DPW Administrative Offices
165 Nahatan Street
Recycling Program Coordinator
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-12noon
Recycle your outdated Christmas lights!
If you have Christmas lights you no longer want or need, please drop off your lights in the DPW Administrative Offices, M-F between 8 am -3 pm or drop off at the Winter Street Compost Site on Saturdays. Residential permit required.
Styrofoam (FOAM) recycling- Do not place FOAM of any kind the the recycling carts. FOAM is a major contaminant in the single stream recycling program. FOAM must be recycled separately at one of the three FOAM recycling drop off events: Spring Recycle Day, Fall Recycle Day and the Saturday after Christmas. All drop off events are held at the Winter Street Compost Site. Key for Hope - Recycling Keys to Help Others
The next FOAM drop off recycling event is:
Saturday, December 27th
Winter Street Compost Site
10 AM to 3 PM
NOTE: Volunteers Needed! If you can volunteer for any 1-2 hours during the 10AM to 3PM event, please email
. Leave your name, cell number and what hour(s) you can commit to. Your volunteer time is most appreciated!
Norwood Recycling has partnered efforts with Key for Hope to collect unused keys, old
dog licenses as a way of recovering small pieces of scrap metals. Its estimated that 400
million keys are thrown away yearly! Instead of tossing unused keys in the trash, the
recycling department is asking you collect your unused keys and old expired
dog licenses (inclusive of metal pet name tags) and drop them off at any of the
*Ace Locksmith * DPW Administrative Offices * Town Hall lobby and
*Treasurer's Office (3rd floor of town hall where dog licenses are renewed yearly.)
All proceeds are to benefit the Norwood Food Pantry.
To read more go to www.keyforhope.org or call 1.508.580.6701
Bay State Textiles wants the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY textiles. Clothes with missing buttons, broken zippers, stained clothing, holey socks, one sock / one shoe, pocketbooks, belts and out of date clothing are all wanted! Just not moldy or damp textiles. All textiles are sold. The textiles are re purposed and resold as other goods.here to read the entire list of acceptable textiles.
The Town of Norwood, Norwood Public Schools, and Bay State Textiles are partnering efforts to keep textiles out of the trash! BST boxes are at the compost site (open every Saturday) as well as at each of the schools including the Savage Bldg and the Willett preschool. Place all donated textiles in plastic bags and secure up top, then toss bags into any of the textile collection boxes. Norwood schools and DPW are reimbursed at $100/ton of donated textiles.
Click December2014Newsletter to read how Norwood compares with other towns re textiles collection.
Animal Control - please check with the Animal Control Officer, if he is in need of
blankets, bedspreads, towels, etc...for the care of the stray animals at
the shelterÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ To read more clickÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ Animal Control page.
Alkaline batteries can be dropped off for recycling ONLY at either the Spring OR Fall Recycling Day. Do NOT drop off at Mercury Shed. Sponsored by Board of Health. To read more about alkaline battery recycling go to www.earth911.org.
Rechargeable batteries are recyclable under the Call2Recycle take back program. The following stores support the Call2Recycle take back program and have a designated drop off box for rechargeable batteries usually by the customer service desk. There is no charge.
*Staples click in store drop off recycling programs-free
*Home Depot - Click here to read all the materials Home Depot will take back-free of charge.
*Radio Shack in the Walpole Mall
*Apple Legacy Place
Button Cells batteries are filled with mercury and are lethal, if ingested by a small child or pet. The ONLY batteries accepted at the Mercury Shed is Button Cell Batteries.
Lead Acid Batteries - According to www.earth911.com lead acid batteries may be taken back to Home Depot, or Advanced Auto Parts or the biannual Household Hazardous Waste Day which is held in May and September. Call Board of Health for more information re hazardous waste at 781.762.1240.
Smoke Detectors - according to the manufacturer because smoke detectors have such small amounts of radioactivity in them, they are not considered hazardous waste. It is recommended residents mail them back to the manufacturer. Please mail your spent radioactive smoke alarm back to the manufacturer and perhaps ask them to come up with a better plan for collecting and recycling them.
At this time a town collection program is not possible because it is ill advised to collect radioactive items together. SeMass (the incinerator where Norwood's trash is taken) does not want them in the trash.
Recycler of the Month Contest
Congratulations to Chris Karavoulias! Click here to read more.
The Town of Norwood and Waste Management are partnering efforts to recognize and award Norwood residents for their ongoing recycling efforts. If you or someone you live with are avid recyclers, then please click here which will redirect you to the Public Works page. At the bottom of the page you will see a survey link, which will bring you to the nomination page.
Click here to view prior Recycler of the Month winners!
MA Department of Environmental Protection began issuing State Waste Bans in 1990. Every town and city in the State of MA is required to comply with State Waste Bans 310 CMR 19.017. Click State Waste Bans to learn more.
The above yellow chart lists all materials required to be recycled.
However, ONLY the following materials are allowed in the town's recycling cart :
1.CARDBOARD and BOX BOARD -clean (free of food
debris) examples are cereal boxes(remove inside plastic
liner, shoe boxes-remove everything inside, tissue boxes, etc..
*Do not include paper towels, tissue paper, paper plates or cups, paper napkins.
3. GLASS CONTAINERS - please no eye glasses, no glass cookware, etc..
4. TIN CONTAINERS empty aerosol cans, clean tin foil, tin cookie containers,etc..
5. RECYCLABLE PLASTIC CONTAINERS- look for the triangle on the bottom of the container with any number from 1-7. Rinse out. Do not place Styrofoam or plastic bags or trash in the recycling cart.
What do I do with the other waste bans materials NOT accepted in the recycling cart or the trash cart?
LEAVES and YARD WASTE-residents have several options:
1. Place leave and yard waste in paper leaf bags for weekly curbside pick up
by DPW (April through November) OR
2.Start a back yard composting area in your back yard. You can purchase a compost unit at the
Norwood Board of Health for just $20.00ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ OR
3. Drop off at the Winter Street Composting Site (370 Winter Street.) Residential permit
required. No charge. Call DPW at 781.762.1413 for more information.
4. Worm composting - call 781.255.9988 for more information.
METALS- scrap metals can be dropped off at the Winter Street
Compost Site OR you can bring them to Allied Recycling in Walpole. Call 508.668.8699.
Allied will pay you the current value for your scrap metals.
CATHODE RAY TUBES - Tv's and Computer Screens
Please go to www.bestbuy.com/recycle. Best Buy has the BEST take back program for
LEAD ACID BATTERIES- Click Lead acid recycling take back stores to drop off your lead acid
battery sooner rather than later or you can drop it off at either bi annual Household
Hazardous Waste Day. Call Board of Health at 781.762.1240 for dates. OR go to
WHITE GOODS- can be dropped off at the Spring or Fall Town Recycle Days OR go to
CLEAN GYPSUM WALL BOARD- www.earth911.org
ASPHALT PAVEMENT, BRICK, CONCRETE -www.earth911.org
Call Recycling Works if you need assistance for your business and or institution. No fees. Their phone number is 1.888. 254.5525 or email them at info@Recycling WorksMA.com
Go to www.earth911.org for more information.
If you have any questions, please call 781.255.9988 preferably between 8am and 12noon, Monday-Friday or email
If you think you are going to be more than 5 minutes, please turn off your engine.
Not only will you save gas money, but it will help to decrease carbon emissions and air pollution.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Curbside recycle / trash program guidelines:
1. Only approved WM carts provided by the town will be serviced. Carts must be placed curbside by 7:00 am on your scheduled pick up day. Carts must also be returned to your property the same day by 9:00 pm.
To find out when your scheduled recycle/trash pick up day by street is click here. Any questions about when your recycle/trash pick up day is please call DPW at 781.762.1413.
2. Please follow the 3 foot rule when placing your carts curbside. Carts need to be three feet away from everything. It is your responsibility to space the carts correctly.
3. Only curbside recyclables are allowed in the 96 gallon recycling cart.
Do NOT place any of the following in the recycling cart (yellow lid):
3. plastic bags
4. yard waste
5. wood debris of any kind
6. organic waste
7. garden hoses
4. The 64g trash cart is for residential household trash only. The trash cart is NOT for commercial waste. Mixed use properties and commercial properties must hire their own private recycle/trash hauler.
Cart lids should be able to close (unless there is a mop handle/stick inside.) Do not place trash on top of lid nor on the curb. WM drivers are not allowed to take it. If you do place trash on top of the lid or overfill your trash cart, your property will be called in to Norwood DPW.Do not leave trash on curb. Please bag trash to prevent litter.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROGRAM COMPLIANCE?
Property owners are responsible for program compliance. Property owners of multifamilies are responsible for their tenants compliance.
PROGRAM COMPLIANCE PROTOCOL:
If there are materials in your recycling cart which should not be in your recycling cart, the WM driver will sticker the recycling cart as a means of informing you. The recycling driver is held responsible for any and all contamination in Norwood recycling loads, which are brought to the Single Stream Recycling Facility in Avon MA. Please comply with the sticker information.
If a property receives multiple WM stickers and continues to be non compliance, the town will issue a non compliant letter to that property owner. If non compliance continues, the town reserves the right to refuse recycling and trash services. Carts will not be emptied.
If residents divert acceptable materials to the recycling cart, divert rigid plastics, scrap metals, textiles, & books to the compost site, divert medications and pet medications to the Norwood Police kiosk, and post for sale or for free other items you no longer want or need, then what is left IS household trash.
Program compliance will save tax dollars.
Program compliance will protect our natural resources.
Program compliance is the right thing to do.
Program compliance is necessary.
Your recycling efforts and program compliance is very much appreciated. Thank you!
To find out when your recycle/trash pick up day is by street click here .
When service is interrupted by a holiday, service will continue the next day for the week ending on Saturday.
Any questions, please call DPW at 781.762.1413 .
The 1st goal is always to REDUCE trash.
The 2nd goal is to REUSE & REPAIR materials (shoe cobbler, etc...)
The 3rd goal is to RECYCLE all acceptable materials in the curbside recycling program.
Also, to divert other recyclable materials such as books, textiles, rigid plastics, & scrap metals to the compost site where there are recycling drop off dumpsters.
Norwood's trash is sent to an incinerator. Reducing trash means decreasing air pollution, and greenhouse gases and protecting natural resources as well as saving you taxpayer money! Reducing trash is always the primary goal.
Click How to Make Less Waste.
Reducing trash involves:
1. Full participation in the single stream recycling program. Please KNOW what is acceptable and make every effort to divert ALL acceptable curbside recyclables to the recycling cart. Tossing acceptable recyclables in the trash is like tossing our natural resources in the trash!
PLEASE NOTE: 2nd recycling carts are available to residents at no charge! Call Town Hall 781.762.1240 and speak with Dorothy.
2. Composting organic food scraps... more information to come
3. Collecting, diverting and dropping off rigid plastics, books, textiles, scrapÂÂ at the Winter Street Compost Site in the designated roll offs.
5. Post it on FaceBook yard sale page
6. Donate it to the Women's Community Thrift Store in So Norwood, or Savers on Rt 1 in Norwood.
7. Knowing where other materials can be diverted is key in reducing trash.
PLASTIC BAGS - clean & dry without receipts inside can be returned to the grocery store
RIGID PLASTICS- can be dropped off at compost site
BOOKS - can be dropped off at compost site
SCRAPS METALS - can be dropped off at compost site
MEDICATIONS & PET MEDICATIONS -can be dropped off at the kiosk at the Norwood Police
VHS TAPES (Disney tapes and other children's stories) can be donated to Saver's Rt 1, Norwood MA
CD's, DVD's and their plastic cases can be dropped off at Best Buy in the kiosk in their lobby.
Read more at the CD Recycling web site .
ELECTRONICS - can be dropped off at Best Buy
Have something not listed above and want to divert it from the trash for reuse or recycling, go to
www.earth911.org. Simply type in what you have, tab it over and type in your zip code.
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?
Norwood's recyclables are taken to the Avon Single Stream Recycling facility. The picture to the right shows baled materials ready to be shipped to vendors who need the materials to sustain their business. Please do not throw recyclables in the trash.
American businesses need our recyclables.
Organic yard debris is a State Waste Ban material.
Yard waste and grass do not belong in the trash and is on the State Waste Ban list of materials not accepted in the trash.
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 must not enter the trash or recycle carts. Organic waste must be diverted for composting.
Click Yard Waste Options to learn more.
Residents have 3 options to manage yard waste or organic material.
Backyard compost bins are available for purchase at the Norwood Board of Health for $20.00. Call 781.762.1240. Or you can make your own compost unit.
The Winter Street Compost Site located at 370 Winter Street is the drop off site for organic yard debris, branches, etc..No rocks. No fencing.
This is also the recycling drop off site for books, textiles, scrap metals, rigid plastics, mattresses and box springs.
Residential permit required. Call DPW @781.762.1413.
Leaf bags can be purchased at most grocery stores or at Home Depot, or Lowes>
Leaf bags can be filled with organic yard debris. NO rocks, fencing, trash, ashes, etc. Leaf bags are picked up curbside by Norwood DPW from early April to the end
November.Questions? Call Recycling at 781.255.9988.
The town collects Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and recyclable materials not collected at the curb twice a year; the 1st Saturday of May and the last Saturday in September. Board of Health mails out a newsletter before each event.
If you have hazardous waste you need to dispose of between collection days, please click here .
If you have electronics you want to recycle between collection days, please goÂÂÂ Best Buy recycling page and be sure to enter MA as your state.
Please go to www.earth911.com to find a recycling/disposal for hard to manage materials.
Please click here to learn more about recycling resources for difficult to manage items such as Mercury, and the proper way to clean up if you have a mercury spill, unused medications, syringes, household hazardous waste, paints, propane tanks, and smoke detectors.
State Implements Organic Food Waste Ban
Click State Implements Food Waste Ban and watch WCVB coverage of the latest state waste ban, which went into effect October 1, 2014.
The organics food waste ban applies will affect supermarkets, colleges, hotels, convention centers, nursing homes, hospitals, large restaurants, and food service companies. Individual residents are not affected. Click Commercial Food Waste Ban to read more. Need help, click RecyclingWorks .
Click here to read local Health Department guidance for commercial food waste separation.
Norwood is creating organic food waste pathways for residents to divert organic food waste out of the trash and into one of three ways of composting. In the fall of 2014 Norwood DPW encouraged residents to divert pumpkins from the trash to the town composting site. Pumpkins are an organic waste and can and should be diverted for composting. Norwood residents were asked to NOT throw their pumpkins in the trash cart (and never in the recycling cart) but instead divert pumpkins to the leaf bags or drop off at the Winter Street Compost Site.
Click pumpkin composting flier.
If you would like to start composting organic food waste as a resident or tenant:
*Identify organic food waste: egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, vegetable and fruit discards. Do not include dairy or meats or cheeses or bones which would attract wildlife.
*Collect organic food waste under the sink or on the counter or in your freezer.
*Empty -every couple of days or twice a week (depending on how much is collected) take the collected amount with a garden shovel, and dig a hole on the top of your compost heap and cover it with leaves and other debris.
*Learn about vermicomposting. Contact the Recycling Coordinator, if you are interested in composting with worms.
Looking for a recycler or composter for your business?
Click Find a Recycler and get going! To speak with a Recycling Expert, please call their hotline
@ 1.888..254.5525 . To email your question, send it to
If you are a recycler and would like to be included in RecyclingWorks database, please click
add your company.
Learn about recycling other materials, click here.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:14