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Single Stream Recycling Program
Recycling Carts
The Town provides recycling service to residential dwelling of up  to four (4) dwelling units that receive trash service by the Town.  One recycling cart is provided to each residential unit. Recycling carts are Town property.

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. (508-532-6001;  

Place your cart at the curb with the wheels and handles away from the street.  The automated truck requires at least three 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 one recycling cart to each eligible residential dwelling.  Residents may purchase an additional recycling carts through a local cart distributor, AJ Equipment, Abington, MA;        

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 7:00 am on your collection day.  Recycling carts should be at least three feet away from the trash barrels and other objects.

Recycling collections are delayed on days following observed holidays.

Find your collection week 

Recycling collection calendar

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 and 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: corrugated cardboard, newspaper, index cards, magazines, telephone books, junk mail, construction paper, white and colored copy /computer paper, envelopes, paperboard boxes (e.g., cracker boxes, cereal, shoe, gift boxes, paper egg cartons).  

No plastic coated paper, tissues, napkins, paper towels, cups, plates, sandwich/food wrap or waxed paper, soiled paper. 

Glass Food Containers
Empty and rinse containers. Labels and lids are OK
Accepted: any size and colored glass bottles and jars. Examples: beverages, pasta sauce, olives/capers/condiments, jam/jelly/preserves, vinegar, baby food, olive oil (rinsed clean).  Caps, lids, neck rings, and labels may be left on or removed. 

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

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

Accepted items: aluminum, tin,steel food and beverage cans (any size); Example: soup, vegetables and fruit, pet food, coffee cans; single - use aluminum baking/muffin/pie pans.   

No aerosol cans, paint cans, gas/chemicals cans, pots and pans, pressurized containers (propane, SCUBA tanks, etc.) or or scrap metal.

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

Accepted items: narrow and wide-neck bottles, jars, and jugs with a recycling triangle and #1-#7, beverages/water bottles, deli, margarine and yogurt containers, detergent, bleach, shampoo bottles, etc.  Caps, neck rings and labels are OK.  

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

NO FOAM! (cups, plates, trays, take out containers, packaging, etc.).

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