DPW Administrative Offices
165 Nahatan Street, Norwood MA 02062
Doris Burtman, Recycling Program Coordinator
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-12noon
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"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
KEEP MERCURY PRODUCTS OUT OF THE TRASH. IT'S THE LAW!
Click Residential Mercury Flier to read about all the items now being accepted at the NEW Mercury Recovery Shed located at The Winter Street Compost Site, which is open on Saturdays only from 10:00am to 3:30pm. Norwood residents can now DROP OFF mercury bulbs, mercury non bulb products, button cell batteries and rechargeable batteries as well as household batteries.
Click PICTURES OF MERCURY BULBS to view the variety of mercury bulbs that must be diverted to the Mercury Recovery Shed.
Norwood residents only. DPW Permit (no charge) required. Call DPW at 781.762 1413 for permit information. Call the Recycling Department at 781.255.9988 between 9am and 12noo, Monday- Friday or email
BUTTON CELL BATTERIES ARE HAZARDOUS WASTE!
Button Cell Batteries are loaded with mercury and other hazardous materials. Button Cell batteries are found in watches, calculators, cameras, hearing aids, personal organizers, night lights, laptop batteries, pedometers, heart rate monitors, etc.. Click pictures of Button Cell batteries to view the many sizes, and shapes of button cell batteries. DO NOT DISPOSE OF BUTTON CELL BATTERIES IN THE TRASH!
Click Images of Button Cell Batteries to view the many sizes and shapes.
Norwood DPW / Recycling is partnering button cell battery collection efforts with Together Yes- Sustainability for the Community to properly recycle button cell batteries. Please find a drop off location convenient for you.
Button Cell Battery collection boxes are located at:
1. CVS at the Nahatan Street Plaza
2. Norwood Senior Center on Prospect Street
3. Home Depot on Rt 1
4. The Winter Street Compost Site
Also, go to www.keepmercuryfromrising.com to learn why it is so important to properly dispose of mercury and to keep mercury out of our environment.
In an effort to boost curbside recycling rates, the Town of Norwood has partnered with Waste Management to create a new "Recycler of the Month" program. Each month nominations will be recorded through a brief online survey. The winner will be determined through a random drawing from all nominations received that month. Prizes include gift certificates to various Norwood restaurants and other local establishments.
Each month's winner will be notified in person by representatives from Waste Management and the Norwood Department of Public Works. Entrants should understand that this is part of a public relations campaign to increase recycling in Norwood. Therefore, each month's winner should expect to see his name and photograph in various media outlets shortly after being named Norwood's Recycler of the Month.
Nominations will be accepted through the 15th of the month. Entries will be limited to one nomination per month. Winners will be ineligible for the following month's drawing. Town of Norwood employees and their families are ineligible to participate.
Click the link below for December's nomination:
For the 3rd year in a row, the Norwood DPW will be collecting old, broken or simply out of date Christmas/ Holiday Lights. There will be 2 collection sites:
1. The Winter Street Compost Site
2. The DPW Administrative Offices lobby
The materials listed below are BANNED from the trash per MA
State Waste Bans:
1. Papers, click Recyclable papers list -
2. Cardboard (clean)- please flatten
3. Glass containers
4. Tin/metal containers (including empty aerosol cans)
5. Plastic recyclable containers
6. Leaves, grass & other yard debris- do not put in trash/recycling carts
Click Compost to learn what your options are for managing yard and food waste
7. Scrap metals click Metals Recycling for more information
8. TV's. computer monitors, laptops
9. White goods
10. Whole Tires
11. Lead acid batteries
12. Mercury- fluorescent bulbs, button cell batteries, etc...
13. Wood & Construction debris
14. Asphalt, brick & concrete
The materials listed above MUST be diverted from the trash and properly diverted for recycling or composting. To read more go to Fact Sheet: Your Municipality and State Waste Ban Compliance.
Papers, clean cardboard, glass containers, tin/metal containers and recyclable plastic containers should be placed together in the single stream recycling cart. Only plastic containers #1, # 2, #3, #4, #6 and #7 are allowed in the single stream recycling program.
NO #5 STYROFOAM allowed in the recycling cart. Norwood DPW schedules 2-3- one day drop off events per year for the collection and recycling of Styrofoam. If possible, save your Styrofoam for one of the Styrofoam Recycling one day events.
NO PLASTIC BAGS allowed in the recycling cart. Grocery store bags can be brought back to the grocery store for recycling. Be sure to remove receipt and everything else in the bag.
Go to earth911 and plastic bag recycling to read more.
LEAVES, GRASS & OTHER YARD DEBRIS must be separated out from the recycling and trash carts.
Please note: The Town of Norwood is required by law to comply with State Waste Bans. If your carts are noted as being in non-compliance, you will receive an non compliance letter from DPW. Your cooperation is necessary. If chronic non compliance becomes an issue, the town reserves the right to refuse trash and recycling services and remove carts from your property.
The Town of Norwood has provided 1- 96 gallon recycling cart to every single family home, condominium as well as to 2-6 multifamily units.
To be in compliance with the recycling program:
1. Mark BOTH the recycling cart and trash cart with your address # and apt # where applicable.
2. Place carts out 7am on your regular trash/recycling pick up day.
3. Space the recycling cart 4 feet from the trash cart curbside. The automated truck arm needs the space to grab the cart to empty it. If your carts are considered inaccessible to the automated truck, your carts will not be serviced.
4. Place ONLY curbside recyclable materials in the cart: clean cardboard, clean papers, PLASTIC CONTAINERS ONLY as well as glass and tin containers. NO Trash. NO Styrofoam. NO plastic bags. NO YARD WASTE.
DO NOT CONTMAINATE THE TOWN'S RECYCLABLE MATERIALS!
If you would like a 2nd recycling cart, please call 781.762.1240.
The WM drivers are required to report all non compliant addresses. If your property is in non compliance, you will be notified by DPW. Chronic non compliance will result in carts not being serviced or carts being removed from the property.
Other recyclable materials SHOULD be dropped off at the appropriate recycling drop off site. Examples are:
RIGID PLASTICS -milk crates, plastic hangers, plastic boxes, etc.. Winter Street Compost Site
RECYCLABLE PLASTIC BAGS - must be clean and free of receipts; can be dropped off at most grocery stores
STYROFOAM - can only be recycled at a special event; go to www.refoamit.com
TEXTILES- GOOD, BAD AND THE UGLY! Drop off container at Winter Street Site
BOOKS-audiotapes, audiocassettes, hard cover, paperback- drop off at Winter Street Site
SCRAP METALS-drop off at Winter Street Site
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 2013 Recycling Calendar.
Trash is picked up weekly. Recyclables are picked up every other week.
Trash and recycling curbside program compliance is making sure:
*Carts are out no later than 7am on your regular trash day.
*Space carts 4 feet apart; carts must be unobstructed to be serviced.
*Cart lids are closed.
*Carts remain on the property they were assigned.
*Only household residential trash is in trash carts. Businesses/ contractors/
and move outs must hire their own private trash vendor
*Trash must fit into the trash cart. Any trash left outside the cart or on top of the car
will not be picked up.
*Items to big to put in the trash cart can be picked up curbside or can be dropped
off at the WinterStreet Composting Site. Call DPW at 781.762.1413 for more
DO NOT CONTAMINATE THE TOWN'S RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
*Only curbside recyclable materials are in the recycle cart.
*Plastic bags, Styrofoam, trash, and yard waste are not in the recycle carts.
Go to www.plasticbagrecycling.com to find out where you can recycling plastic bags.
Go to www.refoamit.com to find out where you can recycle Styrofoam.
Go to the Composting Yard & Food Waste page on the Recycling webpage.
*Materials such as scrap metals, rigid plastics, textiles, books (& CD's, DVD's) can be dropped off for reuse
and recycling at the Winter Street Compost Site. Permit required. Call DPW @ 781.762.1413.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Norwood residents currently have several options to managing yard waste:
1. BACKYARD COMPOSTING! Save time, money and hours of labor by composting your leaves, grass, organic waste in a compost bin or just start a pile in your back yard. Norwood residents can purchase The Earth Machine Compost Unit at the Norwood Board of Health in Town Hall for just $20. Please call 781.762.1240 and ask for the Health Department.
2. WEEKLY DROP OFF - your leaves, grass, & yard debris every Saturday from 10am to 3:30pm at The WINTER STREET COMPOST SITE. Permit required. Call DPW at 781.762.1413 . Read Winter Street Compost Facility Regulations.
3. WEEKLY CURBSIDE PICKUP of brown leaf bags and brush. Place only yard debris, grass clippings, & weeds in brown leaf bags. No rocks. No dirt. No trash. No poison ivy or poison oak; poisonous plants or invasive species must be placed separately in black plastic bags and placed in the trash. Brush must be tied up separately in lengths no longer than 3 ft long.
Click Waste Free Kitchen to learn how to set up a waste free kitchen where you live.
Construction and/or Wood Debris (C&D) are BANNED by the State Department of Environmental Protection FROM ENTERING THE TRASH. Never put wood and construction debris in the town trash or recycling carts.
Contractors are required to comply with DEP State Waste Bans. Contractors are NOT allowed to put wood and construction materials in the residential trash carts.
Residents are required to comply with DEP State Waste Bans as well. If the property owner has construction or wood debris, it is the responsibility of the property owner to find a vendor who will comply and properly dispose of construction and wood debris.
Click managing construction debris for compliant disposal options
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 Best Buy. Best Buy requires all recyclers retained to comply with standards regarding the recycling of products collected through their programs. Click Best Buy Recycling Standards for more information.
NEW- ALKALINE BATTERIES will now be collected at the biannual Recycle Days and Household Hazardous Waste Day for recycling.
RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES MUST BE DIVERTED FOR RECYCLING.
1. Residents can drop them off at the town's spring and fall recycle days, along with the other recyclable materials collected that day .
2. Residents can drop them off at Best Buy.
3. Go to www.earth911.org.com to find a local rechargeable drop off collection.
LEAD ACID BATTERIES ARE PROHIBITED FROM THE TRASH.
1. Go to www.earth911.org to find a drop off place in the Norwood area.
2. Drop off at the spring or fall town Recycle Days, which are sponsored by the Board of Health.
3. Drop off at an auto store such as Advanced Auto at no charge.
The town's biannual Recycle Days are held once in the spring and once in the fall. Spring and Fall Recycle Day events allow residents the opportunity to drop off recyclable materials not accepted in the curbside recycling program. Some fees applied.
The annual Household Hazardous Waste Day is held in conjunction with Spring Recycle Day usually the first Saturday in May.
If you have any questions about the biannual Recycle Days or the annual Household Hazardous Waste Day, please call Board of Health at 781.762.1240.
Oil based paints are hazardous waste and cannot go in the trash. Oil based paints can be brought to the town's annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Day, which is sponsored by the Norwood Public Health Department.
Latex based paints are not hazardous and cannot be recycled. To avoid disposal, please seek out reuse options at Earth911 paint reuse . If you are going to dispose of latex paint, it must be hardened before disposal. Simply remove the paint can cover and let the paint dry out. To speed up the latex paint drying out process, a latex paint hardener packet is available for purchase at the Norwood Board of Health or at Babels Paint or at Home Depot. Once the paint has hardened and is solid, toss the solid latex paint and the paint can in the trash.
Aerosol paint cans can be tossed in the single stream recycling cart as long as it is empty. Please avoid disposal and consider donating to neighbors or Salvation Army or go to www.earth911.com .
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.
It is recommended to avoid Styrofoam whenever possible. Styrofoam is a contaminant when it is in the recycling cart. Read Environmental Hazards of Styrofoam. Styrofoam is not part of the curbside recycling program. DO NOT PLACE STYROFOAM IN THE RECYCLING CART.
However, if you have Styrofoam, and it is clean, it can be recycled at a Styrofoam drop off event sponsored by DPW. Styrofoam is only recyclable when it is collected SEPARATELY by a Styrofoam recycling vendor.
Styrofoam must be CLEAN, as in not contaminated by food. Please visit www.refoamit.com to view what Styrofoam is accepted and what Styrofoam is NOT accepted. For further information visit www.refoamit.com If you have Styrofoam PEANUTS, the UPS Store on Rt1A in Walpole will accept and reuse the Styrofoam peanuts in their packaging materials. Their phone number is 508.668.8700, if you want to call ahead to confirm.
Norwood DPW hosts a one day Styrofoam Recycling drop off event 2-3x a year. The next drop off Styrofoam Recycling one day event is scheduled for December 28th at The Winter Street Compost Site from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
At this time, DEP does not ban smoke detectors from the trash. Below is the link to the updated DEP website on smoke detectors: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/hazardous/smoke-detectors.html
If you do toss them in the trash, be sure to remove batteries before tossing in the trash.
However, you can recycle SMOKE DETECTORS by:
1. Sending it back to manufacturer for responsible recycling!
Here is a list of all smoke detector manufacturers:
2. Reading SmokeDetector Recycle guide and finding a store near you, which accepts smoke detectors for recycling.
Recycling Education Videos
Turning a Water Bottle into Clothes
Waste Solutions Inc. - Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling in the Boston Area
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Click Medals4Mettle to read more.
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.
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