Town of Mansfield, MA

6 Park Row, Mansfield, MA 02048 | (508) 261-7348
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Household Hazardous Waste Programs

Products that contain corrosive, toxic or flammable ingredients are household hazardous wastes (HHW). These materials include common household items such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides. Improper disposal can pollute air, water or soil and pose a threat to human health.

To avoid the potential risks associated with household hazardous wastes, it is important that people always monitor the use, storage, and disposal of products with potentially hazardous substances in their homes. Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the regular trash.

The next Mansfield Household Hazardous Waste collection day is currently scheduled for April 2018. Until then, there are numerous resources to assist you with understanding, handling and managing your household hazardous waste.

Hazardous Household Products: Handling and Management
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/hazardous/hazardous-household-products-handling-and-management.html

Municipal Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/hazardous/household-hazardous-waste-collection-facilities.html.

Residents will be able to dispose of all types of fluorescent bulbs year round at no charge. Collection sites for compact fluorescent, four and eight foot, U-tube, circular and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps will be at the following locations:

Home Depot- Mansfield
390 West Street
508-337-2050

Mansfield Green Recycling Park
Intersection of Pratt Street (Route 106) and East Street
508-261-7335

Please contact those collection sites for operating hours.

Thermometers

The Board of Health is able to offer digital thermometers in exchange for mercury thermometers. We will accept as many mercury thermometers as you would like to bring, but are able to only exchange up to 2 digital thermometers per household. Please bring mercury thermometers to the Health Department for exchange or disposal.

Mercury Thermostats

Mercury thermostats may be brought to the Health Department for disposal.

Bulk Mercury

If you have a large quantity of bulk mercury, please do not move it or bring it to the Health Department. Contact us at 508-261-7366 and we will have the mercury safely removed.
If you have further questions about mercury, disposal or other issues relating to public or environmental health, please call the Health Department at 508-261-7366.

Disposal of mercury products and fluorescent bulbs

Mercury-added products cannot be disposed of in trash when they reach the end of their useful life. The disposal prohibition covers all products to which mercury has been intentionally added (these are classified as “mercury-added products”), but excludes “formulated” products (which are chemicals such as cleaners, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals).

Further information on mercury, the Mercury Management Act, and additional recycling drop-off locations can be found at:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/toxics/sources/mercury.html

Latex paint and stain disposal has evolved to a point where it is easy and inexpensive for the home owner to undertake. Paint hardener can be purchased at local hardware stores and can be simply mixed into the paint can. This will harden latex and acrylic paints and stains. Once hardened, the paint can be disposed of in your weekly trash.

Given the ease of home disposal of latex paint, it will no longer be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

Pressure treated wood is not a product that can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

Pressure treated wood and a variety of other wastes (brick, concrete, pallets, fencing, wood waste, bulky items, roofing materials and general clean-outs) not taken by trash pickup or Mansfield Green can, for a fee, be taken to:

Trojan Recycling Transfer Station
71 Forest Street
Brockton, MA
508-588-2332

Questions regarding the waste and fees should be directed to Trojan Recycling.  Other questions may be directed to the Health Department at 508-261-7366.

For more information about pressure treated wood:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/hazardous/-wood-treated.html