Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. Is there a comprehensive itemized disposal guideline?
- 2. Why should I recycle?
- 3. When is my trash and recycle collection day?
- 4. What about holiday week collections?
- 5. When should I put out my recycling?
- 6. Why didn't the truck pick up my recycling?
- 7. Who do I call if my trash/recycling/yardwaste is not picked up?
- 8. What can I recycle?
- 9. How do I put items out for recycling?
- 10. Do I need to rinse out my bottles and cans?
- 11. Do I need to separate cans, bottles and plastic containers from each other?
- 12. What about styrofoam, pizza boxes and microwave food boxes?
- 13. Can I put out more than one recycling bin?
- 14. Where can I get a recycling bin?
- 15. Does the City collect yard waste?
- 16. Is there a place where I can drop-off my yard waste?
- 17. Does the City have a home compost bin program?
- 18. What about Christmas trees?
- 19. Where can I recycle books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes?
- 20. How can I stop junk mail?
- 21. How can I Shred Confidential Documents?
Please see the Trash Disposal Guidelines.
Recycling is responsible resource management. Recycling reduces pollution, saves energy and saves the City money! Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees. The items that we recycle become other useful products.
Click here to view the street listing to determine your trash and recycling collection day.
When there is a holiday, collections will be delayed 1 day after holiday occurs e.g. if your usual day is Monday and that is a holiday, your trash/recycling day will be Tuesday. Friday’s pickup will be on Saturday that week. If the holiday falls on a Thursday (e.g. Thanksgiving), only Thursday and Friday’s collections would be affected.
Residents should place their recycling at the curb no later than 7 am on their trash collection day.
- Check to make sure you put your recycling out on the correct day. Collection Schedule
- Was it recyclable?
- Were paper products bundled from containers?
- Were your recyclables in recycling bin and separate from your trash?
- Was your cardboard 3’ x 3’ or less and tied or taped in bundles of 6” or less?
Call JRM at 1-800-323-4285
PAPER: Newspapers including inserts, magazines, catalogs, phone and other paperback books, hardcover books with covers removed, junk mail, clean paperboard such as cereal / pasta boxes / pizza boxes and egg cartons and flattened cardboard no larger than 3 x 3’ are some of the paper type items.
COMMINGLED ITEMS: Metal cans, CLEAN aluminum foil, glass bottles and plastic containers labeled # 1 to 7.
All glass, plastic and metal containers, and aluminum foil can be commingled and placed in your recycling bin (or in another like container such as a laundry basket or barrel 35 gallon/ 40lb. max if your bin is full). All newspapers, cereal boxes, junk mail and magazines should be put in brown paper bags such as the type you get at a grocery store and placed beside or on top of recycling bin or in its own recycling bin. Cardboard should be flattened and tied in bundles or bundled with twine no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet by 6 inches thick. Do not place any items in plastic bags and do not commingle paper with containers. Place your recycling separate from your trash. Click here to view recycling products.
Rinsing cans, bottles and jars helps to reduce odor and discourage pests from invading your bin. An easy way to do this is to place cans and bottles and plastics in your dishwasher or rinse them with the rinse water after you have finished your dishes. Labels and neck rings do not need to be removed.
All glass, plastic and metal containers, and aluminum foil can be placed (commingled) in your recycling bin (or in another like container such as a laundry basket or a dedicated and marked barrel *35 gallon/ 40 lb. max if your bin is full).
Styrofoam is not recyclable in OUR program however, Lifoam Industries of Peabody has a Styrofoam drop-off every third Saturday of each month, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at their facility in Centennial Park.
Your pizza boxes and microwavable food boxes shall be recycled with your paper.
Yes! There is no limit to the amount of recycling you can put out.
Bins are available for $5 in City Hall in the Engineering Department (2nd floor). 65 gallon carts for recycling of paper and paper products including cardboard are available by appointment with the Engineering Department, 978-605-2355, for a discounted price of $35 (home delivery an additional $10).
Yes! Yard waste collections are scheduled for several weeks in the spring and fall and occur on your regular trash/recycling day. Click here to view recycling flyer. Yard waste should be placed loose in open trash barrels or in the large paper yard waste bags available at many stores. Not acceptable: plastic bags, boxes, tree stumps and large tree limbs.
The City operates a compost site at 16 Standley Road (Directions) that is open from March 1 to December 23, 2013 (or first significant snowfall) on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 am to 3:30 pm. Residents are allowed to bring leaves, grass clippings, branches up to 2” in diameter and Christmas trees.
The City offers home compost bins for sale at a reduced rate. Call the Community Development Office at 978-605-2382 for more information.
Residents who want to recycle their Christmas trees are asked to bring them to compost facility when open. See question 16. You can also see the Recycling Flyer for a one time yearly pick up.
There are several options for recycling these items.
An organization called 41 pounds can help. See link.
JRM offers confidential shredding for our municipal individual residents for a fee of $50 per location. This includes up to (3) 1x3 foot boxes of material. Must be a resident of a City or Town that JRM is the hauling contractor. All shredding is done on site by our mobile shredding truck. The pick up can be scheduled by calling our office at 978-536-2500.
This rate is only for residential and not for businesses who require shredding services. Commercial accounts can contact us at the same number for a commercial quote.