Winter Street Composting Facility

The Winter Street Composting Facility is strictly for the use of  Norwood Residents. Commercial, agricultural and industrial disposal is strictly prohibited

Compost Facility permits are available from the DPW Administration office at the John J. Carroll Administration Building at the Department of  Public Works Facility located at 1 Lyman Place. Hours are Monday - Friday from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Please bring your vehicle registration. The permit will be issued for the vehicle shown on the RMV Registration. Permits for commercial vehicles will be issued on a case by case basis only.  Contractors, property managers and similar businesses are ineligible for facility access.

The sticker must be affixed to the lower left corner of the windshield.

Please note; the small, green paper permits are no longer valid and access to the facility will be denied. The permit style was changed in October of 2010 to a yellow, square sticker that must be affixed to the windshield and is valid for the specific vehicle noted on it. While the sticker is still free to Norwood residents and doesn't expire, it allows us to better track the use of the Winter Street Facility and is required for entrance. Compost Facility staff monitor all vehicles that use the facility and have been instructed to report anyone suspected of violating these regulations. Should it be determined that a violation of the rules and regulations has occurred, the following penalties will be imposed:

1st offense: A verbal and written warning will be issued
2nd offense: Forfeiture of Compost Facility Permit

Each vehicle using the Compost Facility is required to have a permit, which must be displayed. Vehicles without a permit will not be allowed to use the Facility. If your permit is lost, or you sell your vehicle, please visit the DPW for a new permit.

This facility is one of Norwood's great assets. Please assist us in ensuring its continued success.
Thank you for your assistance and cooperation!

Leaf and Brush Disposal/Single Stream Recycling Dumpster
All year long, except for Hazardous Waste and Recycling Days, residents may bring leaves, brush and grass clippings directly to the Winter Street Composting Facility on Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:30pm.

There is also a dumpster for Single Stream Recyclables. Residents are allowed to dispose of excess single stream recycling materials and cardboard boxes that are too large to be put in the recycling cart. Please remember the following:
 remove shrink wrap around bottled water, no trash. no foam products in single stream recyclables, no plastic bags and no pizza boxes.

Styrofoam Recycling Drop off is here!
Only white foam such as foam coolers and packing blocks is accepted.  Absolutely no food containers, including coffee cups will be accepted. Additionally no insulation, soft foam or pipe insulation is collected. Packing peanuts (white only) are accepted but need to be separated from the rest of the foam and will be placed in their own container at the recycling center.

Mercury Recovery Program
Mercury pollution is a serious problem across the Northeast.  Even tiny amounts of mercury can cause serious health problems for people and wildlife. Mercury comes from a number of source, including the products that may be found in your home. If you throw these products into the trash, outdoors or down drains, the mercury they contain can pollute the environment.

In addition to the two collection days per year held in May and September, residents can now bring their mercury containing devices to the Health Department during business hours at no cost or the the Winter Street Composting Facility every Saturday between the hours of 10am - 3:30pm. Items accepted at the Health Department include thermostats, mercury switches, thermometers, button cell batteries, flow meters, barometers, cooking thermometers and elemental mercury. Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) are also collected at the Winter Street Composting Facility only. Broken Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) can not be collected by the town. Please refer to the following link  for guidance on proper clean-up and disposal
Broken Fluorescent Light Bulbs.

For more information on mercury please visit

Bulky Items
As of July 1, 2012, residents are allowed to dispose of a maximum 3 bulky items per week, free of charge, or, they can arrange for a curbside pick up for a fee. See "Bulk Item Disposal Policy" on the Public Work web site for more detailed information.

The leaf composting pile is for leaves (loose or in biodegradable paper leaf bags), garden waste, and hedge clippings. Please: no rubbish, dirt or sod, stones, or brush.

The brush pile is only for brush and small shrubs. Maximum length allowed is 6 feet - maximum diameter is 8 inches. Please no landscape timbers, railroad ties, fencing, building debris, or other refuse.