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Hazardous Waste Disposal in the Buzzards Bay watershed

Hazardous Waste Disposal around Buzzards Bay


There are many other potential sources of toxic compounds and chemicals within the Buzzards Bay watershed. These include both point and non-point sources. Point-source discharges include sewage treatment facilities, industrial discharges, combined sewer overflows and storm sewers. Non-point sources include atmospheric fallout, contaminated groundwater, untreated stormwater runoff from developed areas of the watershed and other sources. Non-point sources are numerous, small, and generally unregulated inputs that discharge directly into receiving waters such as wetlands, streams and rivers, ponds and lakes, and the waters of Buzzards Bay itself.

Examples of potential toxic pollution sources include the following:

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Events

Many of these discharges are associated with residential use and disposal of toxic contaminants. To reduce toxic discharges from residential use, many municipalities offer hazardous waste pickup days, or provide certain disposal options at their waste transfer facilities. Below is a table of conventional waste and hazardous waste disposal options in Buzzards bay municipalities.

Summary of municipal conventional and hazardous waste disposal and recycling efforts

Municipality Acushnet Bourne Carver Dartmouth Fairhaven Falmouth Middle- borough Marion Mattapoisett New Bedford Plymouth Rochester Wareham Westport
Transfer station website yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
Waste Bans Website no no yes yes yes yes yes yes no yes yes
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal events per year (2006) One One (b) One Two One (b) One Two Two yes 1st Sat. in May tri-town district
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal website no yes yes yes no yes yes yes no
Recycling Website yes yes yes yes yes yes yes no yes yes yes yes
HHHW free TV monitor disposal yes no no yes no $10.00 fee $15.00 $20.00 or $25.00
Free AC/dehumidifier disposal day with sticker check on this yes, once per year no yes, by appointment no $15.00 fee no $20.00 $20.00 or $25.00
Waste Oil yes HHW Free at Transfer station yes Free at Recycling Center yes yes HHWday
Old Gasoline yes at transfer station check on this no only at HHWF HHW day HHW Day yes HHWday
Lead Batteries yes HHW Free at Transfer Station yes Free at Recycling Center yes yes Free at Transfer Station
Mercury yes check on this HW day Free at Recycling Center yes yes HHWday
Florescent Tubes yes check on this Free at Recycling Center yes yes Transfer station in Rochester
TV and Computer monitors yes check on this $25 at transfer station yes, $25.00 fee yes, by appointment yes $10.00 fee yes, $15.00 $20.00 or $25.00
CFC appliances (air conditioners, refrigerators, dehumidifier) yes check on this $25 at transfer station yes, $25.00 fee yes, by appointment yes, $20.00 $20.00 or $25.00
Antifreeze yes check on this yes HHW day yes check on this HHWday
Oil Based Paints Paint shed HHW HHW Paint Shed HHHW Collection Day check on this HHWday
Tires yes HHW $2 at transfer station no private private yes $2.00-15"; $5.00-18"; $8.00 > than 18" Car tires $2, Truck tires $10 Wareham Recycling $2.00 $1/rim battery=$1
Propane Tanks yes HHW $5 at transfer station yes yes yes yes Marion Free


Below are links to House Hold Hazardous Waste events in the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Read our new Buzzards Bay Toxic Waste Reduction Action Plan and send us your comments.