TOWN of FRANKLIN DPW

What do I do with...?

This page is designed to help you properly dispose of anything and everything. There are over 350 items listed alphabetically. Just click on the letter your item begins with and scroll down from there.

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Acid
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Adhesives
These are non-hazardous materials and can be put in the trash.

Aerosol Cans
Recycle only EMPTY aerosol cans that in your cart or the Beaver Street Recycling Center that contained non-hazardous materials, such as health& beauty products (sun block, first aid spray, hair products, deodorant,& shaving cream); food products (PAM cooking spray, whipped cream, cake frosting), laundry products (spray starch, anti-static spray & air fresheners) & asthma medications (inhalers). These must be completely empty to prevent combustion and fires; no air or noise should come from the nozzle when pressed. Don’t puncture, pierce, flatten, or remove nozzles prior to recycling. 

UNACCEPTABLE aerosol cans contain hazardous materials such as insecticides, spray paint, automotive sprays, adhesives, cleaning products, craft products, waterproofing sprays& lubricants.  Empty hazardous waste aerosols can recycled at the Beaver Street Recycling Center in the metal container.  Aerosol cans still containing hazardous materials or chemicals should be delivered to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. For handling & disposal of any type of full aerosol container, see www.mass.gov/dep/recycle/hazardous/aerosol.htm.  

Agricultural Plastic
Agricultural plastic cannot be recycled; please dispose of it in the garbage.  Burning agricultural plastic is illegal. Burning plastic releases toxic chemicals into the air.

Air Conditioners
Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center, There is a disposal fee.

Alkaline Batteries (Duracell, Eveready, Energizer, etc.)
These are the most common household batteries. They are available in many sizes and shapes such as AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt. Alkaline batteries manufactured since 1994 do not contain mercury or other hazardous materials.  Franklin residents can put these in the trash.
All batteries should be checked carefully before disposal, as some non-alkaline batteries resemble alkaline.
 If you would like to cut down on the number of alkaline batteries you are using, you could purchase a battery charger and some compatible rechargeable batteries. These batteries can be used and recharged over and over again, but remember to recycle them in a battery box when they cannot be charged anymore.

All-Purpose Cleaner
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Aluminum (Cans & Foil)
Accepted at the Single Stream container at the Beaver Street Recycling Center in Container recycling, and curbside in the recycling cart. Please rinse out any remaining liquid or food from the cans and rinse off any remaining food debris from the foil.

Aluminum Siding
Aluminum siding can be recycled at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Ammonia
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Ammunition
Call Franklin Police Department at 508-528-1212 for proper disposal.

Animals (dead)
Call Animal Control at 508-520-4922

Answering Machines
These may be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center

Antifreeze
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Ant Poison
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Appliances
Air Conditioner, Dehumidifier, Dishwasher, Dryer, Freezer, Hot Tub, Microwave, Refrigerator, Spa, Stove, Trash Compactor, Washer, Water Heater

Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at Beaver Street Recycling Center. There is a disposal fee for CFC appliances such as air conditioners and refrigerators.

Area Rugs
Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at Beaver Street Recycling Center.  

Arm Chair
Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545, one piece of burnable indoor furniture can be picked up weekly.  No metal or outdoor furniture.  There is a disposal fee.

Art & Hobby Paint
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. Also note the listing below. 

Arts & Crafts Supplies
Check with local schools to find out if they are interested in a donation of used or leftover art supplies in good condition.

Asbestos
There are strict removal and disposal requirements for asbestos.  Contact a licensed company on the Massachusetts web site – Asbestos Contractors.

Asbestos Siding
There are strict removal and disposal requirements for asbestos.  Contact a licensed company on the Massachusetts web site – Asbestos Contractors.

Aseptic Containers (juice boxes, soy milk boxes)
Accepted curbside in your cart and at the Beaver Street Recycling Center Rinse before recycling.

Ashes
Ashes are not recyclable, but may be placed in the garbage once they are stone cold!  Please use great care in disposing of ashes! Careless storage or disposal can cause serious fires! In small quantities, ashes from clean wood (woodstoves and fireplaces) are fine to add to a compost pile. Wood ash will raise the pH and add potassium to the pile, but too much ash will reduce pore spaces and make the pile too alkaline.

Asphalt
Asphalt is considered a bulky waste item.  Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Asphalt Sealer
If the asphalt sealer is latex-based, it must be dried out and then disposed with your trash. If it is not latex-based, it is a hazardous material and must be brought to thel Beaver Street Recycling Center

Asphalt Shingles
Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at the Covanta Holliston Beaver Street Recycling Center. There may be a disposal fee.

Athletic Shoes
One World Running will send still-wearable shoes to athletes in need in Africa, Latin America, and Haiti. Worn-out shoes can be turned into playground and athletic flooring in Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe program.

Automobiles
Allied Recycling in Walpole can pick up junk automobiles..

Automobile Batteries
Automobile batteries are a hazardous material which can be properly disposed of at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  There may be a disposal fee. 
 

Automotive Fluids

Please note: EMPTY plastic and glass containers for any of the fluids listed below cannot be recycled.
Proper disposal for the EMPTY containers is to put them in the trash.


Antifreeze

This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Brake Fluid
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the oil container.

Carburetor Cleaner
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Engine Degreaser
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Motor Oil
Motor oil should always be recycled - never thrown in the trash, dumped on the ground, poured into the sewer or down the drain. This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Motor oil bottles that are COMPLETELY EMPTY can be thrown in the trash. 

Radiator Flusher
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Transmission Fluid
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the oil container.

 

Auto Glass
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. 

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Bags
Paper: Accepted curbside in recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
Plastic: Check with local grocery stores for recycling programs. Where groceries accept plastic bags for recycling, normally the following guidelines apply: Bags must be clean, empty, and dry. Grocery bags (any color), plastic newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, and other plastic bags labeled "2" or "4" are acceptable. Most dry cleaners will also accept dry cleaning bags.
Other plastic bags can be reused (for instance, as trash liners for small trash bins); otherwise they must be thrown in the garbage. Plastic bags must NOT be included with your regular recycling.

Bakeware (cookie trays, baking pans, Pyrex)
Metal can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the metal container.  Non-metal goes in the trash.

Ballast (from fluorescent light)
Accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Barbecue Grill
Disposal is available at the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Barbecue Tank
Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Bathroom Cleaner
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. 

Bathtub, Cast-Iron or other metal
Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.


Bathtub, Fiberglass or plastic
Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Batteries

Alkaline (Household)
These
are the most common household batteries. They are available in many sizes and shapes such as AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt. Alkaline batteries manufactured since 1994 do not contain mercury or other hazardous materials. Residents can put alkaline batteries into their trash.


All batteries should be checked carefully before disposal, as some non-alkaline batteries resemble alkalines.
 If you would like to cut down on the number of alkaline batteries you are using, you could purchase a battery charger and some compatible rechargeable batteries. These batteries can be used and recharged over and over again, but remember to recycle them in a battery box when they cannot be charged anymore. (There is information below on how to properly dispose of each kind of rechargeable battery.)


Automobile

Automobile batteries are a hazardous material which can be properly disposed of at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee. 

Button
Button batteries are a hazardous material. They can be recycled at the Beaver Street Recycling Center. They may also be brought to the Franklin DPW at 257 Fisher Street. 

Lithium and Lithium-Ion
Please note there are 2 types of lithium batteries, and they need to be disposed of differently. Lithium-Ion batteries are rechargeable and should be collected with rechargeables. Plain lithium batteries are most often used in cameras and look a lot like AAA alkaline batteries. Some are short and squat, and some are almost rectangular. They should be collected with button batteries. Read on for more details. 

Lithium: Lithium batteries are used in many applications but most often in cameras. The word “lithium” is printed on the battery. Be sure to check all batteries; some lithium batteries, such as the AA size or short and fat lithium batteries used in cameras, resemble alkaline batteries, but should be recycled properly in the same collection container as button batteries. See listing above for "Button" batteries. Or they may be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center
Lithium-Ion: These rechargeable batteries are typically found 
in ipods and laptop computers. They can be recycled in the Call2Recycle boxes at DPW OFFICE 257 Fisher Street.  Or they may be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center

Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad)
NiCad batteries, rechargeable batteries that are used in power tools and rechargeable appliances such as handheld vacuum cleaners and rechargeable toothbrushes and razors, are a hazardous material. They can be recycled in the Call2Recycle boxes at DPW office at 257 Fisher Street or they may be brought to the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
Ni-MH batteries, rechargeable batteries which are used in digital cameras, flashlights, power tools, and other electronics, are a hazardous material. They can be recycled in the Call2Recycle boxes at DPW office at 257 Fisher Street or they may be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Nickel-Zinc (Ni-Zn) 
Ni-Zn batteries, rechargeable batteries that are used in cordless power tools, cordless phones, digital cameras, battery operated lawn and garden tools and electric bikes, are a hazardous material.  They can be recycled in the Call2Recycle boxes at DPW office at 257 Fisher Street or they may be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Rechargeables
See individual listings under: 
Lithium-Ion, Nickel-Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel-Zinc,
and Sealed Lead Acid.

Sealed Lead Acid
Small sealed lead rechargeable batteries found in computers, electronic equipment, power tools, exit lights, security systems, weed trimmers, wheelchairs, and personal UPS units can be recycled.  They can be recycled in the Call2Recycle boxes at DPW office at 257 Fisher Street or they may be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Sealed lead acid batteries from automobiles and children's rideable vehicles are a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. There may be a disposal fee.

Zinc-Carbon and Zinc-Chloride Batteries
These are not hazardous, and may be disposed of in the garbage.

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Beer and Soda Cartons
The cardboard used for these cartons can be put in the recycling cart or brought the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Beverage Containers
Returnable bottles and cans (the ones that say MA 5 cents Deposit on them) can be returned to a redemption center, put in your recycling cart or brought to the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.  For more detailed information about which containers can and cannot be recycled, see: 
Plastics Recycling brochure

Bikes
Bicycles may be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the metal container.

Biodiesel
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Birds, dead
Report to Animal Control at 508-520-4922

Blacktop (Asphalt)
Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Blueprint Paper
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. 

Boats
Disposal is available at the
Covanta Transfer Station in Holliston and can be picked up by Allied Recycling in Walpole.  Metal boats (under 18 feet long  or cut up) can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the metal container.

Boilers
Disposal is available at the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Bookcase
Metal can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center, wood can be picked up by Waste Management at 800-972-4545.

There is a disposal fee.

 

Books
Hardcover: Can be brought to the Franklin Public Library. 

Paperback: Can be brought to the Franklin Public Library.

Bottles (empty)
Antifreeze, bleach, chemical, motor oiland any other container that held hazardous materials : Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.
Cooking oil, glass (clear, green & brown), laundry detergent, plastic bottles that contained shampoo, soap, soda, water should be put in the recycling cart or brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

For more detailed information about which containers can and cannot be recycled, see: 
Recycling brochure

Bowls (metal, glass, ceramic, or plastic)
Metal can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the metal container, plastic goes into rigid plastic and ceramic and glass would go in your trash.

Box Springs
Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545, one piece of burnable indoor furniture can be picked up weekly.  No metal or outdoor furniture.  There is a disposal fee.

Boxboard
Boxboard refers to "flat" (uncorrugated) cardboard such as cereal boxes. Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and at the Beaver Street Recycling Center. Remove liners, bags, etc. before recycling. 

Brake Fluid
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the oil container.

Branches
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  There may be a disposal fee.

Bricks
Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  There is a disposal fee.

Brochures & Booklets
Accepted curbside in your cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Broken Glass
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Brown Envelopes
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart and the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Brush
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Bubble Wrap
Commercial shippers, such as Mailboxes Etc., may accept bubble wrap in good condition for reuse. Call 1-800-828-2214 to find out the location of the nearest Mailboxes Etc. The Franklin office (may also be able to suggest local merchants who can reuse bubble wrap. Otherwise, it is not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage if you are not going to reuse it yourself.

Buckets
Metal buckets: Disposal is available to all Franklin residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Plastic buckets: Available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center in rigid plastic.  Make sure they are clean.

Bug Spray
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
  

Building& Remodeling Materials
Construction & Demolition Debris
Asphalt Shingles, Clapboard, Doors
, Flooring, Insulation, Lumber, Mortar, Plaster, Plywood, Roofing,
Sheetrock, Shingles, Tiles, Windows, Wood:

Disposal is available at the Covanta Transfer Station in Holliston or other local licensed hauler and drop off center.

 

Roofing Tar, Oil-based Asphalt Sealer

These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. There is a disposal fee.

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Bulky Waste
Disposal is available to all Franklin residents who subscribe to the solid waste curbside program.  Please see the
curbside brochure for more information.
There is a disposal fee.

Bullets
Call Franklin Police Department 508-528-1212 for proper disposal.

Bureaus
Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545, one piece of burnable indoor furniture can be picked up weekly.  No metal or outdoor furniture.  There is a disposal fee.

Butane Lighters
These may be placed in the garbage.

Button Batteries
Button batteries are a hazardous material. They can be recycled in the designated container at the DPW office, 257 Fisher Street.  Or they may be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

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Cabinets
Cabinets can be picked up or dropped off with one of the
local licensed hauler or drop off center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Calculators
Calculators can be brought to the
Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the electronics container.

Cameras
Cameras can be brought to the
Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the electronics container.

Campers

Campers can be picked up by Allied Recycling in Walpole, call 508-668-8699 for quote.

Canning Jars
Canning jars are not recyclable. Reuse, give to a friend who can use them, put in a tag sale, or place in the garbage.

Cans (Steel [tin-coated] and Aluminum)
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Labels do not have to be removed.

Caps
Caps and lids must be fastened on a plastic bottle/jar/jug/tub in order to be recycled;. Metal lids can be recycled on or off the container.

Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide detectors do not contain any radioactive or hazardous materials, and may be disposed of at the Beaver Street Recycling Center in the electronics container

Carbon Paper
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Carburetor Cleaner
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Cardboard (corrugated)
Accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Center in the compactor or cut up and put in your recycling cart.

(boxboard)

The clean portions of a pizza box may be recycled, but any portions that are greasy or have food adhering must be placed in the garbage.

Cardboard Tubes from Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center or cut up and put in your recycling cart.

Cards
Greeting cards that include foil or glitter are not recyclable. Otherwise, greeting cards are accepted curbside in your recycling cart and the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Playing cards are not recyclable, due to their waxy coating. 

Carpeting & Rugs (Area Rugs, Carpet with or without padding)
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545, one piece of burnable indoor furniture can be picked up weekly.  No metal or outdoor furniture.  There is a disposal fee.

Cars
Allied Recycling has a car pick up program.

Cassette Tapes and Cassette Tape Boxes
These cannot be recycled locally.
GreenDisk offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of “techno-trash.” See their site for more info.
Otherwise, dispose of cassette tapes and boxes in the garbage.

Catalogs & Magazines
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center. Plastic wrappers, if any, must be removed and placed in the trash; plastic wrappers are not recyclable. (Paper magazine wrappers can be recycled.)  

CCA-Treated Wood (pressure-treated)
Can be brought to Covanta Transfer Station in Holliston or a local licensed hauler and drop off center.

CDs and CD Trays
Do not put CDs or their trays in the recycling. 
GreenDisk  offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of “techno-trash.” See their site for more info.
Otherwise, dispose of CDs and their plastic trays in the garbage.

Cell Phone
Cell phones contain hazardous materials and should not be put in the trash.  They may also be brought to be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center or DPW office, 257 Fisher Street.
 
Cell phones can be donated at the Franklin Fire Department for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program.

Cement
Disposal is available at theBeaver Street Recycling Center.

There may be a disposal fee.

 

Cereal Boxes
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Remove any inner bag and dispose in the garbage.  The bag is not recyclable.

Charcoal
Charcoal may be placed in the garbage
once it is stone cold!

Chemistry Kit
This is non-hazardous material and can be put in your trash
.

Chlorine Bleach
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center

Christmas Tree Lights
Strings of Christmas tree lights may be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center which will reclaim the metal in the wiring..

Christmas Trees
Natural trees can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
 
For Christmas tree curbside collection see the annual solid waste calendar.

Cigarette Lighters
These may be placed in the garbage.

Cinder Blocks
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Clapboards
Disposal is available at any local licensed hauler and drop off center.

There is a disposal fee. 

 

Clasp Envelopes
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Cleaners
All-Purpose Cleaner, Ammonia, Bathroom Cleaner, Chlorine Bleach, Disinfectant, Drain Cleaner, Oven Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Upholstery Cleaner, Septic Tank Cleaner

All of these products are considered Household Hazardous Waste and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  It is important not to pour these chemicals down the drain because they have been known to have adverse effects in septic systems and at wastewater treatment plants.  They can also contaminate groundwater and drinking water. It is unsafe to dispose of them in the garbage because they can be harmful to sanitation workers.

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Clothing
Clothing, sneakers, shoes, boots, slippers, belts, ties, purses, pillows, bedding (comforters, sheets, blankets), table linens, stuffed animals, and draperies/curtains can be placed in Salvation Army or Goodwill boxes, or brought to Salvation Army stores. These textile items can be in almost any condition, as anything not deemed appropriate for the charities' stores will be sold to a textile recycler. Moth-eaten, torn, and stained fabrics are all acceptable. However, all items must be DRY.

Recycle at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

DENIM in any condition can be recycled into insulation. Mail denim products to the Blue to Green Denim Recycling Program, 431 North 47th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85043.  See guidelines at: http://www.cottonfrombluetogreen.org/

 

Coal Ash
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage after it is cold

Coat Hangers
Metal: Do not put metal coathangers into the curbside recycling cart. Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
  Also many dry cleaners accept used hangers in good shape.

Plastic: Recyclable at the Beaver Street Recycling Center in rigid plastic.

Colored Glass Bottles
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center. Please remove caps and rinse bottles before recycling. 

Compact Disks and Compact Disk Trays 
Do not put compact disks or their trays in the recycling.
GreenDisk offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of “techno-trash.” See their site for more info.
Otherwise, dispose of CDs and their plastic trays in the garbage.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Compact fluorescents (CFLs) cannot be placed in the trash because they contain a small amount of mercury. They can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. There is no charge. 

Computer Disks
Computer disks cannot be recycled in Franklin. You can either throw them in the trash or arrange to recycle them through GreenDisk. GreenDisk accepts for recycling a wide range of "technotrash," including diskettes, print cartridges, cell phones, and all forms of electronic media and cases. There is a fee for the service. 

Computer Monitors
Computer monitors and televisions contain lead, mercury, cadmium and other hazardous substances. Placing computer monitors in the trash is prohibited by state regulations. Proper disposal is available to all District residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center. 
Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545, one piece of burnable indoor furniture can be picked up weekly.  No metal or outdoor furniture.  There is a disposal fee.

Computer Peripherals (including speakers)
Printers should be recycled when possible (see above). Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.   Keyboards, mice, track balls, and speakers can be disposed of in the electronics container at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Computers (CPUs)
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Concrete
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Construction and Demolition Debris
Construction materials are not accepted at the Recycling Center or curbside in the trash or recycling carts.  Please contact a licensed hauler and drop off center below for more information and services.

Construction Paper
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
 

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Cooking Oil
Never pour used cooking oil down the drain. Recycle at the Beaver Street Recycling Center in the oil container.

Cooking Oil Bottle (empty)
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart and at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Cookware
Metal cookware is recyclable at the Beaver Street Recycling Center, other types must go in the trash.

Copy Machine
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Copy Paper
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Corks
Wine corks can be reused in various creative ways, or tossed in the garbage. They cannot go in your recycling bin. If you don't have a use for your corks, they can nevertheless have a second life through ReCORK, which reuses corks to make shoe soles. Another option: Yemm& Hart, which produces recycled building materials, turns used corks into floor and wall tiles. Consumer pays for shipping (follow the link for much more info).

Copy Paper Wrapper
Paper wrappers for copy paper is accepted for paper recycling, due to the plastic moisture barrier that coats the wrapper.  Plastic wrappers for copy paper are not accepted in plastics recycling. 

Couch
Disposal for curbside call Waste Management at 800-972-4545.  You may also call a licensed hauler and drop off center below for pickup and/or disposal.  There is a disposal fee.

Creosote (from woodstoves)
Creosote cleaned out from woodstoves can be placed in the trash. 

Creosote Sealer
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

CRTs & TVs
Placing CRTs and TVs in the trash is prohibited by state regulations. Proper disposal is available to all District residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545, one piece of burnable indoor furniture can be picked up weekly.  No metal or outdoor furniture.  There is a disposal fee.

 

Cups
Cups -- whether paper or china -- are not recyclable.  Plastic can be put in your curbside recycling cart, clean Styrofoam can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

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Degreaser
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers contain freon. Disposal is available to all District residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Detergent Bottles
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Rinse well.

Diapers
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. Fabric diapers which are clean but worn out make great rags. 

Diesel Fuel
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the oil container.

Dirt
Dirt can be placed in a compost pile, yard, or garden plot.

Dishes/Dishware
If still in good condition, dishes may be donated to local resale shops (such as Salvation Army) or rummage sales, or offered at a tag sale. Dishes in any condition are unfortunately not recyclable.

Dishwasher
Disposal is available to all District residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Disinfectant
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Disposable Dishes & Utensils
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Disposable Food Containers (Lunchables, etc)
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Doors
Doors are construction debris and can be brought to Covanta Transfer Station in Holliston or use a local licensed hauler and drop off center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Drain Cleaner
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Drink Boxes (empty) 

 Not recyclable and need to go in the trash.


Drinking Glasses
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Dry Cleaning Bags& Hangers
Bags: Your dry cleaner may take them. They are also acceptable in the plastic bag recycling programs offered by some grocery stores. Otherwise they are not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.
Hangers (metal) Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.   
 Dry cleaners gladly accept hangers in good condition.

Dryer
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

DVDs
Do not put DVDs or their cases in the recycling.  
GreenDisk offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of “techno-trash.” See their site for more info.
Otherwise, dispose of DVDs in the garbage.

DVD Player
Recyclable at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

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Egg Cartons
Clear, molded plastic egg cartons (“clamshells”) are recyclable with bottles & cans. Styrofoam egg cartons are recyclable at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  

Electronics
Answering Machines, Cell Phones, Computer-related Items, Copy Machines, CRTs & TVs, DVD Players, Fax Machines, Microwaves, Pagers, Printers, Satellite Dishs, Scanners, Stereos, Telephones, Television Sets, VCRs, Video Game Systems

Electronics can be safely recycled at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  State regulations prohibit throwing away cathode ray tubes (CRTs) or flat screen TVs, monitors and laptops.

End Table
Disposal is available curbside through the Bulk Burnable program or handled through a local licensed hauler and drop off center.
There is a disposal fee.

Engine Degreaser
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Envelopes
Even with stamps and plastic windows, envelopes are accepted curside in the recycling cart or the Beaver Street Recycling Center. Tyvek envelopes are not recyclable. 

Epoxy
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Explosives
Call Franklin Police Department 508-528-1212 immediately for proper disposal.

Eyeglasses
Some charitable organizations accept eyeglasses. Find a local Lions Club which will accept your glasses for reuse. Otherwise, they are unfortunately not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

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Fabric
Fabric can be placed in Salvation Army or Goodwill boxes, or brought to Salvation Army stores. Textiles can be in almost any condition, as anything not deemed appropriate for the charities' stores will be sold to a textile recycler. Moth-eaten, torn, and stained fabrics are all acceptable. However, all items must be DRY. Clothing is accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Facial Tissue
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Fax Machine
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  There may be a disposal fee.

Fencing (metal)
Disposal is available to all District residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center

Fencing (wood)
Disposal is available at the Covanta Transfer Station in Holliston or a local licensed hauler and drop off center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Fiberglass Insulation  

Disposal is available at the Covanta Beaver Street Recycling Center in Holliston or a local licensed hauler and drop off center..
There may be a disposal fee.

File Folders
Accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Center in Paper recycling and curbside.

Film Canisters
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Fire Extinguisher 
There are several types of fire extinguishers and ways to dispose of them. 

Read the label on the fire extinguisher before you continue. If it contains carbon tetrachloride you must save it for our household hazardous waste collection.  This chemical is a known carcinogen. Do not discharge or dispose of with your trash. If you have a carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguisher it could be under extreme pressure. You should contact your local fire department or call the solid waste district for assistance.

For other types of extinguishers: If the fire extinguisher is discharged or has lost all pressure, use tools to unscrew the valve from the base.  Wear a dust mask or respirator and goggles and work outdoors. Slowly pour the powder inside the base into a trash bag.  Avoid making a cloud of dust from the contents. The powder is not toxic but should not be breathed.  The powder and the valve can be disposed of as trash. The metal base can be recycled with scrap metal.

If the fire extinguisher has some pressure remaining you can discharge it in an area where an acidic fertilizer would be used, such as around evergreens. Do not use on lawns. When relieving the pressure (emptying) the container for disposal, review manufacturers' instructions, or, if unavailable, use the PASS technique:

·         Pull the pin: this unlocks the operating lever and allows you to discharge the extinguisher. Some extinguishers may have other seals or tamper indicators.

·         Aim low: Point the extinguisher nozzle (or hose) at the base of the item.

·         Squeeze the lever above the handle: this discharges the extinguishing agent. Releasing the lever will stop the discharge. (Some extinguishers have a button instead of a lever.)

·         Sweep from side to side.

The powder and the valve can be disposed of as trash. The metal base can be recycled with scrap metal at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Fireworks
Do not throw unused fireworks in the trash. Live fireworks are extremely dangerous, and must be disposed of properly. Call the Franklin Fire Department. 

Flags
For proper disposal of U.S. flags that are no longer in usable condition, contact your local American Legion, Elks or VFW post.
 Flags can also be brought to the Town Clerk’s office.

Flammable Liquids
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to Clean Harbors in Braintree.

Flea Killer/Flea Shampoo
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Fliers
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and Paper recycling at the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Flooring
Flooring is construction debris and need to be picked up or brought to a licensed hauler and drop off center

Fluorescent Bulbs, including compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
These contain mercury and cannot be placed in the trash. They can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. There is no charge.

Food
Compost in your backyard or in a worm bin, or dispose of in the garbage. 

Freezers
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Freezer Packs
Ice packs/freezer packs (used to keep food cold) are not hazardous and may be thrown out with your regular household trash. Do not puncture them. Do not place them in your recycling, even if the liquid has leaked out.

Freon
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Fungicide
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
 

Furniture
Bookcases, Box Springs, Bureaus, Cabinets, Couches, End Tables, Kitchen/Dining Tables, Loveseats, Mattresses (standard or waterbed), Over-stuffed Chairs, Upholstered Chairs, Wooden Furniture

Disposal is available to all curbside solid waste customers limited to one per week and by local licensed hauler and drop off centers.
There is a disposal fee.

Furniture in good condition can be sold or donated for re-use.

Furniture Polish
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Futons
Disposal is available to all curbside solid waste customers limited to one per week and by local licensed hauler and drop off centers.
There is a disposal fee.

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Garden Hose
 Garden hoses are not recyclable and go in the trash.

Gas Treatments

These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Gasoline
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Gift Wrap
Gift wrap that is foil or metallic is not recyclable. Otherwise, gift wrap can be put in your recycling cart or the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Glass

Since glass does not degrade, a bottle thrown in a landfill today would still be around in the year 3000. That's why it's so important to recycle any glass food or beverage container. In addition to saving landfill space, recycling saves energy. For example, recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours. Any clear, green, or brown glass bottle which held a food or beverage and is smaller than 2.5 gallons can be recycled. Empty and rinse; discard caps in trash. Labels and neck rings can be left on. 

 

There are other glass items that unfortunately cannot be recycled.
No light bulbs
No window glass
No auto glass
No broken glass
No dishes
No drinking glasses
No mirrors
No Pyrex

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Glass Bottles
Accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Center and curbside in the recycing cart. Empty and rinse before recycling. Caps and corks go in the trash. Labels and neck rings can be left on.

Glossy Paper
Accepted at the
Beaver Street Recycling Center and curbside in the recycing cart.

Grass Clippings
Grass clippings are banned from trash in Massachusetts. They may be left on the lawn after the grass is cut or added to compost. Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Grease
Automotive: This can be put in a bag in your trash.
Cooking: Place in the garbage.

Greeting Cards
Greeting cards that include foil or glitter are not recyclable. Otherwise, greeting cards are accepted curbside and the Beaver Street Recycling Center. Before recycling, remove the electronics from greeting cards that talk or sing, and recycle the button battery(s). 

Grocery Bags
Paper: Accepted curbside and at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
Plastic: Check with local supermarkets for recycling programs. They can be reused as trash liners for small trash bins; otherwise they must be thrown in the garbage.

Guns
Call Franklin Police Department 508-528-1212 for proper disposal.

Gypsum (Sheetrock)
Disposal is available at the Covanta Transfer Station in Holliston or a local licensed hauler and drop off center.
There may be a disposal fee.

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Halogen Bulbs
These may be disposed of in the garbage.

Halogen Lamps
These may be taken to the
Beaver Street Recycling Center

Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. See the linked pages for more details. 


Health Care and Personal Care Products
Some health care and personal care products are hazardous and should not be placed in the trash. Items marked Caution, Caustic, Corrosive, Danger, Flammable, Poison, Volatile, or Warning should be considered hazardous products. Accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Any product that is not labeled as above can be disposed of in the trash. Empty liquids prior to placing containers in the trash. Some plastic bottles, such as those that contained rubbing alchohol and hydrogen peroxide, can be recycled.

Hearing Aids
Remove and recycle
battery. Dispose of the hearing aid itself in the garbage. Or you can donate your hearing aid to Hear Now, which collects all makes and models of hearing aids and provides them to people who can't afford to buy them. 

Helium Tanks
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center

Herbicide
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

HID Lights (Sodium, Mercury, Metal Halide)
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Holiday Lights
Strings of holiday lights may be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Do NOT put them in recycling boxes or in the scrap metal.

Hot Tub
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center
There is a disposal fee.

Hypodermic Needles
Hypodermic needles should not be placed in the trash or recycling.  Bring to the Franklin DPW at 257 Fisher Street in an approved sharps container.

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Ice-cream Cartons
Ice cream cartons are made of wet strength paper, which is not water soluble, and therefore not usable in most paper making processes.  Dispose of with trash.

Ice Packs
Ice packs/freezer packs (used to keep food cold) are not hazardous and may be thrown out with your regular household trash. Do not puncture them. Do not place them in your recycling, even if the liquid has leaked out.

Incandescent Light Bulbs
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the trash. 

Inflatable Packaging
Plastic inflatable packaging -- NOT bubble wrap, but sealed plastic bags filled with air -- can be included in grocery store plastic bag recycling collection bins, if the packaging is labeled with a "2" or a "4". The bags must first be popped to let the air out. 

Ink Cartridges
Ink cartridges are accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Center

Inner Tubes (only with tires)
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Insecticide
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Insulation
Disposal is available at the Covanta Transfer Station in Holliston or a local licensed hauler and drop off center.
There may be a disposal fee.

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Juice Bottles (glass and plastic)
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center. Discard caps in the garbage. 

Juice Boxes
Not recyclable, goes in the trash.

Juice Cans (metal)
Accepted curbside in the recycing cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Juice Concentrate (Frozen) Containers
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. The cardboard the tube is made out of is coated and therefore not recyclable. The metal ends when just thrown in loose fall through the machines and end up in the trash.

Junk Cars
Allied Recycling in Walpole has a junk car pick up program.

Junk Mail
Unwanted mail & catalogs are recyclable, but it makes more sense to reduce them at the source:

·         DirectMail.com – free service to remove your name from commercial mailing lists;

·         Catalog Choice – free service to stop delivery of unwanted catalogs;

·         OptOutPrescreen.com – free service to end pre-approved credit card & insurance offers;

·         YellowPagesGoesGreen – free service to take your name off phonebook mailing lists; and

·         EcoLogical Mail Coalition – paid service to help businesses eliminate mail addressed to former employees.

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Kerosene
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the oil container.

Kitchen/Dining Tables
Disposal curbside for wood indoor tables is by calling Waste Management at 800-972-4545.  
There may be a disposal fee.

Kitty Litter
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the trash cart. Kitty litter should not be composted. 
The plastic litter container can be recycled in the rigid plastic at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Kitty Litter Buckets
Plastic buckets and pails that contained kitty litter are recyclable at the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in rigid plastic.

"Kleenex"
Facial tissues (Kleenex or any other brand) are not recyclable and must be placed in the trash.

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Latex Paint
Latex paint is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage once the paint is dry. Paint will air dry if the lid is left off the can. However, if there is a large quantity remaining in the can, it will require a very long time to dry. You can speed up the process by stirring in clean kitty litter. Can can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the metal container.

Laundry Detergent Bottles
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Laundry Detergent Boxes
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Lawn Mowers (Riding& Push)
Before disposing of any lawn mower, remove the gas and oil.  Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Lead & Oil Based Paints
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

There may be a disposal fee.

 

Lead Paint Chips
Lead paint chips are not considered a hazardous waste.

Leaves/Yard Waste
Leaves and yard waste are banned from trash in Massachusetts. Please compost them if possible. Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Lids and Caps
Lids and caps can be put in your recycling cart.  Metal lids can be recycled on or off the container. 

Lighting

Fluorescent Bulbs, including compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)
These contain mercury and cannot be placed in the trash. They can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. There is no charge.

Holiday Lights
Strings of holiday lights may be brought directly to the Beaver Street Recycling Center which will reclaim the metal in the wiring.  Do NOT put them in recycling boxes or in the scrap metal collections at transfer stations.

Light Ballasts
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Light Bulbs (incandescent or halogen)
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. 

Lighter Fluid
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center and put in the oil container.

Linseed Oil 
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the
Beaver Street Recycling Center. And put in the oil container.

Lithium and Lithium-Ion Batteries
Please note there are 2 types of “lithium” batteries, and they need to be disposed of differently. Lithium-Ion batteries are rechargeable and should be collected with rechargeables. Plain lithium batteries are most often used in cameras and look a lot like AAA alkaline batteries. Some are short and squat, and some are almost rectangular. They should be collected with button batteries. Read on for more details. 

Lithium: Lithium batteries are used in many applications but most often in cameras. The word “lithium” is printed on the battery. Be sure to check all batteries; some lithium batteries, such as the AA size or short and fat lithium batteries used in cameras, resemble alkaline batteries, but should be recycled properly in the same collection container as button batteries.  These can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center
Lithium-Ion: These rechargeable batteries are typically found 
in ipods and laptop computers. They can be recycled in the Call2Recycle boxes at the DPW office at 257 Fisher Street or the Beaver Street Recycling Center

Lottery Tickets
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or single stream at the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Loveseat
Disposal is available curbside for indoor wood furniture by calling Waste Management at 800-972-4545.  There is a disposal fee.

LP (Liquid Propane) Tanks
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center. There may be a disposal fee.

Lumber
Lumber is construction debris and should be handled through a licensed hauler and drop off center below.
There may be a disposal fee.

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Magazines & Catalogs
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center single stream container. Plastic wrappers, if any, must be removed and placed in the trash; plastic wrappers are not recyclable. (Paper magazine wrappers can be recycled.) 

Margarine Tubs
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center single stream container.  Rinse well.

Mattresses (all types)
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center or curbside by calling Waste Management at 800-972-4545.  There may be a disposal fee. 
For large quantities of mattresses,
Conigliaro Industries of Framingham operates a mattress recycling program:  508-872-9668 or 888-266-4425.

Medical& Infectious Waste
Available at the DPW office, 257 Fisher Street.

Medications

Bring your unwanted medications to any participating police station in the Franklin County area during operating hours. (See list below.) Simply place the meds in the green MEDRETURN box. Prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and veterinary medications are accepted. Keep them in the original containers. You do not have to cross off personal information. 

Do NOT bring: any liquids, chemotherapy drugs, syringes/needles, or I.V. equipment.

Collection location

Address

Hours

FRANKLIN POLICE STATION

PANTHER WAY

24 HOURS/ 7 DAYS

The old advice of flushing unwanted medications down the toilet is now known to be the least desirable of all alternatives. Although flushing appears to be the simplest way to prevent unintended use or other diversion, wastewater treatment plants and septic systems are not designed to treat pharmaceutical waste. Don't flush your unwanted medications!

Never burn unwanted medications or personal care products in a burn barrel. Uncontrolled burning can create dioxins and other air pollutants.

Reduce pharmaceutical waste whenever possible: 

Mercury (liquid)
Mercury is toxic and should not be thrown out in the trash! Elemental mercury is a silvery liquid that is commonly used in thermometers and thermostats. Mercury is not hazardous to humans when it is in a sealed device. The danger to health and the environment arises when mercury-containing articles are broken and discarded in the trash. (Or broken after being discarded in the trash.) If you have liquid mercury, it must be brought to DPW 257 Fisher Street or the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  See entries immediately below for additional disposal options for devices containing mercury. 

Mercury-Containing Devices
Mercury-containing devices include thermometers (with silver-colored liquid), thermostats, and fluorescent lights. These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center or the DPW office at 257 Fisher Street. There is no fee for these items. 
Here's a link to more information about mercury

Mercury Thermometers& Thermostats
Mercury is a silvery liquid. If you have a thermometer with mercury in it, bring it to Franklin DPW at 257 Fisher Street or the Beaver Street Recycling Center or  the DPW office at 257 Fisher Street. We offer a free digital thermometer in exchange. (One per household.) If the thermometer has red or blue liquid, it does not contain mercury and may be put in the trash. 
Thermostats must be brought to the DPW at 257 Fisher Street or the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
 

Metal

Steel and aluminum are the major metals in our everyday lives and both are easily recyclable. Recycling one aluminum can saves the energy equivalent of one cup of gasoline. That adds up fast: recycling eight 24-packs of soda is the energy equivalent of filling a 12-gallon gas tank! To recycle beverage cans or food cans, simply rinse them and place in Container recycling.  Larger items like appliances should be taken to the Beaver Street Recycling Center

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Metal Polish
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Microwaves 
The preferred option for disposing of microwaves is with scrap metal at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  

Milk Cartons
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Milk Jugs
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Rinse well before recycling.  

Mineral Oil
Mineral oil should be brought to the oil container at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Mirrors
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Mortar
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Moth Balls
These are a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Motor Oil
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Oil Filters: Used oil filters should be punctured on the dome top and drained while hot. Capture the oil that drains from the filter and consolidate it with other motor oil. Once the filter is drained, it can be placed in scrap metal recycling or in the trash. Oil filters cannot be recycled. Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Motor Oil Bottles (empty)
Motor oil bottles and any other containers that held hazardous materials (that cannot and should not be rinsed clean) are not recyclable and should be thrown away as trash.

Muriatic Acid
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

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Needles, Syringes, & other Sharps
Available at the DPW office 257 Fisher Street in an approved sharps container.  Sharps cannot legally be disposed of in the trash or recycling.

Newspapers (including inserts)
Accepted at curbside in the recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Place loose or in a brown paper bag. Do not bundle, tie, or place in plastic bags.

Nickel-Cadminum (NiCad) Batteries
NiCad batteries, rechargeable batteries that are used in power tools and rechargeable appliances such as handheld vacuum cleaners and rechargeable toothbrushes and razors, are a hazardous material. They can be recycled in the Call2Recycle boxes at the DPW office, 257 Fisher Street and the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) Batteries
NiCad batteries, rechargeable batteries that are used in power tools and rechargeable appliances such as handheld vacuum cleaners and rechargeable toothbrushes and razors, are a hazardous material. They can be recycled in the Call2Recycle boxes at the DPW office, 257 Fisher Street and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.   

Nickel-Zinc (Ni-Zn) Batteries
NiCad batteries, rechargeable batteries that are used in power tools and rechargeable appliances such as handheld vacuum cleaners and rechargeable toothbrushes and razors, are a hazardous material. They can be recycled in the Call2Recycle boxes at the DPW office, 257 Fisher Street and the Beaver Street Recycling Center. 
 

No-Pest Strips
These are need to go into the trash.

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Office Paper (white and colored)
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  There is no need to remove staples. Do remove plastic binders. 

Oil Filters
Used oil filters should be punctured on the dome top and drained while hot. Capture the oil that drains from the filter and consolidate it with other motor oil. Once the filter is drained, it can be taken to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  They may be accepted by some auto repair shops.

Oily Soil
Call Clean Harbors at (781) 380-7175 or email us. 

Oven Cleaner
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Overhead Transparencies
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Over-stuffed Chairs
Disposal is available curbside by calling Waste Management at 800-972-4545 or using one of the below licensed hauler and drop off centers.
There is a disposal fee.

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Packing Peanuts & Bubble Wrap
Please call 1-800-828-2214 for the peanuts collection nearest you or call 1-800-789-4623 for the nearest Mailboxes Etc. The District office may also be able to suggest local merchants who can reuse these materials. They are unfortunately not recyclable and if not reused, must be placed in the garbage. 

CORNSTARCH packing peanuts may be reused or composted in a backyard bin. They are not accepted by package shipping stores or by commercial composters. If you can't use or compost them, throw they away in your trash.

Padded Envelopes 
Reuse if possible; otherwise discard in trash. These envelopes are not recyclable.

Pagers
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Pails
Metal pails: Disposal is available to all District residents at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Plastic pails: Clean plastic pails are rigid plastic recyclable at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
 

Paints

If the paint is still in usable condition, you can ask a local community theatre group or school theatre department if they would like to have it.  Otherwise: 

Latex Paint
Latex paint is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the trash or brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Paints & Stains (Lead & Oil based)
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Water-based Stain
Water-based stain is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage or the Beaver Street Recycling Center once the stain is dry. Do not bring water-based stain to the Household Hazardous Waste Day; it will not be accepted. 

Paint Cans (empty)
Cans must be completely empty and dry. Disposal is available  at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Paint Thinner
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Pallets
See our licensed hauler and drop off centers. 

Pamphlets
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center 

Pantyhose
Worn-out pantyhose, nylon knee-highs, and tights can be sent to No Nonsense for recycling. Any brand is accepted. (Read more info and download a mailing label at the link.)  

Paper

When recycling in Franklin, all you have to do is put it loose in the recycling cart or bring to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. For detailed information about what paper can and cannot be recycled:

 

Please do not put recyclable paper in plastic bags, as plastic bags are not recyclable. 

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Paper Towels
Paper towels are unfortunately not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. However, the cardboard tubes may be included with Paper recycling. (The cardboard tubes from toilet paper may also be recycled.) 

Paperboard
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

PCB Ballast
These is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

PCB Transformers
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Peanut Butter Jars (plastic or glass)
The jars for peanut butter, whether plastic or glass, are accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center. Rinse well.

Pellet Bags
Pellet bags can be reused as trash bags. They cannot be recycled with plastic containers or in grocery store plastic bag recycling programs.  

Pepper Spray
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Franklin Police Department.

Pesticide
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Phone Books
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Phones
Land-line phones: Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
Cell phones: Cell phones contain hazardous materials and should not be put in the trash.  They are accepted at the Fire Department for the Phones for Soliers program, DPW office 257 Fisher Street and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Photographic Chemicals
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Pianos
Depending on the condition of the piano, you may be able to sell it or give it away. If the instrument cannot be restored to playable condition, it can be disassembled. The metal can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center, while the wood and plastic would go in the trash or brought to a licensed hauler and drop off center..

Picture Glass
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. 

Pizza Boxes 
IF there are portions of the box (such as the lid) that are grease-free and food-free, they can be accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Only clean boxes, or the clean parts of boxes, can be recycled. 

Plaster
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.
 

Plastics

Many plastics are accepted curbside and the Beaver Street Recycling Center where large rigid plastic is also accepted.

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Plastic Bags
Plastic bags may NOT be put into regular recycling bins used for curbside or transfer station recycling. However, many supermarkets, grocery stores, and dry cleaners, as well as some large chain stores do accept plastic bags for recycling. These programs accept plastic grocery bags, plastic newspaper bags, dry cleaning bags, bread bags, CLEAN sandwich/ziploc bags, the outer plastic wrapping from toilet paper/paper towels/napkins, and any plastic bag with the number "2" or "4" inside the recycling symbol. (Some produce bags are labelled 2 or 4.) The bags must be empty, clean, and dry. Remember to check for receipts, coins, and trash before you put bags in the collection box. The continuation of plastic bag collection programs is dependent on these guidelines being scrupulously followed! 

Plastic Furniture
Plastic furniture is accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Remove all non-plastic parts first.

Plastic Shopping Bags
Please do not put recyclable materials (mixed paper, glass/metal/plastic containers) in plastic bags; they only cause problems for recycling facilities. Plastic bags can be reused many times, but reusable shopping bags are a much better alternative. Plastic grocery sacks can be recycled at most supermarkets (Big Y, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods, etc.) and many large retail stores (Wal-Mart). In addition, most dry cleaners will accept clothing bags for recycling.

Plastic Utensils
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Plastic Wrap
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Plates 
Glass, ceramic, plastic, or metal: If still in good condition, plates may be donated to local resale shops (such as Survival Center, Salvation Army) or rummage sales, or offered at a tag sale. Plates in any condition are unfortunately not recyclable.
Paper: Unfortunately not recyclable and must be placed in the trash. Whately and Northfield residents can put paper plates in the compost bin at their towns' transfer stations. 

Plexiglass
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage. 

Plywood
Disposal is available from the licensed hauler and drop off centers below.

Polyurethane and other Floor & Deck Finishes
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Pool Chemicals
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Posters
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Posters that have been mounted on foam core are not recyclable. 

Post-It Notes
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Prescription Drugs

Bring your unwanted medications to any participating police station in the Franklin County area during operating hours. Simply place the meds in the green MEDRETURN box. Prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and veterinary medications are accepted. Keep them in the original containers. You do not have to cross off personal information. 

Do NOT bring: I.V. equipment.

Collection location

Address

Hours

FRANKLIN POLICE STATION

PANTHER WAY

24 HOURS/ 7 DAYS

The old advice of flushing unwanted medications down the toilet is now known to be the least desirable of all alternatives. Although flushing appears to be the simplest way to prevent unintended use or other diversion, wastewater treatment plants and septic systems are not designed to treat pharmaceutical waste. Don't flush your unwanted medications!

Never burn unwanted medications or personal care products in a burn barrel. Uncontrolled burning can create dioxins and other air pollutants.

Reduce pharmaceutical waste whenever possible: 

Pressure-Treated Lumber
Pressure-treated wood should only be disposed of by a local licensed hauler and drop off center.

Printers
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Propane Tanks
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Push Lawn Mower
Before disposing of any lawn mower, remove the gas and oil. Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

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Radiator Flush
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Radioactive Material
Call Clean Harbors at 800.444.4244 

Rags
These can be used for many household cleaning projects. Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage after you're done re-using them.

Rags-Oily
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage after you're done re-using them. 

Railroad Ties
Call the a local licensed hauler and drop off center below. 

Receipts
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Rechargeable Batteries
Rechargeable batteries are a hazardous material. There are numerous types: Lithium-Ion, Nickel-Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Nickel-Zinc, and Sealed Lead Acid. They can be recycled in the Call2Recycle boxes at the DPW office 257 Fisher Street and Beaver Street Recycling Center

Further information on disposal of rechargeable and other types of batteries

Refrigerant
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Refrigerators
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Ribbon
Ribbon can be used over and over. When it is beyond reuse, it must be placed in the trash. It is not recyclable.

Riding Lawn Mower
Before disposing of any lawn mower, remove the gas and oil. Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Rodent Killer
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Roofing
Disposal is available from a local licensed hauler and drop off center.

Roofing Tar
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to theBeaver Street Recycling Center.
Latex Roofing Tar: This is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage, once it is dried out. 

Root Killer
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Rototiller
Before disposing of a rototiller, remove the gas and oil. Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Rust Inhibitor
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

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Sandwich Baggies
If they have been thoroughly washed (no food residue), plastic sandwich baggies are acceptable at supermarket plastic bag recycling collection centers. They can also be washed and re-used repeatedly. They cannot go in the regular recycling. 

Satellite Dish
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Sawdust
Unfortunately, not recyclable and may be placed in the garbage. In small quantities, it can be added to compost, but it is slow to break down. In some cases, it can be used as mulch. 

Scanners
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Scrapbooking Papers
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Scrap Metal
(for example: Bicycle, Riding and Push Mowers, Rototiller, Snowblower)
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Scrubs
Not recyclable, can go in the trash. 

Sealant
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
Latex Sealant: This is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage, once it is dried out.

Sealed Lead Acid Batteries
Small sealed lead rechargeable batteries found in computers, electronic equipment, power tools, exit lights, security systems, weed trimmers, wheelchairs, and personal UPS units can be recycled at the Beaver Street Recycling Center. 

There may be a disposal fee.

Septic Tank Cleaner
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Shampoo Bottles
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center

Sharps
Available at the DPW office 257 Fisher Street in an approved sharps container.  Sharps cannot legally be disposed of in the trash or recycling.

Sheet Glass
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Sheetrock
Disposal is available at the Covanta Transfer Station in Holliston or a local licensed hauler and drop off center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Shingles
Disposal is available at the Covanta Transfer Station in Holliston or a local licensed hauler and drop off center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Shoes
Salvation Army accepts shoes in wearable condition, but also ones that are missing a mate, stained, ripped, or broken. (Shoes no longer in a condition to be resold for wearing are recycled into insulation or other products.) 

Shredded Paper
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  The shredded paper must be inside a paper bag. 

Siding
Pressure-treated wood should only be disposed of by a local licensed hauler and drop off center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Sinks
Disposal available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Smoke Detectors
The most common type of smoke detector is an ionization detector, which can be placed in the trash.

Sneakers
One World Running will send still-wearable shoes to athletes in need in Africa, Latin America, and Haiti. Worn-out shoes can be turned into playground and athletic flooring in Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe program.

Snowblower
Before disposing of a snowblower, remove the gas and oil. Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Soap bottles
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Caps and pumps should be removed and placed in the garbage.

Soda & Beer Cartons
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Soda Bottles
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center

Solvents
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Soymilk Boxes and Cartons
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and the
Beaver Street Recycling Center. Rinse well.

Spa
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Spiral Notebooks and Tablets
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center. It's not necessary to remove the spirals before recycling!

Sporting Goods
Resell or donate if they are in good condition. Otherwise they are not recyclable. 
Small items: May be placed in the garbage. 
Large items: Disposal is available for metal items at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Spot Remover/Solvents
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Spray Paint
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Stains (oil-based)
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee. 

Stains (water-based)
Water-based stain is not a hazardous waste. It can be disposed of in the regular garbage once the stain is dry. Do not bring water-based stain to the Household Hazardous Waste Day; it will not be accepted.

Steel Cans
Accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Stereos
Disposal is available at the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Sticky Notes
Accepted curbside in the recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Stove
Disposal is availableat the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Street Sand
May be placed in the grass clippings at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Stuffed Animals (toys, not taxidermy!)

Toy stuffed animals in any condition are accepted by the Salvation Army, as long as they are dry. They can be recycled into insulation or stuffing if they are not in resaleable condition. 

Styrofoam (Polystyrene)
There are no local outlets for recycling polystyrene.     
Foam blocks, like the packaging typically used to secure electronics or appliances in shipping, are called "expanded polystyrene molders" or EPS. Clean, uncontaminated EPS packaging can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. 
The EPS should be free from any significant dirt, tape, or any other contaminants and should be marked with the plastics symbol #6 (in the triangle or chasing arrows).  Clean Foodservice items are accepted.

Styrofoam Peanuts
Clean bagged with no organic or vinyl accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Center

Syringes & Needles
Available at the DPW office 257 Fisher Street in an approved sharps container.  Sharps cannot legally be disposed of in the trash or recycling.

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Tanks
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee.

 

Taxidermy

Taxidermy items are to be placed in the trash.

Telephone
Land-line phones: Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
Cell phones: Cell phones contain hazardous materials and should not be put in the trash.  There are numerous charitable and for-profit organizations that accept donations, including:  Call2Recycle.org and recellular.com. Verizon’s HopeLine phone recycling program collects and donates wireless phones & equipment to assist victims of domestic violence.  You can also drop them off at most stores that sell cellular phones and electronics, including (but not limited to) Staples, Radio Shack and Best Buy. They may also be brought to be brought to the Fire Department for the Phones for Soldiers program, the DPW office 257 Fisher Street or Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Television Sets
Placing televisions in the trash is prohibited by state regulations. Proper disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Curbside pick up is available by calling Waste Management at 800-972-4545.
There is a disposal fee.

Textiles
Clothing, sneakers, shoes, boots, slippers, belts, ties, purses, pillows, bedding (comforters, sheets, blankets), table linens, stuffed animals, and draperies/curtains can be placed in Salvation Army or Goodwill boxes, or brought to Salvation Army stores. These textile items can be in almost any condition, as anything not deemed appropriate for the charities' stores will be sold to a textile recycler. Moth-eaten, torn, and stained fabrics are all acceptable. However, all items must be DRY. 
Clothing is also accepted at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Worn-out clothing can also be used at home for rags. For medical uniforms, see Scrubs.

Thermometers & Thermostats
Mercury is a silvery liquid. If you have a thermometer with mercury in it, bring it to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  If the thermometer has red or blue liquid, it does not contain mercury and may be put in the trash.

Tiles
Disposal is available at the Covanta Transfer Station in Holliston or a local licensed hauler and drop off center.
There may be a disposal fee. 

 

Tin Cans
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center. Rinse thoroughly. 

Tires
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Tissue Paper
Tissue paper is accepted curbside in the recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Toilet Paper 
Toilet paper is not recyclable. However, the cardboard tubes may be included with Paper recycling. (The cardboard tubes from paper towels may also be recycled.) 

Toilets
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Toys
Charitable organizations (Salvation Army, Goodwill, local churches) may take those in good condition. Sometimes local organizations hold short-term toy drives, which are typically advertised in the local media and with fliers. Most toys are not recyclable and, if not in reusable condition, must be placed in the garbage. Plastic toys are not recyclable even if they show the recycling (chasing arrows) symbol. Stuffed animal toys in any condition are accepted by the Salvation Army; they can be recycled into insulation or stuffing if they are not in resaleable condition. 

Transmission Fluid
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center
  and put in the oil container.

Transparencies
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

Trash Compactor
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee.

Trees & Brush
Placing trees and brush in the trash is prohibited by state regulations.
Disposal is
available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Typewriter (old-style metal)
Disposal is available at the
Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Typewriter (plastic body)
These can be put in the trash.

Tyvek Envelopes
Tyvek envelopes cannot be put in your paper recycling. However, they are recyclable through a program run by manufacturer Dupont, which converts them into construction materials as an alternative to wood. 

You can also call 1-866-33-TYVEK and ask about the pouch program for recycling. Each pouch holds approximately 200 used Tyvek envelopes.

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Upholstered Chair
Disposal is available curbside by calling Waste Management at 800-972-4545 or using a local licensed hauler and drop off center below.
There is a disposal fee.

Upholstery Cleaner
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center
.

Upholstery Polish
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center
.

Used Cooking Oil
This should be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center
and put in the oil container.

Used Motor Oil
This is hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center
and put in the oil container.

Metal Utensils
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center in the metal container.

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Vacuum Cleaner
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center in the metal container.


Vacuum Cleaner Dust
Must be placed in the garbage. 

 

Varnish
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center
There is a disposal fee.

Vases
If still in good condition, vases may be donated to local resale shops (such as Salvation Army) or rummage sales, or offered at a tag sale. Vases in any condition are unfortunately not recyclable.

VCR
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Vegetable Oil (used) 
Disposal
is at the Beaver Street Recycling Center in the oil container.

Video Cassettes
These cannot be recycled locally.
GreenDisk offers a mail-in option for recycling all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape, audio tape, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes, as well as many other forms of “techno-trash.” See their site for more info. 
Otherwise, dispose of video cassettes in the garbage.

Video Game System
Disposal is available at
the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

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Wallboard
Disposal is available at the Covanta Transfer Station in Holliston or a local licensed hauler and drop off center.
There may be a disposal fee.
 

Washing Machine
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Water Bottles
Bottles that held bottled water are accepted curbside in the recycling cart and the Beaver Street Recycling Center. Water bottles intended for re-use, such as Nalgene bottles and bicycle bottles, are not recyclable. 

Water Heaters (residential)
Disposal is available at
the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Waterbed Mattress
These are not recyclable and must be put in the trash.

Weed Killer
This is a hazardous material and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Wet Paper
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage.

White Goods
Dishwasher, Dryer, Freezer, Refrigerator, Stove, Washing Machine
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There may be a disposal fee.

White Paper
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Remove binders. 

 

Window Frames (with or without glass)
Disposal is available at one of the local licensed hauler and drop off centers below.
There may be a disposal fee.

Window Glass (out of frames)
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage or a local licensed hauler and drop off center.  

Windshields
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage or a local licensed hauler and drop off center.

Wine Corks
Corks can be reused in various creative ways, or tossed in the garbage. They cannot go in your recycling bin. If you don't have a use for your corks, they can nevertheless have a second life through ReCORK, which reuses corks to make shoe soles. Ryan & Casey Liquors in Greenfield is now a drop-off spot for ReCORK. Bring your (natural) wine corks back to the store for recycling. Another option: Yemm& Hart, which produces recycled building materials, turns used corks into floor and wall tiles. Consumer pays for shipping (follow the link for much more info).

Wire Hangers (scrap metal)
Disposal is available at the Beaver Street Recycling Center.  Dry cleaners will also accept wire hangers in good condition.

Wood
Unfortunately, not recyclable and must be placed in the garbage or a local licensed hauler and drop off center.  

Wood Ash
Unfortunately, not recyclable and may be placed in the garbage, once it is stone cold.

Wood Pellet Bags
Pellet bags can be reused as trash bags. They cannot be recycled with plastic containers or in grocery store plastic bag recycling programs. However, as of August 2011, a pellet bag recycling initiative has been launched in Franklin County. Collection bins for pellet bags can now be found at Bernardston Farmer's Supply, the Bernardston Transfer Station, and the Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange.  

Wood Preservatives
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.
There is a disposal fee.

Wood Strippers
These are hazardous materials and must be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

Wooden Furniture (Indoor)

Curbside pickup is available by calling Waste Management at 800-972-4545 or using a local licensed hauler and drop off center. 

There is a disposal fee.

 

Wooden Furniture (Outdoor)

Curbside pickup is available by calling Waste Management at 800-972-4545 or using a local licensed hauler and drop off center.
There is a disposal fee.

 

Wrapping Paper
Gift wrap that is foil or metallic, or which has glitter, is not recyclable and must go in the trash.  Wrapping paper that is like standard paper is accepted curbside in your recycling cart or the Beaver Street Recycling Center.

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Yard Wastes/Leaves

Placing yard waste and leaves in the trash is prohibited by state regulations.
Disposal is available for town residents only at the transfer stations in Buckland, Deerfield, Erving, Montague (leaves only), and Orange; and in Shelburne (2x/year curbside).

Yogurt Containers
Accepted curbside in your recycling cart or at the Beaver Street Recycling Center. Rinse well. 

Zinc-Carbon and Zinc-Chloride Batteries
These are not hazardous, and may be disposed of in the trash. 

Ziploc Bags
If they have been thoroughly washed (no food residue) and dried, plastic ziploc bags are acceptable at supermarket plastic bag recycling collection centers. They can also be washed and re-used repeatedly. They cannot go in the regular recycling. 

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Additional Information

Curbside Yard Waste Pickup

Four times a year, in the fall and spring, Franklin offers curbside yard waste pick up for subscribers to the solid waste system.   In addition Christmas trees can be placed curbside for collection.  Please see Yard Waste details link.  These items can be brought to the Beaver Street Recycling Center. 

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Garbage

Trying to cut back on the quantity of garbage created by your household? First, recycle paper and containers. Then, consider the items which cannot go in the recycling bins but which might be composted (yard and kitchen waste), or creatively re-used (for example, using egg cartons as a child's bead collection bin). Buying products that will be used more than once can also help reduce what ends up in landfills. For example, buying a mug at the coffee shop and bringing it back every morning is one less disposable cup in the garbage every day. 

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Licensed hauler and drop off centers and Drop Off Centers

 

NAME

PLACE OF BUSINESS

WEBSITE

ALLIED BEAVER STREET RECYCLING CENTER

1901 MAIN STREET

www.alliedrecyclingcenterinc.com

508-668-8699

WALPOLE, MA  02081

ALLIED WASTE SERVICE

1080 AIRPORT ROAD

www.alliedwaste.com

800-825-3260

FALL RIVER, MA  02720

B - P TRUCKING

P O BOX 386

www.bptrucking.com

508-231-1000

ASHLAND, MA   01721

CALLAHAN DISPOSAL

P O BOX 278

508-528-6078

NORFOLK, MA   02056

CASELLA WASTE SERVICES

49 SWORD STREET

www.casella.com/

AUBURN, MA  01501

TIMM THE GARBAGE MAN

508 OAK STREET

www.thegarbagemanfranklin.com

TIM DARCEY  508-904-3222

FRANKLIN, MA  02038

TOMMY'S HAUL-A- WAY

28 ICE POND ROAD

508-699-6562

ATTLEBORO, MA  02703

WASTE MANAGEMENT

205 O'NEIL BLVD

www.wm.com

508-222-5696

ATTLEBORO, MA  02703

800-972-4545

THE BAGSTER

http://www.thebagster.com

Purchase at:

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Rocky's Ace Hardware # 3384Bottom of Form

Franklin Lumber

Daddario Hardware & Supply

The Home Depot

813 Main St

129 Dean Ave

528 W Central St

229 Hartford Ave

Millis, MA 02054-1605

Franklin, MA 02038-1758

Franklin, MA 02038-2918

Bellingham, MA 02019-3007

508-376-9524Bottom of Form

508-528-0910

508-541-6900

508-966-9200

 

 

 

 

COVANTA HOLLISTON

115 Washington St,

 

 

508-429-9750

Holliston, MA 01746

 

 

 

 

 

 

EL HARVEY

68 Hopkinton Rd.

http://www.elharvey.com

 

800-321-3002

Westborough, MA 01581

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RECYCLING!

Plastics Recycling brochure

Recyclables are sorted into two main categories: Paper and Containers. It is important that these two categories are not mixed when you bring your items to your transfer station or put them out for curbside collection. Paper recycling includes all paper products from newspapers to cardboard. Containers recycling includes most plastic, glass, and metal containers that originally held food, beverages, or personal care products. Aluminum foil might not come to mind as a container, but as long as it's clean of food debris, it can be dropped off at your transfer station with the container recycling. As much as we want to recycle everything, there are some things that cannot be recycled.  Please place these items in the garbage. Click on the two brochures listed above (under the "RECYCLING!" header) for more detailed information about what can and cannot be recycled. 

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Sharps Collection Program

This is a free program for the safe collection and disposal of residential needles and lancets.  Every year healthcare workers, recycling workers, sanitation workers, home needle users and their families report hundreds of thousands of needlestick injuries when needles and lancets are disposed of improperly.  This is available at the DPW at 257 Fisher St.

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