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Single Stream Recycling
Recycling Is Mandatory In Gloucester
Recycling your trash is an important way you can help preserve our environment, reduce our consumption of precious natural resources, save yourself and our City money.  The more you put out for recycling, the less you have to spend on bags.  Only with your help can we reach our recycling goals.  Each item that is removed from the waste stream reduces our trash disposal costs, enabling us to use that money for other important city services - all while helping to preserve our environment!

Before you throw something into your trash container, please ask yourself, "Can this be recycled?"

Even a small change can make a difference.

Curbside Recycling Has Gotten Even Easier!

No more putting recyclable paper and cardboard in a separate bin!

No more putting recyclable cans, bottles, and plastics in a separate bin!

No need to put out two recycling containers if all your paper, cardboard, cans, bottles and plastics will fit in one!


Thanks to new technology and new trucks, everything that your household recycles can now go in the same container beginning July 1, 2014. In the recycling world, the term is “single stream”. The sorting technology and workers in the sorting plants do the separation, with conveyor belts carrying each type of recyclable to a different place.


The main reason heard from residents who don’t recycle is that it is too much trouble for them to sort their recyclables and that the bins take up too much room with paper and junk mail in one bin and everything else in another. You can use an old trash barrel with a "Recycle" bumper sticker on it (stickers are available at the DPW at no cost).  Now there is absolutely no excuse not to take part. And recycling is mandatory!

Mandatory recycling assures we get recyclables out of the trash and therefore out of the incinerator in Saugus where the city pays an additional fee for every ton of trash taken there.

This graphic shows how!

This link shows how the material is sorted once it gets to the facility.

Non-Recyclable Items Which Are Considered Trash
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Spray Bottle Pumps
  • Deli & Salad Plastic Containers
  • Plastic Disposable Plates & Cups
  • Disposable Silverware
  • Napkins
  • Styrofoam Coffee Cups
  • 3 Ring Binders
  • CD's and Video Tapes
  • Greasy/Food Stained Pizza Boxes
  • Paper with Food Stains

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