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Trash & Recycling

DPW&P's Trash & Recycling Division assures proper disposal of residential solid waste efficiently and economically. In addition, recycling bins are collected every week on your regular trash collection day. Citizens of Worcester can dispose of household waste via our Yellow Trash Bag program by purchasing official City of Worcester trash bags at various local retailers throughout the city. To find the closest retailer that sells Yellow Trash Bags, please view the City Trash Bag Retailers List (27KB).

A recycling bin can be obtained at the DPW&P Customer Service Center located at 76 East Worcester Street Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM. Please be sure to bring proof of residency with you. New residents will receive one bin free of charge; a resident who brings in their damaged bin will receive a new bin for exchange. Any bin that has been lost or stolen will cost $5.00. Up to two additional bins can be purchased per household for $5.00 per additional bin.

In addition, the City has partnered with Casella Waste Systems to provide the new "Zero Sort" recycling, which means that you do not have to separate your recyclables! Check out our Video PSA to learn more about Zero Sort.

Trash - Yellow Bags

Place items such as the following in your yellow city trash bag:

  • Soiled Paper
  • Plastic Bags
  • Egg Cartons
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic Toys
  • Small Pieces of Metal & Wood
  • Place Pizza Boxes Under Yellow Bag
  • Dishes
  • Glasses
  • Pyrex
  • Broken Glass (Wrapped in Newspaper)
  • Window/Auto Glass
  • Flower Pots
  • Buckets
  • Pails
  • Empty Paint & Aerosol Cans
  • Motor Oil Containers


Recycling - Paper

  • Newspaper/Inserts
  • Magazines, Phone books, Catalogues
  • Junk Mail, Envelopes
  • Office & Mixed Paper
  • Gift Wrap
  • Brown Bags
  • Paperboard, Such as Cracker/Cereal Boxes
  • Corrugated Cardboard - Cut to 3' x 3' or smaller and place under/beside recycling bin.

Recycling - Containers

Rinse clean and place inside of bin:

  • Glass Bottles/Jars
  • Metal Food Cans, Non-Deposit & Deposit Cans, Aluminum Foil, Pie Tins*
  • Plastic Jugs, Bottles & Jars*
  • Milk and Juice Cartons & Drink Boxes*

*May flatten to save space. Place light materials on bottom of bin.

Tips & Reminders

  • Set recyclables and trash at the curb between 6:00 and 7:30 AM on your scheduled trash/recycling day. Set recyclables and trash apart by at least 4 feet. Trash & Recycling Collection Map (2MB)
  • Small yellow city trash bags have a 15 pound weight limit.
  • Large yellow city trash bags have a 30 pound weight limit.
  • Do not use plastic bags for recycling.
  • To avoid recyclables from blowing out of your bin, place heavier items on top of your recycling bin.
  • As of July 1, 2012, a statewide ban on the disposal of needles, syringes and lancets (referred to collectively as “sharps”) in household trash will take effect. Residents can no longer dispose of these items through the household trash. Instead, residents can dispose of sharps at one of the yellow box locations or hold for Residential Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events that are held in the spring and fall. Residents should also check with their health care provider for other proper disposal options for sharps.
  • Rinse all containers clean.
  • Flatten containers when possible to conserve space.
  • Napkins, paper plates, paper cups, and plastic coated paper must be placed in the yellow city trash bag.
  • Bulky items such as white goods and furniture are collected by appointment only. Call Casella Waste Management at (508) 832-2349 to schedule an appointment.
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