DPW Administrative Offices
165 Nahatan Street
Recycling Program Coordinator
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-12noon
Recycler of the Month Contest
The Town of Norwood has selected the following residents to receive the Recycler of the Month awards:
John Grub - January 2015
Pasquale Bartucci - February 2015
Jessica James - March 2015
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!
Curbside Collection Program Guidelines
1. Only approved WM carts issued 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.
2. 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.
3. All trash must be bagged and contained in the cart issued by the town. Do not leave trash on top of the cart lid or on the curb. Cart lid should be able to close. Overloaded trash carts will be stickered and called in. If non compliance continues, overloaded trash carts will not be serviced. The 64 gallon trash cart is for residential trash only. Mixed use properties must hire a private hauler for the business/commercial side of the property.
4. NO CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS from any type of renovation project is allowed in the trash or recycling carts.Go to THEBAGSTER.COM or call 1.877.789.2247.
5. NO YARD DEBRIS, FLOWERS, ORGANIC DEBRIS in trash or recycle carts. Residents can either bag organic yard debris in lawn brown leaf bags for curbside pick up (April though November) or drop off at Winter Street Compost Site. Permit needed. Call DPW at 781.762.1413 for more information.
6. Recyclables are collected every other week on your regular collection day. Place ONLY the following materials in the 96 g yellow lid recycling cart:
papers - click to view the complete list of recyclables papers
plastic containers - empty and clean. No plastic bags.
glass containers - empty and clean
tin or aluminum containers- empty and clean
7. Property owners are responsible for program compliance. Property owners of multi families are responsible for their tenants compliance.
8. 2nd recycling carts are available to residents at no charge. Please call town hall at 781.762.1240 for more information.
9. Problem with your 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.
10. Bulk Items-there is a $25 charge for bulky items to be picked up curbside.
Your recycling efforts and program compliance is very much appreciated. Thank you!
REDUCE. REUSE. then RECYCLE. COMPOST.
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.
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.
Place only the following materials in the 96 gallon town issued recycling cart:
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..
*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.
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 www.bestbuy.com/recycle.
-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 www.earth911.com.
For condominiums, businesses, and institutions using trash dumpsters, please email me at
for the Waste Management dumpster signage re State Waste Bans.
For free recycling technical assistance please go to www.recyclingworksma.com or call 1.888.254.5525.
State 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 www.bestbuy.com/recycle. Best Buy has the BEST take back program for
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
CLEAN GYPSUM WALL BOARD- www.earth911.org
ASPHALT PAVEMENT, BRICK, CONCRETE -www.earth911.org
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 WorksMA.com
Go to www.earth911.org for more information.
If you have any questions, please call 781.255.9988 preferably between 8am and 12noon, Monday-Friday or email
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.
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.
Drop off Recycling Collections
FOAM Recycling with Refoamit
The next foam recycling drop off event will be held on Saturday, May 9th at 370 Winter Street from 8 - 11 am.ÂÂÂÂÂ
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. Key for Hope - Recycling Keys to Help Others
NOTE: Volunteers are always needed to assist with collection and sorting! If you can volunteer for a couple of hours, please email me at
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:
* DPW Administrative Offices
*Town Hall lobby
If you are interested in hosting a key collection, please email
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 goods.here 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 of
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 www.earth911.org.
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 www.earth911.com 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 781.762.1240.
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.
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.
Leaf 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 "other" recyclable materials not collected at the curb twice a year; Spring (May) and Fall (September.)
The upcoming Spring Household Hazardous Waste Day and Recycle Day is Saturday, May 9, 2015. The event is sponsored by the Health Department. 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 .ÂÂ For more information, please go to www.nedt.org.
Please go to www.earth911.com 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.
PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT!
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 BanNorwood 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.
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.
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
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.
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