Department of Public Works


CLICK HERE: 2018 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report (CCR)

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

COMPOST SITE: hours are Thurs 9am-3pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

The Compost site will close for the 2019 season on or close to Dec 31, 2019. This date remains in flux due to weather conditions and in the event of any given open day having difficult access conditions due to snow/ice, the site will be posted on the gate as such.

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.

CLICK HERE: Fact Sheet - Recycling 2019


CLICK HERE: May 2019 Recycling 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. You can pick-up a flyer at Town Hall,  the Library or 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! All current green stickers must be used by 12/31/18 - no returns or refunds available.  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 2019 Waste Management Calendar / information pamphlet will be mailed out to all Manchester residences by early January 2019.

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 effective 1/1/19


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.

Battery Information:

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.

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.

Click here for the current Curbside Collection Schedule.