Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

The Town of Amherst organizes an household hazardous waste (HHW) collection event each autumn, typically in late September or early October.  Pre-Registration is required for this event and generally starts in August.
 This year's event is September 23, 2018 and Registration starts August 1, 2018 and ends September 12, 2017.
Sign up for the Town of Amherst's Notify Me automated email and text message service to receive notification when the pre-registration period opens (select the "Waste and Recycling" option).  Detailed Notify Me sign-up instructions

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection does not allow collection of hazardous waste without special permitting and oversight, so most municipalities contract with a licensed hazardous materials handler to hold an annual collection event.

If you are unable to find a safe storage location until the Town's next scheduled collection event:

  • Offer usable material to friends, neighbors and local family members.
  • Ask a family member, friend, or neighbor to store the material and bring it to the next event on your behalf.
  • Consult this list of regional HHW collections and contact Amherst's recycling coordinator for participation and registration details.
  • Take the material to NEDT's Household Hazardous Products Collection Center in Westfield, MA (pick-up service is available).