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Yard waste and grass CANNOT go in the trash or recycling cart. Your cart(s) will not be emptied, if yard debris is found in either cart.

Organic waste (relating to or derived from organic material) is inclusive of leaves, grass as well as potted plants, house plants, house trees, annuals, perennials, vegetable and flower debris, stem cuttings, special occasion flowers, Christmas trees and wreaths (remove all decorations), branches, etc.. Organic waste should not enter the trash or recycle carts. Organic waste should be diverted for composting. Not only are leaves and grass banned from the trash (State Waste Ban) but diverting organic debris from the trash will save significant tax dollars.

Please click MaDEP Home Composting Tips to learn more about composting. To view a readable chart, click Composting 101

Residents have the following 3 options to manage yard waste and organic material:


1. Earth Machine compost bins (for your property) are available to Norwood residents only for $20.00. Call the Health Department at 781.762.1240 for more information.

Compost bins have been funded, in part by DEP's Small Scale Investment Grant.


2.The Winter Street Compost Site located at 370 Winter Street is the drop off site for organic yard debris, branches, etc..NO ROCKS.This is also the recycling drop off site for materials not collected curbside in the recycling carts. The following materials can and should be diverted for the reuse and recycling of books, textiles, scrap metals, rigid plastics, mattresses and box springs. Residential permit required. Call DPW @781.762.1413.

alt3. Leaf bags can be purchased at most grocery stores or at Home Depot, or Lowes. Leaf bags can be filled with organic yard debris. Please do NOT place rocks, fencing, trash, ashes, plastics or anything else. Leaf bags are picked up curbside on your regular trash day by Norwood DPW from early April to the end of November.Questions? Call Recycling at 781.255.9988 or DPW 781.762.1413.

NOTE:Compost your pumpkins in the fall.The town encourages residents to divert their pumpkins from the trash by removing all decorations and 1. slice up pumpkins and place in leaf bags or 2. drop off unwanted sliced up pumpkins at the compost site.

Pumpkins must be free of decorations and sliced up, which will increase the decomposition rate.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2015 11:23

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