Department of Public Works
Trash/Recycle UPDATE due to Coronavirus 3-18-20
Due to current Coronavirus precautions, the Call Center for Waste Management will be temporarily closed while they work on getting their workers set up to receive calls remotely. During this transition time BULK COLLECTIONS are unable to be scheduled. Missed collection calls will also not be received. However CURBSIDE trash/recycle will operate as normal following all the regular curbside rules: must be curbside with trash fully contained within orange bags by 7am on your collection day, recycling rules still apply. The Transfer Station is open as usual for orange-bagged trash and recycling. As always no curbside-type bulk items can be taken to the Transfer Station. Updates will follow if circumstances change.
A friendly reminder from DPW: there should be no discharge of sump pumps/gutters/water run-off from personal property directly or indirectly onto public right of ways which includes roads and sidewalks (General By-Law article X, section 10, page 26). The discharge of water to these surfaces can create ice which is a significant safety hazard for walkers and cars alike. Discharge to these locations is a fine-able offense per the bylaws. Please immediately remove or redirect any devices that discharge or flow to these locations.
Local businesses are reminded that no personal items (benches, planters etc) are to be placed on any public right of way/sidewalk (General By-law article X, section 1, page 25). This is a safety hazard and impedes the Town’s ability to undertake snow clearance.
Christmas Tree Collection - Is now complete. This year, trees were taken up to the MAC for the 375th celebration bonfire.
COMPOST SITE: is now closed for the season and will re-open in Spring 2020.
New water rates went into effect for FY 2020 CLICK HERE.
Power Outage and Downed Trees in Wires
For power outage updates or to report downed trees in wires, please call National Grid directly: 1-800-322-3223 or on your mobile device at: www.ngrid.com/mobile or text: STORM to 64743 or online at www.nationalgridus.com/outagecentral Please note, this link is only active during storms.
Click here: 2020 Waste Management Collection Calendar
There is a lot of mis-information circulating, regarding where Manchester’s recycling goes - please read the following 2 page fact sheet released directly from Waste Management that details where different items go after being sorted in the Billerica recycling facility.
RECYCLING GUIDELINES 2020: Click Here
CLICK HERE: Recycling/plastic bags Flyer The Latest Recycling Flyer was mailed out with recent water bills but some households on private water supply and some apartment residents did not receive this flyer. Click the link above to read/download.
On 4/10/19, DPW staff toured the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where all our recyclables are taken for processing. Our recyclables are being audited for contamination, so far it is clear that the worst issue is plastic bags, plastic wrap and things in plastic covers such as mailings and magazines. The most alarming thing is some residents are putting their entire recycle deposit in large (13 gallon) tied white bin liners - these are entirely rejected, the whole bag full regardless of their content.
The Town is launching a Recycling Spring Clean-up program.
Starting 4/29/19 residents who do not follow the DEP recycle guidelines: CLICK HERE will see an OOPS sticker detailing the issue on their recycle bin, WM will record the location and leave the contaminated load behind. The resident has the choice of taking it to the transfer station OR putting it out the following week, ONCE IT HAS BEEN CLEANED UP. WM will not come out as a missed collection for contaminated loads. The costs of processing recyclables is based on two factors, current market rate and contamination levels - please read and follow these guidelines and clean up recyclables to prevent the Town’s processing fee from rising.
New Town Street Lights:
Light installation work by Pine Ridge Technologies (PRT) started 1/3/19. Light replacements will start at downtown and work out radially from Town Hall.
Bulk-Item Curbside Pickup Changes – As of January 1/1/19, Waste Management will be facilitating all curbside bulk item pickups – no more bulk item green sticker sales at Town Hall. This will enable residents to call Waste Management (800-972-4545) at their convenience to schedule and pay for a pickup. Residents will also be able to put out more than one bulk item per week! Examples of bulk items include box springs/mattresses, carpet/carpet padding, rigid plastics, chairs, couches and other wooden furniture. The fee will be $27.00 per item beginning 1/1/19. This will also allow Waste Management to know exactly what needs to be picked up each week and where, saving residents the hassle of a missed pickup. Questions? Contact the DPW at 978-526-1242. A 2020 Waste Management Calendar/information pamphlet will be mailed out to all Manchester residences by early January 2020, if you have not received one please collect one from the DPW office in Town Hall.
Does your bulk item still have some life left to it? There are a few options available locally that may be able to re-use your bulk item! Contact Beverly Bootstraps at 978-921-4710 or Second Glance in Gloucester 978-283-4798 for more information. CLICK HERE: Comprehensive Disposal List 2020
Due to the China-crisis recycling issues, The Town of Manchester is not currently able to separate out and send rigid plastics for recycle. These items; 5 gallon pails, children’s outdoor toys, plastic totes, garden chairs etc must now be disposed of either curbside in an orange trash bag or if too large, by pre-scheduling and prepayment with Waste Management as a curbside bulk item pick-up (800-972-4545). Multiple items per week can be scheduled. Please remember all trash, recycle and large items must be curbside by 7 am on your collection day.
The Transfer Station now accepts standard Auto batteries for recycling with a $10 sticker pre-purchased from the Town Clerk’s office in Town Hall. Please see the attendant on arrival at the Transfer Station.
Please note AAA, AA, C, D etc type small regular batteries are not recyclable and should be put in your orange trash bags.
SCAM ALERT! Many companies claim their plastic bags are compostable. Bags must say "ASTM 6400 certified" to be compostable. Biodegradable is not compostable. An alternative is to use double-bagged paper grocery bags.
The Public Works Department’s provides and maintains public services necessary for the continued growth and improvement of the quality of life for the citizens of Manchester-by-the-Sea.
The Department is comprised of the following divisions:
- Where can I find the 2020 Collection Calendar?
- Where can I get an update on the various DPW projects happening around town?
- What if my trash, recyclables or pre-scheduled curbside large item was not collected?
- What if my food waste was not collected?
- When is the compost site open?
- When is the transfer station open?
- How do I dispose of a large item like a mattress, boxspring, chair, etc.?
- How do I dispose of televisions, laptops and computer monitors?
- How do I dispose of freezers, refrigerators and air-conditioners?
- What can I do with rechargeable and button batteries and fluorescent bulbs?
- How do I dispose of construction waste?
- What do I do with tires and auto batteries?
- When is the next hazardous waste disposal day in Manchester?
- How do I get information about cemeteries, including pricing?
- How do I sign up for text and/or email alerts on my phone and/or computer?
- I have water and/or sewer questions...
- I have a question about a Town-owned tree...