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Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day in Boston Saturday

In addition to hazardous household materials, residents can also drop off electronics and paper to be recycled on Sept. 29.

This Saturday, Sept. 29, is one of two days this fall in which Boston residents can drop off household hazardous waste to be disposed of for free. 

Residents may bring up to 50 pounds of products labeled toxic, flammable, reactive, corrosive, or poisonous, such as: oil-based paint, motor oil, pesticides, solvents, glues, bleach or ammonia-based cleaners, weed killers, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, car batteries, and used motor oil.  

Note: Latex or acrylic (water-based) paints are no longer accepted at hazardous waste days. They are not hazardous and can be safely disposed at home.

Residents must be prepared to show proof of residency in order to be able to drop anything off. 

The hazardous waste dropoff location on Saturday is the University of Massachusetts Parking Lot D, Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

If you miss the Sept. 29th hazardous disposal day, the next one is on Nov. 17th at the West Roxbury Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner St, West Roxbury, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Electronics and Paper Recycling
In addition to hazardous waste, residents and businesses can also drop off electronics to be recycled and paper to be shredded and recycled.  

Materials accepted: Computers, monitors, televisions, LCD panels, printers, other computer related equipment, stereos, cell and other phones, power supplies, electronic games, VCRs, circuit boards, and other household electronic devices.  

Materials NOT accepted: Air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, microwaves and white goods such as washers, dryers, and stoves. For disposal of air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators, call (617) 635-4500 to arrange a special pickup. The other items can be put out on the curb for regular trash pickup.

Residents may bring up to 10 boxes of paper to be shredded and recycled.

The citywide recycling event on Sept. 29 will be at the Bayside Expo Parking Lot, 200 Mt. Vernon St, Dorchester from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be the only such event this fall. 

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