Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste is brought to the DPW Highway Garage on Hazardous Waste Day ONLY. HWD is a bi-annual event and well-advertised via local newspapers, social media, flyers, and message boards around town. Please visit the DPW Trash & Recycling page for more information.

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! Visit the DPW's Trash & Recycling page for more info! 

For additional information on hazardous waste found in your home (including proper battery disposal), visit the MA Department of Environmental Protection household hazardous page.

Need to dispose of hazardous waste immediately? Find a Collection Facility Near You and see a list of private disposal facilities open to all municipalities as well as what they'll accept and proper disposal procedures.

Contaminated Sites

Visit the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection - Bureau of Waste Cleanup to find information on contaminated sites.

Public Health Statistics

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


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.

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:
  • Asthma

  • Indoor Air Quality

  • Beach Water Quality

  • Fish Consumption Advisories

  • Algae Blooms



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 mercury spill?

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