Solid Waste & Recycling Office, DPW

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Our office is only open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays - 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
The recycling drop-off container at 1365 Middlesex St is open Monday - Friday 8 am to 4 pm. 
Yard waste collection is EVERY OTHER WEEK, opposite of your recycling week. Use the "My Schedule" tool below to see your which days your collection will fall on.
Because of the Monday holiday, all routes will be bumped one day (waste will be collected Tuesday - Saturday the week of 9/6/2020). We hope you have a good labor day weekend! 
Sign up for Household Hazardous Waste Day using the "my schedule" tool below!
Due to high demand, we will only be accepting hazardous chemicals at this event.
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.
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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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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 (Wednesday, Jan. 1) Wednesday routes bumped to Thursday,  Thursday bumped to Friday, etc.    
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 20) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
President's Day (Monday, Feb. 17) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Patriot's Day (Monday, Apr. 20) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Memorial Day (Monday, May 25) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Independence Day (Saturday, July 4 - observed Friday, July 3) No routes will be changed that week
Labor Day (Monday, Sep. 7) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 12) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Veteran's Day (Wednesday , Nov. 11) one day delayed pick up for Wed - Friday routes 
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 26) Thursday routes bump to Friday, Friday to Saturday
Christmas Day (Friday, Dec. 25) Friday routes bump to Saturday

website last updated 9/8/2020