Sanitation Division


Curbside Textile “Pink Bag” Recycling Program Service Changes 

                                                                                        July 1, 2021

Photo of Simple Recycling Van and pink bags attached to a Framingham Public Works recycling toter.

Framingham, MA Simple Recycling, the City’s curbside textile recycling vendor, has notified the Department of Public Works about several changes to their collection procedures.  

Effective immediately, residents who wish to recycle textiles from home must now: 

  • Bag accepted items in clean and recyclable bags or boxes. Pink bags will no longer be provided by Simple Recycling.
  • Schedule textile collection online or by calling (866) 835-5068. Textile collection will no longer occur without advanced scheduling.
  • Leave items at the front door instead of the curb 

Residents with a valid recycling permit can also utilize the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center (RDC) to dispose of unwanted textiles. Reference accepted items here. The RDC is located at 255 Mount Wayte Avenue and is open Thursday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

As a reminder, this free collection service provides assistance to the Sanitation Division’s Solid Waste Management Program by diverting materials from the waste stream, meaning less waste tonnage. The City does not pay the vendor to collect these items. 


                                                                                    JUNE 30, 2021

Framingham, MA – The City of Framingham Department of Public Works is pleased to share the Sanitation Division’s Holiday, Events, and Special Collections calendar for July-December 2021. The calendar is available in EnglishSpanish, and Portuguese

Important Special Collection Days and Events:

  • Saturday, July 31: Household Hazardous Waste Day
  • Curbside Brush Collection: Two Weeks, October 25-29, and December 6-10, 2021
  • Curbside Leaf Collection: Five Weeks, November 1-December 3, 2021 

View information about preparing leaves and brush for curbside collection here.

Reminder: 2020 Recycling Drop-Off Center permit stickers will be valid until June 30, 2021. 2021 permit stickers are available for purchase and will be valid until June 30, 2022. View information about obtaining a sticker here. 


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What We Do

  • Collect refuse and recycling from over 17,000 residential dwellings with four or fewer units on a weekly basis and transport over 130,000 pounds of material for recycling or disposal every day.
  • Operate the Recycling Center and Yard Waste Drop Off sites to allow residents to dispose of refuse, sorted recyclable materials, and yard waste.
  • Perform special curbside collections including spring and fall leaf and brush collection, and Christmas tree collection.
  • Hold annual events such as Household Hazardous Waste Day, Shred Fest, and Electronics Recycling Day.
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The recycling market is constantly changing; therefore, items accepted in your curbside recycling cart are subject to change. Not all items with a recycling symbol are accepted in your curbside bin. Search the Waste Wizard at the top of this page to learn how to properly dispose of items.

View information about the common items we find in recycling carts that should not be recycled here.