Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day

Date: Saturday October 19, 2024

Time: 8:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Sherborn Department of Public Works (DPW) Garage, 7 Butler Street

Registration: Registration is open September 1, 2024 and closes October 19, 2024 at 6:00pm.

General Information:  

  • Please see below for "What to Bring" and "What Not to Bring" to HHW day.  As well as "What to Bring to the Transfer Station".
  • Waste materials to be discarded should be placed in the trunk, hatch, or truck box, which must be opened (preferably without exiting the car) upon arrival for staff inspection.
  • Please be patient - HHW day is operated by volunteers and friends of the Recycling Committee.
  • If you are unable to attend the Annual Sherborn HHW day please visit the HHW - Alternative Sites for alternatives.

Charles River HHW Consortium Information:  

  • Consortium members are welcome with a Visitor Authorization Form from your hometown community coordinator. 
  • Non-Sherborn residents without a completed and signed authorization form from their town of residence will be turned away!
  • Out of town residents in the Charles River HHW Consortium include:
    • Ashland
    • Bellingham
    • Franklin
    • Medfield
    • Dover
    • Walpole
    • Holliston
    • Norfolk
  • Please obtain a Town of Sherborn Visitor Authorization form from your hometown community coordinator before you come to Sherborn's Annual HHW day.

Questions: Email the Recycling Committee with "HHW Question" in the subject line.  If you have trouble with the registration process, Please call: 508-653-3457 and leave a voicemail (including your name, address, and return phone number). 


Annual Paper Shredding (Sherborn Residents Only)

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2024

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Sherborn Department of Public Works (DPW) Garage, 7 Butler Street

Registration: Registration is open September 1, 2024 and closes October 19, 2024 at 6:00pm.

Information: 

  • Paper Shredding is limited to the equivalent of four (4) "banker's" boxes" - per household.  A "banker's box" is 24 inches deep by 12 inches wide by 10" high and holds approximately 2000 to 2500 8.5 inches by 11 inches sheets of paper - about the same as 2 normal grocery bags full.
  • Paper to be shredded should be placed in the trunk, hatch, or truck box, which must be opened (preferably without exiting the car) upon arrival for staff inspection.
  • Paper to be shredded must be surrendered to the shredding company for shredding - shredding may be witnessed, but no other resident participation in shredding will be allowed.
  • Please be patient - HHW day is operated by volunteers and friends of the Recycling Committee.

Questions: Email the Recycling Committee with "Paper Shredding Question" in the subject line.  If you have trouble with the registration process, Please call: 508-653-3457 and leave a voicemail (including your name, address, and return phone number).


What to Bring to the Transfer Station:

The following items are not accepted at the HHW day, but can be brought to the Sherborn Transfer Station (Residents Only):

  • Water-Based Paint: Paints such as latex or acrylic are not hazardous. These paints can be dried up by pouring into a shallow box and adding kitty litter. When dry, take it to the Transfer Station and dispose as trash.
  • Rechargeable Batteries or Automotive (lead acid - Pb) batteries.
  • Alkaline batteries; they are not hazardous and can be disposed as trash.
  • Used Motor Oil; used oil
  • Fluorescent tubes and bulbs; fluorescent lamps
  • Mercury-Containing Devices such as thermometers, thermostats, button batteries, etc.


What to Bring to HHW Collection Day:

Please bring the following items to HHW Collection Day. These Hazardous products may be lurking:

In Your YardIn Your GarageIn Your HomeIn Your Workshop
Pesticides

Antifreeze

Oven cleaner

Rust inhibitors

Fungicides

Brake fluid

Furniture polish

Wood preservatives

Herbicides

Engine degreaser

Metal polish

Wood strippers

Insect sprays

Carburetor cleaner

Moth BallsWood stains

Rodent killers

Creosote

Arts and crafts supplies

Paint thinner

Muriatic acid

Gasoline

Upholstery cleaner

Lead paint

Chlordane

Kerosene

Photo chemicals

Oil-based paint

Charcoal Lighter

Oil-based paint

Spot removerSolvents

Pool chemicals

Solvents

Oven cleaners

Degreaser

N/AN/ADrain cleaners

Sealants

N/AN/A

Nail polish remover

Rubber cement
N/AN/AN/A

Fiberglass resins

N/AN/AN/A

Muriatic acid



What Not to Bring to HHW Day:

The following items are not permitted at HHW Collection Day (or the Sherborn Transfer Station):

  • No free mercury - To discuss safe disposal of free mercury, call 508-653-3457.  "Free mercury" is any mercury that is not in a hermetically sealed container or glass bulb.
  • No Unwanted Medicines - Old or unneeded medications can be deposited at the Sherborn Police Station's medicine lock box.
  • No Medical waste, including Needles or Sharps - A number of regional collection sites are listed in the Mass.gov document linked here: Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes Be Smart. Be Careful. Be Aware. Be Safe. Sharps are NOT PERMITTED FOR DISPOSAL IN TRASH as of July 1, 2012, per FEDERAL LAW.
  • No Ammunition, flares, fireworks, or anything containing gunpowder or other explosives. Call 508-653-3457 to discuss other disposal options.