Household Hazardous Waste
Products that contain corrosive, toxic, or flammable ingredients are considered household hazardous waste (HHW). These materials include common household items such as oil-based paints, cleaners, oils, rechargeable and button 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, always monitor the use, storage, and disposal of products with potentially hazardous substances in your home. Improper disposal of HHW includes pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or putting them out with the regular trash.
The next Mansfield Household Hazardous Waste collection day is currently scheduled for April 2018.
Until then, certain household hazardous waste can be disposed of as follows:
Residents of Mansfield can return compact fluorescent, four- and eight-foot, U-tube, circular and high intensity discharge (HID) bulbs to the following locations at no charge. This is for residential use only.
Mansfield True Value
284 N Main St, Mansfield
390 West Street
Mansfield Green Recycling Park
Intersection of Pratt Street (Route 106) and East Street
Open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Mercury-containing products cannot be disposed of in the trash. 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). Please handle common mercury-containing products as follows:
Mansfield households can contact the Health Department at 508-261-7366 to exchange up to two mercury thermometers for free digital thermometers. There is no limit on the number of mercury thermometers you can drop off with the Health Department. The Health Department is located on the first floor of Town Hall at 6 Park Row.
Bring your mercury thermostats to the Health Department for disposal.
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.
Get additional information on mercury, the Mercury Management Act, and additional recycling drop-off locations
To dispose of latex or oil-based paints and stains, mix paint hardener into the can. Once hardened, the paint can be disposed of in your weekly trash. Paint hardener can be purchased at local hardware stores. Given the ease of home disposal of paint and stain, it is no longer accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
Pressure-treated wood and a variety of other construction waste (brick, concrete, pallets, fencing, wood waste, bulky items, roofing materials, and general clean-outs) cannot be disposed of in regular trash pickup, at the Mansfield Green Recycling Park, or at Household Hazardous Waste Collection. For a fee, these materials can be dropped off at Trojan Recycling Transfer Station, 71 Forest Street in Brockton, MA.
Trojan accepts appliances, general clean-out materials, pallet, fencing, wood waste, brick, concrete, landscaping or yard debris, roofing materials or construction debris, and metal.
Trojan also accepts TVs, tires, propane tanks, computer monitors, air conditioning units, car batteries, mattresses, and refrigerators for an additional fee.
Questions regarding construction waste and fees should be directed to Trojan Recycling at 508-588-2332 or visit http://www.trojanrecycling.com/transfer. Other questions may be directed to the Mansfield Health Department at 508-261-7366.
Access these additional resources to help you understand and manage 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.