Solid Waste & Recycling Office, DPW

The mission of the Solid Waste and Recycling Office is to help educate everyone about how to Reduce trash, Reuse materials that might otherwise be thought of as trash, and Recycle materials for the environment and economy.
NEWSFLASH: yard waste collection is on a one-day delay for today and tomorrow only. Thursday's yard waste will be picked up Friday, and Friday's yard waste will be picked up Saturday. Next week will be a regular schedule with no anticipated shifts to collection. 
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YARD WASTE is collected Every-Other-Week (opposite your recycling) - Please do not report 'missed Yard Waste' if this IS your recycle week.​​​​​​​​​ Make sure your yard waste barrels are labelled or yard clippings are in designated lawn paper bags, no heavier than 35 pounds and are not in plastic bags. Dirt, rocks, fencing, metal, etc. is not allowed; yard clippings only!

Why was my cart missed?
To make sure your carts 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 and at least an arm's length from any vehicle
  • have closed 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 you find that your carts are in violation of any of the above rules, or have rejection stickers.
 This week is a Regular Collection Schedule.
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Regular Collection Schedule
 Monday 8/19 - Friday 8/23
GREEN-lid Recycling Carts will be picked up this week
Yard Waste will be picked-up for BLUE-lid Recycling neighborhoods

 Recycling & Disposal Events
We welcome our residents & visitors from surrounding communities!
Hazardous Waste Day                                                Material Saturday         
Sat. May 4th                                                              Sat. June 29th
                           -                                                                             Sat. July 27th
                                                                                                         Sat. Aug 31st
                           -                                                                             Sat. Sept 28th
                                                                                                          Sat. Oct 26th
               Sat. October 5th                                                                Sat Nov 30th

 ​IMPORTANT! 

Wipe or Rinse it, then Recycle it!

Food waste and dirty containers contaminate entire loads of  recyclable items,  increasing the cost to the city.   Please help by recycling clean items!

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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!

​Check out our Recycle Right Videos by clicking the image below!

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