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What if I cannot make it to HHW Day?
Recycling Resources for Difficult -to- Manage Items
State Implement Food Waste Ban
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DPW Administrative Offices alt

165 Nahatan Street

Doris Burtman

Recycling Program Coordinator

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Phone: 781.255.9988

Fax: 781.762.9378

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

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Recycling Updates!

Styrofoam (FOAM) Recycling

The next foam recycling drop off event will be held on Saturday, May 9th

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.

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 . The event is held from 10AM to 3PM. If you email me, please leave your name, cell number and what hour(s) you can commit to. Your volunteer time is most appreciated!

Key for Hope - Recycling Keys to Help Others

Norwood Recycling has partnered efforts with Key for Hope to collect unused keys, and expired dog licenses, 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 at any of the following locations:
*Ace Locksmith
* DPW Administrative Offices
*Town Hall lobby
*Treasurer's Office

If you are interested in hosting a key collection, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
All proceeds are to benefit the Norwood Food Pantry.

Bay State Textiles
wants the GOOD, the BAD, and the UGLY textiles. Clothes with missing buttons, broken zippers, stained clothing, holey socks, one sock / one shoe, pocketbooks, belts and out of date clothing are all wanted! Just not moldy or damp textiles. All textiles are sold. The textiles are re purposed and resold as other 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.

Click December2014Newsletter to read how Norwood compares with other towns re textiles collection.

Animal Control
- please check with the Animal Control Officer, if he is in need ofalt
blankets, bedspreads, towels, etc...for the care of the stray animals at
the shelter.
To read more click Animal Control page.

Alkaline batteries can be dropped off for recycling ONLY at either the Spring OR Fall Recycling Day. Do NOT drop off at Mercury Shed. Sponsored by Board of Health. 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.
*Staples click in store drop off recycling programs-free
*Home Depot - Click
here to read all the materials Home Depot will take back-free of charge.
*Radio Shack in the Walpole Mall

*Apple Legacy Place

Button Cells batteries are filled with mercury and are lethal, if ingested by a small child or pet. The ONLY batteries accepted at the Mercury Shed is Button Cell Batteries.

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 because 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. Please mail your spent radioactive smoke alarm back to the manufacturer and perhaps ask them to come up with a better plan for collecting and recycling them.

At this time a town collection program is not possible because it is ill advised to collect radioactive items together. SeMass (the incinerator where Norwood's trash is taken) does not want them in the trash.

Recycler of the Month Contest

Congratulations to Chris Karavoulias! Click
here to read more.


The Town of Norwood and Waste Management are partnering efforts to recognize and award Norwood residents for their ongoing recycling efforts. If you or someone you live with are avid recyclers, then please click here which will redirect you to the Public Works page. At the bottom of the page you will see a survey link, which will bring you to the nomination page.

Click here to view prior Recycler of the Month winners!

Waste Ban yellow sign

MA Department of Environmental Protection began issuing State Waste Bans Regulations 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.

Can all these waste ban materials (on the yellow chart) be tossed in the recycling cart? No.Placing non acceptable materials in the recycling cart leads to contamination of recyclables.

Place only the following materials in the recycling cart: alt

1.CARDBOARD and BOX BOARD - clean (free of food debris) examples are cereal boxes (remove inside plastic shoe boxe remove everything inside, tissue boxes, etc..

2. Click PAPERS

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*Do not include paper towels, tissue paper, paper plates or cups, paper napkins or candy wrappers.

3. GLASS CONTAINERS - please no eye glasses, no glass cookware, etc..

4. TIN CONTAINERS empty aerosol cans, clean tin foil, tin cookie containers,etc..


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- from Waste Management

Where do I place the "other materials" listed (on the yellow chart) banned from the trash but not allowed in the town's recycling cart?

Asphalt pavement, clean gypsum wallboard- please call RecyclingWorks at 1.888.254.5525.
Cathode Ray Tubes
- call DPW at 781.762.1413 or go to
Leaves and Yard Waste - residents can drop off at Winter Street Composting Site or place in brown leaf bags for curbside pick up starting in April.
Metal - can be dropped off at the Winter Street Composting Site or brought to any
scrap metal dealer.

White goods - can be dropped off at the Winter Street Composting Site.

For hard to manage materials, please go to

For condominiums, businesses, and institutions using trash dumpsters, please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the Waste Management dumpster signage re State Waste Bans. For free recycling technical assistance please go to or call 1.888.254.5525.

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 $20.00 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.

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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 .

If you think you are going to be more than 5 minutes, please turn off your engine.
Not only will you save gas money, but it will help to decrease carbon emissions and air pollution.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Curbside recycle / trash program guidelines:

SERVICE - 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.

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

Any questions about when your recycle/trash pick up day is please call DPW at 781.762.1413.

Trash/Recycling Calendar 2015 magnets are available in the DPW Administrative Offices.

RECYCLE CART - Only curbside recyclables are allowed in the 96 gallon recycling cart.

Please do NOT place any of the following in the recycling cart (yellow lid):

1. trash

2. Styrofoam - the next foam recycling event is May 9th 2015

3. plastic bags- can be brought back to most grocery stores

4. yard waste- must be diverted to the compost site or placed in paper leaf bags for curbside pick up

5. wood debris of any kind - go

6. organic waste - can be composted in your backyard composter

7. garden hoses - can be reused as a soaker hose.

TRASH CART - In an effort to reduce trash and trash costs, it is very important residents understand and comply with MA State Waste Bans as well as the town's trash /recycle contract.

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 curbside. 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!

Why Are Recycling and Trash Carts Stickered?

If your cart has been stickered by a WM driver, please pay attention to what is checked off on the WM sticker. The WM sticker is simply a means of communicating and informing you of what DOES NOT GO IN THE CART. Please understand the driver is doing his job. Also, understand the town is required by the State Department of Environmental Protection to be in compliance with MA State Waste Bans.

For example, please do not place curbside recyclables in a plastic bag, then toss the plastic bag in the recycling cart. If you collect the curbside recyclables in a plastic bag, please empty the contents in the recycling cart and reuse the plastic bag again and again.

Recycle clean, dry, plastic bags and film packaging at your grocery store. Did you know you can collect and recycle newspaper bags, case wrap (bottle water & other beverage plastic wraps and snack plastic wraps), plastic packaging(napkin, paper towels, tissue paper, diaper wrap), dry cleaning bags, air pillows, bread bags, and of course the retail grocery bags.

Click Plastic bag recycling information.

If you are a new resident and you are not sure when your once a week trash and every other week recycle pick up day is scheduled, please call DPW 781.762.1413.

To view the Waste and Recycling Calendar click
2015 Recycling Calendar .

When service is interrupted by a holiday, service will continue the next day for the week ending on Saturday.

When service is interrupted by a snow storm, trash and recycle services will be delayed by one day.
Any questions about delayed trash and recycling services, please call DPW at 781.762.1413.

REDUCING trash is always the primary goal. Knowing what materials go in the recycling cart AND knowing what materials can be recycled in various drop off programs are key to the success of reducing trash.

REUSING materials is also very important to reducing trash, saving tax dollars, and saving natural resources. Donate it to the Women's Community Thrift Store in So Norwood, or Savers on Rt 1 in Norwood.

RECYCLING acceptable materials in the town's recycling cart as well as dropping off other recyclable materials (rigid plastics, scrap metals, textiles, books and CD's.
at the town's compost site.

Knowing where other materials can be diverted is key in reducing trash.

In addition, please make every effort to divert the following to:

Unused or expired medications as well as pet medications can be dropped off at the kiosk at the Norwood Police

VHS TAPES such as Disney tapes and other children's stories as well as old video games can be donated to Saver's Rt 1, Norwood MA

CD's, DVD's and their plastic cases can be dropped off at Best Buy in the kiosk in their lobby.

ELECTRONICS can be dropped off at Best Buy

Have something not listed above and want to divert it from the trash for reuse or recycling, go to Simply type in what you have, tab it over and type in your zip code.

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 non contaminated recyclables.

Organic yard debris is a State Waste Ban material.

Yard waste and grass do not belong in the trash and is on the State Waste Ban list of materials not accepted in the trash.

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 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 DPW @781.762.1413.

altLeaf 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 of 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.

If you cannot attend either of the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Days, you could ask a friend of neighbor to take it for you on either HHD or you can contact NEDT, which is a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.Please go to

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?

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.

State Implements Organic Food Waste Ban

Click State Implements Food Waste Ban and watch WCVB coverage of the latest state waste ban, which went into effect October 1, 2014.
The organics food waste ban applies will affect supermarkets, colleges, hotels, convention centers, nursing homes, hospitals, large restaurants, and food service companies. Individual residents are not affected. Click
Commercial Food Waste Ban to read more. Need help, click RecyclingWorks .

Click here to read local Health Department guidance for commercial food waste separation.

Norwood is creating organic food waste pathways for residents to divert organic food waste out of the trash and into one of three ways of composting. In the fall of 2014 Norwood DPW encouraged residents to divert pumpkins from the trash to the town composting site. Pumpkins are an organic waste and can and should be diverted for composting. Norwood residents were 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.

If you would like to start composting organic food waste as a resident or tenant:

*Identify organic food waste: egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, vegetable and fruit discards. Do not include dairy or meats or cheeses or bones which would attract wildlife.

*Collect organic food waste under the sink or on the counter or in your freezer.

*Empty -every couple of days or twice a week (depending on how much is collected) take the collected amount with a garden shovel, and dig a hole on the top of your compost heap and cover it with leaves and other debris.

*Learn about vermicomposting. Contact the Recycling Coordinator, if you are interested in composting with worms.

Looking for a recycler or composter for your business?

Click Find a Recycler and get going! To speak with a Recycling Expert, please call their hotline

@ 1.888..254.5525 . To email your question, send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you are a recycler and would like to be included in RecyclingWorks database, please click
add your company.

Learn about recycling other materials, click here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:19

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