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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

Recycling Updates (as of Nov 3rd)

Compost your PUMPKINS! New!
Pumpkins are an organic waste and can therefore be diverted for composting!  Norwood residents are 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

Bay State Textiles  wants the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY textiles.  They want clothes with missing buttons, broken zippers, stained clothing, holey socks, one sock / one shoe, pocketbooks, belts and out of date clothing. All textiles are sold. The textiles are repurposed and resold as other goods.  Click 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.

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 shelter. 
To read more click  Animal Control page. 

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. Please go to to view what types of FOAM is acceptable.

Alkaline batteries can be dropped off for recycling at either the Spring or Fall Recycling Day. Sponsored by Board of Health. Do NOT drop off at Mercury Shed. 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.
                   *Home Depot

                   *Radio Shack in the Walpole Mall
                   *Apple Legacy Place

Button Cells batteries are filled with mercury and are lethal, if swalled by a small child or pet. The ONLY batteries accepted at the Mercury Shed is Button Cell Batteries. Do NOT drop off rechargeable or alkaline batteries at Mercury Shed.

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 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. At this time a town collection program is not possible because it is ill advised to collect radioactive items together.  Please mail your spent radioactive smoke alarm back to the manufacturer and perhaps ask them to come up with a better plan for recycling them. Otherwise they can go in the trash. For more reading, go to

Recycler of the Month Contest!                                                                                                                                         
In an effort to recognize the dedicated recyclers in the Norwood, the town and Waste Management are sponsoring a new program to award
recyclers for their ongoing commitment to recycling.  If you or someone in your family or someone you know are avid recyclers please nominate them now to be
the next Recycler of the Month contest winner.

Entries are currently being accepted for the Recycler of the Month Contest.  To nominate yourself or someone in your family please click  here to be redirected to the DPW page.                   

       Click here to view all of the Recycler of the Month's winners!


Waste Ban yellow sign

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
shoe boxes-remove everything inside, tissue boxes, etc..
       2.  Click PAPERS 

                                      papers image 

     *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..

                                 Bottles & Cans                               

     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.

Click  Recycle Often, Recycle Right- Do's and Dont's

Waste Bans Q & A's

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.  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 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



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

Go to for more information.

                          If you have any questions, please call 781.255.9988

                         preferably between 8am and 12noon, Monday-Friday

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

                                 Please turn off your engine, if you know you are                                        
                                       going to be more than 5 minutes.                   

    This is a public health issue as well as an environmental issue.

                                    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 foot rule

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):

           1.  trash

           2. Styrofoam

           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. 


Property owners are responsible for program compliance. Property owners of multifamilies are responsible for their tenants compliance.


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, scrap  metals  at the Winter Street Compost Site in the designated roll offs.

4. Give it away for free at

5. Post it on FaceBook yard sale page

6. Sell it on Ebay, or Craigslist or have a yard sale.

7. Donate it to the Women's Community Thrift Store in So Norwood, or Savers on Rt 1 in Norwood.
8.  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
- can be dropped off at compost site
MEDICATIONS & PET MEDICATIONS -can be dropped off at the kiosk at the Norwood Police
ELECTRONICS - can be dropped off at Best Buy

                            If you have any questions re how to reduce trash,

                       please call 781 255 9988 between 9:00am -12:00pm noon.

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.



The following materials can be recycled by taking them back to:

Grocery Stores
-plastic film (shrink wrap around paper towels, dry cleaning bags) and plastic bags - can go back to most grocery stores. Click here to view list of acceptable and non acceptable items.Or go to to learn much more.

Best Buy - most electronic waste. Click here to view the extensive list of electronics take back.
Thank you Best Buy! Read more at .

FOAM or Styrofoam can be dropped off three times a year. DPW sponsors a FOAM recycling program on Spring Recycle Day, Fall Recycle Day and the Saturday after Christmas. The next FOAM recycling drop off event is scheduled for Saturday, December 27th at the Winter Street Compost Site from 10am to 3pm.  Go to www. to view acceptable and non acceptable FOAM products.

Norwood Police lobby - there is a kiosk in the Norwood Police lobby for prescription medications,
vitamins, dog and cat medications and much more. The kiosk is available to the public 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Click

DPW lobby -
Keys and dog licenses -collected items are picked up by Key for Hope in Brockton.
All proceeds from this collection are donated to the Norwood Food Pantry.   Questions? Call 781.255.9988 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .     
Ink jet cartridges, kindles, digital cameras
Button cell batteries



Organic yard debris is a State Waste Ban material.

Organic waste (relating to or derived from organic material) is inclusive of 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 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 go Best Buy recycling page and be sure to enter MA as your state.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 12:19

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