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Bulk Item Disposal Policy & Options
Drop Off Recycling Programs
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Household Hazardous Waste Day & Recycle Days
Prescription Drugs disposal
Recycling Resources for Difficult -to- Manage Items
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DPW Administrative Offices alt

165 Nahatan Street

Doris Burtman

Recycling Program Coordinator

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Phone: 781.255.9988

Fax: 781.762.9378

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

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

New! DEP awards Norwood a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant. The Town is to receive funding up to $1500 for Targeted Small Scale Initiatives.

DEP's grant funding has been directed to partially fund:

1. Earth Machine compost bins are made from 50% post recycled materials. Compost bins can be purchased through Board of Health for just $20. Please click here to be redirected to the Health web page for information about compost bins. alt

2. Public Space Outdoor Recycling Containers are made from over 30% recycled steel will be placed at the Coakley Middle School Athletic fields.

Public Space Outdoor Recycling Container


The Town of Norwood would like to thank MaDEP for the Targeted Small Scale Initiative $1500 Grant funding, which benefited both the Health Department and Department of Public Works.

Recycler of the Month Contestalt

What is the town's Recycler of the Month contest?

Click here to read more.

To nominate yourself or someone you think deserves to be nominated, please click here.

May's Recycler of the Month is being awarded to Catherine Madden.


Congratulations Catherine!

Ma State Waste Bans 310 CMR 19.017

MA Department of Environmental Protection began issuing
State Waste Bans alt
Regulations in 1990. Every town and city and business
in the State of MA is required to comply with State Waste Bans 310 CMR 19.017.
Click State Waste Bans to learn more.

Businesses needing recycling assistance, please call Recycling Works
at 1 888 254 5525.

Since I cannot place LEAVES/YARD WASTE in the trash cart and they are not part of the curbside recycling program, where can they go?


1. Start a composting area in your back yard. Residents can purchase the Earth Machine compost unit at the Norwood Board of Health for just $20.00. Board of Health is located at Town Hall; phone number is 781.762.1240 and ask for Board of Health. Earth Machine compost units are made with 50% post consumer recycled materials.To learn more about composting and how to compost, please click Earth Machine.
2. Place leave and yard waste in paper leaf bags for weekly curbside pick up by DPW (April through November.)
3. Drop off yard debris at the Winter Street Composting Site (370 Winter Street) Saturdays only. Residential permit
required. Call DPW at 781.762.1413 for more information.

1. Drop off at the Winter Street Compost Site. Residential permit required. Call DPW 781.762.1413.
2. Drop off at Allied Recycling in Walpole. Allied will pay you the current value of scrap metals.
Call 508.668.8699.

1. Go to
Click Lead acid recycling take back stores to drop off your lead acid battery to the stores listed.
2. Bring it to Fall Recycle Day, Saturday, September 26th from 8am to 11am

1.Call Recycling Works, if you need assistance for your business or institution or just yourself @ 1.888.254.5525 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2. Go to for more information on any recycling topic

CATHODE RAY TUBES: TV's, computer screens
1. Curbside pick up is $25. Call DPW @781.762.1413
2.Go to
3. Fall Recycle Day, September 26, 2015 from 8am to 11am. Some fees apply

Please go to

Please go to the Public Works page under Bulky Disposal Policy page

Please call DPW 781.762.1413

Curbside Recycle/Trash Program Guidelines

Set Out

Only approved WM carts issued 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.

Carts must be placed at the edge of the roadway with wheels facing away from the street. 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. alt

Collection Schedule-New Residents!

To find out what day of the week your address is schedule for curbside trash (1x/week) and recycling
(every other week) services, please click
here .

2015 Recycling Calendar


Accepted recyclables must be placed in the cart loosely. Do not place plastic bags of recyclables in your recycling cart. Plastic bags of any kind jam the huge single stream recycling machines at the recycling facility. The driver will reject your recycling cart at the curb.

The Town of Norwood seeks to be in compliance with Ma State Waste Bans
alt301 CMR 19.017.

Please refer to the yellow banner on the side which states what materials
Massachusetts residents are required to recycle.

However, the only materials you can place in the curbside recycling cart are:
RECYCLABLE PAPERS (& cardboard & milk cartons (empty)

For more information please click Recycle Often, Recycle Right to view a chart re what can and cannot go in the town curbside recycle carts.

For example: YARD DEBRIS, FLOWERS, ORGANIC DEBRIS & DIRT are not allowed in trash or recycle carts. Residents can: 1. purchase a backyard Earth Machine compost bin from the Board of Health for just $20.00. Please call BOH at 781.762.1240 X 17 or 2. bag organic yard debris in tall brown leaf bags for curbside pick up (April though November) or 3. drop off at Winter Street Compost Site. Residential permit needed. Call DPW at 781.762.1413 for more information.

If you have another material which is not allowed in the trash or recycle cart,
then please go to or go to or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

6. Recyclables are collected every other week on your regular collection day. Place ONLY the acceptable recyclable materials. Click Recycle Often. Recycle Right.

Property owners are responsible for program compliance. Property owners of multifamilies are responsible for their tenants compliance. To read more click
Waste Bans for Property Managers.

Second recycling carts are available to residents at no charge. Please call town hall at 781.762.1240 for more information.

Cart replacement?Should a problem occur (broken wheel, lid broke) please call Waste Management at 800.972.4545 to request a cart repair or cart replacement.

Your recycling efforts and program compliance is very much appreciated. Thank you!

Bulk Item Disposal Policy & Options

The Bulk Item policy is posted on the Public Works web page.
Please click Bulk Item Policy to be redirected to the Public Works page, where you can view the bulk list, costs, & disposal options.

Keeping Bulk Items OUT of the trash save tax dollars (and your own $) protects natural resources, and prevents pollution caused by incinerating trash. Please give it away or post it for sale or host a yard sale BEFORE you dispose of it.

REUSE if far more sustainable than disposal.

Drop off Recycling Programs

Books, Textiles, Rigid Plastics, Scrap Metals, Fluorescent bulbs &
mercury bearing products can be dropped off at the Winter Street Compost Site. Call DPW at 781.762.1413 for more information.

FOAM Recycling with Refoamit

The next foam recycling drop off event will be held on Saturday, September 26th at 370 Winter Street from 8 - 11 am.

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 and dropped off at one of the three FOAM recycling drop off events: Spring Recycle Day, Fall Recycle Day and the Saturday after December 25th. All drop off events are held at the Winter Street Compost Site.
NOTE: Volunteers are always needed to assist with collection and sorting!
If you can volunteer for a couple of hours, please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Plastic bags and plastic film take back stores
Please click here to learn what types of plastic bags and films are accepted and where can they be dropped off.

Key for Hope - Recycling Keys to Help Others

Norwood Recycling has partnered efforts with Key for Hope to collect unused keys, and expired dog licenses, in an effort to keep scrap metals out of the waste stream. Its estimated that 400 million keys are thrown away yearly! Instead of tossing unused keys (natural resources) in the trash, please drop them off at any of the following locations:
*Ace Locksmith
* DPW Administrative Offices
*Town Hall lobby
*Treasurer's Office

If you are interested in hosting a key collection, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
All proceeds are to benefit the Norwood Food Pantry

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 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
there is a need of blankets, bedspreads, towels, etc...for the care of the stray animals at the shelter.
To read more click Animal Control page.

Battery Drop Off Programs:

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

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 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 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

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.

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.
Watch How are recyclables sorted at the recycling facility?

 Please do not throw recyclables in the trash.

American businesses need non contaminated recyclables.

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.

Residents have the following 3 options to manage yard waste or 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.

The town collects Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and "other" recyclable materials not collected at the curb twice a year; Spring (May) and Fall (September.)

The upcoming Spring Household Hazardous Waste Day and Recycle Day is Saturday, May 9, 2015. The event is sponsored by the Health Department. It is held at the Winter Street Compost Facility located at 370 Winter Street from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Some fees apply. Norwood residents only. Board of Health mails out a newsletter before each event.

If you cannot attend:
1. ask a friend or neighbor to take it to the Spring or Fall HHW Day for you.

2. contact the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center or NEDT or click here. For more information, please go to

Please go to to find a recycling/disposal for hard to manage materials.

Did you know the Norwood Police have a kiosk open 24 hours a day in the Norwood Police lobby for the safe disposal of prescription medications as well as cat and dog medications you no longer need?

If you have unused or expired medications, drop them off in the kiosk for safe and proper disposal.


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.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:02

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