The mission of the Hazardous Waste & Water Quality Program is protecting our drinking water supply,  an unconfined sole-source aquifer, through public education and regional collection programs of hazardous materials.

2018 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collections coming in March!

Bourne   Barnstable   Brewster   Chatham   Dennis   Eastham   Falmouth   Harwich   Joint Base Cape Cod   Mashpee Orleans   Provincetown   Sandwich   Truro   Wellfleet   Yarmouth

WANTED: Liquid Mercury

Click here if you think you’ve found a container of liquid mercury. We will dispose of it for FREE!

Crush It Don't Flush It

Click here to find out how to dispose of unwanted medications.


We know it’s not easy determining which household products can be disposed of in your regular trash and what is hazardous. We’ll help you identify responsible and convenient disposal options to prevent potential harm to the environment and your home. We’re here to help with:

Household Hazardous Waste

2018 collection schedule coming soon!

How to I get rid off?

Info on the safe disposal of sharps, flares, liquid mercury, and unwanted medications.

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Solutions to reduce trash and increase recycling.

Water Quality & Well Water

Facts sheets, information, and advice for safe drinking water.


Small businesses needing to dispose of hazardous waste are encouraged to participate at any collection scheduled throughout Cape Cod.

Barnstable County coordinates a regional collection program in collaboration with individual municipalities. Should you require additional disposal services, you can participate, at cost, through any town’s scheduled collection.

What Small Businesses Need to Know

  • Registration is required.  Call at least 2 weeks ahead of collection date to register and discuss the type and quantities of materials you plan to bring.  (Note:  Barnstable County’s contractor cannot accept acutely hazardous materials).  Upon registration, we will send you a bill of lading and the fee for disposing materials.
  • Disposal fees are the same as the cost paid by the town.  No additional fees or markups are added.
  • Contact information, current collections schedule, and registration information (coming soon).

Links to Additional Information

Very Small Quantity Generator Information (VSQG) 

DEP Summary of Requirements for Small Quantity Generators of Hazardous Waste

Contact Us To Arrange Disposal


Cape Cod Cooperative Extension administers several regional hazardous waste programs free to municipalities:

  • Sharps: Barnstable County purchases and delivers sharps containers, and pays for the pickup of full boxes of used sharps.
  • Mercury: Barnstable County picks up and disposes of mercury-containing products.
  • Flares: Barnstable County picks up and disposes of used and expired marine and road flares.

Visit the Northeast Resource Recovery Association for more information about recycling and competitive pricing.


Contact Us for Program Info


Make a Splash with Wet Festivals to promote awareness of and increased knowledge about the Cape’s aquifer and drinking water resources. WetFest educates students about water in fun, interactive environments and offer alternative learning opportunities including structured learning stations and exhibits where students engage in hands-on water activities and investigations.


Explore WetFest


Presentations, links, and reading materials related to Barnstable County’s Hidden Hazards in the Art Studio initiative, sponsored by the Barnstable County Hazardous Waste, Water Quality, and Recycling Program.


Hidden Hazards in the Art Studio


Questions about any of our programs or services? Contact:

Kalliope Chute
Hazardous Materials Environmental Specialist