Department of Public Works


Curbside Leaf Collection - The week starting Monday Nov 26, 2018, there will be a town-wide curbside leaf collection by the Town through our compost site operator Black Earth. Collections will be based on your regular trash/recycle routes. Monday trash/recycle streets will have additional paper-bagged leaf collections on Monday Nov 26 & Tues Nov 27, 2018. Tuesday trash/recycle streets will have additional paper-bagged leaf collections on Wed Nov 28 & Thurs Nov 29, 2018. Black Earth will still do their regular food scraps collection on Monday and Tuesday, the leaf collection will use an additional Black Earth vehicle. CLICK HERE for Curbside Leaf Collection Information 2018

Ocean St Water Main Replacement Project - Notification CLICK HERE


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

MassDOT and the MBTA would like to advise your community of upcoming overnight along the MBTA Rockport Commuter Rail Line from Beverly to Rockport, as part of federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) infrastructure installation. Due to the equipment necessary to perform this work, lights and mild to moderate noise levels can be expected. Latest update CLICK HERE

Should you have any questions please contact: the PTC program at 617-721-7506 or                                             

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 open for the 2018 season on March 24, 2018. Opening hours will be: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 9-3 pm.


March 15, 2018 - The price to dispose of large (wood/fabric household) items curbside such as mattresses, chairs, side tables, rugs etc will increase. The green stickers purchased from the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall will be $10 per sticker. Please remember, only one large item per household per week, item must be placed curbside next to your trash and recyclables by 7 am on your day of collection. If your stickered item is ever left behind by Waste Management's trash truck please report it at: 800-972-4545. Click here for disposal item fees and drop locations

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

Waste Management Calendar

The DPW would like to apologize for any confusion caused by the Waste Management Calendar that was recently mailed to all Manchester residents. The street listing collection schedule contained mistakes. Collection days have NOT changed.

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.