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DPW Administrative Offices,  165 Nahatan Street                                                        

Doris Burtman, Recycling Program Coordinator

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Phone: 781.255.9988

Fax: 781.762.9378

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-12noon

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Learn the Issues. Be the Solution.                                                                                  

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We only love what we understand. We only understand what we are taught."  Babia Dioum Senegalese, Ecologist

Recycling Update (as of 9.16.2014)


Entries are currently being accepted for September's drawing for the Recycler of the Month Contest. It could be you!

Please click here .

Waste Disposal Ban Regulations  310 CMR 19.017


In an effort to conserve and protect natural resources, the MA Department of Environmental Protection has issued State Waste Bans, which require MA residents and companies to recycle certain materials. It's the LAW to RECYCLE
                               View State Waste Bans list
                   View Waste Bans for Property Managers
                               View What goes where in Norwood

Please note:

1. The Town of Norwood is required by law to comply with State Waste Bans. Your recycling efforts and cooperation are appreciated and necessary.  If what's inside your cart(s) are noted as being in non-compliance, your cart will be stickered by the Waste Management drivers.  If  non compliance continues, you will recieve a formal letter from DPW.  If non compliance becomes chronic, the town reserves the right to refuse trash and recycling services and remove carts from said property.

2. Property owners of mixed use properties MUST hire their own private trash/recycling
hauler for all of its commercial/business waste. Business waste is NOT allowed in Norwood's residential trash and recycling program.

Toss It, Baby: Single Stream Recycling Official Music Video

Norwood's Single Stream Recycling Program

What is Single Stream Recycling?
Single Stream Recycling (SSR) is simply a method of collecting "curbside" recyclables.  SSR allows for all curbside recyclables (the same materials we sorted out into bins) to be placed together in ONE cart.  The curbside automated single stream recycling program is designed to collect MORE of the same recyclable materials in one cart! This collection system is designed to makes it easier and less time consuming for residents, while increasing the opportunity to recover and recycle more materials in the 96g recycling cart.
Click Recycle Right to learn what materials are accepted in the recycle cart.
2nd Recycling Carts are available to Norwood residents at NO charge!
If you find your recycle cart is full by the end of the 2nd week and you are tossing recyclable materials in the trash, then call for a 2nd recycle cart. Its free! Call the General Manager's office at 1.781.762.1240 and speak with Dorothy about obtaining a 2nd recycling cart.
Please don't allow any curbside recyclable materials to be thrown in the trash.

Did you know? Everyone can reduce their trash simply by diverting curbside recyclables to the 96g recycling cart, you can reduce your trash by 50- 75% saving taxpayer dollars! We save on recycling tonnages (it costs less to recycle) and we save by reducing trash!

Why is recycling important?

1. Diverting curbside recyclable materials to the 96g recycling cart saves taxpayer dollars! 
2. Recycling reduces the cost of trash saving taxpayer dollars!
3. The recycling industry keeps Americans employed! Employed Americans keep our taxes down.
4. Reducing trash and recycling  protects our natural resources, reduces pollutants, & greenhouse gases and protects environmental and public health.
5. Recycling is the right thing to do
6. People feel better when they recycle. Recycling is empowering. Its the one thing we can do everyday to keep our taxes down and protect our environment and public health.

The recycling industry NEEDS MORE OF THE ACCEPTABLE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS to not only stay in business, but to grow their business. Keep in mind the recycling industry provides much needed jobs to Americans with the possibility of increasing employment opportunities for Americans.

What are curbside recyclables?

Curbside recyclables are specific materials allowed in the recycling cart and are picked up at the "curb."
Click Recycle Right and learn what materials are allowed in the recycle cart.
Click SingleStreamRecyclingChart 2014 to view in more detail what materials are accepted in the recycling cart.


What is cart contamination?
Contamination happens when other materials are tossed in with the curbside materials contaminating the town's recyclable load. For example, when residents toss plastic silverware, Styrofoam cups, garden hoses, plastic bags or clothes or plastic toys in the 96g recycling, then the recycling cart is considered contaminated. The WM driver will tag your cart as contaminated and will leave your cart behind.

Are the carts provided by the town?

YES! Norwood provides curbside recycling and trash services for single family homes and multifamily homes with 2-6 units only. Each home or unit is provided with 1 96g recycling cart and 1 64g trash cart. The town will also provide a 2nd 96g recycling cart at no charge.  We don't want residents to throw curbside recyclables in the trash because your recycling cart is full before the bimonthly pick up date.  Call the general manager's office at 781.762.1240 and speak with Dorothy re obtaining a 2nd recycling cart. Please note: trash and recycling carts belong to the Town of Norwood. If you are moving within the town or out of town, leave all carts on the property. Do NOT remove carts from the property they were originally assigned.

Recycling cart is the larger 96g cart with yellow lid.

96g recycle cart & 64g trash cart

Who do I call if my carts are damaged?

Please call the Waste Management broken cart phone number at 1.800.972.4545.  WM will send someone out to repair or replace your cart-no charge. Your damaged cart must be out in order for them to swap it out for a new cart.

What are the trash and recycling guidelines?

1. The trash and recycling curbside contract services single family homes, condos as well as 2, 3,
     4,5,6 family homes. The town does NOT service businesses or commercial buildings. Businesses, day care,
     hair salons, florists, dentists, funeral homes, etc...must hire their own private trash/recycling hauler.
2. Only WM carts provided by the Town of Norwood will be serviced.

3. Cart placement- cart lids should be closed. Waste Management's 3 foot rule must be followed, if you want  
    your carts serviced.  




4.  Be sure your carts are curbside by 7am on your trash and recycling day. WM drivers do not "go back" if your carts are not curbside

5. Only place "curbside recyclables" in the 96g recycling cart. 

For "other recyclables" such as plastic bags, Styrofoam, electronics, scrap metals, clothes and other textiles, rigid plastics, etc.....please click  here .

NOTE: If you would like a 2nd recycling cart at no charge, please call the General Manager's office at 781.762.1240 and speak with Dorothy. Please don't throw recyclables materials in the trash because your recycling cart is full.







The 64g trash rt is is for HOUSEHOLD trash only. Trash should be contained /placed in plastic bags and placed inside the trash cart. Cart lids should be able to close. Do not leave trash on top of cart lid or on the ground.  It's all about reducing trash, finding reusable uses for materials and then recycling "curbside" recyclables.  Your compliance is very much needed.
If you have an item to big for the trash cart, and it is in reasonable shape, you can: 1. Give it away for free at
2. Sell it on Ebay, Craigslist or have a yard sale.
3. Donate it to Salvation Army or Savers both on Rt 1 in Norwood.
4. Pay $25 for a curbside pick up.
5. Drop it off at the compost site. Permit required. Call DPW at 781 762 1413.
6. Call the Recycling Coordinator at 781 255 9988; Monday-Friday, 9am -12noon. Or send an email to
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Household Hazardous Waste Day sponsored by Board of Health Saturday, September 27th from 8am to 11am. 

Read Where Does the World's Waste Go? 

Recycler of the Month Contest!   

Are you an avid recycler? Or is it someone in your family? The Town of Norwood invites you to enter the new Recycler of the Month contest! The town is partnering efforts with Waste Management to acknowledge and demonstrate appreciation for your dedicated recycling efforts. 

Entries are currently being accepted.  Please click 
 here to be redirected to the Public Works page where you can enter your information.

Past "Recycler of the Month" winners are:
     December 2013- Lois D'Allesandro
     January 2014 - Debbie Spingarn 
     May 2014 - Kerry Reardon
     June 2014-Nancy Doherty 
     July and August 2014 - Charlotte Rivard & Billy Mosca- 2 NHS students  
     September 2014     ?

Did you know?  2nd recycling carts are available at no charge? Call town hall at 781.762.1240.

To find out what day of the week trash and recycling carts should be curbside, click  Trash recycle by street or call DPW at 781.762.1413.

To find out what week your recycling cart should be curbside, click Recycling Calendar 2014 .

Trash is picked up weekly.  Recyclables are picked up every other week.

Its always about  REDUCING trash, REUSING MATERIALS, and then RECYCLING specific materials in the right recycling program.  Questions? Email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Interested in learning more about recycling, sustainability, conservation, etc....go to


Trash and Recycling Curbside Compliance

The Town of Norwood strives to be in compliance with the State Department of Environmental Protection's State Waste Bans.  Read Fact Sheet: Your Municipality and State Waste Ban Compliance  for more information. Also, read State Waste Bans fr DEP 2013 to learn what materials MUST NOT  go in the trash.

In addition to complying with State Waste Bans, Norwood residents must abide by the town's curbside program compliance, which is: 

          * Carts are curbside no later than 7am on your scheduled trash day.

         * Cart lids are closed.

        * Leave nothing on top of the cart or on the ground.

       * Carts are spaced 4feet apart & are not blocked by anything.

        * Carts are returned to your property by the end of the day.

         * Carts are to stay on the property they were assigned.
         * Comply with DEP Waste Bans as well as the town's trash and recycling program guidelines.

         *DO NOT contaminate the recycling cart with trash, plastic bags, Styrofoam, electronics, mercury products & yard waste.

Waste Management drivers are required to sticker carts in question, and call in noncompliant properties on a daily basis.  Non compliance letters are sent out by DPW to residential property owners who are in non compliance with the town's trash and recycling contract as well as in violation of DEP's State Waste Bans. Chronic non compliance can result in carts being removed from your property.

Norwood's recyclables are taken to the Single Stream Recycling Facility in Avon Ma. To watch watch happens to the recyclables once they are arrive at the facility, watch How are recyclables sorted at the recycling facility?

The Winter Street Compost Site also serves as a recycling drop off for the specific recyclable materials. For Norwood residents only. Not for commerical use. Rersidential permit required. Call Norwood DPW at 781.762.1413 for more information.

The following recyclable/reusable materials can  be dropped off  at the Winter Street Compost Site

1. Overflow of curbside recyclables. Please flatten cardboard.
2. Books
3. Ink Jet Cartridges, digital cameras
4. Textiles flier  and Textile Recycling List
5. Rigid Plastics
6. Scrap Metals
7. Mercury products accepted at the Mercury Recovery Shed and non bulb mercury items list
8. Button Cell Batteries

Please DO NOT BRING TRASH, STYROFOAM, & PLASTIC BAGS to the recycling drop off area. 

If you have a material not listed above, go to

Its the Law! 

Keep mercury items out of the trash!    

Norwood residents can now DROP OFF mercury bulbs, mercury non bulb products, button cell batteries and rechargeable batteries as well as household batteries at the Mercury Recovery Shed on Saturdays only. Click Residential Mercury Flier to read more.

Click Mercury bulb pictures  to view the variety of mercury bulbs to be diverted to the Mercury Recovery Shed. Another not so recognizable mercury bulb is the HID lamp, which is also acceptable for drop off at the Mercury Recovery Shed.

Click Mercury non bulb poster to view the list of products containing mercury. These products must be diverted to the Board of Health during the week during business office hours or to the Mercury Recovery Shed on Saturdays only from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. 

Did you know one little button cell battery has as much mercury as an 8ft fluorescent tube? Please NEVER throw button cell batteries in the trash. Click BUTTON CELL BATTERIES to view the many types of button cell batteries that should NEVER be thrown in the trash and can now be dropped off at:

1. Mercury Recovery Shed
2. DPW Administrative Offices
3. Town Hall
4. Senior Center

To access the Mercury Recovery Shed, you will need a town residential permit( no fee) to the Winter Street Compost Site. Please call DPW at

Button cell batteries are the round disc like silver batteries found in watches, toys, cameras, calculators, laptops, hearing aids, car remotes, digital organizers etc..

Please NEVER throw button cell batteries in the trash.
They contain very high amounts of mercury. To view the many button cell battery sizes and types, click
Button Cell Batteries .  The DPW has several button cell battery collection boxes around town and we ask that you drop them off at any of the following locations:

1. DPW Administration Offices                  
2. Town Hall
3. Senior Center
4. The Winter Street Composting Site
5. CVS Store on Nahatan Street                             


                                                       ONLY BUTTON CELL BATTERIES
                                                          CAN BE DROPPED OFF
                                                             at the Mercury Shed

Please Note CHANGE:

can be dropped off ONLY at the FALL or SPRING Recycle Days. Do NOT drop off at Mercury Shed.

should be dropped off at any of the
rechargeable battery drop off locations.  
Do NOT  drop off at Mercury Shed.

LEAD ACID BATTERIES must be recycled properly. They must never go in the trash. Please go to to find out where you can drop off your lead acid battery.


Prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, pet medications, prescription ointments, vitamins and more can be dropped off at the Norwood Police Station Kiosk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No questions asked. Click here to read more.


The State Department of Environmental Protection BANNED leaves, grass and other yard debris from the trash in 1991. Leaves and grass and other yard debris are strictly prohibited from entering the trash and should never go in the trash or recycling cart.

Please click Yard Waste Options to read more.

Read Everything you need to know about compost .

Read Composting Yard and Food Waste- DEP.

Go to How to compost the Organic Way.

Read What's compostable and what isn't?

Read Using Finished Compost.

Click Online tutorials and view how to compost.





Fall Recycle Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, 2014  from  8am to 11am.

Spring and Fall Recycle Day events allow residents the opportunity to drop off recyclable materials not accepted in the curbside recycling cart program.

Household Hazardous Waste Day is held annually the same day as Spring Recycle Day, usually the second Saturday in May.

Fall 2014 Recycle Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 27th from 8am to 11am at the Winter Street Compost Site.  More information to follow. StyroFOAM will be accepted. Click 
here  to view what FOAM products can be dropped off for recycling with ReFOAMit.


Earth911 is an independent website to help you find what and where other materials can be recycled or reused. This is a guide to local resources, how to recycle, prevent pollution and how to help protect the environment.  Please go to to read more.

The 1*800* is the Recycling Location Search Engine. Simply enter your zip code and click the materials icon you are interested in finding a home for and then press enter. The following page will provide you an extensive listing of take back and local recycling programs in the 02062 area.  If you scroll down just a bit, you can stay up to date via Recycling News.

Recycling Education Videos


What materials go in the Single Stream Recycling cart?

Recycle Therapy Part 1

Recycling Therapy Part 2 

Recycling Therapy Part 3

Recycling Therapy Part 4


Saving Little Pieces of Our Earth

Turning a Water Bottle into Clothes

Waste Solutions Inc. - Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling in the Boston Area

Best Buy
Best Buy offers the
Best Buy Take Back Program (electronics) and a Best Buy Trade In Program (a gift card for gently used electronics and games) as well as in store kiosks for DVD's, CD's, CD jewel cases, cable wires,  and more. Go to Best Buy Kiosk; scroll down on the left side of the web page where you can link on for the kiosk.

It is strongly encouraged residents divert all electronics to the Best Buy E-waste Recycling Take Back program. Simply drop off up to 3 electronics / visit to Best Buy on the wood pallet at the Customer Service desk. No fee! Also, you can trust Best Buy to hire electronic recyclers who are certified and comply with
recycling standards set by the EPA and the Basel Network. For more information, click  
Best Buy Recycling Standards .

Destroying the hard drive in your computer
It is strongly advisable to destroy the old hard drive before you recycling your computer. A hard drive is a small box inside the computer equipment containing sensitive information such as credit card numbers, bank account numbers, usernames, passwords, social security numbers and other personal information. In an effort to protect your personal identity, it is strongly recommended you destroy your computer's hard drive before you sell, donate or recycle it.
Some professional hard drive destruction methods include:
       Shredding your hard drive by using a local shredding company
       Taking your computer to a computer recycling company or a local computer shop
              and ask that the hard drive be destroyed
If you want to destroy the computer hard drive yourself,  click

How to Destroy Your Computer's Hard Drive .

Construction and/or Wood Debris (C&D) 
C & D is BANNED material by the State Department of Environmental Protection from entering the residential trash cart. Contractors are required to comply with DEP State Waste Bans. Contractors, residents, and tenants are NOT allowed to put wood and/or construction materials in the residential trash cart, nor are they allowed  to place it in the recycling cart. If C & D is found in either of the carts, the Building Inspector will be immediately notified.

It is the property owner's responsibility to hire a contractor who will comply and properly dispose of construction and wood debris. Click managing construction debris for compliant disposal options.

Silicone Gel Packets -6 uses

here .


Smoke Detectors

At this time, DEP does not ban smoke detectors from the trash. Please read MA DEP smoke detectors information .   For additional reading, click Smoke Alarm Regulations .

However, you can recycle SMOKE DETECTORS by:

1. Sending it back to manufacturer for responsible recycling!

2. Reading SmokeDetector Recycle guide and finding a store near you, which accepts smoke detectors for recycling.

Athletic Metals 

Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals. Runners from around the world give their hard earned medals to Medals4Mettle. Our worldwide network of physicians and volunteers then awards these medals attached to a Medals4Mettle ribbon to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life. It is in honor of this mettle and courage in bravely facing these challenges that they are awarded a medal. 

 Click Medals4Mettle to read more.


Tired of your trash cart smelling like dog poo? Keep dog poo out of the trash!  

Read How to build a doggie septic system .


Tired of your trash cart smelling like cat litter?

Read Reusable cat litter as an alternative to kitty litter.

Trophy Recycling

Trophy Recycling to learn more about this.

Ink Jet Reuse 

It is always recommended to REUSE your ink jet cartridge before recycling it. According to
major retailers, including Walgreens and Costco will refill cartridges for you. Or, if you prefer, you can purchase a do it yourself refill kit.  

Ink Jet Recycling

More than 125 million cell phones and 500 million empty printer cartridges are discarded every year. Please do not toss in the trash. Norwood Recycling is partnering ink jet cartridge and digital camera recycling efforts with the
Norwood Junior Woman's Club . Cuurently, there are two collection points:

1. Winter Street Compost Site (picture of collection cart coming)

2. DPW Administrative Offices (picture of colledction box coming)


Last Updated on Friday, 19 September 2014 11:46

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