Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste day is coordinated by the Foxborough Highway Department and is typically held on the 1st or 2nd Saturday in May.Click here to be directed to the Foxborough Highway Department's homepage.
Did you know?!?!?!  The Highway Department will not accept latex paint during the Hazardous Waste Day.  Latex paint is non-hazardous and can simply be hardened and then placed in your regular trash for residential pickup.  Oil based paints, thinners or stains on the other hand, CAN be brought to the Foxborough Highway Department on Mondays (excluding holidays) between the hours of 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Have old batteries?  That's a tricky one!  DEPENDING on the type of battery, you can dispose some in the household trash!

For additional information on hazardous waste found in your home (including proper battery disposal), click here and you'll be directed to the MA Department of Environmental Protection household hazardous page.

Need to dispose of hazardous waste immediately, this site also has a list of private disposal facilities open to all municipalities.  Check out their website under "Find a Collection Facility Near You" to see what they'll accept and proper disposal procedures.

Contaminated Sites

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection - Bureau of Waste Cleanup (Find information on contaminated sites).

Public Health Statistics

Environmental and Public Health Statistics in your Community.
Visit Massachusetts Environmental Public Health Tracking.


Environmental chemicals are all around us and IN us!  They can be found in our air, water, foods, soil and some consumer products.  A small amount of chemicals is expected to be seen in the human body.  The Massachusetts DPH, in conjunction with CDC, is working to evaluate the exposure of environmental chemical exposures in Massachusetts and how these may affect the human body.  This is called Biomonitoring, learn more and be sure to check out the Biomonitoring Fact Sheet here.

Environmental Health

The Massachusetts Bureau of Environmental Health is the division that oversees programs related to the prevention and outreach of environmental concerns. 

Some topics of interest may include:
*Indoor Air Quality
*Beach Water Quality
*Fish Consumption Advisories
*Algae Blooms


Photo of Trash Can with Message stating not to throw mercury in the trash
Did you know?!?!?!All mercury bearing items (fluorescent bulbs, thermometers, etc.) may be brought to the Highway Garage on Mondays, 8:00AM - 3:00PM (excluding holidays).

What do you do if there's a spill???

VENTILATE the area - Open Windows and Doors.
CLEAR THE AREA - Do not allow people to walk through the contaminated area.
DO NOT dispose of mercury DOWN THE DRAIN.

For step by step instructions on how to contain/clean up a mercury spill, please see the following links...
A spill the size of a thermometer
A spill larger than one thermometer
A spill resulting from a CFL lightbulb breakage

When in doubt or have health concerns - Call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 (TTY: 1-888-244-5313)