Trash, Recycling and Compost

The Town of Manchester provides resident with trash, recycling and compost services and facilities. Detailed information, fees and schedules are available on the following pages:

Trash/Recycling Contractor:  Republic (Formerly JRM)

  • 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

2023 Collection Calendar

Bulk Item Pickup

All wooden/fabric large items are curbside collections only and need to be scheduled directly with Republic and cannot go to the transfer station.  Please call Republic at 1-800-323-4285 to schedule a pick up of these items. More than one item allowed. The fee is $25.00 per item. 

Examples of bulk items include box springs/mattresses, carpet/carpet padding, rigid plastics, chairs, couches and other wooden furniture. 

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 978-283-4298 for more information. CLICK HERE: Comprehensive Disposal List 2022

Transfer Station

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. 


One trip passes, metal items, TV/computer monitors, appliances and refrigerant items can be purchased in Town Hall at the Town Clerks office.


  1. Single Stream Recycling 

  2. There is no limit to how many recyclable items you can set out EVERY week for free, or drop at the transfer station located at 2001 Pipeline Road (upper Pine Street) during normal operating hours. A resident vehicle sticker is mandatory to access the transfer station.

  3. Please do not place your entire recycle deposit in large (13 gallon) tied white bin liners - these are entirely rejected, the whole bag full regardless of their content.

Massachusetts Universal Recycling List

How Do I Dispose of Rigid Plastics?

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, by pre-scheduling and prepayment with JRM as a curbside bulk item pick-up (800-323-4285). Multiple items per week can be scheduled. Please remember all trash, recycle and large items must be curbside by 7 am on your collection day.

How Do I Dispose of Batteries?

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 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.

Compost Site

The Town Compost Site is open for the season.  Compost Site hours are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm. Please click here for full information.

 Following regulations from MassDEP, the Town of Manchester by the Sea separates and processes trash and recyclables in new ways. The following links detail the price of stickers required and how/where different items will be collected or can be taken:


In addition to weekly curbside trash, recycling and kitchen compost collection, as well as the Transfer Station, the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea offers the following disposal options to residents:

  • Hazardous Waste Collection – Please call the Board of Health at 978-526-7385 with questions
  • Motor Oil may be brought to the Highway Garage on Wednesdays; 5-gallon limit
  • Construction Waste in small amounts  - if entirely contained within an orange trash bag – is accepted at curbside pickup; not allowed at the Transfer Station

Compost - Yard and Kitchen


Not sure how to dispose of an item, CLICK HERE for the RecycleSmart Recyclopedia