Recycling & Trash

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Recycling and trash must be at the curb by 6 AM on your pickup day.
The trucks cannot return for items not out on time. If you have issues with missed pickup, call the DPW at 978-356-6612.

Special Collections

Saturday, May 19, 9 AM to noon

Electronics Recycling -- WINTHROP School
Tires and Oil-based Paints and Thinners -- Transfer Station

IPSWICH is plastic bag- and styrofoam-free!
Bring your own bags! Businesses will be using alternatives to single-use plastic bags and styrofoam. Please note that trash bags are NOT affected by these bans. Find out more here.

The Ipswich High School Girls' Basketball team is selling extra large reusable bags for $5. Please email if you are interested in purchasing one or more.

Trash and Recycling Guide and Calendar

The 2018 calendar will be mailed to residents in the coming weeks. Please email if you have any questions. 


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.

One 35-gallon bag or barrel (50-pound limit) is allowed per residence. Please make sure trash is not loose in the barrel.

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, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's Hardware.

Please check the trash and recycling chart for policy details.

Ipswich Recycles

Recycling Is Mandatory

Ipswich participates in single-stream recycling. Residents must place their recycling curbside in order to have their trash collected. All recyclables should be placed in the bin (NO plastic bags), and there is no limit for recycling. Stickers are available (free) at the Department of Public Works office at Town Hall for residents who wish to use larger containers for their recycling. Please do NOT put your recyclables in plastic bags.

Call the DPW with pickup issues. Questions should be sent to the Ipswich Recycling Coordinator at Many other items not collected curbside may be recycled by bringing them free to the Transfer Station (open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM) or other locations.

Household Hazardous Waste

The annual Household Hazardous Waste collection will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Transfer Station from 9-12. Residents can bring accepted household hazardous waste items to the Transfer Station during this September collection event.

If you need to dispose of something before or after September 29, other towns will be having open events (for a fee) at these dates and locations.

For dates other than those listed, contact Clean Harbors or New England Disposal Technologies for their dropoff and pickup programs.

Remember -- latex paint is NOT hazardous waste. Remove the lid from our paint can, let it dry out, and place the can and lid (separately) in with your trash.

Bulky Item Disposal

Residents are also allowed to put out ONE bulky item (sofa, chair, mattress, box spring or carpet) per week. Carpet from ONE room only should be cut into 4' by 4' sections and rolled up. Carpet rolls from ONE room can be put out together as one bulky item.

Recycling Bins

The Department of Public works provides ONE recycling container per residential dwelling that receives municipal solid waste pickup. Additional bins are available at the Public Works office for $10 each.

Other containers (e.g. wheeled trash can, plastic utility tub, heavy cardboard box) can also be used for recyclables. "Ipswich Recycles" stickers are available free at the Department of Public Works.

Join the Curbside Composting Program

Feeling bad about putting food scraps, weeds, grass clippings and pizza box inserts in the trash? Toss all of your food waste in a bin for curbside pickup! Ipswich has a curbside compost collection program that costs just $1 per week per household -- less than the cost of one overthrow bag. By composting many of your household organics, you can reduce your trash by up to 40%.

Come to the Department of Public Works office at Town Hall to register or email us at for more information.

Contact Us

  1. Marlene Faria Connelly

    Recycling Coordinator

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


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

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