Hazardous Waste

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Mercury Collection

Mercury collection is available to Wakefield residents and businesses at the Nahant Street Site during scheduled days of the 2022 season: April 20, June 22, August 24, and November 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No permit is required for mercury collection. 

Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Reading and Wakefield co-host hazardous waste days for residents of these two communities. 
Recogida de Materiales Domésticos Peligrosos

June 18, 2022, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Reading DPW Facility
75 New Crossing Rd., Reading

October 1, 2022,  8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wakefield High School
60 Farm St., Wakefield

If you need to dispose of hazardous waste in between these local collections, check out the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection site for collection sites.

The following items will be collected (Los artículos a ser recogidos incluyen):

From the house:

  • drain cleaners
  • oven cleaners
  • furniture polish
  • metal polish
  • arts & crafts supplies
  • photo chemicals
  • floor cleaners
  • window cleaners
  • dry cleaning fluids
  • radiator cleaners
  • propane tanks
  • nail polish & remover

From the workbench:

  • rust preventatives
  • wood preservatives
  • wood strippers
  • oil/lead based paint
  • paint thinner
  • solvents
  • degreasers
  • sealant
  • spray paint

From the yard:

  • pesticides (including 2,4,5-T, Silvex)
  • herbicides
  • insect sprays
  • rodent killers
  • pool chemicals
  • muriatic acid
  • no-pest strips
  • cesspool cleaners

From the garage:

  • gasoline
  • car batteries
  • tires – car (no rims)
  • truck tires
  • antifreeze
  • brake fluid
  • wax polish
  • engine & radiator flushes
  • transmission fluid
  • used motor oil

The following items will not be collected at this event: 

  • asbestos, ammunition, pharmaceuticals 
  • commercial waste 
  • biologically active, radioactive, or explosive materials 
  • latex paint (let dry and put out with weekly trash pickup) 
  • lithium batteries 
  • garbage (will be taken by regular weekly trash pickup) 
  • septage (must be removed by a licensed hauler) 
  • TVs/CRTs