Collection of hazardous materials on Saturday for residents of Wakefield and Reading | Wakefield

WAKEFIELD – On Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the towns of Reading and Wakefield will jointly host a household hazardous waste collection. Collection will take place at the Reading Public Works facility at 75 Newcrossing Rd. This event is for residents of Reading and Wakefield; please bring proof of residence.

If residents have questions about this event, they can contact the Reading Public Works Department at (781) 942-9077 or the Wakefield Public Works Department at (781) 246-6301.

Items collected include:

Of the House:


oven cleaners

varnish for furniture

metal polish

arts and crafts supplies


floor cleaners

window cleaners

dry cleaning fluids

radiator cleaners

propane tanks


From the workbench:


wood preservatives

wood strippers

oil/lead based paint

paint thinner




spray paint

From the yard


(including 2,4,5-T, Silvex)


insect sprays

rodent killers

swimming pool chemicals

muriatic acid

pest control strips

sump cleaners

From the garage:


car batteries

tires – car (no rims)

truck tires


brake fluid

wax polish

engine and radiator flushes

smooth transmission

used engine oil

The following items will not be collected during this event:

asbestos, ammunition, pharmaceuticals

commercial waste

biologically active, radioactive or explosive materials

latex paint (let dry and take out with weekly trash pick-up)

lithium batteries

Garbage (will be taken through the regular weekly garbage pick-up)

sludge (must be removed by an approved carrier)


To dispose of hazardous waste between these local collections, see the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection website for options. at

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