Department of Public Works
January 2023 Updates
Trash Delay: All trash, recycling, and compost collection will be delayed during the week of January 16.
Survey Work Planned in MBTS: Fuss & O’Neill and Woods Hole Group are conducting a coastal flood vulnerability study (through a grant) to help plan floodproofing and coastal resilience measures in MBTS. Woods Hole Group is planning site visits on January 19 & 23 to document critical flood entry points for buildings and other infrastructure in the study area. Surveyors will have identification and property abutters will be notified by DPW.
Transfer Station Closed on Wednesdays: The Transfer Station will be closed on Wednesdays until further notice while construction begins on the new compost facility. Residents can still visit the Transfer Station on Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Rain Barrel Sale: Save water and buy a rain barrel for your spring growing season. Buy today and pick up at the DPW yard on April 1. Learn more here.
Mattress Ban: New state rules require mattresses and textiles be kept out of the trash so they can be recycled or donated for reuse. Beginning November 1, landfills, transfer stations and waste-to-energy facilities across the Commonwealth will no longer accept these items for disposal. Instead, mattresses must be recycled or reused, and textiles must be donated for reuse or other secondary uses.
Currently, textiles can be collected curbside by our compost provider Black Earth or can be brought to a donation center.
Missed Trash/Recycling/Compost: Please call or email JRM at 1-800-323-4285 or email@example.com to report missed trash/recycling pickups. Please call Black Earth at 978-290-4610 to report missed composting pickups.
Compost Site: The Compost Site is open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm. Learn what you can bring here.
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we flush hydrants? Routine flushing is an essential part of keeping water quality high and hydrants operationally ready when needed.
During the flushing process, the water can become discolored and residents may wish to avoid washing clothes during this time. If discoloration appears in the water at your faucet, run cold water for a few minutes and it should clear.
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: 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.