Department of Public Works


New Town Street Lights:

Light installation work by Pine Ridge Technologies (PRT) is scheduled to start Thursday 1/3/19 and anticipated to take 3-4 weeks to complete. Light replacements will start at downtown and work out radially from Town Hall.

Curbside Collection

Waste Management will collect Xmas trees curbside on Monday 12/31/18 for the regular Monday route and on Wednesday 1/2/19 for the regular Tuesday route. Please put trees out by 7am ONLY on your day of collection (not before), next to your orange bag. Trees will be collected by a separate WM truck, if your tree is missed please call WM directly: 800-972-4545. Garland and wreaths are acceptable ONLY as long as all wire/non-organic framework/decor is completely removed. ALL decorations must be completely removed. If you miss these curbside collection dates you can take your trees up to the compost site, School St on Sat 1/5 & Sun 1/6 and Sat 1/12 & Sun 1/13 between 9am-3pm. The compost site will close completely for the season after Sunday 1/13/19.

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

Curbside Leaf Collection is COMPLETE, however if you missed curbside collection or have more leaves, you can take your yard waste up to the compost site, School St on Sat 1/5 & Sun 1/6 and Sat 1/12 & Sun 1/13 between 9am-3pm. The compost site will close completely for the season after Sunday 1/13/19 OR Black Earth is now offering on-going private curbside collection via stickers you can purchase only from their website, please note the Town does not sell Black Earth stickers:


Projects will be starting around Town in the late Spring/Summer of 2018, for more information: Click here for list of current DPW Projects

 Preventing and Thawing Frozen Water Pipes: CLICK HERE


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, with a $10 large item sticker and placed curbside alongside your trash on your regular collection day. Please remember only one large item per household per week and all trash, recycle and large items must be curbside by 7 am on your collection day.

COMPOST SITE:  The Compost Site will close for the 2018 season on Jan 13, 2019 and re-open Saturday 3/23/2019. Regular open hours are: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 9-3 pm. Please pay attention to the closed sign even if the chain is down and be aware that if ice or snow make access unsafe, the compost site may close. 

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.

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.

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.

New water rates went into effect on July 1, 2018. Information regarding these rates and how to conserve water were mailed to all residents in late June.

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.