Dispose of hazardous waste properly
Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They can be discarded commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes.*
It is important to properly store, and when the time comes, dispose of hazardous waste.
Residential: Many substances we have in our homes can be considered Household Hazardous Waste (HHW). Some examples are oil based paints, spray paint, automotive chemicals, cleaners, rechargeable batteries and mercury bearing products to name a few. Proper disposal of these materials is important to protect human health and the natural environment. Check with your town or Solid Waste District for upcoming collection days.
- For residents of the following Berkshire communities: Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, or West Stockbridge; please direct your inquiries to Jim Wilusz (email@example.com) of the Southern Berkshire Household Hazardous Committee for information on upcoming collections.
- For residents of Pittsfield, please call Leslie Renzi at the Department of Public Utilities at (413) 499-9330 for information on upcoming collections.
- For residents of any other town in the Berkshires, please reach out to Veronique Blanchard (firstname.lastname@example.org), MassDEP Western District Municipal Assistance Coordinator, for inquiries related to household hazardous waste collection days.
Commercial/Institutional: Businesses and Institutions should contact Certified Hazardous Waste Disposal Companies directly for pick-up. In some cases, they are welcome to come to HHW collections and pay a fee directly to the vendor. Visit our RecyclingWorks website to help find a processor or hauler for hazardous waste materials.