How Do I Dispose of...?

Not sure how to dispose of an item? We can help.

First, check the MassDEP Recyclopedia to see if it's recyclable in your blue cart.

If you can't recycle the item curbside, look for your item below. More information about the Recycling Center can be found on the Recycling Center page. The Recycling Center is open from 9am - 12 noon on the first Saturday of each month. 

If you don't see your item here, check MA Beyond the Bin to see how you can dispose of it. You can also call DPW at 617-898-4900 for information. Some items, like construction debris or auto parts, may require you to hire a private hauler.

All trash stickers, including yearly trash, weekly trash, yard waste, and large item stickers, are available at the Treasurer's Office at Town Hall, 617-898-4853.

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Milton DPW encourages residents to follow the three principles of recycling: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Wherever possible, we have provided information about how items may be reused or recycled before they are disposed of as trash.

Air conditioner/dehumidifier

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If your appliance is functional, consider donating or reselling it.

Freon appliances are not recyclable.

For curbside pickup: Purchase a $35 large item sticker from the Treasurer's office at Town Hall. Call Sunrise Scavenger (617-361-8000) to schedule a pickup. 
 

For drop-off: Drop off at the Milton Recycling Center. Please place 3 (3) $3.00 stickers on each item.

 

$35 curbside /$9 at Recycling Center

 

Asphalt

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You may be able to reuse asphalt or concrete as garden cobble.Some vendors will dispose of construction waste for a fee - see Construction Debris. Many of these vendors recycle the material.Asphalt may not be disposed of as trash. Please see MA Beyond the Bin for disposal loads of wood, concrete, or asphalt. Some vendors will dispose of construction waste for a fee - see Construction Debris.

 

Automobiles

Cars that are not resellable may be donated to many organizations. The list below is incomplete - check with your charity of choice to confirm that they accept automobile donations. 

Most automobile donation programs require some proof of ownership for the car. This may exist as the car's title, registration, or other paperwork. Your charity of choice will be able to help you determine what you need. 

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Recycle for Gold - Special Olympics
1-800-590-1600 

 

Mothers against Drunk Driving
1-800-720-MADD

 

Veteran Car Donations

https://www.veterancardonations.org/

877-594-5822

 

National Kidney Foundation
1-800-488-2277

 

American Lung Association
1-800-300-5864

 

WBUR Public Radio
1-855-928-7227

 

Baby clothing and items

Cradles to Crayons will accept donations of new and gently used baby and toddler items, such as clothing, shoes, and books. For a full list of items they accept and do not accept, click here.

 

Basketball hoops

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Consider re-selling your hoop on Facebook or Craiglist, or giving it away to someone who could use it. Bring metal pieces to the Recycling Center, where it can be recycled for free as scrap metal.Break down the hoop into pieces smaller than 4 feet or 40lbs. Usually, doing so will require splitting of metal beams and separation of plastic parts. If the hoop is weighted with sand, please empty the sand before disposing. Place one $3.00 sticker on each piece and dispose at the curb on your trash collection day.

 

Batteries

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Batteries that are not rechargeable are not reusable.

Batteries are not recyclable in your regular recycling stream.

Household alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, and 9-volt) can be thrown away in your regular trash. 

 

Rechargeable batteries, button- or watch batteries, or lithium batteries are hazardous and can be disposed of at the town Recycling Center for free. 

 

For car batteries, see Car Batteries.

 

Books

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Books in good condition may be donated to the Milton Public Library. 

 

Books may be disposed of free of charge at the recycling center from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of the month. You may also choose to donate to a nonprofit of your choice from the MA Beyond the Bin directory.

Books in poor condition may be disposed of at the recycling center from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of the month. Non-reusable books are recycled into paper pulp.

Books should only be disposed of as trash if they have been damaged by hazardous materials or are in condition too poor for recycling.

 

Car batteries

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Car batteries are not reusable if they are not functional. 

Car batteries are not recyclable.

Car batteries may be disposed for one $3.00 sticker per item at the recycling center from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of the month. 

 

You may also dispose of your car batteries on weekdays from 8am-12pm at the DPW lot for one $3.00 sticker per item. Please bring your sticker to the office, get a receipt, and then bring your receipt and battery to the DPW garage.

 

Car seats

Cradles to Crayons will accept some car seats. Call at (617) 779-4700 to check. 

Most car seats should be thrown away due to age or potential recalls. You can dispose of them on your regular trash day without an appointment. Place a trash sticker on the item and cut the straps to indicate that the seat should not be reused.

Carpet

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If your carpet is still reusable, consider donating to charity or reselling.

For other ways to dispose of textiles, see MA Beyond the Bin.

Carpet and rugs may be disposed of in curbside trash only if it is placed into rolls that are 4 feet or less in length (preferably smaller) with each roll weighing 40 lbs. or less. Carpet must be rolled and tied. One (1) $3.00 trash sticker must be attached to each separate roll.

 

Cell phones

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Keep a spare phone around in case one breaks. It's also a good idea to keep a charged phone in your car glovebox for emergencies, because all phones can call 911 (even without a service plan).Cell phones may be disposed of free of charge at the recycling center from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of the month. The Town donates them to a charity that reuses scrap electronic material. Recycling Center, free of charge

 

Chairs/Small furniture

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Gently used furniture can be donated to Habitat for Humanity Re-Store or FurnitureBanks.org . 

Untreated wood can be used as scrap for everything from firewood to composting. Treated wood can be dangerous to disassemble and should be disposed. Upholstered furniture in non-reusable condition should be disposed.

Curbside, $3.00/item (1 sticker). You may set out 1 item per week.

 

Christmas trees and wreaths

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Natural/"Real" tree or wreath Dispose of your tree on the Town pickup day (check the calendar here). Trees are composted are sent to a woodchipper.Use a private removal company to pick up or drop off your tree at your convenience.
Artificial/"Fake" tree or wreathPurchase a reusable tree or wreath to use for several years. Consider donating your tree to a local nonprofit, charity, or church. Divide your tree into its individual pieces. Attach a trash sticker to each piece and dispose on any regular trash collection day. Construction of artificial trees varies, so call DPW at 617-898-4900 if you need additional guidance.

 

Clothing

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Donate or re-sell re-wearable clothing. Check the Beyond the Bin directory for locations nearby.

You can recycle textiles in the textile donation boxes at Milton Public Schools and Milton Academy. These boxes are suitable for clothes of any level of use or quality. Clothing that is no longer usable is recycled.

 

For more information about what you can donate, see http://www.baystatetextiles.com/acceptable-items

Oily clothing or rags should be disposed of as follows:

 

Store dry rags in a small, airtight, non-combustible (such as metal) container with a tight-fitting lid. An old paint can is a good example. Cover the rags completely with a solution of water and an oil breakdown detergent. Do not add any other combustible material. Dispose of the container during a hazardous waste collection event.

 

For clothing that has been in contact with biohazardous material, contact the Health Department.

 

Computer monitor

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Donate or sell if still operating.Drop off at the town Recycling Center for $9.00/item (3 stickers). Drop off at the town Recycling Center for $9.00/item (3 stickers).

 

Construction debris (asphalt, loose wood, windows, doors)

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Reusable materials may be resellable, or returnable to the store where they were purchased. Gently used materials that are suitable for reuse can be donated to Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.

Private disposal companies can generally haul away or accept drop-off of construction items. Below is a list of a few companies:

 

1-800-GOT-JUNK 

College Hunks Hauling Junk 

Covanta (commercial dump, Braintree)

Recycling Solutions (commercial dump, Dedham)
Cooper Waste

 

Cookware

Cookware: includes pots/pans, dishes, silverware, tableware, serving dishes, etc.

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If you've lost a piece of cookware and are considering replacing the whole set, check Replacements.com to see if you might be able to replace one item. Many donation centers accept usable cookware. Check with your preferred donation center, thrift store, or shelter to see whether your cookware could go to a good home. Metal cookware (including pieces with rubber handles) can be recycled at the Recycling Center as scrap metal, free of charge.Cookware that has exhausted its usable life can be disposed of in curbside trash. 

 

Couches and sofas

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Gently used furniture can be donated for reuse. To look for a donation organization, visit Habitat for Humanity Re-Store or FurnitureBanks.org . See "Dispose"For curbside pickup: Place 2 $3.00 stickers on the item and place it on the curb on your regular trash collection day.

 

Dishwashers

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Functioning items in good condition can be donated - consider Habitat for Humanity Re-Store or other locations from the MA Beyond the Bin directory (link at top).See "Dispose"For curbside pickup: Purchase a $35 large item sticker from the Treasurer's office at Town Hall. Call Sunrise Scavenger (617-361-8000) to schedule a pickup. 

 

Electronics

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You may be able to donate or re-sell functional electronics.Several electronics retailers will accept and recycle electronics, even if items were not purchased at the store. Staples, Best Buy, Target, and other retailers accept functional and nonfunctional equipment.See "Recycle". Some electronics such as TVs and computer monitors are also recyclable at the Recycling Center for $9.00 (3 stickers) per item.

 

Exercise equipment (treadmill, Nordic track, elliptical, rowing machine)

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If the equipment is still functional, consider reselling or donating.

Exercise equipment is not recyclable.

For curbside pickup: Purchase a $35 large item sticker from the Treasurer's office at Town Hall. Call Sunrise Scavenger (617-361-8000) to schedule a pickup. 
 

For drop-off: Drop off at the Milton Recycling Center. Please place 3 (3) $3.00 stickers on each item. Metal items may be disposed as scrap metal free of charge.

 

Fire extinguishers

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Fire extinguishers should not be reused.See "Dispose"Fire extinguishers may be disposed for one $3.00 sticker per item at the recycling center from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of the month.

 

Furniture

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Find places to donate re-usable furniture at Habitat for Humanity Re-Store or FurnitureBanks.org.See "Reuse"Curbside: For items less than 40lb, place 1 $3.00 sticker on the item and leave it at the curb on your regular trash day. For larger items, place 2 $3.00 stickers on the item. You may set out 1 item per week.

 

Grills/Barbecues

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Grills can be recycled as scrap metal at the Recycling Center. The Recycling Center is opent he first Saturday of each month form 9am - 12 noon. 

 

***Disconnect all propane tanks and gas lines from the grill before disposing.***

Place grill at your curb with two $3.00 trash stickers. 

 

***Disconnect all propane tanks and gas lines from the grill before disposing.***

 

Hot water heater

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Functioning items in good condition can be donated - consider Habitat for Humanity Re-Store or other locations from the MA Beyond the Bin directory (link at top).

See "Dispose"

For curbside pickup: Purchase a $35 large item sticker from the Treasurer's office at Town Hall. Call Sunrise Scavenger (617-361-8000) to schedule a pickup. 
 

For drop-off: Drop off at the Milton Recycling Center as scrap metal, free of charge.

 

Household Hazardous Waste

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Most hazardous waste is not reusable. 

 

Paint or household cleaners may be saved for reuse.

Hazardous waste is not recyclable.You may dispose of household hazardous waste annually at the town Household Hazardous Waste disposal day, usually held in September.

Clean Harbors, 1 Hills Ave., Braintree will accept household hazardous waste on Saturdays from 8am - 12pm, for $2.50/pound.

 

Lawnmower

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If the lawnmower is still functional, consider donation, giving away, or selling.See Dispose. You can dispose of a lawnmower curbside by setting it out on your trash day with two $3.00 stickers. The gas tank must be removed or completely drained. You can also dispose of a metal lawnmower at the Recycling Center.

 

Lightbulbs

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Functional lightbulbs can be used in other household locations .See "Dispose"

Incandescent (traditional) and LED lightbulbs can be disposed in your regular household trash. Be careful with glass.

 

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) contain mercury and are hazardous. You can dispose of them free of charge at the recycling center from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of the month.

 

 

 

Mattresses and Box Springs

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Most mattresses are not reusable at the point of disposal. If you believe your mattress to be in reusable condition, consider giving it away or selling to family or friends. 

The Town of Milton recycles all mattresses in recyclable condition. Upholstery is recycled as textile material, and other metal and wood parts are separately recycled. 

 

DPW picks up mattresses on Tuesdays by appointment. 

 

To schedule a pickup, please fill out a mattress pickup form or call DPW at 617-898-4900 by Friday at noon. Your mattress or box spring will be picked up the following Tuesday.

 

Please place the mattress in a plastic mattress bag (available at most hardware and home improvement stores), set it out curbside by 7am on pickup day, and attach two (2) $3.00 trash stickers to the item.

 

You can also drop off mattresses and box springs at the Recycling Center for one (1) sticker on the first Saturday of every month from 9am - 12pm. Mattresses disposed at the recycling center also require mattress bags.

 

The Town does not accept mattresses soiled by bed bugs.

See "Recycle"

 

Medication

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Medication is not reusable.

 

Over-the-counter medication may be used as directed until its expiration date.

Medication is not recyclable.A MedReturn kiosk is open to all Milton residents at the Milton Police Station, 40 Highland Street, 24/7/365. There is no charge and no questions will be asked. At the kiosk, you may dispose of prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, pet medications, sample medications, pills, capsules, ointments, patches, vitamins, and liquid medications in glass or leak proof containers.

Bring the medicine in its original container or a clear plastic resealable bag.

 

Mercury-containing items

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See "Recycle"

Mercury and mercury-containing items may be disposed of free of charge at the recycling center from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of the month. For more information, go to keepmercuryfromrising.org .

 

Mercury from items disposed at the recycling center is recovered and reused.

See "Recycle"

 

Metal items

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Functional items may be resold or donated.Scrap metal items and metal items that do NOT contain hazardous chemicals may be disposed of free of charge at the recycling center from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of the month.See "Recycle"

 

Microwave/small kitchen appliances

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Please consider donating or reselling functional items that are still re-usable.You may dispose of kitchen electronics at the Recycling Center for three $3.00 stickers per item ($9.00 total). Any glass components should be removed. Glass components of most kitchen devices are tempered glass and not recyclable. These components should be disposed in household trash. 

See "Recycle"

 

Glass components of most kitchen devices are tempered glass and not recyclable. These components should be disposed in household trash. 

 

Mixed paper

Mixed paper is different types of paper mixed together. Examples include phone books, magazines, junk mail, office paper, and paperboard boxes (like cracker boxes).

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Reuse paper as scrap paper, or packing or art supplies.Recycle clean paper. "Clean" means unsoiled by food. Paper that has been printed with ink is recyclable.Paper that has been soiled by food should be thrown away in the trash.

 

Motor oil

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Do not reuse used motor oil.Do not recycle motor oil or containers that previously held motor oil (unless cleaned).

Never pour used oil down a storm drain or mix it with other materials. There are multiple ways to dispose of used oil:


- Call the DEP Used Oil Hotline at 617-556-1022 to find the nearest drop-off location to you.


- Bring your used oil to the DPW yard weekdays from 8am-12pm. The DPW will take it from you for $3 up to three gallons (only trash stickers and personal checks accepted, no cash). The oil must be unmixed with other substances.


- Remember your used oil filter contains dirty oil. Pop a hole in the top of the filter with a screwdriver and let it drain for 12-14 hours into a container. Then you may safely throw the filter away in your regular trash.

 

Newspaper

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Newspaper has a wide range of reuses, including but not limited to:

 

  • Creating a clean surface for crafts 
  • Wrapping paper
  • Packing paper
Clean, dry newspaper can be recycled in single-stream curbside recycling.Dirty, wet, or soiled newspaper should go in the trash.

 

Paint

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Keep a can of paint around for wall repairs.Paint is not recyclable.

Latex paint is water based and may be disposed in your regular trash. Allow the paint to dry out (you can use sawdust or cat litter), then place it in trash bags.

 

Oil-based paint is hazardous and should be disposed of as household hazardous waste.

 

Paper goods (plates, cups, napkins)

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Use multiple-use items such as ceramic dishes, ceramic and glass cups, and cloth napkins.Paper plates, cups, and napkins are not recyclable in single stream recycling, even if they are clean. They are coated with plastic or wax that makes them unsuitable for recycling. 

 

Plastics #1-7

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Reuse plastic tubs and containers for food leftovers, organizing drawers, arts and crafts, or anything else you can think of. 

Most items labeled #1-7 are recyclable. If you're not sure, but the item is shaped like a jug, bottle, or tub, it is recyclable as long as it is clean. If it is not clean, rinse it before recycling.

 

These items, even if they have a "Recycling" triangle on them, are NOT recyclable in the town's curbside recycling program: 

 

  • Styrofoam and packing peanuts (usually labeled #3)
  • Plastic checkout bags

While plastic checkout bags are not recyclable at the curb, you can find a list of drop-off locations to recycle them at this link

If you are unsure whether a plastic item is reyclable, throw it in the trash. If a plastic item is soiled by food, it should also be put in the trash. 

 

Prom gowns/Evening gowns

 
Consider donating gently-used evening wear to benefit young women in need. You can donate a dress to Belle of the Ball by dropping it off at the nearest Anton's Cleaners or Jordan's Furniture. Other local charities including Milton Teens in Need will also accept dress donations.

 

Propane tanks

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Empty propane tanks may be refilled. Propane in tanks can be hazardous and should be handled with care.Propane tanks may be recycled for one $3.00 sticker per item at the recycling center from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of the month. see "Recycle"

 

Refrigerator

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Functioning items in good condition can be donated - consider Habitat for Humanity Re-Store or other locations from the MA Beyond the Bin directory (link at top).

See "Dispose"

For curbside pickup: Purchase a $35 large item sticker from the Treasurer's office at Town Hall. Call Sunrise Scavenger (617-361-8000) to schedule a pickup. 
 

For drop-off: Drop off at the Milton Recycling Center. Please place 3 (3) $3.00 stickers on each item.

 

$35 curbside /$9 at Recycling Center

 

Sharps/Needles

Sharps in proper containers can be brought to the Board of Health office at Town Hall during normal business hours. The fee will vary based on the size of the container and ranges from $4.00-$8.00 per container.

Styrofoam

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Styrofoam may be reused for packing or shipping.

Molded styrofoam/polystyrene (trays, coffee cups, egg cartons, etc.) is not recyclable in single stream and should be disposed of as trash. Large styrofoam may be recycled at Save That Stuff in Charlestown; call (617) 241-9998 for help.

 

Packing peanuts are reused by some local businesses and you may drop them off free of charge at the following locations. You may call or check online for their hours.

UPS Store
550 Adams Street
Quincy
617 479-8771

Braintree Parcel Express
346 Washington Street
Braintree
781 849-0233

Postal Center USA
141 Memorial Parkway
Shaw's Plaza
Randolph
781 963-7007

Styrofoam that is otherwise not recyclable may be disposed in household trash.

 

Televisions

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Donate or sell if still operating.Drop off at the town Recycling Center for $9.00/item (3 stickers). Drop off at the town Recycling Center for $9.00/item (3 stickers).

 

Tires

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Some practical uses for old tires in your backyard or garden include DIY garden beds or ponds, tire swings, mulch and animal feeders.Rubber is often recycled into playground cover or building materials.

Tires may be disposed for one $3.00 sticker per item at the recycling center from 9am-12pm on the first Saturday of the month, or in the DPW Yard Monday-Friday 8am-12pm. 

 

Norfolk County Mosquito Control will pick up tires curbside (up to 10 tires per month per household) free of charge. They require requests to be submitted via their online form: Tire Service Request

 

Toilets/Sinks

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Items in reusable condition may be donated or resold.See "Dispose"Toilets and sinks will be collected curbside on your regular trash collection day by placing two (2) $3.00 stickers on each item. There is a limit of one item per household per week.

 

Washer/Dryer

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Functioning items in good condition can be donated - consider Habitat for Humanity Re-Store or other locations from the MA Beyond the Bin directory (link at top).

See "Dispose"

For curbside pickup: Purchase a $35 large item sticker from the Treasurer's office at Town Hall. Call Sunrise Scavenger (617-361-8000) to schedule a pickup. 
 

For drop-off: Drop off at the Milton Recycling Center. Please place 3 (3) $3.00 stickers on each item.

 

$35 curbside /$9 at Recycling Center