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Fresh Christmas trees can be brought to the transfer station during operating hours, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM. Please REMOVE ALL ITEMS from the tree, including tinsel. Ipswich does not have curbside pickup of Christmas trees.


Residents who do not have a transfer station sticker can obtain one, free of charge, at the DPW office at Town Hall. Please bring vehicle registration or other proof of residency.





Holiday wrapping paper and many other holiday items can be recycled! They can be placed in your recycle bin or in a paper lawn/leaf bag IF the bag is clearly marked as wrapping paper/recycling. There are, however, some very important things to remember about recycling wrap and other holiday waste.


What can be recycled? Wrapping paper, tissue paper, and gift bags are recyclable, as long as they do NOT contain FOIL, metallics, or glitter. Tape is allowed, and any type of handle is OK. As for holiday cards and letters, holiday cards and letters can be recycled, but the same rules about foil, glitter and metallics apply. Envelopes with windows are accepted, but those with foil are not. Catalogs, calendars, and boxes made of cardboard or paperboard can go in the bin. Plastic packaging with the recycle symbol and numbers 1-7 can be put in there, too.


What CANNOT be recycled? Please do not try to recycle ribbons, bows, Styrofoam, packing peanuts, plastic packaging materials (bubble wrap, air pillows, etc.). These items will contaminate the entire load of recycling, causing it to be thrown away.


As for those used holiday lights, please do not put them in your recycle container. You can bring them for recycling to Home Depot and Lowe's.



Feeling bad about tossing food scraps, weeds, grass clippings and pizza box inserts in the trash? Join the Curbside Composting Program and toss all of your food waste in a bin for curbside pickup.


With signup you will receive a free green, wheeled container for collection and up to 50 gallons of free Brick Ends Farm compost. We take all food scraps (including meat and bones), natural kitty litter, weeds, grass clippings, and soiled paper products (napkins, tissues and paper towels and plates).


The annual rate is $68 per year (prorated) per household. Come to the DPW office at Town Hall to register or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info!




Residents are allowed one 35-gallon (50-pound maximum) bag or barrel weekly and one bulky item (sofa, chair, mattress, etc.). Additional trash must be placed in an overthrow bag, available for $10 (for a pack of 5) at Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's Hardware.


Additional items may be brought free to the Transfer Station (180 Town Farm Road) during operating hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM. Residents must have a beach sticker or a transfer station sticker (which can be obtained free with proof of residency at the DPW office at Town Hall).




Operating hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM

NO Plastic Bags (recycle them at grocery stores, Target, Kohl's, Lowe's, Staples and other retailers)


BOAT SHRINK WRAP is collected seasonally from April 1 through June 30 for clean, rolled-up shrink wrap.


BOOKS in good condition can be donated to the Ipswich Library or dropped off in the More Than Words box.


CARDBOARD too big to leave curbside can be placed in the cardboard container for recycling. Residents who do not have curbside pickup can also drop their cardboard off in the cardboard container.


CFL BULBS AND FLUORESCENT TUBES (unbroken) are collected during regular Transfer Station hours. The mercury found in these lamps is reclaimed and reused.


CURBSIDE” RECYCLING items can be dropped off by all residents, even those who do not have curbside pickup. Curbside recyling items include clean paper, plastic #1-7, metal and glass containers. NO plastic bags, thin film plastics or Styrofoam, please!


RIGID PLASTICS container is forhousehold items such as buckets, laundry baskets, plastic toys and playhouses, coolers, dish strainers, milk crates, plastic shelving units, flower pots, totes, and coat hangers. This type of plastic is not recyclable curbside and does not have the recycling symbol and number on it.


SCRAP METAL We accept items that are 60% metal.

Household items include toasters, water heaters, refrigerators, washers, dryers, trash compactors, stoves, space heaters, humidifiers, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, metal and cast iron sinks, AC units, boilers, metal bed frames, lamps, silverware, pots, pans, exercise equipment.

Outside Items include lawn mowers, tools, grills, bikes, metal swingsets, chain link fence, propane tanks with tops off only, metal window frames and siding.

Automotive items include car batteries, tires with rims only and metal auto parts.

Large items, such as cars or construction equipment, can be removed by special arrangement with the DPW.


TEXTILES The American Red Cross has a collection box for textiles (clothing, sheets, towels, etc.) and small toys. Proceeds from donations will go to helping disaster victims. Stained or ripped clothing is acceptable as long as it is CLEAN AND DRY.


WASTE COOKING OIL is a collection of all animal and vegetable oils. Place your sealed container, such as a mayonnaise or spaghetti sauce jar, in the 55-gallon drum. No pouring off, please! Oils will be made into biodiesel fuel. No motor oil!


YARD WASTE is accepted but needs to be in a paper leaf bag. You may include house plants, flowers, floral trimmings, glass clippings, weeds and other yard clippings. Remember, NO leaves, rocks, logs, stumps, or branches larger than 4” in diameter!



For more information, contact DPW at 978-356-6612 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ...



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