Household Hazardous Waste
Many chemicals, materials, and products commonly found in the home are toxic and can be harmful to your health and our environment. Some leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic are considered household hazardous waste. Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them. Learn how to handle these items with care, and recycle or dispose of them responsibly at EPA Guide to Household Hazardous Waste.
Not sure what to do with what you have?
The Guide to Safely Managing Hazardous Household Products provides information about the health and environmental hazards associated with more than 25 chemicals, materials, and products commonly found in the home, and explains how to handle them safely and recycle or dispose of them responsibly.
FOXBOROUGH, MANSFIELD & NORTON HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY
The Towns of Foxborough, Mansfield and Norton are pleased to present the 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in collaboration with ACV Enviro on April 24th from 8am-1230pm at Xfinity Center with home pick-up available for registered homeowners.
885 South Main Street
Mansfield, MA 02048
**AT-HOME PICKUP AVAILABLE FOR REGISTERED HOMEOWNERS**
Event Date: April 24, 2021
Event Time: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Who May Attend: Only residents from member communities may attend the collection event or participate in the home pick-up on the same day. The home pick-up will be for registered homeowners and will run from 7:00am to 5:00pm. This includes residents from Foxborough, Mansfield and Norton.
Pre-registration is required for ALL residents.
Registration Link: www.acvenviro.com/hhw/fmn
Residents may dispose of a large assortment of common hazardous household items. These items generally include automotive products, household cleaners, oil-based paints, aerosols, batteries, pesticides, fertilizers, etc. For a full list of "Acceptable Waste", and for additional collection event details, please visit our web site: https://www.mansfieldma.com/249/Household-Hazardous-Waste
You can find a full list of accepted items here: Household Hazardous Waste Day 2021 - Accepted Items
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, guidelines have been put in place that all residents are required to adhere to:
- All residents MUST STAY IN THEIR VEHICLE AT ALL TIMES, NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Place all accepted items in a cardboard or plastic container for safe transport.
- Place all accepted items in your trunk. All accepted items MUST BE IN THE TRUNK where staff can access it without resident assistance.
- Please have your trunk space clear of any other items besides those being processed as waste.
- Proof of residency is required. DO NOT ROLL YOUR WINDOW DOWN. You will hold your ID up to the CLOSED WINDOW.
- Please do not idle your vehicle unnecessarily and follow all signage as directed.
- First confirm that your waste can be received at the Household Hazardous Waste event. This can be done on both the DEP website and on our Flyers. If you have a question on your waste, send them ahead of time to Health@mansfieldma.com
Please note there are also some items we cannot accept during these collection events:
- Asbestos - Contact a licensed contractor.
- Construction Waste - Call a private hauler.
- Explosive - Contact your local Fire Department.
- Fire Extinguishers - Contact your local Fire Department.
- Hypodermic Needles - Contact your local Police Department.
- Latex Paint - Allow to dry out (add kitty litter or absorbent) and dispose of with trash - contact hauler/providers for community specific instructions.
- Smoke Detectors - Contact the Manufacturer
Next Household Hazardous Waste Day will be April 24, 2021. More details to follow.
If you can’t wait for the next HHW day here in town, the following link lists locations where you can bring your HHW.
Improper disposal can pollute air, water, or soil and pose a threat to human health.
To avoid the potential risks associated with household hazardous wastes, always monitor the use, storage, and disposal of products with potentially hazardous substances in your home. Improper disposal of HHW includes pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or putting them out with the regular trash. The next Mansfield Household Hazardous Waste collection day is currently scheduled for 2021.
Until then, certain household hazardous waste can be disposed of as follows:
- Mercury Collection (Thermometers, thermostats, and fluorescent lights
- Paint (Latex and Oil based)
- Pressure Treated Wood
- Reducing HHW in Your Home
Mercury is a natural heavy metal that is toxic to people and wildlife. It is found in fluorescent light bulbs, thermometers, thermostats, and a range of other products. Mercury-containing products cannot be disposed of in the trash. For more information about mercury visit: https://keepmercuryfromrising.org/
Mercury thermometers and thermostats can be dropped off at the Health Department for proper disposal. The Health Department is located:
6 Park Row
Town Hall, First Floor
Mansfield, MA 02048
If you have a large quantity of bulk mercury, please do not move it or bring it to the Health Department. Contact us at 508-261-7366 and we will have the mercury safely removed.
Fluorescent lights are collected at Mansfield Green. Link to Mansfield Green HERE.
Latex paints can be thrown in the trash provided there is no free liquid. Leave tops off to dry out or mix the paint with speedi-dry or kitty litter until there is no free liquid. After completely dry, this can go in the trash.
All solvents or oil based paints/stains must be disposed on hazardous waste day. This date is determine by the Board of Health.
FAQs on Pressure treated wood:
Guidance for Outdoor Wooden Structures:
Consider reducing your purchase of products that contain hazardous ingredients. Learn about the use of alternative methods or products—without hazardous ingredients—for some common household needs. When shopping for items such as multipurpose household cleaners, toilet cleaners, laundry detergent, dish soap, dishwashing machine pods and gels, bug sprays and insect pest control, consider shopping for environmentally friendly, natural products or search online for simple recipes you can use to create your own.
Additional information is available from EPA’s Safer Choice program.