As a reminder, gloves and masks should be disposed of in your yellow City trash bags, not in recycling bins. Recycling bins containing gloves or masks will not be collected.
Zero-Sort recycling is a state-of-the-art process that enables paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal cans to be collected together in one bin, eliminating the need for you to separate recyclables. Remember that bags are not allowed in your recycling! If you need more space for your recyclables, you may use any type of durable, weather-proof container (no larger that 30 gallons) as an additional recycling bin.
Toss ONLY the Zero-Sort recyclables listed below into your recycling bin (for single-family and multi-family residential buildings containing up to six units). Want to know if you can put something in your recycling bin? Check out the DEPs Recycle Smart Website.
Set recyclables and trash at the curb between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on your scheduled trash/recycling day. Whenever a scheduled collection day falls on a holiday, that day's collection and all remaining collections for the week will be delayed one day.
A recycling bin can be obtained at the DPW&P Customer Service Center located at:
76 East Worcester Street
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
NO. Plastic bags of any kind are not accepted in Zero-Sort recycling.
NO. Your recycling bin is for Zero-Sort recyclables only. Items that cannot be recycled should be tossed into yellow trash bags.
Residents can use any type of durable, weatherproof container no larger than 30 gallons and weighing no more than 30 pounds when full. The container must have RECYCLING written on the side.
Recyclables must be empty and rinsed clean of food residue. Corrugated cardboard boxes should be broken down into 2' max pieces. DO NOT tie newspaper, cardboard or jugs with twine. Handles should be removed from pails and paper bags.
Zero-Sort recycling is Casella's state-of-the-art process which enables paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal cans to be collected together in one bin eliminating the need for you to separate recyclables.
Food and beverage cans are acceptable. NOT ACCEPTED items include pots, pans, aerosol cans and scrap metal such as automotive parts, motors and appliances or any other metal items.
Paper cups have a thin, plastic lining or waxed finish that cannot be recycled.
Residents of Worcester can dispose of household waste via our pay as you throw Yellow Trash Bag program.