Many materials fall in the category of Hazardous Waste and should not be disposed of with regular household waste. Some of these items, even in small quantities, can pose significant risks to trash truck drivers, and landfill operators. A vast majority of the fires that occur in trash trucks and at landfills can be traced to improperly disposed of hazardous waste.
On this page learn about:
- Batteries and Cell Phones recycling
- Waste Oil disposal
- Household Hazardous Waste Days
- For More Information
Rechargeable Batteries often contain hazardous elements such as mercury, cadmium or arsenic. Bring to TBI Facility.
- Ni-Cd and Other Rechargeable Batteries – cordless phone, laptop computer, power tools, electric tooth brush, beeper, etc.
- Button Batteries – hearing aid, watch, calculator
- Specialty Batteries – lithium camera batteries and other specialty batteries
- Cell phones – the battery, the phone, and all accessories can be recycled - take them to a cell phone dealer or electronics store. (like Best Buy)
Automobile batteries are collected at TBI Facility for a nominal fee. Many local auto parts stores may take them.
Do not recycle
Alkaline batteries (regular A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9volt) are not hazardous and should be disposed of at home with your regular trash, however if you would like you may bring them to the TBI Facility, they will accept them as well.
Waste oil is very damaging to our waterways and ground water when not disposed of property. You have several disposal options:
- Retail stores which sell motor oil are required to take back used motor oil if you have a receipt. The law provides for a limit of 2 gallons per person per day. You can call the Used Oil Hotline with questions or to report retailers who are unwilling to accept used oil from customers who have a receipt -- (617) 556-1022.
- Waste Oil Collection at the DPW
When: First and third Saturday of the month
Where: Department of Public Works, 384 Osgood Street
From: 9am until NOON
North Andover provides its residents with 2 comprehensive collection events each year, in the spring and fall, at the TBI Facility located at 210 Holt Road. Watch for these dates on Public Works News and Announcements and Current Happenings. Please click here for a list of the Reciprocal Hazardous Household Waste Day times and locations.You can contact the Department of Public Works for more information and to inquire about upcoming dates, or check the Trash and Recycling page for new events. The Town of ANDOVER is having a collection day as a reciprocal town - see their website https://andoverma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/514/Household-Hazardous-Waste-Collection-Brochure-PDF. Methuen and Lowell are also having their collection day on June 12, 2021
Information will also be posted on the Gov CAM channel - which may be accessed from the front page of the Town website:
As a side note: TV's, Monitors, batteries, propane tanks and LATEX paint are not a free drop off on Hazardous Waste Day. They may be taken to the 210 Holt RD site any day of the year during their business hours for a fee - call 978-686-2020 for more information.
General Household & Hobby
- Alkaline Batteries - Dispose of with regular household trash or you may bring them to the TBI Facility
- Asbestos - Look in the Yellow Pages under Asbestos Removal for a licensed contractor
- Construction Waste - (including railroad ties, shingles, dry wall, etc.) - Check with TBI for a demolition debris Dropoff - for a fee or call a private hauler
- Explosives - Call 911.
- Fire extinguishers - Disposal Instructions.
- Hypodermic needles - Place in a puncture-proof container (such as a liquid detergent container) with a screw-on lid and bring them to the Board of Health office during business hours (120 Main Street- Public Nurse) or the Fire Station. (795 Chickering Road)
- Latex Paint - Keep removing skim coat so that paint dries completely (some hardware type stores offer a substance to speed the drying of latex paint) - Once paint is completely dried up it may be put in the trash cover must be off the container. (TBI does accept latex paint at their facility during business hours $5.00 per container.) Their number 978-686-2020.
- Smoke Detectors - May be disposed of with your regular trash or mailed back to the manufacturer. Manufacturer's address may be found on the underside of the unit.
If you are not able to wait until the next free HHW event because you are moving for instance, or if you just missed an event and really want to rid you home of your hazardous waste, you may contact the MA GOV website, or contact:
- Clean Harbors of Braintree - 1 Hill Ave, Braintree MA 02184. Phone: 781-380-7100.
- Minuteman Household Hazardous Products Facility - 60 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA. Anyone can bring household hazardous products to the Minuteman Facility.
- Reciprocal Hazardous Household Waste Day times and locations
Residents from Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Chelmsford, Lexington, Lincoln, Waltham and Watertown are not charged a fee. However, many towns require pre-registration with their Board of Health or DPW. Check the list of communities below to see if you need to pre-register or for your community's contact information.
Concord residents who subscribe to the Town's curbside trash pickup are not charged a fee for using the MHP site, but must pre-register with the Concord DPW. Concord residents who do not subscribe to the Town's curbside collection will be assessed a fee at the site.
Residents of other communities will be charged a fee at the facility. The fee is $35 for up to 12 gallons of materials (dry or liquid volume equivalent.) The fee for 12 - 25 gallons of materials is $60. Residents bringing more than 25 gallons of materials will be charged a fee on top of the $60 based on the amount of material.
You will need to provide identification, and a check to cover the fee. Cash and credit cards are not accepted.
Latex paint is NOT accepted.
DIRECTIONS: From Rte 128S take exit 31 (Rte 4/225 heading toward Bedford). At the first light take a right, via jug handle, onto Hartwell Avenue. The site is 1/4 mile down on the left just after the bike path at the composting facility.
For more information on hazardous waste visit the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) website.
For consumer questions on HHP:
- DEP Household Hazardous Waste Hotline: 800-343-3420
For general information on hard to manage wastes:
- DEP Coordinator for Hard to Manage Wastes: 617-348-4004
For questions specifically about used oil collection centers:
- DEP Used Oil Hotline: 617-556-1022
For poison exposure information