If shopping online via Instacart and you wish to purchase yellow trash bags, please note the following for Big Y, Price Chopper/Market 32 and Shaws: City trash bags are available through Instacart by typing in "City Ordinance Bags." If shopping online via Peapod for Stop & Shop, there is a request bar where a shopper can type in a description of an item they don't see on the site.
If you suspect that the yellow bags you have purchased are defective, please call Customer Service at 508-929-1300. You can return them for an exchange at the point of sale or bring defective bags to 20 East Worcester Street, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for exchange.
Residents of Worcester can dispose of household waste via our pay as you throw Yellow Trash Bag program by purchasing official City of Worcester trash bags at various local retailers throughout the City.
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.
Curious to learn more about recyclability of different items? Check out a handy Recyclopedia search function for information on what is or isn't recyclable and why, as well as ideas on reusing/repurposing some of them. Just type in ANY item in the search bar to start learning more.
A statewide ban on the disposal of needles, syringes and lancets in household trash went into effect on July 1, 2012. Sharps will be accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Day and must be brought to the collection in sturdy, sealed containers.
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Please help #KeepWorcesterClean by following the trash and recycling policies.
The Residential Drop-Off Center allows Worcester residents to dispose of an unlimited number of bulk waste items in a timely manner and at a low cost.
The more you recycle the less you'll pay! A recycling bin can be obtained at DPW&P Customer Service.