Trash that contains some form of hazardous waste should not be put out for normal curbside pick-up, but rather disposed of in a more responsible manner. Many residents -- myself included -- have not taken advantage of the city's services in this area, but I need to step up and do so, as do all of us.
Every few weeks there is a Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day scheduled in a different part of the city. Yesterday (sorry I didn't post this earlier) it was at UMass-Boston, but there will be another on June 27 at the West Roxbury Public Works Yard. I believe that East Boston is in the rotation, so if you'd rather not drive across the city (and I, for one, have never even been to West Roxbury -- and got lost on my only visit to Hyde Park) just need to be patient.
To see a list of the items that are accepted on drop-off days, click here. We should keep in mind that these things are hazardous if dumped in a landfill with the rest of our refuse, as they contain chemicals that can leach into the ground and eventually into the public drinking water supply. The list includes products that many of us have in our houses and apartments: drain cleaner, art supplies, insecticides, aerosol cans, mercury thermometers, batteries, turpentine, bleach, nail-polish remover, and much more.
Televisions and computer monitors are not accepted at the drop-off, but -- even easier -- the city's public works department will pick up these items curbside if you call them at 617-635-7574. For more information go to the City of Boston household hazardous waste web page or call 617-635-4959.