Trash & Recycling Update
New Waste Ban in Effect November 1, 2022.
Effective November 1, 2022, mattresses, box springs and textiles can no longer be disposed of in landfills, transfer stations or waste to energy facilities in Massachusetts. These items must be properly disposed of at facilities that promote their recycling. Fortunately, Norwood has had these facilities in place for many years so, the recycling of these items remains simple.
Mattresses and Box Springs
If you are getting a new mattress and box spring, please take advantage of the retailer removing and recycling the old mattress and box spring for you. You can also bring your old mattress and box spring to the Winter Street Recycling Facility on Saturdays between 8:00 am and 1:30 pm. Maximum 3 items per week and a residential sticker is required for entrance. Please make sure the mattress and box springs are dry, clean and not infested with bugs. If they are not dry, clean or free of bugs, they will be rejected.
The mattresses and box springs are then taken to a facility that remove and separate the fabric, wood and metal springs for reuse.
Textiles are clothes, shoes, belts, linens, towels, curtains, cloth accessories, etc. They should never go in the recycling cart and now are not allowed to be put into your trash cart (unless they are moldy or contaminated - then they can go in the trash).
If you have items that are reusable, consider donating them to a local thrift store. Otherwise, take advantage of the 10 convenient textile drop off boxes throughout Town. There is a textile box at every school and at the Winter Street Recycling Facility.
These textile boxes take "the good, bad and the ugly". Just make sure they are dry and clean. If you have a ripped shirt, they'll take it. If you have only one shoe, they'll take it. Clink on the Recycling Textiles tab below for more info.
September 10, 2021
During the past 6 months, fires have ignited on 3 Waste Management trucks that provided curbside collection of trash and recycling on routes in Norwood. The most recent fire destroyed 10 Waste Management vehicles at their Norton Facility!
Two of the fires were the result of the improper disposal of lithium batteries and, as of late, small propane tanks have begun to show up in the trash. Please do not dispose of these and other hazardous items, or chemicals, in the trash or recycling. Better yet, take of advantage of Norwood's two Household Hazardous Waste Days. The recent Household Hazardous Waste Day was a success and a link below shows what kind of items were accepted. The next Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held on September 24, 2022.
Go to Household Hazardous Waste Day to learn what items were accepted at the recent event.
Winter Street Recycling Facility Hours
The Winter Street Recycling Facility is open on Saturdays, 8:00 am - 1:30 pm.
The Town of Norwood now has a Residential Food Scrap Program in place. Please follow the link to get more information. Additionally, if you want your compost picked up and hauled away, Black Earth Compost has started pickup in Norwood. Follow the link to their website, click on residential, scroll down and enter your address to get more information.
Curbside pickup of textiles, also known as the Pink Bags, notified us that they are no longer providing their service to communities.
You can still drop off textiles at the drop off boxes located at all the schools, the Savage Center and, the Winter Street Recycling Facility (Saturdays ONLY). If the drop off boxes are full, please do not leave bags on the ground - thank you for protecting the workers doing the pickup!
Household Hazardous Waste Day
See you at the next Household Hazardous Waste Day on September 23, 2023.
Trash & Recycling Calendar 2023
Trash and Recycling Schedule By Street
Recycling's Most Common Contaminants
Recycle Right - What Can Be Recycled
Food Waste Composting
CD and DVD Recycling Information
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- Trash is picked up weekly. Recycling is picked up every other week. Trash and recycle carts must be curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your regularly scheduled trash day. Drivers will not go back if you don't have your carts out curbside.
- 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. It is your responsibility to place carts where drivers can empty them.
- Carts must be placed at the edge of the roadway with wheels facing away from the street.
- Please be sure cart lids are closed.
What are items DO NOT belong in my Recycling bin?
How do I get a new Trash or Recycling cart?
As of May 24, 2021 - AT THIS TIME, WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ACCEPT REQUESTS FOR AN EXTRA TRASH CART FOR HOUSEHOLDS WITH 5 OR LESS OCCUPANTS. WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR TRASH CARTS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION AND EXTRA RECYCLE CARTS. IF YOUR CART IS BROKEN PLEASE FOLLOW THE STEPS FOR CART REPAIR IN THE OTHER DROP DOWN.
If you just moved into a single to six family home, the previous tenant or homeowner should have left the carts for you to use. The carts are property of the Town not the homeowner or tenant. If for some reason you need an additional cart, please send your completed form with your information to the Public Works Department.
Additional Trash Cart Form
Additional Recycle Cart Form
How do you replace/repair damaged carts?
Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545 to report the damage. Waste Management will come out and inspect your container and replace or repair as necessary.
What can I put in my recycle cart?
Here is a guide which is a visual of what can go into your recycling cart. Additionally visit the Recycle Often Recycle Right Waste Management web page for a guide to what you can place in your recycling carts. All recycle materials must be free of food residue. Please rinse and empty all containers made from glass, tin, and recyclable plastics. Absolutely no trash, plastic bags, yard waste, Styrofoam, clothes, wood, electronics, or mercury products can be placed in the recycle cart. White Styrofoam or closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam, can be brought to the Winter Street Recycling Center for disposal.
What can I put in my trash cart?
Trash carts are only for residential household trash. Absolutely no commercial waste, wood construction, vinyl siding, yard waste, paint, household hazardous waste, textiles, scrap metals or mercury products are allowed in trash carts. Waste Management drivers are required by State Law to leave carts behind, if they see any of the above items in the trash cart.
How do I purchase a compost bin?
Norwood DPW sells two types of compost bins - the Earth Machine for $20.00 and the Dual Composting Tumbler for $50. Since we offer composters at a deep discount we request that you fill out a Composting Pledge form so we can keep track of who's purchased the bins. Eventually you'll receive an online survey asking about your composting experience. Additionally you will receive a counter top scrap bucket to collect kitchen scraps. Public Works is located at 1 Lyman Place. Please stop by between the hours of 7am - 3pm to purchase a bin. Additionally, please click MaDEP Home Composting Tips to learn more about composting. To view a readable chart, click Composting 101
Does the town have a rain barrel program?
Please use the link below for information on rain barrels.