Department of Public Works

May 2022 Updates

Trash Delay: There will be a one day delay in trash/recycling/composting collection due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday May 30th.

Hydrant Flushing: Hydrant flushing will begin on April 19 and will continue for several weeks. If you experience brown water, please run a cold tap until clear. 

Reminder: Please call JRM at 1-800-323-4285  to report missed trash/recycling pickupsPlease call Black Earth at 978-290-4610 to report missed composting pickups.

Spring Yard Cleanup:  The Compost Site is open Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm. Learn what you can bring here.

Seasonal DPW Help: Learn more about this job opportunity here

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


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.

National Grid Presentation December 2021