Sharps at Household Hazardous Waste Day.
  • Acton residents who wish to dispose of medication can now drop off these items in their original container (please use marker to cross off name but leave type of drug visible) to a kiosk located in the front foyer of the Public Safety building located at 371 Main Street, 24 hours a day.
  • Sharps (syringes) can now be brought to the right foyer of the Town Hall located at 472 Main Street between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) to a red kiosk.
  • There is no charge for the disposal of the medication and sharps.
  • This service is only available for residential and not commercial.

How to Dispose of Some Common Items:


FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS

These are now accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Day. Please note that fluorescent light bulbs are accepted throughout the year at the Acton Transfer Station.

SMOKE DETECTORS
Certain smoke detectors contain a radioactive sensing device, but the radioactivity is so low that it is considered harmless. Remove battery and dispose of smoke detector in the trash.

LATEX PAINT
This can be disposed of as trash if dry. To dry small amounts, remove lid and let the paint dry in the can. For larger amounts, mix in kitty litter or pour one-inch layers of paint in a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag. Stir the paint occasionally to speed drying. Put completely dried paint in the trash. Latex paint is no longer accepted at Hazardous Waste Day.

TELEVISIONS AND CRTS
Residents who wish to dispose of televisions and CRT's, can dispose of them at Household Hazardous Waste Day for a fee of $25.00/each item. Payment must be made on the day, either by check or cash.

HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES
  • Alkaline batteries: Domestically manufactured batteries made after 1994 no longer contain mercury and can be disposed of in the trash.
  • Nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries: Do NOT dispose of in the trash. Bring to the next Household Hazardous Waste Day or into the Health Department, Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Button batteries: Do NOT dispose of in the trash. Bring them into the Health Department, Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Lithium batteries: Do NOT dispose of in the trash. Bring to the next Household Hazardous Waste Day or into the Health Department, Monday thru Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.