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Fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury and cannot be disposed of with regular household trash. To dispose you can bring them to the DPW on the last Saturday of each month from 9:00 am -12:00 pm or you can bring them to the Building Center during normal business hours.
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You may purchase a $30 Appliance/TV sticker at the DPW. Our hauler will provide a curbside pickup once a month (the first Thursday of each month); these stickers are available only at the DPW.
Depending upon whether it’s latex or oil-based paints, there are different disposal methods: To properly dispose of latex paint, simply leave the lid off the can and let the paint dry up. Or, you can also add kitty litter or Speedy Dry to accelerate the process. Then, you may dispose of it in your regular trash. To properly dispose of oil-based paints, you must wait until the DPW holds it’s Household Hazardous Waste Day, which is usually held the last Saturday in September.
Depending upon which type of battery you have, there are different methods of properly disposing - DISPOSING OF GENERAL PURPOSE & ALKALINE BATTERIES: Alkaline batteries can be safely disposed of with normal household waste. Due to concerns about mercury in the municipal solid waste stream, manufacturers have voluntarily eliminated all of the added mercury from alkaline batteries since 1993. Alkaline batteries are composed primarily of common metals — steel, zinc, and manganese — and do not pose a health or environmental risk during normal use or disposal. It is important not to dispose of large amounts of alkaline batteries in a group. Used batteries are often not completely ’dead’. Grouping used batteries together can sometimes bring these ’live’ batteries into contact with one another, creating safety risks. Proven cost-effective and environmentally safe recycling processes are not yet universally available for alkaline batteries. RECYCLING BATTERIES WITH OTHER CHEMISTRIES: Due to the chemicals in some batteries, you should recycle rechargeable, lithium, lithium ion, and zinc air batteries. In addition to “traditional” rechargeable batteries like AA or AAA, rechargeable batteries like the ones found in everyday household items such as cameras, cell phones, laptops, and power tools should also be recycled. Look for the battery recycling seals on rechargeable batteries. These types of batteries can be brought to the DPW and Home Depot for disposal.
To dispose of an item that does not fit in the City issued trash bag, you will need to purchase a $10 Bulk Item Sticker. These may be purchased at The Building Center, Stop & Shop, and also the DPW. Examples of some of the types of items used with Bulk Item Stickers include: furniture, plastic cased vacuum cleaners, mattresses, rugs, entertainment centers, toilets.
Household Hazardous Waste Day is typically held once annually and is typically held on the last Saturday in September.
Please call JRM Hauling & Recycling directly at (800) 323-4285 or the DPW at (978) 325-5600.
THE DPW CANNOT ACCEPT: PROPANE TANKS OR ANY ITEM CONTAINING FREON SUCH AS AIR CONDITIONERS, REFRIGERATORS, OR DEHUMIDIFIERS
Yes. The trash barrel must be 50 gallons or less and be clearly marked with recycling stickers (stickers are available at no charge from the DPW).
You may purchase a replacement bin at the DPW for $5.00.
At the present time, rigid plastics such as lawn furniture and outdoor toys, such as Little Tykes slides and play sets are not accepted at the facility that our recyclables are taken to. To dispose of these types of items, a $10 Bulk Item Sticker is required. You may stack 4 of the stackable lawn chairs out with one sticker.
To dispose of furniture with your curbside rubbish, you can purchase a $10 Bulk Item Sticker; affix the sticker to the item and put it out on your regular trash day. You may also donate your clean furniture to Second Glance on Pond Road. Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., They also offer a pickup service by appointment. All proceeds from the sale of donations go to the Open Door Food Pantry which services all of Cape Ann. Call (978) 283-4298 for more information.
Massachusetts has seven recycling processing facilities that sort and bale over 500,000 ton of recyclables annually. After processing, your recyclables are ready to enter the "recycling marketplace".
* Paper and cardboard are turned into cereal and cracker boxes, book covers, and game boards at a recycling paper mill in Fitchburg, MA. * Glass bottles and jars are melted and used to make new containers at facilities such as St. Gobain containers in Milford, MA. * Plastic soda bottles become polyester fiberfill for jackets and sleeping bags, or polar fleece made by Malden Mills in Lawrence, MA. * Milk jugs, detergent bottles, and other #2 plastics become landscaping timbers and whiskey barrel planters made my Smartware products in Leominster, MA.
Unfortunately, your recycling can not go out for curbside collection. But you may bring your recycling to Essex County Recycle Center located at 24 Kondelin Road. They will accept your newspaper, cardboard, bottles, cans, and metal items at no charge. They also will accept rigid plastics (little tykes toys, 5 gallon water jugs, plastic lawn furniture etc.) for no charge.
No you do not - we are now a single stream! No need to sort!
EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 2022: Clean mattresses and box springs must be recycled or donated for reuse (Per Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection). Residents can purchase a $40 sticker for each piece (mattress needs one sticker and box spring needs another) at the Department of Public Works. We will provide a mattress bag at the time of purchase for the mattresses only. Bagged mattresses and box springs should be left outside homes on Thursday morning for curbside collection.