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ACCEPTABLE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE MATERIALS
The following is a representative list of the types of materials that will be accepted at each collection.
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)
insecticides car batteries
pesticides oil filters
poisons tire cleaners
herbicides radiator flush
weed killers transmission fluid
fertilizers carburetor cleaner
flea/tick powder engine solvents
no-pest strips antifreeze
cesspool cleaners brake fluid
flammable liquids waste fuels (gasoline, oil, kerosene)
UNACCEPTABLE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
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*
* 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
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
Servers and server racks $5
Small electronic appliances $5
Small electronic toys $5
Telephones and telephone equipment $5
UPS (uninterrupted power supply) batteries $5
All collected items are recycled and storage devices are shredded.
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
• 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
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 for five 33-gallon bags through local businesses: Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's Hardware.