What Can Be Recycled

Recycling ArrowsBeverly is a dual stream, not a single stream curbside pickup community (see our handout (JPG)). There is no limit to the amount of recycling you may put out each week!

It is important to follow these guidelines:

Paper & Cardboard (Keep Separate from Glass, Metal, Plastic)

  • All junk mail (plastic windows removed).
  • Clean paperboard (cereal and cracker boxes), egg cartons, clean pizza and cereal boxes.
  • Corrugated cardboard - flattened, and bundled cut to less than 36 inches in any dimension- place next to other recyclables.
  • Magazines/catalogs and phone books.
  • Newspaper with inserts.
  • No cartons (milk, juice, etc.) - Considered trash.
  • No plastic bags - Bring to grocery store with bread, newspaper and dry cleaning bags.
  • Note, copy, and scrap paper.
  • Place in brown paper bags on top of your recycling bin, or in its own recycling container. (not larger than 32 gallons, not weighing more than 40 pounds). Please place separate from trash.

Glass, Plastic & Metal (Mix Together)

  • All clean plastic containers labeled with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 symbol. Considered trash if not.
  • All clean plastic food containers- with 1,2,3,4,5,6,or 7 symbol. Considered Trash if not.
  • Glass bottles/ jars (all colors and sizes) - No broken or other glass such as light bulbs, window or auto glass, dishes, glasses, Pyrex.
  • Loose containers only - no plastic bags.
  • Metal cans, clean aluminum foil and aerosol cans - No paint cans.
  • No cartons (milk, juice, etc.) - Considered trash.
  • No motor oil or chemical containers.
  • No Styrofoam. Considered trash.
  • Place in a recycling bin or another container (not larger than 32 gallons, not weighing more than 40 pounds). Please place separate from trash.

Clothing, Shoes, and Linens Donation BoxTextile Recycling

The City of Beverly is affiliated with Baystate Textiles School Box Program. Boxes are located at all Beverly Public Schools.

Additional Resources

Check out the “Recyclopedia” from Recyclesmartma.org. Type the name of a waste item and they’ll tell you how to dispose of it!

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Food Waste

Learn more about composting at Black Earth Compost.

Black Earth Composting

Smoke Alarm Recycling

Learn how to safely recycle smoke alarms.

Smoke Detectors