Solid Waste & Recycling Office, DPW

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The Recycle drop off will be closing at 12pm on Thursday 12/31/20.
It drop off will reopen 8am Tuesday 01/05/2021.

Regular hours for the container: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8 am - 3 pm effective Monday, November 23, 2020.
The compactor is kept locked; please call when you arrive and we will unlock the door for you.
Yard Waste collection ended on December 11th. 
The week of December 7th will be the LAST week of yard waste collection for the season!

Our yearly flyers have been distributed to every household in Lowell.

 If you have 1) not received the flyer 2) would like more copies or 3) would like a translated version, please stop by our office at 1365 Middlesex St Tuesday or Thursday during business hours.
UPDATE 12/15: Due to the evolving circumstances with COVID-19, our office is now closed to the public, however we are still operating M-F 7am - 4pm. For missed pick up OR a broken cart, fill out the forms below.
To contact a staff member, call 978-674-4309 or email recycle@lowellma.gov
 
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Why was my cart missed?
To make sure your carts (barrels) get picked up, follow these rules. Carts must:
  • be out by 7 am on your service day
  • be against or at the edge of the curb
  • at least an arm's length from any vehicle and not behind anything (pole, other cart, etc.)
  • have closed  (sealed) lids
  • be less than 250 pounds - the trucks have weight limitations on what they can pick up!
If your trash or recycling carts are given rejection stickers, the carts are in violation of one of the above rules or contain items that do not belong in that cart. Please do not report a miss if your carts are in violation of any of the above rules, or have rejection stickers.
**Please note that these forms have limited compatibility with smart phones.
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Want a more detailed list of what you can and cannot recycle? Check out the MassDEP Universal Recycling List!

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Want a more detailed list of what you can and cannot recycle? Check out the MassDEP Universal Recycling List!

Want a more detailed list of what you can and cannot recycle? Check out the MassDEP Universal Recycling List!

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Find out where to donate new/gently used items by clicking the image below!
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The City of Lowell observes eleven (11) holidays each year. The week of the holiday, collection days for all routes on or after the holiday will be 'bumped' one day.

 
New Year's Day (Friday, Jan. 1) Friday routes bumped to Saturday.    
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 18) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
President's Day (Monday, Feb. 15) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Patriot's Day (Monday, Apr. 19) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Memorial Day (Monday, May 31) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Independence Day (Sunday, July 4 - observed Friday, July 3) No routes will be changed that week.
Labor Day (Monday, Sep. 6) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 11) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Veteran's Day (Thursday , Nov. 11) one day delayed pick up for Thursday - Friday routes 
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 25) Thursday routes bump to Friday, Friday to Saturday

Christmas Day (Saturday, Dec. 25) No routes will be changed that week.

website last updated 12/15/2020