Recycling & Trash

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New! 2022 Recycling and Trash Calendar


All containers must be at the curb by 6 AM on your pickup day.
The trucks cannot return for recycling or trash not out on time. Trash Routes

Trash and Recycling Policy

One 35-gallon bag or barrel (50-pound limit) is allowed per residence. All trash must be bagged -- please make sure trash is not loose in the barrel. Extra trash must be in Overthrow Bags (additional details below).

Recycling is mandatory. What can I put in the curbside bin? 

Trash will not be collected if recyclables are not at the curb. All recyclables should be placed in a collection bin (NO plastic bags). There is no limit for recycling, but containers cannot be larger than 45 gallons.

The DPW provides ONE recycling bin to residents. Additional bins are $10 each and Ipswich Recycles stickers are free for residents (both at DPW office at town hall).


JRM strictly enforces the inspection of recycling contamination. The crew must leave behind contaminated recycling along with a sticker explaining the reason for the bin's rejection. 


There's much more that can be recycled than just what goes in the curbside bin. Check out Additional Resources and MassDEP's Beyond the Bin.

Food Scraps? Join the curbside composting program. Sign up online! 

Toss all of your food scraps, houseplants, pizza boxes and much more in a cart for curbside pickup! This quick video answers the Why, What and How of Composting. 

The curbside compost collection program costs less per week than one overthrow bag. 

Questions? Call 978-356-6612 or email IpswichComposts@gmail.com.


Household Hazardous Waste -- Ipswich's HHW Day is Saturday, September 17th. Additional details are below.


Policy Enforcement

JRM strictly enforces the town’s disposal limit of one barrel or bag and places stickers on any trash or recycling not in compliance with town policy.

Overthrow Bags

Additional trash must be placed in an overthrow bag, available for $2 (in packs of 5 for $10) at Aubuchon Hardware, Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms, DJ's Variety, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's Hardware.

Holiday Pickup Delays

Please check the trash and recycling 2022 holiday schedule.


Recycling Bins



Questions?

  • Can I Recycle This? Check RecycleSmart.
  • What Goes in the Curbside Bin?
  • Gift Wrap, Ribbons, Bows -- These items should be bagged and put in the trash.
  • Appliances -- Freezers, Air Conditioners, Dryers, etc.
  • Boat Shrink Wrap -- Bring rolled or folded clean wrap to the transfer station from March 1st to August 31st.
  • Bulky Items -- Carpet, Furniture, etc.
  • Clothing and Textiles -- Drop your CLEAN and DRY clothing and textiles in the Ecosmith box at Ipswich schools. Need a curbside pickup? Go to Helpsy.co/ipswichma to sign up.
  • Flower Pots -- Bring your EMPTY and RINSED plastic pots and cases to the garden center at Lowes in Danvers to be reused/recycled. These pots do NOT go in the curbside bin.
  • Fluorescent and CFL Bulbs -- Bring unbroken fluorescent and CFL bulbs to the transfer station during working hours (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 AM to 3:30 PM). Broken bulbs should be cleaned up carefully by following these instructions.
  • Holiday Lights -- Holiday lights can be recycled, but not in your curbside bin! Lights can be dropped off at the transfer station or town hall (second floor) or mailed year-round to HolidayLEDs or Christmas Light Source.
  • Household Hazardous Waste -- The next Ipswich HHW Day will be Saturday, September 17, 2022. Residents who cannot wait until September or who will miss this year's collection may attend an event in a reciprocal city or town. Check the 2022 Hazardous Waste Reciprocal Event List and note hours and costs.
  • Library of Things -- Borrow items you need only occasionally or to try out before buying. Items include lawn games, sewing machine,  household tool kits, electronics equipment (mini projector, Roku stick, etc.). 
  • Overthrow Bags for are required for trash exceeding one 35-gallon barrel or bag.
  • Paper Berry Boxes -- If clean (no fruit!), these can be placed in your recycling bin.
  • Pizza Boxes -- Brown or white pizza boxes (without pizza and/or liner) can be put in your recycling bin. Frozen-pizza boxes must be put in the trash.
  • Plastic Bags and Plastic Film -- Check here for a list of locations that accept plastic bags and film.
  • Specific Items NOT Accepted in the Bin
  • Plastics: What's Recyclable, What Becomes Trash, and Why
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Medical Sharps -- In addition to sharps mail back services, you can use the sharps disposal kiosks in the lobbies of Beverly Hospital (85 Herrick Street, Beverly) and Addison Gilbert Hospital (298 Washington Street, Gloucester). 
  • Shredded Paper -- Please note that shredded paper must go in the trash (bagged), not in your recycling bin.
  • Styrofoam -- The next free styrofoam recycling event will be Saturday, May 14, from 9 AM to 12 PM at Ipswich High School. Check back here for details in the Spring. Can't wait until May? Then place your styrofoam in your trash bag or in overthrow bags for curbside pickup.
  • Textiles
  • Transfer Station -- On Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM (excluding holidays), the Transfer Station accepts "household recycling" and many other items not collected curbside. A free transfer station sticker may be obtained at the DPW office. Bring your vehicle registration and proof of residency.
  • Yard Waste -- Bring yard waste to the transfer station on Wednesdays and Saturdays from  8 AM to 3:30 PM.

Construction Debris

Hiltz at 24 Kondelin Road in Gloucester (978-283-3335)
Mello at 95 Tenney Street in Georgetown (978-352-8581)


Recycling and Trash Pickup Issues

Call Public Works at 978-356-6612.

More Questions?

Email IpswichRecycles@gmail.com.


Household Hazardous Waste Day 2022

Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the Transfer Station from 9 to noon.
Residents may bring accepted household hazardous waste items to this September event.

Ipswich residents who cannot wait until September or who will miss this year's collection may attend an event in a reciprocal city or town. Check the 2022 Hazardous Waste Reciprocal Event List and note hours and costs for nonresidents.
 


Need to dispose of items before or after open events occur?
Check MassDEP's website for alternatives.

HHW Emergency Response Lines

ACV Enviro (800-7-SPILLS -- 800-777-4557)
Clean Harbors (800-645-8265)


Ipswich is plastic bag- and styrofoam-free!

Ipswich businesses are using alternatives to single-use plastic bags and styrofoam. Please note that trash bags are not affected by this ban. Learn more here.

 


Contact Us

  1. Marlene Faria Connelly


    Waste Reduction Program Manager
    Email

    Town Hall
    25 Green St.
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Ph: 978-356-6612
    Fx: 978-356-6616

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    8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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    8 a.m. - Noon

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