Spring Clean By Getting Rid of Hazardous Materials and Appliances

Burlington is holding a household hazardous waste collection day and Woburn is holding an appliance/election collection day this Saturday.

It’s spring and with that comes spring cleaning, right? To help you along, there are two special waste collections happening in the area tomorrow. 

First, the Town of Burlington is holding a hazardous waste collection from 8:30 a.m. to noon at . This collection is for hazardous materials included those listed here, but not for appliance. An appliance collection is being held tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at in Woburn (details below).

For those looking to discard hazardous materials, the following items will be accepted in Burlington at Francis Wyman Elementary:

  • Full Aerosol cans -  (Empty cans can be placed in curbside recycling bin)
  • Automotive products - Oil, brake fluid, car wax, gasoline, antifreeze, engine degreaser.
  • Batteries - Lead acid, button cell, nickel-cadmium and lithium.
  • Fluorescent light bulbs - Tubes and energy saving compacts. Transport in box or case. DO NOT tape together.
  • Glues and adhesives
  • Hobby chemicals
  • Mercury and mercury containing products
  • Paint - Oil-based only.
  • Pesticides - including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, fertilizer with pesticides, snail/slug/rat poison.
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Thinners and solvents - turpentine, paint stripper, paint thinner, degreaser.

Items not to bring include appliances, biological or infectious waste, latex paints, empty paint cans, alkaline batteries, explosive or flares, medical sharps, pathological waste, tires, radioactive materials. 

Click here for a full list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, tips on transporting hazardous materials and some frequently asked questions.

Appliance/electronic collection:

Those looking to get rid of appliances or electronics can head down to Spence Farms at 41 Wyman St., Woburn.  

Saturday’s collection will benefit the Joyce Middle School Parent-Teacher Organization and its programs and projects. Also, a portion of the proceeds from these collections are used for a scholarship fund for a  graduating senior who will be continuing their education in the field of environmental education.

Collection prices are:

  • Monitor/Laptop: $10
  • Television: $20
  • Projection Television: $25
  • Refrigerator: $10
  • Water Cooler:  $10
  • Air Conditioner: $10
  • Freezer: $10
  • Dehumidifier: $10
  • Stove/Washer/Dryer: $10
  • Water Heater: $10
  • Dishwasher: $10

If you prefer to recycle items for reuse or salvage, you can bring it to Spence Farm on Saturday. For $1 each, the collection will accept:

  • computers
  • electronic office equipment (such as calculators, typewriters, fax/copy machines, printers, telephones) 
  • consumer electronics (such as cameras, video/audio/DVD/VCR, microwaves and sink disposal units)
  • TVs are not accepted for reuse at $1 each.

The following items will also be accepted for reuse for a "voluntary" donation:

  • computer parts and accessories
  • plugs
  • wires
  • drives
  • cell phones
  • video games 
  • parts and accessories or plugs and wires, 
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • VHS tapes

Used cell phones are also being collected to send to soldiers.



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