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
- Rechargeable and Button Batteries
The next Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held in May 2020.
Access these additional resources to help you understand and manage your household hazardous waste:
- Hazardous Household Products: Handling and Management
- Municipal Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facilities
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 May 2020.
Until then, certain household hazardous waste can be disposed of as follows:
Residents of Mansfield can return compact fluorescent, four foot 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.
You can go to the following places to dispose of fluorescent bulbs:
- Mansfield True Value
284 N Main Street
Mansfield, MA 02048
- Mansfield Green Recycling Park
Intersection of Pratt Street (Route 106) and East Street
Mondays 10 a.m. to 3:45 pm
Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 12:00 pm
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 3:45 pm
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:
- Mercury Thermometers: 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:
6 Park Row
Town Hall, First Floor
Mansfield, MA 02048
- Mercury Thermostats: Bring your mercury thermostats 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. Get additional information on mercury, the Mercury Management Act, and additional recycling drop-off locations. 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.
Latex paints can be thrown in the trash provided there is no free liquid. Leave tops off to dry out or mix the paint with speedi-dry or kitty litter until there is no free liquid. After completely dry, this can go in the trash.
All solvents or oil based paints/stains must be disposed on hazardous waste day. This date is determine by the Board of Health.
The following construction waste cannot be disposed of in regular trash pickup, at the Mansfield Green Recycling Park, or at Household Hazardous Waste Collection:
- Bulky Items
- General Clean-Outs
- Pressure-Treated Wood
- Roofing Materials
- Wood Waste
For a fee, these materials can be dropped off at the following location:
Trojan Recycling Transfer Station
71 Forest Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Trojan accepts the following items:
- General Clean-out Materials
- Landscaping or Yard Debris
- Roofing Materials or Construction Debris
- Wood Waste
Trojan also accepts the following items for an additional fee:
- Air Conditioning Units
- Car Batteries
- Computer Monitors
- Propane Tanks
Questions regarding construction waste and fees should be directed to Trojan Recycling at 508-588-2332 or visit the Trojan website. Other questions may be directed to the Mansfield Health Department at 508-261-7366.
Pressure Treated Wood
Learn more about proper disposal of pressure-treated wood.