Why should I recycle?

Most items made of paper, cardboard, glass, steel, aluminum, as well as many plastics, can be recycled - in other words, used over again in a different form instead of being thrown away. By recycling, we preserve the natural resources and save the energy we normally would use to manufacture things from virgin materials. We also generate less pollution and save ourselves millions of dollars in disposal costs by cutting down on the amount of trash we need to throw out every day. In Massachusetts, recycling supports more than 19,000 jobs.

How do I get started?

It's easy. Look for product packaging that is identified as being recyclable or made from recycled materials. Of course, "recyclable" is a relative term. Recycling is possible only if a program for collecting and processing the material in question is available to you.

Where can I recycle?

Probably at home and possibly at work. Nearly every town and city in Massachusetts provides its citizens with an opportunity to recycle, either through curbside collection or by operating a drop-off center. Many companies and institutions also encourage the recycling of office and computer paper, coffee cups and other items that would otherwise be thrown away. For more information on recycling where you live and work - including which materials can be recycled and how they are collected - see: How & Where to Recycle

How is the state helping?

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has provided communities across the state with millions of dollars worth of recycling equipment, including bins for setting recyclables out at the curbside and trucks for collecting those materials. To encourage recycling, MassDEP also has prohibited leaves and yard wastes, car batteries and tires, glass bottles and metal cans from Massachusetts landfills and incinerators. Disposal of paper and some plastics were banned at the end of 1994. Finally, MassDEP is working hard to create new markets for recyclables by promoting their use in product packaging.

For More Information

Contact your local recycling coordinator, solid waste committee, public works department or board of health.

Selecting from this list will link you to your community's official recycling or solid waste web site, a district or regional web site providing information about recycling services available to residents of your community, or Earth 911 if no local or regional web site is available.

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Please Note: MassDEP does its best to keep these links up to date. If you encounter one that isn't working, please email: ann.mcgovern@state.ma.us


Abington - South Shore Recycling Cooperative
Acton - Town Transfer Station
Acushnet - Recycling in Acushnet
Adams - Department of Public Works
Agawam - Trash & Recycling
Alford - Town Transfer Station
Amesbury - Recycling & Waste Information Guide
Amherst - Recycling & Solid Waste
Andover - Recycling & Trash
Aquinnah (Gay Head) - Martha's Vineyard Refuse Disposal District
Arlington - Trash & Recycling
Ashburnham - Department of Public Works
Ashby - Recycling Center & Transfer Station
Ashfield - Town Transfer Station
Ashland - Trash & Recycling
Athol - Transfer & Recycling Center
Attleboro - City Recycling Program
Auburn - DPW Solid Waste Division
Avon - Recycling Information
Ayer - Recycling Committee


Barnstable - Transfer Station & Recycling Division
Barre - Town Transfer Station
Becket - Town Transfer Station
Bedford - Refuse & Recycling Information
Belchertown - Department of Public Works
Bellingham - Curbside Pickup Information
Belmont - Recycling & Trash Information
Berkley - Town Transfer Station
Berlin - Town Transfer Station
Bernardston - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Beverly - Trash & Recycling Information
Billerica - Trash & Recycling Information
Blackstone - Recycling Center
Blandford - Transfer Station
Bolton - Transfer Station & Recycling Center
Boston - City Recycling Program
Bourne - Recycling
Boxborough - Town Transfer Station
Boxford - Recycling Committee
Boylston -  Recycling & Disposal Options
Braintree - Trash & Recycling
Brewster - Recycling Center Information
Bridgewater - Solid Waste
Brimfield - Recycling Information
Brockton - Department of Public Works
Brookfield - Board of Health
Brookline - Sanitation & Recycling
Buckland - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Burlington - Trash & Recycling


Cambridge - Recycling Information
Canton - Recycling Department
Carlisle - Town Transfer Station
Carver - Area Transfer Stations
Charlemont - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Charlton - Board of Health
Chatham - ChathamRecycles.org
Chelmsford - Recycling & Solid Waste
Chelsea - Rubbish, Recycling & Yard Waste
Cheshire - Health & Human Services
Chester - Board of Health
Chesterfield - Town Transfer Station
Chicopee - Recycling Information
Chilmark - Board of Health
Clarksburg - Recycling & Disposal Options
Clinton - Department of Public Works
Cohasset - South Shore Recycling Cooperative
Colrain - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Concord - Trash & Recycling
Conway - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Cummington - Board of Health


Dalton - Town Transfer Station
Danvers - Recycling & Refuse Collection
Dartmouth - Solid Waste & Recycling Division
Dedham - Trash & Recycling Information
Deerfield - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Dennis - Transfer Station & Recycling Center
Devens - Community Services: Recycling Drop-Off
Dighton - Health Department
Douglas - Recycling Committee
Dover - Recycling Home Page
Dracut - Trash & Recycling
Dudley - Recycling & Disposal Options
Dunstable - Transfer Station
Duxbury - Town Transfer Station


East Bridgewater - Solid Waste & Recycling
East Brookfield - Solid Waste Department
Eastham - Department of Public Works
Easthampton - Trash & Recycling
East Longmeadow - Waste Reduction Program
Easton - Municipal Waste Management
Edgartown - Martha's Vineyard Refuse Disposal District
Egremont - Town Contact List
Erving - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Essex - Town Transfer Station
Everett - Department of Public Works


Fairhaven - Board of Health
Fall River - Recycling Information
Falmouth - DPW Waste Management Facility
Fitchburg - Rubbish & Recycling
Florida - Recycling & Disposal Options
Foxborough - Trash & Recycling
Framingham - Department of Public Works
Franklin - Town Recycling Committee
Freetown - Curbside Trash & Recycling



Gardner - Trash & Recycling
Gay Head (Aquinnah) - Martha's Vineyard Refuse Disposal District
Georgetown - Trash & Recycling Contacts
Gill - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Gloucester - Recycling & Trash Information
Goshen - Refuse Disposal & Recycling Center
Gosnold - Recycling & Disposal Options
Grafton - Trash & Recycling
Granby - Landfill Department
Granville - Town Transfer Station
Great Barrington - Town Recycling Center
Greenfield - Town Transfer Station
Groton - Town Transfer Station
Groveland - Board of Health


Hadley - Transfer Station
Halifax - Recycling & Solid Waste Department
Hamilton - Recycling & Refuse Information
Hampden - Board of Health
Hancock - Recycling & Disposal Options
Hanover - South Shore Recycling Cooperative
Hanson - Recycling Program
Hardwick - Hardwick Recycles
Harvard - Town Transfer Station
Harwich - Town Transfer Station
Hatfield - Department of Public Works
Haverhill - Health & Inspections
Hawley - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Heath - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Hingham - Transfer Station
Hinsdale - Recycling & Disposal Options
Holbrook - Department of Public Works
Holden - Recycling & Trash
Holland - Waste Removal
Holliston - Recycling & Solid Waste
Holyoke - Department of Public Works
Hopedale - Recycling Information
Hopkinton - Town Recycling Committee
Hubbardston - Board of Health
Hudson - Department of Public Works
Hull - Recycling Information
Huntington - Board of Health
Hyannis (Barnstable) - Transfer Station & Recycling Division


Ipswich - Recycling & Trash


Kingston - South Shore Recycling Cooperative


Lakeville - Town Transfer Station
Lancaster - Town Recycling Center
Lanesborough - Frequently Asked Questions
Lawrence - Recycling Program
Lee - Recycling Committee
Leicester - Recycling Center
Lenox - Recycling Information
Leominster - Rubbish & Recycling
Leverett - Town Transfer Station
Lexington - Environmental Services
Leyden - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Lincoln - Recycling Information
Littleton - Transfer Station
Longmeadow - Trash & Recycling
Lowell - Solid Waste & Recycling
Ludlow - Department of Public Works
Lunenburg - Recycling Information
Lynn - Department of Public Works
Lynnfield - Recycling Committee


Malden - Department of Public Works
Manchester-by-the-Sea - Trash & Recycling
Mansfield - Recycling Collection
Marblehead - Board of Health
Marion - Town Transfer Station
Marlborough - Department of Public Works
Marshfield - Trash & Recycling
Mashpee - Recycling
Mattapoisett - Trash & Recycling
Maynard - Recycling Drop-Off Center
Medfield - Department of Public Works
Medford - Recycling Information
Medway - Trash & Recycling
Melrose - Trash & Recycling
Mendon - Trash & Recycling
Merrimac - Trash & Recycling
Methuen - Single Stream Recycling
Middleborough - Department of Public Works
Middlefield - Town Transfer Station
Middleton - Department of Public Works
Milford - Health Department
Millbury - Town transfer Station
Millis - Department of Public Works
Milton - Trash, Recycling & Yard Waste Information
Millville - Board of Health
Monroe - Recycling & Disposal Options
Monson - Board of Health
Montague - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Monterey - Town Transfer Station
Montgomery - Recycling & Disposal Options
Mount Washington - Waste Management


Nahant - Trash & Recycling
Nantucket - Department of Public Works
Natick - Recycling Center
Needham - Recycling & Transfer Station
New Ashford - Recycling & Disposal Options
New Bedford - DPW Solid Waste Division
New Braintree - Recycling & Disposal Options
Newbury - Board of Health
Newburyport - Recycling, Energy & Sustainability
New Marlborough - Town Transfer Station
New Salem - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Newton - Recycling & Trash
Norfolk - DPW Solid Waste Division & Transfer Station
North Adams - City Transfer Station
North Andover - Solid Waste & Recycling
North Attleborough - Recycling Information
Northborough - Town Engineering Department
Northbridge - Recycling Center
North Brookfield - Town Recycling Center
Northfield - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Northhampton - Recycling Information
North Reading - Recycling & Solid Waste Division
Norton - Highway Department
Norwell - South Shore Recycling Cooperative
Norwood - Recycling Information


Oak Bluffs - Martha's Vineyard Refuse Disposal District
Oakham - Recycling & Disposal Options
Orange - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Orleans - Town Transfer Station
Otis - Town Transfer Station
Oxford - Recycling & Disposal Options


Palmer - Townwide Recycling
Paxton - Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycle Center
Peabody - Public Services
Pelham - Recycling & Disposal Options
Pembroke - Trash & Recycling
Pepperell - Recycling & Disposal
Peru - Recycling & Disposal Options
Petersham - Recycling & Disposal Options
Phillipston - Town Home Page
Pittsfield - Trash & Recyclables Collection
Plainfield - Recycling & Disposal Options
Plainville - Trash & Recycling
Plymouth - Recycling Information
Plympton - Town Transfer Station
Princeton - Wachusett Watershed Regional Recycling Center
Provincetown - Trash & Recycling


Quincy - Waste & Recycling


Randolph - Trash & Recycling
Raynham - Transfer & Recycling Facility
Reading - Recycling Information
Rehoboth - Recycling & Disposal Options
Revere - Trash & Recycling Information
Richmond - Board of Health
Rochester - Transfer Station (Mattapoisett) & Trash Pick-Up
Rockland - South Shore Recycling Cooperative
Rockport - Transfer Station Division
Rowe - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Rowley - Recycling Information
Royalston - Department of Public Works
Russell - Earth 911
Rutland - Town Transfer Station


Salem - Recycling & Trash
Salisbury - Recycling Information
Sandisfield - Transfer Station
Sandwich - DPW Transfer Station
Saugus - Solid Waste/Recycling Department
Savoy - Recycling & Disposal Options
Scituate - DPW Transfer Station Division
Seekonk - Department of Public Works
Sharon - DPW Operations (Highway) Division
Sheffield - Town Transfer Station
Shelburne - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Sherborn - Recycling Information
Shirley - Department of Public Works
Shrewsbury - Solid Waste Management
Shutesbury - Recycling & Solid Waste
Somerset - Trash, Recycling, Yard Waste & Transfer Station
Somerville - Trash & Recycling Information
Southborough - Town Transfer Station
Southbridge - Trash & Recycling Program
South Hadley - Solid Waste Division
Southampton - Town Transfer Station
Southwick - DPW Solid Waste Division
Spencer - Town Transfer Station
Springfield - Department of Public Works
Sterling - Trash & Recycling
Stockbridge - Transfer Station
Stoneham - Recycling & Solid Waste Program
Stoughton - Rubbish Rules & Regulations
Stow - Board of Health
Sturbridge - Board of Health
Sudbury - Transfer Station & Recycling Center
Sunderland - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Sutton - Town Transfer Station
Swampscott - Board of Health
Swansea - Town Recycling Program


Taunton - Trash & Recycling
Templeton - Recycling & Disposal Options
Tewksbury - Trash & Recycling
Tisbury - Trash & Recycling Services
Tolland - Transfer Station & Recycling
Topsfield - Trash Collection & Recycling Information
Townsend - Board of Health
Truro - Town Transfer Station
Turners Falls (Montague) - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Tyngsboro - Recycling Committee
Tyringham - Town Transfer Station


Upton - Trash & Recycling
Uxbridge - Department of Public Works


Wakefield - Refuse, Recycling & Yard Waste
Wales - Town Transfer Station
Walpole - Solid Waste & Recycling
Waltham - Recycling Department
Ware - Recycling & Disposal Options
Wareham - Recycling Department
Warren - Board of Health
Warwick - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Washington - Recycling & Disposal Options
Watertown - Department of Public Works
Wayland - Town Transfer Station
Webster - Highway Department
Wellesley - Recycling & Disposal Facility
Wellfleet - Recycling Information
Wendell - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Wenham - Department of Public Works
Westborough - Recycling & Trash Disposal
West Boylston - Trash & Recycling Information
West Bridgewater - Town Transfer Station
West Brookfield - Highway Department
Westfield - Bulk & Recycling Collection
Westford - Trash & Recycling
Westhampton - Town Transfer Station
Westminster - Town Web Site
West Newbury - Town Transfer Station
Weston - Recycling & Solid Waste
Westport - Landfill, Transfer Station & Recycling
West Springfield - Trash & Recycling
West Stockbridge - Town Transfer Station
West Tisbury - Town Transfer Station
Westwood - Department of Public Works
Weymouth - Town Trash & Recycling Program
Whately - Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
Whitman - South Shore Recycling Cooperative
Wilbraham - Public Works Disposal & Recycling
Williamsburg - Town Transfer Station
Williamstown - Transfer Station
Wilmington - Recycling Information
Winchendon - Town Transfer Station
Winchester - Transfer Station/Recycling Center
Windsor - Town Transfer Station
Winthrop - Trash & Recycling
Woburn - Recycling Information
Worcester - Trash & Recycling Information
Worthington - Disposal/Transfer Station
Wrentham - Recycling Department


Yarmouth - Solid Waste Disposal & Recycling Center