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HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION is Saturday, September 20, at the Transfer Station from 9 AM to noon

See below for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items.


STYROFOAM AND ELECTRONICS COLLECTION is Saturday, September 20, Ipswich Middle School from 9 AM to noon

See below for a list of acceptable items.


The following is a representative list of the types of materials that will be accepted at each collection.


Household Bathroom

oil-based paint, varnish, stain, shellac, paint strippers toilet cleaners

turpentine, paint thinners medicine

wood preservatives cosmetics

dry-cell batteries nail polish remover

metal cleaners, ammonia cleaners hair color

furniture, floor, and metal polishes aerosol deodorant

floor care products/wax stripper

rug & upholstery cleaners


aerosol cans lighter fluid

solvent adhesives oven cleaners

acids moth balls/crystal

hobby supplies (rubber cement, airplane glue, etc.) drain cleaners

photography chemicals chlorine bleach

chemistry set chemicals brighteners

flammable liquids, fire starters spray starch

artist supplies spot removers

fiberglass resins detergents

2,4,5 trichlorophenoxyacetic softeners

mercury bearing waste whiteners

(such as elemental mercury, thermostats, thermometers,

fluorescent lamps, and mercury switches)

Lawn/Garden Automotive

insecticides car batteries

pesticides oil filters

poisons tire cleaners

herbicides radiator flush

weed killers transmission fluid

fungicides degreasers

fertilizers carburetor cleaner

flea/tick powder engine solvents

no-pest strips antifreeze

cesspool cleaners brake fluid

flammable liquids waste fuels (gasoline, oil, kerosene)

fire starters




The following is a list of materials which will not be accepted as hazardous waste at each collection. Some, however, may be collected as single stream materials or included as part of per car cost.


explosives or any ordnance

medical waste (biomedical and pharmaceutical)


radioactive material (including smoke detectors)

materials with no hazardous constituents


empty or partially empty propane tanks*

cathode ray tubes, electronics*

latex paint**


* may be collected as single stream materials



Styrofoam and Electronics Special Collection
Saturday, September 20

9 AM to Noon at Ipswich Middle School

  • Audio/visual equipment (VCRs, DVDs, CD players) $5
  • Cell phones and PDAs $5
  • Computer drives and storage devices (floppy drivers, CD-ROMs, hard drives) $5
  • Consumer electronics $5
  • Computer monitors $10
  • Computers and laptops $5
  • Copiers $5
  • Computer peripherals (keyboards, mice and cables) $5
  • Printers and multifunction devices $5
  • Digital cameras and camcorders $5
  • Electronic typewriters $5
  • Fax machines $5
  • Gaming systems $5
  • Microwave ovens $5
  • Networking equipment (routers, switches, hubs, etc.) $5
  • Power supplies $5
  • Projection equipment $5
  • Scanners $5
  • Servers and server racks $5
  • Small electronic appliances $5
  • Small electronic toys $5
  • Telephones and telephone equipment $5
  • Televisions $15
  • UPS (uninterrupted power supply) batteries $5

All collected items are recycled and storage devices are shredded.




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 household, but rates are prorated from November, so the cost is less than $50 per year until November 2014. Come to 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!



Recycling/Solid Waste Policy:

Effective date of 6/28/10:

* 1 Bag/Barrel of trash up to 35 gallons per week

* UNLIMITED Single Stream WEEKLY Curbside Recycling Milk/juice cartons, juice boxes, Pringles containers, clean aluminum foil/pie plates, and more!


For more information contact DPW at 978-356-6613 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


• Recycling at Public Events

Recycling is mandatory and bins are available for your use at public events. The Recycling committee has 10 portable recycling bins available for use at events in Ipswich. For more information, or to request the bins for use at your event please email us.


Fluorescent Bulbs
CFLs are now collected in a box at the Electric Light Department during regular business hours. In addition, you may also bring them as well as tube bulbs (and all devices containing mercury) to the Transfer Station during regular operating hours.


• Wireless Devices Collection
The Recycling Committee is collecting unwanted wireless devices and chargers. The devices include, but are not limited to, PDAs, iPods, digital cameras, cell phones, etc. Small, green bins are located at the library and inside the entrance of Town Hall and at the DPW counter. Devices are bought by Recycling For Charities, which refurbishes or recycles them. All funds received from the sale of these devices help defray the administrative and logistical costs incurred by the Recycling Committee.

• Recycling Committee

The Recycling Committee welcomes new members interested in working productively and cooperatively to meet the Committee’s mandate of increasing recycling and reducing trash disposal costs for the Town of Ipswich. The Recycling Committee is an advisory committee to the Board of Selectmen, and the Board of Selectmen appoints members. Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to attend a meeting and seek appointment if interested. The Recycling Committee meets monthly, and meetings are held from 6:30-8 PM at Town Hall.


Mercury Recovery Program

The DPW is collecting products that contain mercury. Examples include thermostats, Mercury switches, thermometers, elemental Mercury, blood pressure units, flow meters, barometers and button cell batteries (found in watches, cameras, calculators, hearing aids, and personal organizers) and any raw mercury in original containers. The DPW also will exchange a glass Mercury fever thermometer for a new digital thermometer. Please call ahead at 978-356-6612 to be sure that the container is safe. Acceptable items should be brought to the second floor of Town Hall during regular business hours.


• Paint and Varnishes
Oil paint and related thinners and varnishes are accepted at the DPW's annual Special Collection. Events are held in mid-May and mid-September each year. Please email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Latex paint must be dried out and thrown away in your regular trash.





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  • * NEW! 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!


  • *NEW! Books can be recycled in Ipswich. Newer books can be brought to the Ipswich Library for donation for their used book sales. The More Than Words book collection box at the Transfer Station is available for donations on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM.


  • Bulky, rigid plastic items (e.g. laundry baskets, trash barrels, plastic toys) are accepted at the Transfer Station, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM.


  • *NEW! Textiles Recycling

    The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts appreciates the public’s donations of used clothing, shoes, and household linens as a way of generating funds. Donate your items at the American Red Cross collection box at the Ipswich Transfer Station. These items will then be sold through a vendor and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

    Ripped or stained clothing and linens ARE accepted as long as they are CLEAN AND DRY.


  • Scrap metal items are now accepted at the Transfer Station! Items must be at least 60% metal. No TVs or monitors please -- take these to Best Buy customer service desk for recycling.


  • No Styrofoam (Watch for in-town collection events) and NO Plastic Bags (Shaw's and Market Basket collect these for recycling.)


  • Cardboard boxes do not need to be broken down for recycling.


  • Glass, Plastic #1-7, Tin, Aluminum, Paper, Gray Paper and Cardboard can be placed together in a container with lettering “Recycle Only” and/or recycle stickers (available from the DPW office).


  • Seasonal: Boat shrink wrap disposal at the Transfer Station, from April 1st to June 30th.


  • Trash Overthrow Bags are available for $10.00 for 5 33-gallon bags through local businesses: Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's Hardware.



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