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.
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: https://blackearthcompost.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/yard-waste-pickup-stickers-5-pack
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.
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: 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.
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.
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:
- Where can I find the 2019 Collection Calendar?
- Where can I get an update on the various DPW projects happening around town?
- What if my trash, recyclables or pre-scheduled curbside large item was not collected?
- What if my food waste was not collected?
- When is the compost site open?
- When is the transfer station open?
- How do I dispose of a large item like a mattress, boxspring, chair, etc.?
- How do I dispose of televisions, laptops and computer monitors?
- How do I dispose of freezers, refrigerators and air-conditioners?
- What can I do with rechargeable and button batteries and fluorescent bulbs?
- How do I dispose of construction waste?
- What do I do with tires and auto batteries?
- When is the next hazardous waste disposal day in Manchester?
- How do I get information about cemeteries, including pricing?
- How do I sign up for text and/or email alerts on my phone and/or computer?
- I have water and/or sewer questions...
- I have a question about a Town-owned tree...