Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule

FREE Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collections for Barnstable County. Find your updated guide and schedule for Cape Cod. Find My Town's BrochureRegional Schedules Map

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collections held on Cape Cod are a collaboration between Barnstable County and individual municipalities. The number and frequency of collections vary by town. The household hazardous waste programs work closely with towns to undertake new initiatives for recycling and disposal of difficult to manage wastes. Regional collection programs provide convenient, cost efficient collection of hazardous materials for all Cape towns.

Gallons of Paints Collected

Gallons of Pesticides Collected

Total Gallons Household Chemicals Collected


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

Waste should be audited before coming to a collection.  It is important for homeowners to know how to identify and dispose of hazardous products.  Before coming to the collection, follow these simple instructions on how to conduct a Household Hazardous Products Audit (click here).

How Do I Dispose Of…

We know, this is confusing! It is common for residents to bring non-hazardous wastes, such as latex paint, water-based stains and finishes to the collections.  These ARE NOT accepted at collections as you can dispose of these products yourself. To dispose of these items, pour over cat litter to absorb liquid and throw away; or dry out and throw in the trash. Still confused? Click below for a breakdown of the most common products and items we get questioned about.

How Do I Dispose Of...


Upon entering the collection site, you will be greeted, given educational materials, and asked if you have mercury to recycle.

You will be asked if you have mercury to recycle.

Survey and SortWhile HHW staff members sort your waste, a six question survey will be given.  This is an anonymous survey used for administrative and statistical purposes only.

CollectionAfter being surveyed and sorted, you will be directed to the unloading station where your waste is then collected by the contracted hazardous waste hauler. Residents are asked to stay in their vehicles throughout the entire process.




New England Disposal Technologies, Inc. (NEDT) has opened a Household Hazardous Products Collection Center in Sutton, MA. This collection site, permitted by the MassDEP, is available to accept waste materials from households located in any community in the Commonwealth.  The facility provides a safe hazardous products management option for Massachusetts residents who many have missed their local collection, or do not want to wait for their next scheduled local collection. Click here for additional information.

Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facilities in Massachusetts

Common Household Hazardous Products

Use, Storage, and Disposal of Household Cleaning Products

Stain Removal

10 Ways to Find Safer Cleaners

Disposal of Smoke Detectors

Click here to find a list of manufacturers that take back smoke detectors

Visitor’s Guide to Recycling on Cape Cod

Sack the bag!


Questions about any of our programs or services? Contact:

Kalliope Egloff
Director, Hazardous Waste & Water Quality