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Call our office or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, date of death and the name of cemetery along with any other information that you have.
Determination of Applicability in response to a Request for Determination of ApplicabilityOrder of Resource Area Delineation, in response to a Notice of Resource Area DelineationOrder of Conditions, in response to either an Abbreviated Notice of Intent or a Notice of Intent
Changing of preexisting drainage characteristicsDumping (of any kind including yard debris and grass clippings), discharging or filling with any material which may degrade water quality or alter the preexisting elevation; or certain destruction of plant lifeRemoval, excavation, or dredging of soil or sediment
Buildings (permanent or temporary)Discharge channel, drainage basin, and grading associated with storm water managementDrainage structures such as culverts and discharge trenchesFencesMobile homesObservation decksPavementPlatformsRadio towers and microwave antennas or receiversShedsSignsStorage binsSwimming pools (permanent or temporary)Tennis and sports courtsWalkwaysWallsWells
For RDAs, NOIs, Minor Modifications, Formal Amendments:
1 Full set of application documents and plans (Hard copy of the Original)1 Full set of application documents and plans (Electronic copy of the Original, emailed to both Aliciag@ipswich-ma.gov and Gails@ipswich-ma.gov)1 Complete Copy of the Original (Hard copy Copy)5 Full sets of plans larger than 8.5x11 (Hard copy Plans only)
Note: At some point we may require additional hard copy plans when a newly appointed Commissioner starts but will let you know.
For COCs please provide:
1 Full set of application documents and plans (Hard copy of the Original)1 Full set of application documents and plans (Electronic copy of the Original, emailed to both Aliciag@ipswich-ma.gov and Gails@ipswich-ma.gov)1 Complete Copy of the Original (Hard copy Copy)* in some cases, additional plan copies may be requested at the Agent's discretion.
Household organics (food scraps, meat, bones, etc.) are collected by the resident in a provided cart and picked up by a special truck on Wednesdays. Residents pay less than $2 per week to participate in this program. Organics collected are composted instead of incinerated with the trash and go to a commercial composting facility in Ipswich, where they are transformed into finished compost.
The Ipswich Waste Reduction Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Department of Public Works Office and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, started this curbside food waste collection pilot in Fall 2011.
The fee to participate in this program is $95 per year for residents. The Department of Public Works pays an additional $17 and provides a free collection cart, with financial assistance from MassDEP.
All Ipswich residents with town trash pickup can participate, but residents with private trash may be eligible as well. You can join at any time by signing up online at Black Earth Compost. Now is a great time to join!
Organics are materials that break down naturally and can be turned into compost. Composting organics diverts them from incinerators or landfills, which is costly. The town currently pays $76.85 per ton to dispose of its trash, and diverting organics saves the town approximately 275 tons per year.
There are so many organics and other items that you can put in your composting cart!
The list below includes examples of items that are not accepted. Check here for a complete list.
Organics comprise to 40% of household waste! Organics collection is one of the major strategies to further reduce our waste and our trash costs. It also reduces our environmental impact and turns the organics into valuable finished compost. This private-pay collection pilot also provides us with useful information to enhance our other diversion efforts (recycling and leaf composting). We track how much food waste and other organics are diverted from the trash, and we hope to build support for townwide collection.
The fee covers organics pickup at your curb, transportation to the composting facility, composting the food waste, and 50 gallons of finished compost twice per year. You receive a free compost cart upon signup.
Payment is due when you sign up for the program online at Black Earth Compost. If you prefer to sign up by check, you may do so by bringing $95 cash or a check made to Town of Ipswich.
Pick up your cart at the DPW office at town hall (2nd floor).
Black Earth Compost, a local hauler and compost company, picks up the food waste curbside in their own collection truck.
No! Plastic bags are a contaminant and can turn the town’s entire load of compostable material into trash if bags are in the cart. Use BPI-certified compostable bags.
Unfortunately, no. You could compost in your backyard for now and then sign up in the spring when you return.
Black Earth Compost brings the organics to Agresource in Ipswich to be composted. Agresource is permitted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to accept food waste for composting.
Only tableware and bags labeled BPI-Certified Compostable can be placed in your cart. Items marked biodegradable are not allowed. Accepted items include Bag to Earth paper bags, #7 PLA made from corn (cups, straws, lids), and plates, bowls, containers and utensils made from sugarcane.
You may put out up to four paper leaf bags of additional organics with your cart each week. Remember, no leaves or branches!
Large paper lawn bags (up to four) can be used for overflow organics, lawn clippings, and yard waste ONLY. Leaves and branches must be brought to the Transfer Station.
The collection trucks do not have compactors and leaves would quickly fill up the collection truck, increasing trips to the compost facility and raising our costs.
The town offers curbside leaf pickup in November each year (the week before Thanksgiving, on your regular trash day). Additionally, you can drop off your leaf and yard waste year-round at the Transfer Station at 180 Town Farm Road.
Only bentonite-free kitty litter is accepted. All natural animal bedding with waste (poop) is acceptable.
Dog waste invites plastic bags, which can contaminate an entire load. Please be sure to place dog waste in a plastic bag and then in your trash.
House plants, flowers, floral trimmings, grass clippings, weeds and other yard clippings are all accepted but need to be in a paper leaf bag. Remember, no leaves, stumps or branches!
Lobster, crab, oyster and clam shells are allowed. Be sure to remove elastic bands.
Yes, you may continue your backyard composting. We encourage you to also participate in the curbside program, because we accept additional items you can’t compost in your backyard (such as meat, fish products, food-soiled paper, pizza boxes, bentonite-free kitty litter and much more).
At this time, the curbside composting program is optional for residents.
No. We cannot accept any kind of diapers or other biodegradable items.
Composting time, start to finish, is about a year.
Ipswich currently diverts an average of 5.5 tons of organic waste per week. More participants means more organic waste diverted and lower trash costs.
You can pick up your compost at the Transfer Station at the end of Town Farm Road. This compost is only for participants in this program, and you are allowed to take 50 gallons (in your containers). Shovels are provided at the compost pile. Please do not fill up a truck bed!
The program removes more than 277 tons of organic waste per year from the trash stream, reducing the cost to dispose of it. Ipswich currently pays $76.85 per ton to incinerate its trash at Wheelabrator in North Andover, so composting benefits the town both financially and environmentally.
Please call the office at 978-356-6635 or visit our moving page for more information on how to apply for electric service.
You can pay your Electric, Water and Sewer bills any one of 3 ways!
To set up auto-pay visit https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?TID=156 and follow the instructions.
Generally power outages occur during severe weather, but occasionally can be a result of things like, motor vehicle accidents near power lines, fallen trees, construction work near power lines etc. It is important that if you see downed or sparking wires that you keep away from the area and contact the IELD immediately at 978-356-6635. Please do not use 911 to report outages.
Please call the office at 978-356-6635 or visit our moving page for more information on how to cancel your electric service.
Use our update contact information form or call us at 978-356-6635. Changes of name will require proof of legal name change. Please click on the link for more information.
Please fill out this Contact Form form to report a street light outage.
When you apply via email or the website for a specific position your information immediately becomes available to our Human Resources Department. Once the job posting closes, applications are reviewed, and those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted. We kindly ask, due to the volume of applications we receive, that you do not call or email to inquire about the status of your application. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources.
Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital have sharps disposal kiosks in their lobbies. Beverly Hospital is located at 85 Herrick Street, Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospital is located at 298 Washington Street, Gloucester.
Recycling is weekly on the same day as your trash pickup, and recycling is mandatory in Ipswich. Please put your recycling and trash at the curb by 6 AM on your trash day to ensure both will be picked up.
Recycling is mandatory for trash pickup, so both must be at the curb by 6 AM. Also, make sure your trash is bagged and/or you haven't exceeded the one-barrel limit.
If it's your usual trash day (and not a holiday), call the DPW at 978-356-6612. If it's a holiday week, your trash and recycling must be at the curb the following day by 6 AM.
If you exceeded the one-barrel limit and did not put your extra trash in an official overthrow bag, you can purchase overthrow bags at the following stores in Ipswich: Aubuchon, Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms, DJ's Variety, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's. Please remember that trash bags cannot weigh more than 50 pounds each.
Recycling is mandatory for trash pickup, so both need to be at the curb by 6 AM. Also, check to make sure your trash is bagged and/or you haven't exceeded the one-barrel limit.
If it's your usual trash day (and not a holiday), call the DPW at 978-356-6612. If it's a holiday week, make sure your trash and recycling are out for pickup the following day by 6 AM.
Household organics are collected by participants, placed in a provided cart and picked up by a special truck on Wednesday mornings. Residents pay $95 per year to participate and the DPW subsidizes this program with grant funds and provides a free compost cart.
Finished compost is available for participants, up to 50 gallons twice per year.
The Ipswich Waste Reduction Advisory Committee, with the Department of Public Works and MassDEP, started this curbside collection pilot in Fall 2011. More than 1,074 tons of organics have been composted instead of incinerated with the trash.
Ipswich’s official Overthrow Bags cost $2 per bag and are sold in a 5-bag pack for $10. These bags are necessary only when you dispose of trash in excess of one 35-gallon bag or barrel per week.
Please remember that all trash needs to be in a bag. Overthrow bags should be placed on top of or next to the first free bag/barrel.
Overthrow bags can be purchased at Aubuchon, Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms, DJ's Variety, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's.
Ipswich’s official Overthrow Bags cost $2 per bag and are sold in a 5-bag pack for $10 at these locations: Aubuchon, Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms, DJ's Variety, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's.
The Town of Ipswich encourages people to take interest in our bid opportunities and advertises by several different methods. The Town of Ipswich must give two weeks notice to any interested bidders. The Central Register is published by the Secretary of State and is a clearing house for all Town bids. The Town of Ipswich also advertises in the local newspaper. The Town of Ipswich Purchasing website is also another place to learn about bids.
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Recycling is mandatory in Ipswich and is on the same weekly schedule as your trash pickup. Please put your recycling and trash at the curb by 6 AM on your trash day to ensure both will be picked up.
No. Because they create safety hazards at the recycling facility, plastic bags (grocery, newspaper, bread, food and snack, produce, and dry cleaning bags) and plastic packaging (case, pallet, and furniture wrap; napkin, paper towel, diaper packaging wrap; and beverage case wrap) cannot be put in your curbside bin.
Recycle them in the drop-off bins at grocery stores (Shaw's, Market Basket) and other retail outlets (Target, Lowe's, Kohl's, Walmart, Staples). They accept and recycle this plastic, even if you did not purchase it at their store.
Residents may put out unlimited recycling of accepted items, although the filled bin and/or container cannot exceed 50 pounds. Ipswich participates in single-stream recycling, so all recycling can be placed in the same container. Remember to recycle everything allowed.
Large quantities of cardboard (emptied and flattened) should be brought to the cardboard dumpster at the DPW yard (100 County Road) at your convenience or to the transfer station (180 Town Farm Road) on Wednesdays or Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM.
Please call the DPW (978-356-6612) in advance if you will be putting out large quantities of recycling so we can alert the recycling crew.
These bans apply to businesses, which will be offering alternatives to plastic bags and Styrofoam. Residents are allowed to use single-use plastic bags acquired from shopping in other towns, but we encourage residents to bring reusable bags when shopping. More information can be found here.
No, there are many other ways to pay your bills without coming to the Treasurer/Collector’s Office at Town Hall.
Beach stickers can be purchased online or by mail.
Please callus at 978-356-6610.
Using overthrow bags for more than one barrel of trash benefits those who throw away only a little while offering a way for those who throw away more to pay their fair share.
The cost of disposing of our trash in 2009 was $97 per ton for the nearly 4,000 tons of trash Ipswich generated annually. The first year of the one-barrel limit reduced trash by 161 tons and by 2018 Ipswich reduced trash to 2,847 tons!
The Waste Reduction Program, in effect since July 1, 2010, limits trash to 35 gallons per week per household and is collected at no charge (maximum volume of 35 gallons and maximum weight of 50 pounds). Excess trash must be disposed of in overthrow bags, Ipswich’s official trash bags.
Overthrow bags should be placed on top of or next to the first free bag/barrel. Overthrow bags can be purchased at Aubuchon, Conley’s Drug, Cumberland Farms, DJ's Variety, Richdale, Shaw’s and Tedford’s.
The special bags include the disposal price for your extra trash. Any trash in excess of the one-barrel limit must be placed in these special bags or it cannot be picked up.
Label your barrel with your street number and unit number to avoid confusion. Each unit is allowed one free 35-gallon bag or barrel. Free labels are available at the DPW office (town hall, second floor).
Purchase a bulky item sticker ($10) from Conley’s Drug, Cumberland Farms (Central Street location only), DJ’s Variety, Richdale, Shaw’s or Tedford’s.
You may put out one stickered bulky item per week on your usual trash day. Carpet from ONE room must be cut into 4-foot widths and rolled up.
Electronics can be recycled curbside with the purchase of a $25 sticker, obtained from JRM by calling 978-536-2500. Many electronics items can be recycled at Best Buy or Staples (call first).
Additionally, electronics recycling events are held every May and September.
With this Waste Reduction Program, residents only pay for the excess amount of trash they generate after the first bag or barrel. Ipswich’s Waste Reduction Program provides hauling service to all households and allows the first bag or barrel to be collected at no charge.
By recycling items at the curb, most residents are able to fit all of their trash into the one free container each week and experience little or no additional cost.
More than 130 municipalities in Massachusetts have either pay as you throw (PAYT) or WRP programs. In our region, neighboring communities (including Hamilton, Wenham and Topsfield) all have WRP programs.
Contact the Department of Public Works by phone at 978-356-6612 or by email.