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What can I place in my recycle cart? trash cart?
Trash/Recycle pick up by street
Recycle and Trash Calendar 2015
Curbside Recycle/Trash Guidelines
If you receive a non compliance letter
Town Recycling drop off programs
Bulk Item Disposal Policy and Fees
Reuse Options
Technology Recycling
Other Recycling Drop off programs
Battery & Smoke Detector Recycling
Single Stream Recycling Facility
Composting yard and organic waste
Household Hazardous Waste Day & Recycle Days
Prescription Drugs disposal
Recycling Resources for Difficult -to- Manage Items
Recycling Assistance for Businesses and Institutions
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Recycling Department
, Department of Public Works

Doris Burtman, Recycling Program Coordinator

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NEW Phone: 781.352-8744

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

Learn about waste

New! DEP awards Norwood a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grant.

1. Targeted Small Scale Initiatives- DEP awarded Norwood $1500 towards Public Space Outdoor Recycling Containers and residential Compost Bins both made from over 30% recycled materials.

Public Space Outdoor Recycling Containers Public Space Outdoor Recycling Container

BOTTLES & CANS ONLY - please empty before tossing in blue recycling containers


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.

2. Recycling Dividends Program (MaDEP) will provide payments to municipalities that have implemented specific programs and policies to maximize reuse, recycling and waste reduction. The program and policy criteria represent a best practices framework for achieving waste reduction goals. Municipalities who earn 6 points (out of 20 available points) are eligible for RDP payments. Each point earned over the minimum results in an additional payment.

2014 DEP awarded Norwood $3600 in Recycling Dividends Monies.

2015 DEP will be awarding Recycling Dividends Monies in October 2015

Recycler of the Month Contest

What is the town's Recycler of the Month contest?
Read more here .

Congratulations to: Mary Paz, Vic Babel, Fred Cunniff, and Voula Koktsidis for being recognized and awarded as dedicated Norwood recyclers!


left to right-Joe Ganno (Waste Management), Voula Koktsidis, Vic Babel, MaryPaz and Fred Cunniff and John Carroll, General Manager of Norwood

Norwood wants to meet its recyclers! Please enter the Recycler of the Month Contest today. You can nominate yourself, someone in your family, a neighbor, someone you work with, or simply anyone you think deserves to be recognized. Norwood residents only. Click here and follow the prompts.

Ma State Waste Bans 310 CMR 19.017

MA Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) began issuing State Waste Bans 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 be redirected to DEP's web page.
Click WM Waste Ban picture chart to view Ma State Waste Bans in a picture format.

Businesses needing recycling assistance, please click RecyclingWorks in Ma or call 1 888 254 5525.
View Fact Check Businesses and State Waste Bans-What you need to know click here .

To read more about DEP and what's new in recycling, please visit
DEP Recycling web page/

CART Information

The Town of Norwood is under contract with Waste Management (WM) to provide residential curbside trash and recycling services, which includes one 96 gallon recycling cart and one 64 gallon trash cart.

However, in an effort to increase the capture of clean curbside recyclables tonnages, and decrease trash tonnages the town will provide a second 96g recycling cart at no charge. Please call town hall at 781.762.1240. Please never contaminate the recycling cart with trash.

Please understand the goal is always to REDUCE TRASH hence one 64 gallon trash cart has been provided to each household served. Knowing what materials are to be diverted to the recycling cart will REDUCE YOUR TRASH by 75%.

Trash and recycling carts belong to the Town of Norwood. Carts are to remain on the property they were delivered. The DPW reserves the right to remove carts, which do not belong on any property in Norwood.

Broken Cart?
Should a problem occur (broken wheel, broken lid ) please call Waste Management at 800.972.4545 to request a cart repair or cart replacement at no charge. Be sure the WM cart person removes the broken cart from your property. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you should have any problems.

If you are moving, please leave carts empty and clean on the property in a secure location, preferably in the garage.

What Can I Place in the 96 gallon RECYCLE Cart?

All recycle materials must be free of food residue. Please rinse and empty all glass, tin, and recyclable plastic containers.Click Recycle Often. Recycle Right. Click Recyclable Papers List to view an updated list of papers to recycle. Click BATH ROOM RECYCLING to learn more about recycling product packaging in the bathroom!

Absolutely NO trash, plastic bags, yard waste, Styrofoam, clothes, wood, electronics, or mercury products can be placed in the recycle cart.

What Can I Place in the 64 gallon TRASH Cart?

It is necessary for each of us to reduce trash on a daily basis, weekly and yearly basis. Reducing trash
prevents further degradation of our environment as well as preventing more pollution in our air, land and waters. Reducing trash also protect our natural resources.

Trash carts are for only residential trash. Absolutely no wood construction, vinyl siding, or any type of yard waste, paint, household hazardous waste, textiles, scrap metals or mercury products are allowed in trash cart.No Commercial Waste.

If you have a bulky item, which is an item too big for the cart, and it is reusable, please consider FIRST giving it away, or selling it online or posting on Facebook's Yard Sale page. Or you could call or drop off at Habitat for Humanity Restore. Surplus paint is accepted here. If your bulky item is truly trash, call DPW at 781.762.1413.

To find out when your street is scheduled for recycle and trash pick ups, click Trash recycle by street .

Or call DPW 781.762.1413.

Recyclables are collected every other week on your regular trash weekly collection day. Place ONLY the acceptable recyclable materials in recycle cart. Click Recycle Often. Recycle Right.

Please click 2015 Recycling Calendar . If you would like the 2015 Recycling Calendar in magnet form for the refrigerator, please visit the DPW Administrative Offices, 1 Lyman Place.

WM recycle truck

Curbside Guidelines

1. Trash is picked up weekly. Recycling is picked up every other week. Trash and recycle carts must be curbside by 7am on your regularly scheduled trash day. Drivers will not go back if you don't have your carts out curbside.

2. Please follow the 3 foot rule when placing your carts curbside. Carts need to be three feet away from everything else. It is your responsibility to space the carts correctly. alt

If you have schedule an oil delivery or another type of service truck will be at your house on your trash/recycling pick up day, please be sure you place your carts where they can be serviced. It is your
responsibility to place carts where drivers can empty them.

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

4. Please be sure cart lids are closed. Do not overload trash or recycle carts. Overloaded carts are a public safety issue. Do not leave anything outside the cart or on top of the cart.WM drivers reserve the right to refuse to empty your cart(s) if they are overloaded. No reloading carts. If you have left trash on the curb, you must remove it immediately.

PLEASE NOTE: if WM drivers sticker your carts, please understand it is just a means of communication. However, if the driver stickers your carts more than 3x, then the property address is called into DPW dispatch. The property owner will then receive a town non compliance letter. WM drivers have been instructed to not service chronic non compliance properties.

According to town by laws sidewalks must be kept clear for public safety. It is paramount carts be returned to your property (and off the sidewalk) by the end of the day.

If you receive a town non compliance letter....

All bulky items must have a sticker to be picked up curbside. Stickers are $25/per bulk item and are available at the town hall. When you have your sticker in hand, then call DPW 781.762.1413 to schedule the pick up of your bulk item(s). Or you can obtain a residential permit and drop it off at the Winter Street Compost Site. Call DPW at 781.762.1413 for more information

Town non compliance letters are a communication and educational tool designed to help you understand what is necessary for program compliance. All properties serviced must be in compliance with the town's trash and recycling contract for continued service.

The DPW has a drop off recycling program at the Winter Street Compost Site located at 370 Winter Street. Residents must obtain a residential permit to use this site. Call DPW at 781.762.1413, if you would like to apply for a residential permit. The site is open Saturdays only from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Norwood residents only. Not for commercial use.

The recycling drop off site has several drop off recycling containers. While at the recycling drop off site it is appreciated, if you shut off your engine, if you think you will be more than 5 minutes at any one drop off container. 

IF your bulky item(s) are in fairly good shape, please reuse (donate) before trashing them.

1. Habitat for Humanity Restore - 1580 Vfw Pkwy,Boston, MA · (617) 327-1170. You can drop off or schedule a pick up with Habitat.

2. Savers Thrift Store -560 Boston Providence Hwy, Norwood- drop off

3. How to freecycle - post on freecycle for free. Everything is free on freecycle!

4. Host a yard sale or donate to a charity yard sale in town

5. Register for Facebook's Yard Sale sites- post online

Bulk Item Disposal Policy and Fees

Recycling drop off containers at the Winter Street Composting Site:

1. Overflow of cardboard, papers, and containers- glass, tin and recyclable plastics. Remove shrink wrap around bottled water. NO yellow plastic ties. NO trash. NO foam products. NO plastic bags.

2. More Than Words- books, commercial CD' and audio cassettes.

3. The good, the bad and the ugly textiles

4. Scrap metals

5. Bulky Rigid plastics

6. Mercury Products

REUSE is a far more sustainable than disposal.

1. Habitat for Humanity- Restore site - 1580 VFW Pkwy, Dedham MA. Schedule a pick up or drop off. Surplus paint is accepted.

The official Bulk Item Policy is posted on the Public Works web page. Please click Bulk Item Policy to view the bulk item acceptable list, costs, & options.

A bulk item is generally defined as something too large to fit into the 64 gallon town trash cart. If your bulk item is something you no longer want or need and is in decent condition, please consider donating it as a reuse item for others.

Keeping Bulk Items OUT of the trash saves tax dollars as well as your own money. Equally important considerations to extend the life of your bulk item is to understand 1. reuse creates much less trash, which prevents pollution caused by transportation and incineration, and 2. reuse protects natural resources.

Electronics Donation and Recycling information from EPA

Please click Staples Tech Recycling program to view what items Staples will take back or what items you can trade in.

Please click Best Buy Recycling to view what technology and electronic waste items Best Buy will take back and recycle at no cost.

FOAM (Styrofoam) drop off recycling is scheduled in Norwood 3x a year: Spring Recycle Day, Fall Recycle Day and the Saturday after Christmas. The next drop off FOAM recycling drop off event will be held Saturday, December 26th at the Winter Street Compost Site. Please go to to learn more. 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 BAG/ PLASTIC WRAP can be dropped off at grocery stores. Please click Recycling Your Plastic Film/Bags to learn what types of plastic bags and films are accepted and where can they be dropped off.

Recycle your KEYS & DOG LICENSES!

Click Key For Hope to learn more.KfH buckets are located in DPW Admin lobby, & Ace Locksmith.
All proceeds benefit the Norwood Food Pantry.

Norwood Recycling has partnered efforts with Key for Hope to collect unused keys, and expired dog tags, 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 in the DPW Administrative lobby or Ace Locksmith in South Norwood.

Towels, bedspreads, sheets can be dropped off as a reuse for Norwood's Animal Shelter.
To read more click Animal Control page.

Battery Recycling and Smoke Detector drop off

Click Rechargeable battery pictures if you are not sure what rechargeable batteries look like.Rechargeable batteries are recyclable under the Call2Recycle take back program. The stores listed below support the Call2Recycle take back program and have a designated drop off box for rechargeable batteries usually by the customer service desk.If it is not visible, please ask customer service where the drop off box is located. RECHARGEABLE batteries can be taken back to the following stores at no charge:

Click Staples, Home Depot - will take back rechargeable batteries, cell phones and CFL's (small compact fluorescent light bulbs) and Radio Shack in the Walpole Mall.

LEAD ACID batteries -
According to lead acid batteries may be taken back to Home Depot, or Advanced Auto Parts or dropped off at the biannual (May and Sept) Household Hazardous Waste Day sponsored by Board of Health. Click Lead acid battery pictures.

ALKALINE batteries can be recycled, if dropped off at either the Spring OR Fall Recycling Day. To read more about alkaline battery recycling go to

Smoke Detectors
can now be dropped off at either of the Household Hazardous Waste Days for recycling.

LEAD ACID batteries - According to lead acid batteries may be taken back to Home Depot, or Advanced Auto Parts or dropped off at the biannual (May and Sept) Household Hazardous Waste Day sponsored by Board of Health. Click Lead acid battery pictures.

ALKALINE batteries can be recycled, if dropped off at either the Spring OR Fall Recycling Day. To read more about alkaline battery recycling go to

Smoke Detectors

ALKALINE batteries can be recycled, if dropped off at either the Spring OR Fall Recycling Day. To read more about alkaline battery recycling go to

Smoke Detectors can now be dropped off at either of the Household Hazardous Waste Days for recycling.

Watch How are recyclables sorted at the recycling facility?

Norwood's recyclables are transported to the Single Stream Recycling

Facility in Avon MA.

American businesses employing American citizens need non contaminated recyclables to grow their business.

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. To view a readable chart, click Composting 101

Residents have the following 3 options to manage yard waste and 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 in the town's 96 gallon recycle cart twice a year; Spring (May) and Fall (September.)

The next Household Hazardous Waste Day and Recycle Day is Saturday, September 26, 2015. The event is sponsored by the Health Department and Dept of Public Works. 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. The Health Department mails out a newsletter a month before each HHW /Recycle Day event.

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.

Business and Institution Assistance
RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is a new program to help businesses and institutions start or improve recycling or composting programs.
RecyclingWorks will help you start a new program, recycle materials, and find a service provider. Call 1.888.254.5525 or go to Recycling Works

Click Ways to GREEN Your Office

Did you know?

PIZZA BOXES cannot be recycled due to the food residue (oil, cheese, & sauce) leftover from the pizza. Once cardboard and/or paper products (paper plates, cups, napkins, paper towels) have come in contact with food or beverage or just our skin, it is then considered contaminated. Attempting to clean contaminated cardboard and paper products results in weakened or destroyed fibers rendering it unusable for recycling.

REDUCE YOUR JUNK MAIL. Please go to DMAchoice and give your mailbox a makeover!

TAKE A BOX, LEAVE A BOX- U Haul has a box reuse program called Take a Box, Leave a Box. People can drop off their excess moving boxes or pick up moving boxes inside the U Haul store.

SURPLUS LATEX PAINT can be dropped off at any Habitat for Humanity Restore. In addition, Habitat for Humanity ReStore will pick up your donations or your items can be dropped off at the store. Click Habitat for Humanity's acceptable donations. Please contact them by phone at 617.327.1170 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

COMPOSTING PUMPKINS - residents are encouraged to divert pumpkins (after Halloween) from the waste by placing sliced up pumpkins in leaf bags for curbside pick up or drop sliced up pumpkins off at the Winter Street Compost facility.Please note: pumpkins must be free of decorations.

TROPHIES AND VASES can be donated at Savers on Rt 1.

LICENSE PLATES should be recycled by diverting them to the scrap metals container at the Winter Street Compost Site. Note: Fold license plate in half, then drop it off for recycling.

Have material diversion information you would like to share?
Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thank you.

Further reading ....

MRF Study Shows Path to Better Recovery-July 2015

MRF Study Information

Occasionally you have to question everything you know. After all, things change.Case in point: a recent MRF Material Flow Study proved that recyclable containers should not be flattened prior to their journey on the MRF sort lines. Materials that hold their shape have a higher tendency to flow to the container line and, ultimately, are more likely to be recycled.

This was one of several major takeaways from the study, which sought to find ways to optimize the recycling of their packaging after it goes into the bin or cart.

State promotes mattress recycling - August 2015

Landfills running out of room.

Waste reduction and recycling news from DEP -August 2015
More to come....

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:01

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