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MA State Waste Ban Regulations
Single Stream Recycling and Trash Cart Program
What can I place in my recycle cart? trash cart?
New Residents
Recycle and Trash Calendar 2015
Curbside Recycle/Trash Guidelines
Bulk Item Disposal Policy & Options
If you receive a non compliance letter
Drop Off Recycling 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
RecyclingWorks in MA
Did you know?
Further reading
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Recycling Department

Department of Public Works

Doris Burtma
Recycling Program Coordinator

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NEW Phone: 781.352-8744

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

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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

altRecycler of the Month Contest

Congratulations to David Baranowski! David will be officially recognized and awarded by the General Manager, John Carroll as the next Recycler of the Month.

David Baranowski was awarded as the town's June Recycler of the Month.


What is the town's Recycler of the Month contest? Click here to read more.

To nominate yourself or someone you think deserves to be nominated, please click here.

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.

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

The following materials cannot be place in the trash or recycling carts.


1. Start a composting area in your back yard. Residents can purchase the Earth Machine compost unit at the Norwood Board of Health for just $20.00. Board of Health is located at Town Hall; phone number is 781.762.1240 and ask for Board of Health. Earth Machine compost units are made with 50% post consumer recycled materials.To learn more about composting and how to compost, please click Earth Machine.

2. Place leave and yard waste in paper leaf bags for weekly curbside pick up by DPW (April through November.)

3. Drop off yard debris at the Winter Street Composting Site (370 Winter Street) Saturdays only. Residential permit required. Call DPW at 781.762.1413 for more information.

1. Drop off at the Winter Street Compost Site. Residential permit required. Call DPW 781.762.1413.
2. Drop off at Allied Recycling in Walpole. Allied will pay you the current value of scrap metals. Call 508.668.8699.

1. Go to
Click Lead acid recycling take back stores to drop off your lead acid battery to the stores listed.
2. Bring it to Fall Recycle Day, Saturday, September 26th from 8am to 11am

1.Call Recycling Works, if you need assistance for your business or institution or just yourself @ 888.254.5525 or email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2. Go to for more information on any recycling topic

CATHODE RAY TUBES: TV's, computer screens
1. Curbside pick up is $25. Call DPW @781.762.1413
2.Go to
3. Fall Recycle Day, September 26, 2015 from 8am to 11am. Some fees apply

Please call Mass RecycleWorks at 1.888.254.5525 or go to
Please go to the Public Works page under Bulky Disposal Policy page

Or go to to locate drop off programs for hard to manage materials.

Single Stream Recycling and Trash Cart Program

The Town of Norwood is under contract with Waste Management (WM) to provide residential curbside trash and recycling services. In an effort to increase the capture of clean curbside recyclables tonnages, and decrease trash tonnages the town will provide a 2nd 96g recycling cart at no charge. Please call town hall at 781.762.1240. Please understand limiting trash to the one 64 gallon trash cart will save the town (you) tax dollars.

REDUCE (trash)
REUSE (reuse/repurpose containers, donate textiles, upcycle) Buy durable goods vs single use goods (razors)
RECYCLE (curbside and drop off programs)
COMPOST (backyard or town drop off)

BOTH program compliance and full program participation are CRITICAL to ensure the sustainability of recycling.

The WM carts are to remain on the property they were assigned.
In an effort to identify and secure your trash and recycling carts, please identify the address # and unit # of your street address on the side of both carts. Recycling and trash cart lids should be able to close when placing curbside for service.

Carts should be placed curbside by 7am on your regular scheduled pick up day.The handle and the wheels of the cart should be facing the sidewalk.Also, it is very important residents follow the 3 Foot Rule, which allows the WM trucks to safely and easily service your curbside carts.

Cart Program Compliance- Waste Management drivers monitor (via truck camera) the contents of every recycle and trash cart. If there is contamination in the recycle cart, the driver will communicate with you via WM stickers. If non compliance continues, the property will be called in and a town letter will be sent informing you of the non compliance issue. If non compliance becomes a chronic issue, the WM driver will leave your cart behind and/or your carts may be removed from the property.

Compliant set out


Non Compliant set out

unacceptable overloaded trash carts

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.

Selling your home? Please leave trash and recycle carts (empty and cleaned out) on the property for the new residents. Please leave the empty carts in the garage or in a secure location for the incoming residents.

What can I place place in the curbside 96 gallon recycle cart?

Click Recycle Often. Recycle Right to view what materials are wanted and what materials are not wanted in the recycle cart. All recycle materials must be free of food residue. Please rinse and empty all glass, tin, and recyclable plastic containers. Also, click Recyclable Papers List to view an updated list of papers to recycle.

Absolutely NO plastic bags, NO trash, NO yard waste, NO FOAM (Styrofoam), NO clothes, NO food, NO wood, NO electronics, etc..are allowed in the recycle cart.

What can I place in the curbside 64 gallon TRASH CART?

New Residents

Welcome to Norwood!

Trash carts are for household residential trash ONLY. The town asks for your compliance to keep MA State Waste Bans out of the trash cart.

Did you know?
Seventy five percent of what we no longer want or need IS recyclable, therefore trash can be drastically reduced by 75% !

What about stuff too big for the trash cart? more info coming shortly

If you find your trash is increasing, please call Doris Burtman at 781.255.9988 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it you must have a second trash cart, please call town hall at 781.762.1240. An application and fee are required at town hall for an additional trash cart.


Hopefully the prior owners have left the recycle and trash carts in the garage or in another secure location. Be sure you search your property (inside and outside) before contacting the General Manager's Office.

Click Trash recycle by street or call DPW @781.762.1413 to find out what day of the week your recycle/trash will be serviced. Click Recycle Often. Recycle Right to view what materials are acceptable in the recycle cart.
Also, click Recyclable Papers List to view all the papers accepted in the recycle cart.

The Winter Street Compost Site has drop off reuse/recycling containers for:
Rigid Plastics
Scrap Metals
Please call DPW 781.762.1413 and inquire about the residential permit needed to use this facility.

Do you have a question not addressed on this web page? Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In case you forget when recycle week is for your neighborhood, 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, 165 Nahatan Street.

WM recycle truck

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.

Curbside Guidelines

Collection Schedule
To find out what day of the week your address is schedule for curbside recycling (every other week) and trash (1x/week) pick up, please 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. Click Recycle Often. Recycle Right.

Set Out - carts must be placed at the edge of the roadway with wheels facing away from the street. 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. alt

What materials are allowed in the 96 gallon recycling carts?

Please click Recycle Often. Recycle Right to view what materials are allowed in the recycle cart as well as what materials are not allowed in the recycle carts. Acceptable recyclables must be placed in the cart loosely. Do not place plastic bags of recyclables in your recycling cart. Plastic bags of any kind jam the huge single stream recycling machines at the recycling facility. The driver will reject your recycling cart at the curb, if any type of plastic bags are in the recycle cart.

Program Compliance

Massachusetts towns and cities are expected to comply with State Waste Bans. Haulers and municipalities strive to work together to be in compliance with Ma State Waste Bans.

To read up on DEP Enforcements, go to

To read more, click Waste Bans for Property Managers

Bulk Item Disposal Policy and Fees

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.


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

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

REUSE if far more sustainable than disposal.

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.

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

Waste Management (WM) drivers will communicate with you via cart stickers. Please pay attention to what has been checked off on the sticker. The WM drivers and the town need residential program compliance, in an effort to remove recyclables and trash safely as well as in a time efficient manner.

If you have received a non compliance letter from Norwood DPW, it is because the driver has been stickering the cart, but residential non compliance continues. The driver then calls the non compliant property in to DPW dispatch. Non compliant letters are then sent out. It is very important to understand and comply with the terms of the recycle and trash town contract, as well as the Ma State Waste Bans. Norwood strives to be in compliance with DEP's State Waste Bans.

Carts must be accessible to the truck's automated arm. If there is a vehicle blocking this process, your cart will receive a WM sticker. If the carts continue to be blocked, you will receive a non compliant letter from the town. If non compliance continues after that, your carts will not be serviced. Follow the 3 foot rule please: 3 foot rule

Contaminated recycling cart due to trash, plastic bags, Styrofoam, yard debris, textiles inside the recycling cart. Please be sure to rinse/clean your recyclables before placing in recycle cart. NO food or food residue.

Please click Recycle Often, Recycle Right to view what materials are allowed in the single stream recycling cart. ONLY these materials are allowed in the single stream recycling cart. Anything else is a contaminant.

Contaminants decrease the value of the town's recyclables. Contaminating the town's recyclables will increase WM's cost of recycling, which will be passed on to the municipalities in the next contract.

Absolutely NO TRASH is allowed in the recycle cart.

Plastic bags must NEVER be placed in recycle carts.

However, plastic bags can be recycled ONLY when they are clean and dry and DROPPED OFF at a participating grocery store. Click Plastic bag recycling information to learn more.

Styrofoam or foam products are not allowed in the recycle carts.
However, they can be collected separately and dropped off at any or all of the town's Foam Recycling Drop Off days: Spring Recycle Day (May) Fall Recycle Day (September) and the Saturday after Christmas. Please click acceptable FOAM for drop off as well as unacceptable FOAM at drop off event. Its best to avoid Foam products where ever possible. For example, ask for your restaurant leftovers to be wrapped in tin foil instead of Styrofoam.

Yard debris must NEVER go in the trash or recycle carts.

Yard debris can be bagged for curbside pick up
curbside leaf bags OR yard debris can be dropped off at the Winter Street Composting Facility.Residential permit required. Call DPW 781.762.1413.
compost sign

Textiles are NOT allowed in the recycle cart.
However, TEXTILES can be collected and dropped off at any of the Bay State Textile (BST) collections boxes. BST wants the good, the bad, and the ugly! If it is ripped, torn or has a broken zipper or missing buttons, BST will repurpose the material into something else. BST collection boxes are located in every school parking lot as well as at the DPW Composting Site. Please do not include damp or moldy textiles.

Contamination of recyclables is a very costly part of single stream recycling.It is such a huge issue that it threatens the sustainability of recycling.

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.

Please comply with Mass DEP anti-idling law while at the drop off site. Please shut off your engines, if you think you will be a few minutes at any of the drop off containers.

anti idling

2. More Than Words Books, CD's, Audio, VHS tapes (Disney tapes or educational tapes) place inside the container.

3. Textiles-the good, the bad and the ugly. Please bag all textiles. No damp or moldy clothes.

4. Mercury containing products. Click Residential Mercury Flier to read more. Mercury Shed

5. Rigid Plastics

6. Scrap Metals

OTHER recycling drop off programs at various locations:

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 RECYCLING drop off program. Please click plasticfilmrecycling 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.


Click Rechargeable battery pictures if you are not sure what rechargeable batteries look like.

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)

Radio Shack in the Walpole Mall

Apple Legacy Place

Rechargeable batteries are recyclable under the Call2Recycle take back program. The above mentioned stores 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 where it is.

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 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.

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 New Materials

Find a service provider

Explore waste reduction methods

Call 1.888.254.5525

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RecyclingWorks in Ma is funded by MassDEP and delivered by Center for EcoTechnology.

Did you know?

Please click here for more information.

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.

YOU CAN 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....

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