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MA State Waste Ban Regulations
Single Stream Recycling and Trash Cart Program
Town Carts
Recycle and Trash Calendar 2015
Curbside Recycle/Trash Guidelines
Bulk Item Disposal Policy & Options
Drop Off Recycling Programs
Single Stream Recycling Facility
How to manage your yard waste
Household Hazardous Waste Day & Recycle Days
Prescription Drugs disposal
Recycling Resources for Difficult -to- Manage Items
RecyclingWorks in MA
Did you know?
MRF Study Shows Path to Better Recovery of Materials
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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

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 Catherine Madden! Catherine has been awarded as the town's May Recycler of the Month Award!!!

altCatherine Madden w Mr. Carroll and Ms. Leger

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 began issuing State Waste Bans alt 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 in a different format.

Businesses needing recycling assistance, please call Recycling Works
at 1 888 254 5525.

Common Questions:

Since LEAVES/YARD WASTE (and some other state waste ban materials) are not permitted in the trash cart (state regulations) and are not on the list of acceptable recyclable materials allowed in the recycle cart, where do they go?


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

To read more on the DEP web page, please visit

Single Stream Recycling and Trash Cart Program

The Town of Norwood has a recycling/trash contract with Waste Management. The town has contracted to provide one 96 gallon recycle cart and one 64 gallon trash cart per single home or per unit up to 6 units. Carts are to remain on the property they were assigned.Please identify each cart with the number of your street address, and unit # when necessary. Recycling and trash cart lids should be able to close.

Residents are to follow the 3 foot rule when placing carts curbside for service.

Recycling Cart

In an effort to increase the collection of recyclables, which saves tax dollars as well as protects our natural resources, decreases pollution, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and complies with MA State Waste Bans, the town will provide a 2nd recycling cart at no charge. Please call town hall at 781.762.1240.

Please click Recycle Often, Recycle Right to view what materials are wanted and what materials are not wanted in the recycle cart. Contamination is a HUGE problem at the single stream recycling facility in Avon. It is very important only acceptable curbside recyclable materials are placed together loosely in the recycle cart. Absolutely NO plastic bags, trash, yard waste, Styrofoam, clothes, food, wood, electronics, etc..are allowed in the recycle cart. Waste Management drivers monitor the contents of every recycle cart. If there is contamination, the driver will communicate with you via WM stickers. If noncompliance continues, the property will be called in to dispatch and a town letter will be sent to you informing you of a specific non compliance. If chronic non compliance continues, the driver will leave your cart behind and/or your carts may be removed from the property. Residential compliance and program participation is necessary.


PLASTIC BAGS-do not place in recycle cart. Find out where you can recycle plastic bags, click Plastic Bag Recycling

STYROFOAM-do not place in recycle cart. Please go to to learn what foam products can be recycled at the town's FOAM recycling drop off events, which are scheduled for the Saturday after Christmas, Spring Recycle Day (May) and Fall Recycle Day (September.)

YARD WASTE must be separated out for composting. Yard waste is a State Waste Ban. Click yard debris options .

CLOTHES/TEXTILES can be dropped off for reuse and repurposing at any of the Bay State Textile Drop off boxes,which are located at each school as well as the town's compost site. To view a complete list of acceptable
textiles, click Textile Recycling List .

ELECTRONICS can be 1. dropped off at Best Buy. Go to or 2. dropped off at either biannual Recycle Day/Household Hazardous Waste Day; the next one is Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8-11am at 370 Winter Street.

MERCURY BEARING PRODUCTS - Click Mercury. Its the law.Mercury products can be dropped
off at the town's Mercury Shed at the compost site on Saturdays only alt Call DPW @ 781.762.1413 for residential permitting information to use the Mercury Shed at the Winter Street
Composting Site.

For hard to manage materials, please go to

Trash Cart

The town is committed to reducing the stuff we no longer want or need. The town provides one 64 gallon trash cart per single home or per unit up to six units. Seventy five percent of what we no longer want or need IS recyclable, therefore trash can be drastically reduced by 75% !

Trash carts are for household residential trash ONLY. 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 for an additional trash cart.


Town Carts

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.
Leaving carts on the curb is a public safety issue.

Carts must be separated by three feet from everything else. Follow the 3 foot rule. Cart lids should be closed.

Please identify your carts with the number (& unit number)
of your street address.correctly numbered cart

Broken Cart? Should a problem occur (broken wheel, lid broke) please call Waste Management at 800.972.4545 to request a cart repair or cart replacement at no charge.

Selling your home? Please leave trash and recycle carts (empty) on the property for the new residents. The town asks that you leave the empty carts in the garage or in a secure location for the incoming residents.

New Residents

1. be sure the previous owners leave their trash/recycle carts on the property you have purchased. Please look in the garage or outside behind the home BEFORE contacting the town. If you cannot find the carts, please go to the General Manager's Office in Town Hall (566 Washington Street) to fill out a cart(s) application. Please note: it can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months for carts delivery. Please call DPW at 781.762.1413 and ask for Tom McCarthy, if you want to follow up on your cart delivery.

2. Not sure when your recycle and trash pick up day is scheduled? Click Trash recycle by street or call DPW @781.762.1413.
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

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

Collection Schedule-New Residents!
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.

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 he sees any type of plastic bags.

The Town of Norwood seeks to be in compliance with Ma State Waste Bans
alt301 CMR 19.017.
Please refer to the yellow banner on the side which states what materials
Massachusetts residents are required to recycle.

However, the only acceptable materials on this list allowed in the recycling cart are:
RECYCLABLE PAPERS (& cardboard & milk cartons (empty) CLICK list of recyclable papers

For more information please click Recycle Often, Recycle Right to view a chart re what can and cannot go in the town curbside recycle carts.

For example:
1. LEAVES AND YARD WASTE (inclusive of flowers, other organic debris, trees, wreaths, dirt...)are not allowed in trash or recycle carts. Click here to learn what your options are.

2. ASPHALT PAVEMENT, BRICK & CONCRETE are not allowed in the trash or recycle carts. Please go to to see what your options are.


Haulers and municipalities strive to work together to be in compliance with Ma State Waste Bans.

Visit Ma DEP and read more about reduce, reuse and recycle, copy and paste

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.

FOAM Recycling with Refoamit

The next foam recycling drop off event will be held on Saturday, September 26th at 370 Winter Street from 8 - 11 am.

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 and dropped off at one of the three FOAM recycling drop off events: Spring Recycle Day, Fall Recycle Day and the Saturday after December 25th. 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 .

Plastic bags and plastic film take back stores
Please click plasticfilmrecycling to learn what types of plastic bags and films are accepted and where can they be dropped off.

Key for Hope - Recycling Keys to Help Others
Click Key For Hope to learn more.

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
there is a need of blankets, bedspreads, towels, etc...for the care of the stray animals at the shelter.
To read more click Animal Control page.

Battery Drop Off Programs:

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 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.

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.

Residents have the following 3 options to manage yard waste or 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 at the curb 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. Board of Health mails out a newsletter before each event.

If you cannot attend:
1. ask a friend or neighbor to take it to the Spring or Fall HHW Day for you.

2. contact the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center or NEDT or click here. For more information, please go to

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

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

MRF Study Shows Path to Better Recovery - July 2015

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.
Practically speaking, that means operations crews should minimize compaction of incoming containers, while education specialists should teach residents to stop crushing.

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.

MRF Study Information

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015 11:02

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