Department of Public Works

New Trash/Recycling Contractor: JRM

The Town has a new trash and recycling service contract with JRM. They will begin collection on TUESDAY, JULY 6 (July 5 is a holiday trash delay). All routes and collection days will remain the same.

**Please have trash and recycling curbside by 7 a.m. and leave out until 5 p.m. on your day to allow JRM to get acclimated.**

Please contact JRM for bulk or missed pick up:
978-536-2500 or Toll Free 800-323-4285

July 2021 Projects

  • Complete work on Seaside One.

Compost Site

The Town Compost Site is open for the season.  Compost Site hours are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm. Please click here for full information.

Trash Collection Schedule

2021 Collection Calendar

Transfer Station stickers

One trip passes, metal items, TV/computer monitors, appliances and refrigerant items can be purchased in Town Hall at the Town Clerks office.

Bulk Item Pickup

All wooden/fabric large items are curbside collections only and need to be scheduled directly with JRM and cannot go to the transfer station.  Please call J.R.M at 1-800-323-4285 to schedule a pick up of these items. More than one item allowed. The fee is $25.00 per item. 

Examples of bulk items include box springs/mattresses, carpet/carpet padding, rigid plastics, chairs, couches and other wooden furniture. 

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


2021 Recycling List

DPW staff toured the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Billrica where all our recyclables are taken for processing.  Do not place your entire recycle deposit in large (13 gallon) tied white bin liners - these are entirely rejected, the whole bag full regardless of their content.

Recycling Clean-up program. 

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.

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.

How Do I Dispose of Rigid Plastics?

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.

How Do I Dispose of Batteries?

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, cell batteries etc type small regular batteries are not recyclable and should be put in your orange trash bags.


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.

Power Outages and Downed 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: or text: STORM to 64743 or online at Please note, this link is only active during storms.

Mission Statement

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:

Click here for an overview of the Department of Public Works.

Frequently Asked Questions