Trash, Recycling and Compost
Trash/Recycling Contractor: Republic
- Please have trash and recycling curbside by 7 a.m.
- Missed trash/recycle collection call/schedule bulk item pick up: 800-323-4285 or 978-536-2500 (Republic)
Trash Collection Schedule
Per the Department of Environmental Protection's Municipal Solid Waste regulations, certain items cannot be put in orange bags picked up curbside or dropped at the Transfer Station.
As noted below, some items can be dropped off separately at the Transfer Station for recycling and proper disposal; please see the transfer station attendant on arrival. Fees may apply and stickers may be required; please view COMPREHENSIVE DISPOSAL LIST in advance.
The following list of items cannot be put in orange trash bags or recycling bins:
- Oil-Based Paint
- Harsh Cleaners
- Lithium, Nickel Cadmium and Button Batteries (bring to DPW Office at Town Hall)
- Fluorescent Bulbs (designated container at transfer station)
- Petroleum Products
- Mercury-Based Products (contact Board of Health at 978-526-7385)
- Some Inorganic Materials
- Roofing and Asbestos
- Organic and Bio Hazard Material
- Radioactive Material
- Tires (Requires private disposal - call 978-526-1242 for local options)
- Auto Batteries (Transfer Station with $10 sticker - see attendant)
For more information on banned waste, curbside trash, kitchen composting or recycling, please call 978-526-1242.
Bulk Item Pickup
Mattress Ban: New 2022 state rules require mattresses and textiles be kept out of the trash so they can be recycled or donated for reuse. Landfills, transfer stations, and waste-to-energy facilities across the Commonwealth no longer accept these items for disposal. Mattresses must be recycled or reused, and textiles must be donated for reuse or other secondary uses.
Single Stream Recycling
There is no limit to how many recyclable items you can set out curbside EVERY week (please note the driver must be able to lift your container of items - spread it out over several containers if it weighs more than 30lbs), or drop off at the transfer station for FREE. A resident vehicle sticker is mandatory to access the transfer station.
Place all recyclables in your own barrel or bin of any size and label it with a recycle sticker (stickers are free and may be picked up at the DPW office). Large totes with lids are acceptable.
Used clothing, bedding, towels, shoes and belts may be collected curbside by Black Earth if placed in white drawstring trash bags. Textiles can also be dropped at bins located at the high school and Transfer Station. View flyer for more details.
Books can be brought to bins located at the High School and Transfer Station.
Items that can't be recycled and must go in orange bags as trash:
How Do I Dispose of Rigid Plastics?
How Do I Dispose of Batteries?
Please note button batteries, AAA, AA, C, D, cell batteries etc type small regular batteries are not recyclable and should be put in your orange trash bags.
OTHER RECYCLING OPTIONS
Manchester began offering a town-wide curbside kitchen composting program in April 2014 with Black Earth. Residents may place food waste and other acceptable items in a curbside container for weekly pickup.
- Curbside Kitchen Compost Guidelines
- 3 Easy Steps to Curbside Kitchen Composting
- Curbside Kitchen Composting Facebook Page
- You Tube Video Delivering Compost Bins
- MBTS Sustainability Committee
Kitchen Composting Facts
April 2023 Update: A new compost site is currently under construction next to the Transfer Station on upper Pine Street. Once the project is complete operations will move from School Street to the new site. Learn More
The Manchester Compost Site is managed by Black Earth Compost. Black Earth will produce a high-quality compost using the food scraps collected curbside each week, as well as brush and yard debris dropped off at the compost site at 197 School Street. Finished compost will be available to the town's residents in the spring. We invite you to say hello and ask questions when you visit the site.
To ensure a high-quality compost product, please separate yard waste into three categories: Brush, Yard Debris without grass, and Yard Debris with grass.
Branches and Twigs
No Wreaths (unless the metal wire has been removed)
No Rounds (place in separate Log/Firewood area)
Yard Debris with or without grass:
It can be difficult to separate grass from other yard debris. If you cannot, just put it all in the 'With Grass' section. If you can separate the grass, or you don't have any, please use the 'Without Grass' section.
Please, no brush in either section.
Examples of Yard Debris: Leaves, Evergreen Needles, Soil, Annuals, Flowers, Vegetables, Weeds, Non-Woody plants, Paper bags for yard waste collection (please rip open or empty at site if possible)
Compost for Residents
The compost that we make this year will be available next spring for residents.
Hours of Operation
Please note the Open/Closed sign at the entrance to the compost site. If the sign says Closed, please do not continue up to the site even if the chain is down. Site may close during any regular open hours if significant snow is falling or access road is icy.
- Thursday: 9am to 3pm
- Saturday: 9am to 3pm
- Sunday: 9am to 3pm
The Transfer Station will be closed on Wednesdays until further notice due to the construction of the new compost facility. The Transfer Station will remain open on Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Disposal Locations and Hours
201 Pine Street
|closed Wednesdays||until further notice|
197 School Street
85 Rear Pleasant Street
Waste Water Treatment Plant
12 Church Street
Water Treatment Plant
523 Chebacco Rd