What can I recycle?

Due to the current uncertainty of the recycling market, residents are strongly encouraged to "Go Back to Basics," by recycling acceptable paper, rinsed plastic containers, rinsed glass containers, or clean metal cans.

Paper: Newspapers including inserts, magazines, catalogs, phone books, junk mail, clean pizza boxes, clean paperboard such as cereal / pasta boxes and egg cartons and flattened cardboard no larger than 4 by 4 feet are some of the paper type items.

Commingled Items: Rinsed plastic containers, rinsed glass containers, and clean metal cans.

For all other questions on whether an item can be recycled in the weekly recycling collection, please refer to the website Recycle Smart for more information, or contact the Department of Public Works at 781-942-9077.

Recycling bins containing unacceptable items, will be stickered, left curbside, and the residents will be asked to remove any unacceptable items. Drivers will not be sorting curbside. If recycling is left behind, it will be picked up on the following week's collection schedule, provided the unacceptable items have been removed.

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1. Why should I recycle?
2. When is my collection day?
3. What about holiday week collections?
4. When should I put out my recycling?
5. Why didn’t the trash truck pick up my recycling?
6. What can I recycle?
7. How do I put items out for recycling?
8. Do I need to rinse and separate cans, bottles and plastic containers from each other?
9. What about Styrofoam, dirty pizza boxes, and microwave food boxes?
10. Can I put out more than one recycling bin/barrel?
11. Where can I get a recycling bin or recycling sticker?
12. Does the Town collect yard waste (leaves, grass clippings and other easily raked material)?
13. Is there a drop off location for yard waste?
14. What about Christmas trees?
15. Does the Town collect construction and demolition material?
16. What can I do with old paint, used motor oil, and other chemicals?
17. What can I do with mercury containing items?
18. What do I do with unwanted appliances?
19. How about CRTs: television sets and computer monitors?
20. How about microwaves and other electronics?
21. Do I have to use the official recycling bin?
22. Can I recycle my old telephone books?