Hazardous Waste Disposal


Household hazardous waste is banned from disposal in trash or recycling by state law. The Sanitation Division sponsors free annual household hazardous waste disposal events to all Framingham residents.

The next Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Additional information will be released one month prior to the event. Please check back for more information.

Household hazardous waste includes:

  • Aerosol paints
  • Bug sprays
  • Caustic cleaners/degreasers
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Concentrated fertilizers
  • Diesel oil
  • Degreaser
  • Herbicides
  • Mercury-containing devices
  • Oil, enamel, or lead-based paints 
  • Old gasoline/kerosene
  • Paint thinners
  • Pesticides
  • Photo chemicals
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Rodent poisons
  • Urethanes

Materials Not Accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Day

  • No latex paint - Latex paint is non-hazardous and may be dried out and disposed of with regular trash.
  • Radioactive waste including radioactive type smoke detectors (batteries can be removed and the smoke detector can be disposed of with regular trash)
  • Explosives
  • Gunpowder
  • Flares, Ammunition
  • PCB Oils
  • Bulk Chemicals/Oil
  • Asbestos
  • Medical/Biological Waste, including sharps 

Medical Sharps

Effective July 1, 2012, home medical sharps are banned from disposal in trash or recycling by state law. Home medical sharps include all use and unused/unopened home sharps (hypodermic needles and lancets that result from personal use or use on pets- including Epipens. These items cannot be disposed of in the curbside program or at the recycling center.