Devens HHW
Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center
Open to residents and pre-qualified businesses of member towns only:
Ashby - Ayer 
Bolton - Clinton - Devens - Groton - Harvard - Lancaster
Littleton Lunenburg 
Pepperell - Shirley Stow - Townsend


  • Latex paint – useable paint can be given away on GrotonFreeStuff or other reuse groups. Can be treated as regular trash after dried completely.
  • Paint Calculator can take the guesswork out of buying paint.
  • Alkaline batteries less than 10 years old no longer contain mercury and can be trashed
  • Always keep hazardous products in their original containers
  • Prescription medicines should not be flushed, they should be crushed and trashed or kept safe for a special collection, check Police Dept. for 24 hour collection containers or Drug Take Back Days for possible collection in your area
  • Needles and syringes Do not put in recycling. Get a sharp medical container; call the Board of Health or Nashoba Associated Boards of Health 978-772-3335. under public health “hot topics”.
  • Your town’s Police Department should be contacted for assistance managing potentially explosive materials or items
  • Consult your local Transfer Station, Recycling Center, or Board of Health for disposal of flammable gas, fire extinguishers, compressed gas cylinders
  • Keep Mercury From Rising is a helpful resource for proper management of products (or spills) containing mercury
  • Clean Harbors can help with disposal options for hazardous products that require special handling: Braintree 781-380-7177 


Oversight Committee Meeting
Oct. 31, 9:30 am, Devens DPW, 99 Buena Vista St.
Review prior meeting minutes Review operations & participation Review & vote budget actuals & plan
Annual Report
Rotating entrance greeting assistance dates
2019 meeting dates proposed

Oversight Operations Sub-Committee
 Meeting Oversight Finance Sub-Committee Meeting 
Sept. 20, 2 pm, Devens DPW, 99 Buena Vista St.  Sept. 27, 2 pm, Devens DPW, 99 Buena Vista St.

Agenda Agenda

Sign-in
Review operations plan Review budget plan

Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center

FY17 Annual Report

Metrics (FY17 versus prior 2 years)

Member users served were 1276 versus 1069 FY16, and 833 FY15, a 19% and 28% increase year over year. Members constructively disposed of 76,164 pounds versus 59,849 FY16 and 48,466 FY15 of Household Hazardous Products, a 27% and 24% increase. Operating revenues were $99,781 versus $87,478 FY16, a 14% increase. Additional revenues included one-time capital fees of $31,833. Operating and Depreciation expenses were $99,466 versus $83,476, a 19% increase. Operating surplus was $5,999 versus $4,002 FY16, a 50% increase. Additional cost reduction strategies resulted in reuse opportunities and $8,655 savings in decreased disposal costs resulting in several levels of cost savings for the towns.

Program Features

Residents and small businesses enjoyed the opportunity to properly dispose of their toxic waste safely and easily at the Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center, also known as DevesHHW. There were twenty collection days that appropriately and securely collected household hazardous waste such as unused cleaners, leftover paints, pool chemicals, and fluorescent bulbs.

The DevensHHW service also resulted in additional protection to our drinking water supplies. The program is so well received that three new communities joined in FY17. Average wait times continue to be under 10 minutes, so it is an easy in and easy out operation. The center is open for customers on the first Wednesday and following Saturday from 9 to noon from March to December. It is located behind 9 Cook Street. More information is available at or by calling 978-501-3943.

This regional service makes it easier for residents of Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Clinton, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Stow, and Townsend to properly manage household toxic waste. In addition the Collection Center is also available to businesses that do not exceed DEP’s threshold for Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQGs) and generate less than 220 pounds (approximately 27 gallons) of ignitable, corrosive, reactive, toxic, or hazardous waste or waste oil per month and no acutely hazardous waste.


To:            Member Communities

From:       Operations Subcommittee

Date:        February 20, 2014

Subject:   Low Toxic Product Purchase Plan

The Oversight Committee of the Devens HHW recognizes the importance of continued education. The committee encourages communities to institute a low toxic product purchase and alternatives to toxics plan. Steps may include the following.

  • Explore the effective, alternative products now available to the current toxic substances purchased. Subscribe to the UMass Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) Greenlist Bulletin by emailing and search their toxics use reduction library at

  • Use latex based paint instead of oil-based. Buy the right amount of paint for projects by measuring the height and width of the space to be painted or use this paint calculator 

  • Post Poison Control Hotline 1-800-222-1222

The US EPA has valuable resources in the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, or EPP, program which seeks the overall best value, taking into account price competitiveness, availability, regulatory requirements, performance, and environmental impact. Information on their guides can be found at

Reducing the use of toxic products and measuring before you buy will help you save money, the environment and the space needed to store your unused products and paint. 

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