Single Stream Recycling Program

Recycling Carts
The town provides recycling service to residential dwelling of up to 4 dwelling units that receive trash service by the town. One recycling cart is provided to each residential unit. Recycling carts are town property.

New Cart
The largest recycling cart is 96 gallons in size (yellow lid) new and replacement carts will be delivered in this size only. Resident who still have the smaller 64 gallon cart (black lid) may contact us to switch to a larger cart at 508-532-6001.

Place your cart at the curb with the wheels and handles away from the street. The automated truck requires at least 3 feet of clearance on each side of the cart and 12 feet of overhead clearance. Only recyclables in the cart will be collected; do not overfill or jam cart full of recyclable.

Purchase an Additional Recycling Cart
The town provides 1 recycling cart to each eligible residential dwelling. Residents may purchase an additional recycling carts through a local cart distributor, AJ Equipment, Abington, MA, phone number 800-354-5623.

Curbside Recycling Overview
Recyclables are collected by a contractor, E.L. Harveys & Sons, Inc., every other week. Recycling is now collected single stream; combine all items in your recycling cart. Recycling collection is now fully automated and only materials inside the cart will be collected.

Place your recycle cart curbside at the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Recycling carts should be at least 3 feet away from the trash barrels and other objects.

Recycling collections are delayed on days following observed holidays.
Single Stream Recycling Preparation
All recyclable materials should be placed in your cart; you no longer need to separate recyclables. All materials are sorted and recycled at the processing plant. All recyclables should be empty, clean, and free of food residue.

Paper & Cardboard
Remove all food residues, and put soiled paper in your regular trash. Cardboard should be cut into pieces small enough to prevent it from becoming lodged in the cart.

Accepted
  • Construction paper
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Envelopes
  • Index cards
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Paperboard boxes (e.g., cracker boxes, cereal, shoe, gift boxes, paper egg cartons)
  • Telephone books
  • White and colored copy /computer paper
Note: No plastic coated paper, tissues, napkins, paper towels, cups, plates, sandwich / food wrap or waxed paper, or soiled paper.

Glass Food Containers
Empty and rinse containers. Labels and lids are OK

Accepted
Any size and colored glass bottles and jars.
  • Baby food
  • Beverages
  • Jam / jelly / preserves
  • Olive oil (rinsed clean)
  • Olives / capers / condiments
  • Pasta sauce
  • Vinegar
Caps, lids, neck rings, and labels may be left on or removed.

Note: No aquariums, auto glass, ceramics, dishes, baking / cookware, drinking glasses or mugs, eyeglasses, light bulbs, mirrors, picture frames, tabletop, or windows.

Metal Food Containers
All containers should be empty and rinsed free of food residue. Lids and labels are OK.

Accepted
  • Aluminum
  • Single - use aluminum baking / muffin / pie pans.
  • Steel food and beverage cans (any size)
    • Coffee cans
    • Pet food
    • Soup
    • Vegetables and fruit
  • Tin
Note: No aerosol cans, paint cans, gas/chemicals cans, pots and pans, pressurized containers (propane, SCUBA tanks, etc.), or scrap metal.

Plastic Containers
All containers should be empty and rinsed. Labels and lids are OK.

Accepted
  • Beverages / water bottles
  • Bleach
  • Deli
  • Detergent
  • Jars
  • Jugs with a recycling triangle and #1-#7
  • Margarine and yogurt containers
  • Narrow and wide-neck bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
Caps, neck rings, and labels are OK.

Note: No plastic bags (grocery, dry cleaner, Ziploc, etc), cling wrap, plastic untensils, motor oil, antifreeze, pesticide, herbicide bottles, PVC or vinyl, CD cases, 6-pack rings, or hangers.

Note: No foam: (cups, plates, trays, take out containers, packaging, etc.).