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What happens to the single stream recyclables?
Winter Street Compost Site
Mercury Recovery Shed-New!
Button Cell Battery Recycling- NEW!
Battery Recycling
Prescription drugs disposal- New!
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Recycling Days & Household Hazardous Waste Day
Recycling Search Engines
Recycling Education Videos
Ink Jet Recycling- New!
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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

last update on Oct 2, 2014

Recycler of the Month Contest!
Entries are currently being accepted for September's drawing for the Recycler of the Month Contest. Please click here to get you to the nomination page. It could be you!  

Compost your PUMPKINS! NEW! 
Pumpkins are organic waste. Norwood residents are asked to NOT throw their pumpkins in the trash (or recycling) cart this year, but instead place your pumpkin (cut or sliced up) in the brown paper leaf bags for curbside pick up or drop off at the Winter Street Compost Site.  Cutting up the pumpkins will accelerate the decomposition process. Be sure candles and other decorations are removed before placing in leaf bags or dropping off at compost site.

Bay State Textiles
wants the good, the bad and your ugly textiles!

Textile collection boxes have been placed at each of the Norwood Public Schools. The Winter Street Compost Site will also maintain 2 textile collection boxes for residents on Saturdays. Bay State Textiles wants clothes with missing buttons, broken zippers, ripped or stain clothes as well as out of date clothes. Donate all if your textiles except if they are smelly and moldy. Place donated textiles in bags and place in textile collection box.

Foam (styrofoam) Recycling - the next foam recycling event is scheduled for Saturday, December 27th from 10am to 3pm. Please go to to review acceptable foam products.

Do you know of a local farm with pigs and goats? 
If yes, please contact me  at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  The NPS cafeterias are looking to divert
organic waste from the trash to a farm. 


Waste Disposal Ban Regulations  310 CMR 19.017
MA state regulations mandate specific materials must be recycled.


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 MA State Waste Bans. Your recycling efforts and cooperation are necessary and appreciated.  If what's inside your recycling cart is 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 accepted in Norwood's residential trash and recycling contract.

Curbside Recycling -  Common Q& A

96g recycle cart & 64g trash cart

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. 
The official single stream recycling video is  Toss It, Baby: Single Stream Recycling Official Music Video 

Why is recycling important?

1.   Ma DEP compliance with State Waste Bans
2,  Recycling saves tax dollars!
3.  Recycling protects our natural resources and reduces pollution, reduces greenhouse gases (GHG) 
      and supports the necesary infrastructure for a successful recycle industry, which employs Americans.         
4.  Recycling protects public health and environmental health.
5.  Recycling is the right thing to do!
6.  Recycling empowers people. Its the one thing we can do everyday to decrease our environmental footprin

Are 2nd recycling carts available? Is there a charge?
YES! NO Charge! In an effort to demonstrate the town's commitment to increasing the collection of curbside recyclables, 2nd recycling carts are available to Norwood residents at NO charge!
  If you find your recycle cart is full and you are nearing the end of the 2nd week before recycling pick up, please go to town hall and fill out an application for a 2nd recycle cart. Or call the General Manager's office at 1.781.762.1240 and speak with Dorothy. Please don't allow any curbside recyclable materials to be thrown in the trash.
What is contamination?
Contamination is when materials (other than curbside recyclables) are placed in the recycling cart making the recyclables collected unsuitable for the process of recycling. Do NOT place plastic bags of any kind, Styrofoam, yard waste, rigid plastics, trash, the single stream recycling cart. Recycle Right!  Please

American jobs are dependent on clean non contaminated recyclable loads. Please recycle every piece of paper, cardboard, and tin containers, glass containers and recyclable plastic containers!

What happens if my recycling cart is contaminated?
The recycling driver often times will spot contamination as the cart is being emptied into the truck. He will leave a sticker on your cart as a means of informing you. If the contamination continues, he is required to continue to sticker your cart again and again. After three attempts to inform you, he is required to call the property address in on the daily tag list.  Once DPW is aware of the non compliance, the property owner will be officially notified by mail. Compliance to the town's recycling and trash contract is taken seriously.The town reserves the right to terminate trash and recycling services due to chronic non compliance. 

NOTE: Please pay attenton to the WM drivers. They are required to comply with state regulations as well as the town contract and Waste Management's driver safety policies. Trash and recycling program compliance is necessary on all levels: town, residents, drivers, and recycling facilities for the recycling industry to succeed.  If there is more than 8% contamination in a recycling load, it can be refused and disposed of as trash. What a waste of perfectly good recyclable materials. 

Who do I contact if either of my carts have been damaged?

Please call 1.800.972.4545. WM will send someone out to repair or replace your cart at no charge.
Your damaged cart will be removed, if it is to be replaced.                       

Curbside residential TRASH  
REDUCE trash, reuse materials, then recycle

The 64g trash cart is is for residential HOUSEHOLD trash only. Mixed use properties generating business waste must hire their own trash/recycling hauler. 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.  Move out trash is the responsibility of the property owner.
Your compliance is necessary.

If you have an item to big for the trash cart, and it is in reasonable shape, please:
1. Give it away for free at
2. Post it on FaceBook yard sale page

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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If you have hazardous waste, please call Board of Health at 781.762.1240

Read Where Does the World's Waste Go? 

Program Guidelines for curbside recycling and trash services:


1.  Only WM carts provided by the town will be serviced.

2. Please follow the 3 foot rule when placing your carts curbside. Your carts need to be three feet away from
     from everything. It is your responsibility the carts have the necesary space to be serviced.

3. Carts must be placed curbside by 7am on your scheduled pick up day. 

4.  Only "curbside recyclables" are allowed in the 96 gallon recycling cart.

5.  "Other" recyclables should be dropped off in requested locations.

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.

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.

Are you looking to find out what day of the week your trash and recycling carts should be curbside? Click  Trash recycle by street or call DPW at 781.762.1413. Trash is picked up weekly.  

To find out what week your recycling cart should be curbside, click Recycling Calendar 2014 .
Recyclables are picked up every other week . Want a 2nd recycling cart at no charge? Call town hall at 781.762.1240.  

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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 commercial use. Residential 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)


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