Household Hazardous Waste Day

The City of Worcester holds drop-off days specifically for household hazardous waste. The program is free for Worcester residents to participate. Household hazardous waste drop-off is by appointment only on the dates below. We will only accept waste from Worcester residents and proof of residency is required. We reserve the right to refuse unidentified materials and large amounts of hazardous waste. Limit of 25 gallons or 25 pounds.

Date/Time of Next Hazardous Waste Day: Saturday June 1st, 2024 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: 1065 Millbury St, Worcester, MA 01607

Hazardous Waste Day Appointment

What to Bring to the Collection - Old & Unwanted

  • Waste Fuels (NO MOTOR OIL)



    Engine Degreaser

    Carburetor Cleaner

    Brake Fluid

    Car Wax & Polishes


  • Rubber Cement

    Airplane Glue

    Fiberglass Resins

    Photo Chemicals

    Chemistry Sets

    Furniture Polish

    Floor & Metal Polishes

    Oven, Toilet & Drain Cleaners

    Rug & Upholstery Cleaners

    Spot Remover

    Septic Tank Degreasers

    Swimming Pool Chemicals

    Aerosol Cans (NOT EMPTY, dispose of empty cans in yellow city trash bag)

  • Poisons



    Chemical Fertilizers

    Weed Killer


    No-Pest Strips

    Flea Powder

    Driveway Sealer

    Charcoal Lighter Fluid

  • Oil-based paints, stains & varnishes (NO LATEX PAINT)

    Paint thinner, solvents & strippers

    Wood Preservatives

    Solvent Adhesives

    Roofing Tar

What Will Not Be Accepted?

  • LATEX PAINT can be disposed of safely in the trash. Pack the can with crumpled newspaper to absorb the remainder or allow this paint to dry out. Then secure the lid and place in yellow city trash bag.
  • EMPTY CONTAINERS are not hazardous and must be disposed of in your yellow city trash bag.
  • WASTE MOTOR OIL - Since 1973, the Massachusetts Used Oil Return Law requires that each motor oil retailer establish a storage unit and accept used oil from customers presenting proof of purchase. A retailer is obliged to accept, free of charge, up to 2 gallons a day from any one customer.
  • SMOKE DETECTORS should be returned to the manufacturer for proper disposal.
  • Commercial or Industrial Wastes from businesses or contractors.
  • Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives
  • Household batteries like: A, AA, C, and D. These can be disposed of safely in your trash bag.
  • Prescription Medicines
  • Pesticides Containing 2-4-5T, Silvex
  • Penta Brand Wood Preservatives
  • Radioactive Wastes
  • Tires
  • Asbestos
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders (Propane Tanks)
  • Infectious & Biological Wastes
  • Shock Sensitive Materials

Sharps Disposal

A statewide ban on the disposal of needles, syringes and lancets in household trash went into effect on July 1, 2012. Sharps will be accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Day and must be brought to the collection in sturdy, sealed containers.

Tips Regarding Hazardous Waste

Reduce household hazardous waste by avoiding products whose labels contain these words: Caustic, Combustible, Corrosive, Flammable, Oxidizer, Poison, Toxic, Caution, Danger, and Warning. Substitute a natural or non-hazardous product or practice.

Substances can leach into ground water if poured down the drain, thrown in the trash or dumped directly onto the ground.

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