DPW Administrative Offices, 165 Nahatan Street
Doris Burtman, Recycling Program Coordinator
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-12noon
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Where Does the World's Waste Go?
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
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.
Click this link to listen to the official single stream recycling video
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.
Norwood will even provide residents a 2nd recycling cart at no charge. Simply call the General Manager's office at 1.781.762.1240 and speak with Dorothy about obtaining a 2nd recycling cart.
Did you know? Simply diverting the 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?
Diverting curbside recyclable materials to the 96g recycling cart saves taxpayer dollars! In addition to saving tax payer dollars, recycling reduces the cost of trash. Equally important is the recycling industry keeps Americans employed! Reducing trash and recycling protects our natural resources, reduces pollutants, & greenhouse gases and protects environmental and public health.
The recycling industry NEEDS MORE OF THE ACCEPTABLE RECYCLABLE MATERIALS to not only stay in business, but to grow their business. In order for the recycling industry to succeed, which employs Americans across the country, all of us need to increase our diversion of recyclable materials. Without a steady flow of these materials, they industry can't grow. Keep in mind the recycling industry provides much needed jobs to Americans with the possibility of increasing employment opportunities for Americans. Doesn't it make sense to recycle every piece of paper, every can, every recyclable plastic container?
What are "curbside" recyclables?
Curbside recyclables are picked up at the "curb." Place only these materials in the 96g recycling cart for curbside pick up:
Clean cardboard, boxboard (cereal boxes, pasta boxes. etc..) empty drink cartons (empty milk, juice and other beverages first) clean Papers- click to view all the papers you can now include plus what you should not include. Containers such as Glass containers, Tin containers (including empty aerosol containers,) clean tin foil, and recyclable narrow neck plastic containers.
Please NO STYROFOAM AND NO PLASTIC BAGS in the recycling cart.
Click SingleStreamRecyclingChart 2014 to view all of the recyclable materials accepted in the recycling cart.
What is 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.
Trash cart is the smaller 64g cart with the green lid .
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.
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 www.freecycle.org.
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
for reuse alternatives.
Household Hazardous Waste Day sponsored by Board of Health is Saturday, May 10, 2014.
The Town of Norwood is asking residents
to self nominate for The Recycler of the Month contest .
Please click here to be redirected to the Public Works page
for more 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
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
. Interested in learning more about recycling, sustainability, conservation, etc....go to www.earth911.org.
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.
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 www.earth911.org.
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 781.762.1413
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:
ALKALINE BATTERIES can be dropped off ONLY at the FALL or SPRING Recycle Days. Do NOT drop off at Mercury Shed.
RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES 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 earth911.com to find out where you can drop off your lead acid battery.
DO NOT PLACE YARD WASTE OF ANY KIND IN THE TRASH OR RECYCLING CART!
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.
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 www.earth911.com to read more.
The 1*800*RECYCLING.com 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
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 useshere .
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.
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DEALING WITH DOG POO
Tired of your trash cart smelling like dog poo? Keep dog poo out of the trash!
Read How to build a doggie septic system .
DEALING WITH CAT LITTER
Tired of your trash cart smelling like cat litter?
Read Reusable cat litter as an alternative to kitty litter.
Click 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 earth911.org
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)
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