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Welcome To Our Trash and Recycling Webpage

Waste Management and the City of Lynn
are proud to provide residents
NEW AUTOMATED
WASTE & RECYCLING SERVICES
Began December 1, 2014

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Dear City of Lynn Resident,
We look forward to continuing to serve the City of Lynn residents and helping your
community be as clean - and green - as possible. Waste Management is pleased to provide this information in anticipation of upgrades in the services provided.

On December 1, 2014, an enhanced solid waste and recycling collection service began in the City of Lynn . A summary of these improvements is outlined in this brochure.

CLICK ON THE LEFT TABS FOR MORE INFORMATION!

DOWNLOAD OUR ANNOUNCEMENT BROCHURE

Join the RecyclingWorks in Lynn Team for Summer 2016

Do you have a passion for the environment and for people?   Act on it through our six week Summer Recycling Education and Outreach Program

RecyclingWorks in Lynn is seeking five (5) young people between the ages of 17-21 who are passionate about sustainability and the environment to work on education and outreach for a six week summer employment opportunity.  RecyclingWorks in Lynn is a project of the Lynn Department of Public Works and is funded with a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

 You will work with a team of outreach and education workers in a variety of settings.  You will conduct social marketing campaigns door-to-door as well as education programs on how to recycle in the parks, at the farmer’s market and with community organizations and at community events. 

Employment Period: July 5, 2016 - August 12, 2016
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 3 PM
Deadline For Applications: May 31, 2016

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  Outreach and Educational Worker Application
  Supervisor Application
  Our Announcement Flyer For 2016

The New Clean Lynn Neighborhoods and Streets Program

City To Offer Free Disposal Of Large Items

Lynn residents will have no good reason to put off their spring cleaning, thanks to a new program that offers free disposal of large items.

Patterned after the DPW’s Dumpster Days, the program will allow residents to drop off large items that may not be put out for weekly trash collection. Starting April 30, the items may be brought to Covanta, 247 Commercial St., on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

The program is free thanks to a grant from the Gerondelis Foundation. It is limited to Lynn residents and a driver’s license is required for identification.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer this service and we are grateful to the Gerondelis Foundation for sponsoring it,” said Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, noting the hope is that it will significantly reduce illegal dumping. “This should help keep our streets and neighborhoods cleaner.”

There is a list of items that may not be disposed of, including: paint, tires, hazardous waste and construction materials.

“The response to Dumpster Days has been very good, so we would expect a large number of residents to take advantage of this opportunity,” said DPW Commissioner Andrew Hall.

The DPW typically holds three Dumpster Days a year.

CLOSED On The Following Weekends: Memorial Day, May 28th | Independence Day, July 2nd, 9th and 16th | Labor Day, September 3rd, 10th and 17th, October 15th and November 12th

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Download Our Flier Here!

Curbside Collection Schedule For 2016-2017 | Updated July 2016
2016-2017

Download Our 2016 | 2017 Recycling Brochure
| PDF Format
(Effective July 1, 2016)
A postcard of this schedule will be mailed to Lynn residents.

Curbside solid waste and recycling collection will remain on your current collection day. Trash will be collected weekly in the 64-gallon cart and recycling collected every other week in the 96-gallon cart. The November mailing will identify your recycling collection weeks and provide a collection calendar.

If your recycling cart has a GREEN LID, your recycling service will be collected during the
GREEN WEEKS. If your recycling cart has a BLUE LID your recycling collection will take place during the BLUE WEEKS. Please see the acceptable recyclable materials that can be placed in your new recycling carts under the Recycling Tab on the left of this page.

Holiday Service Schedule

New Year's Day | Closed, Pick Up Delayed 1 Day
Day After New Year's Day | Open
Martin Luther King Day | Open
Patriot's Day | Closed, Pick Up Delayed 1 Day
Memorial Day | Closed, Pick Up Delayed 1 Day
Independence Day | Closed, Pick Up Delayed 1 Day
Labor Day | Closed, Pick Up Delayed 1 Day
Thanksgiving Day | Closed, Pick Up Delayed 1 Day
Day after Thanksgiving Day | Open
Day before Christmas | Open
Christmas Day | Closed, Pick Up Delayed 1 Day
New Year's Eve | Open
New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
Recycle 2016 | 2017 Recycling Brochure
(Effective July 1, 2016)
 
Street Listing Containing Your Trash/Recycle
Recycling Map City of Lynn Recycling Map

New Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Program

Beginning Monday October 20, 2014, a delivery process will begin throughout the City, and a set of solid waste and recycling carts will be delivered. Each resident will receive a 64-gallon Cart for Trash and a 96-gallon Cart for Recycling. It will take a few weeks to complete the full delivery.

If you do not receive your carts by November 21, please contact the Department of Public Works at (781) 268-8000. These carts are the property of the City and are to stay at the residence.


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Recycling Program

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RECYCLE OFTEN. RECYCLE RIGHT

Great things happen when Lynn residents Recycle Often and Recycle Right.
When everyday items like those shown below are recycled, tons of raw materials, time, energy and money are saved. Plus the recycled materials become new products, and the cycle continues.

• Use your 96-gallon cart with either the
BLUE LID or a GREEN LID for every-other-week recycling
• Place only recyclables listed below in the cart
• Do not put recyclables in plastic bags
• Containers that held food should be rinsed and free of food debris and liquids

The Following Items May Be Recycled: AR
Plastic Bottles and Containers
Junk Mail, Office and School Paper
Phone Books, Books, Catalogs, Magazines and Newspapers
Glass Bottles and Jars
Chipboard, Boxboard, Brown Paper Bags and Cardboard
Aluminum Foil, Cans and Empty Aerosol Cans
Paper Cardboard, Dairy and Juice Containers

Do Not Recycle The Following: AR
No Food Waste and Liquids
Keep Plastic Bags Out of Recycling
No Foam Products
No Yard Waste

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New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
Recycle 2016 | 2017 Recycling Brochure
(Effective July 1, 2016)
Street Listing Containing Your Trash/Recycle
Waste Information Waste Ban Procedures
  Resident Transfer Station Rates
   
Construction Debris Residential Construction/Demo
   
Recycling Map City of Lynn Recycling Map


Waste Management Hotline
Waste Management maintains a hotline for Lynn residents to call for trash related information and complaints. Their number is: (800) 972-4545

Bulky Waste Items and Mattress Collection

Bulk waste items and mattresses are items that are too large to fit inside your 64-gallon trash cart. Beginning December 1, 2014, residents will be required to contact Waste Management at (800) 972-4545 to schedule a collection for these items.

A separate fee of $21.20 will be charged to the resident for each bulk item collected. The fees will be charged at the time the collection is scheduled and payment can be made by phone at the same time.
Please note, prices for bulky items are subject to an annual increase.

Appliances/White Goods will not be collected by Waste Management as Bulky Waste.  See the Appliances/White Goods tab for more information

Construction Waste | Asphalt, Concrete and Wood

The Covanta transfer station no longer accepts wood or construction debris. Also, items identified by the Massachusetts DEP as “Waste Ban Items” or items considered to be “Hazardous Waste” by the Federal government or the State of Massachusetts are not acceptable.  

No wood or construction debris
No propane tanks or yard waste.  
No paints, other than solid latex paint, in liquid form.  

Local Wood and Construction Waste Recycling Resources
RESOURCE MATERALS
Bagster Wood and General Construction Waste
Building Materials Resource Center
Roxbury, MA
(617) 442-2262 Ext. 232
Email
General Construction Recycler
Caruso's
320 Charger Street
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 289-2900
Asphalt, Brick, Concrete
DeLoury Industries
Andover, MA
(978) 475-8153
Asphalt, Brick, Concrete, Gravel and Sand
Eric Z Disposal
Lynn, MA
(781) 593-5308
Email
General Junk Removal
Flannery Handymen
Lynn, MA
(781) 775-9943
Email
General Junk Removal
Miles River Sand and Gravel
Ipswich, MA
(978) 356-2290 | Micky
Email
Asphalt, Brick, Concrete, Gravel and Sand
Northeast Nursery
Peabody, MA
Railroad Ties, Pressure Treated Lumber
Republic of Peabody
300 Forest Street
Peabody, MA 01960
(978) 535-5450

Wood and General Construction Waste, Shingles, Sheet Rock
Wood Waste of Boston
Everett, MA
(617) 387-3700
Currently the minimum charge is $180 Email
Wood and General Construction Waste

Appliance and White Goods Disposal

Large appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, washer dryers, dishwashers, stoves, water heaters, air conditioners and dehumidifiers are banned from disposal in the State of Massachusetts. Some appliances contain Chlorofluorocarbons that when released, reacts with the ozone in the upper atmosphere, reducing this layer’s protective properties against Ultraviolet radiation.

Placing air conditioners or large appliances on the City of Lynn’s curbs or on city streets constitutes an illegal disposal that can be penalized with a large fine by the city’s Inspectional Services Department.

Most stores in the State of Massachusetts, when purchasing a new appliance, will remove the old one. In addition, some used appliance stores, located in Lynn, if your old appliance is still in working condition, will remove it at NO charge. Check the Yellow Pages for used appliance store listings.

In the City of Lynn, there are many private contractors; such as Turner Trucking located at 260 Commercial Street, which will take your white goods for a minimum fee. Some contractors offer home collection. Check the Yellow Pages under Disposal Contractors or Garbage Removal for listings.

Resources For Wood and Construction Waste

Wood Waste
Wood Waste of Boston
85 Boston Street Everett, MA 02149 | (617) 387-3700
Email:  info@woodwasteofboston.com

Hazardous Waste Program

2016-2017 | Lynn Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days

October 22, 2016 and May 13, 2017 | 8 AM - 12 NOON
Lynn Department of Public Works | 250 Commercial Street

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CLICK ON OUR FLYER TO SEE THE DETAILS

Payment Required:
Up to 3 Gallons or LBS. = $ 20
Up to 10 Gallons or LBS. = $ 25
11-25 Gallons or LBS. = $ 47 (Price Updated April 2016)

Cash or Checks Accepted | Make Checks Payable To:
Clean Harbors Env. Services, Inc.

PLEASE HAVE AMOUNTS READY!

This Collection is Operated By:
Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc
For detailed information please call (781) 380-7177

Open Collection Network Events | 2016

DATE CITY NON-RES. LOC.  HRS REG.
REQ?
RESIDENT FEE* NON-RES. FEES*

Oct.
1
2016

Saugus

Yes,
after
11

Saugus High School
Pearce Drive, Saugus
781 231-4115

9
to
12
Yes  No $47 full
$25 half
$20 qtr

Oct.
22
2016

Lynn

Yes,
after
11

DPW
250 Commercial
Lynn
781 268 8000 x 12

8
to
12
No $45 full
$25 half
$20 qtr
$47 full
$25 half
$20 qtr

Nov.
12
2016

Boxford /
Middleton /
Topsfield

Yes,
after
11

Masconomet High School
Endicott Rd. Topsfield
978 887-5519

9
to
1
No No $47 full
$25 half
$20 qtr

*Car Volumes / Rates:

Full:            11 to 25 pounds or 11 to 25 gallons
Half:           4 to 10 pounds or 4 to10 gallons
Quarter:     1 to 3 pounds or 1 to 3 gallons

CHECKS ONLY.    MADE OUT TO HOST TOWN/CITY
DIRECTIONS TO OPEN 2016 HHW COLLECTION EVENTS

Amesbury:  From Route 95 North: take exit 58B.  Turn onto Route 110 (Macy Street) going west toward Amesbury.  At fourth traffic light, take left onto Rte. 150, go under the Rt. 495 overpass and take first right on to South Hunt Road.  Go down South Hunt Road (past the Amesbury Sports Park on your left) for 1.5 miles and the Amesbury Compost Site is on your left.
From Route 495 South:  take exit 54. At the end of the ramp take a right and then an immediate right on to South Hunt Road. Go down South Hunt Road (past the Amesbury Sports Park on your left) for 1.5 miles and the Amesbury Compost Site is on your left. Some GPS or navigation systems have South Hunt Road listed as Hunt Road.
Contact: Laurie Pierce at 978-388-8116

Boxford / Middleton / Topsfield:  Masconomet High School, Endicott Road, Topsfield 
From Route 95, take Exit 51, Endicott Rd, Topsfield. (From 95 N turn right onto Endicott Rd; from 95 S, turn left). Take the 1st driveway to the right on Endicott Road into Masconomet High School. 
Contact:  Karen Sheridan at 978 887-5519

Lynn:  DPW, 250 Commercial Street, Lynn
From Route 1 Saugus – Southbound or Northbound:  take Walnut Street exit towards Lynn.  Turn right on Kirkland Street.  Take 1st left onto Marion Street.  Turn slight right onto Federal Street.  Turn slight left onto Market Square.  Stay straight to go onto S. Common Street.  Take 1st right onto Commercial Street. After crossing over the Lynnway (Route 1A), Lynn DPW will be on your left.
Contact:  Susan Hefler at 781-268-8000 ext. 12

Newburyport:  Recycling Center, 1 Crow Lane (Spring event)
From Rte 95, take exit 57 /  Rte 113 east towards Newburyport. 
Coming from the North: take left at light onto Rte 113 east.  At 2ND set of lights, take right onto Low Street. 
Coming from the South, take right onto Rte 113 east.  At first set of lights,  take right onto Low Street. 
Go 0.7 mile on Low Street.  Take right onto Crow Lane.  Recycling Center will be first gated driveway on the left once past the farm and fields.  
Contact:  Molly Ettenborough at 978 499-0413.

Newburyport:  DPW Yard, 16 A Perry Way (Fall event)
From Rte 95, take exit 57 /  Rte 113 east towards Newburyport. 
Coming from the North: take left at light onto Rte 113 east.  At 2ND set of lights -gas station on right- take right onto Low Street. 
Coming from the South, take right onto Rte 113 east.  At first set of lights – gas station on right- take right onto Low Street.  Go 1.5 miles on Low Street.  Take right onto Perry Way.  DPW will be down on your right. 
Contact:  Molly Ettenborough at 978 499-0413

Saugus:  Saugus High School, Pearce Memorial Drive
From Route 1 Saugus – Southbound or Northbound:  get off the highway at the Main Street exit/ overpass.  Travel east toward downtown.  Saugus High School is your immediate right after overpass onto Pearce Memorial Drive.
Contact:  Lorna Cerbone at 781 231-4115

What Hazardous Products Can I Bring?

General Household Materials
  • Acids (corrosives) 
  • Aerosol cans (excluding empty cans) 
  • Art supplies 
  • Batteries - Alkaline batteries manufactured before 1994 and all NiCad, button, zinc and lithium batteries 
  • Chemistry set chemicals 
  • Fiberglass resins 
  • Furniture, floor, metal polishes and strippers 
  • Hobby supplies (rubber cement, airplane glue etc.) 
  • Mercury containing devices (switches, thermostats, fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent bulbs (energy efficient bulbs), broken fluorescent bulbs, thermometers, blood pressure equipment) 
  • Moth balls/crystals 
  • Oil paint and paint thinners, varnish, stain and shellac (no Latex Paint is allowed)  
  • Paint Strippers 
  • Photography chemicals 
  • Rug and upholstery cleaners 
  • Solvent adhesives 
  • Turpentine and other paint solvents 
  • Wood preservatives

Bathroom Products

  • Hair dye 
  • Nail polish remover 
  • Toilet cleaners


Laundry Materials

  • Brighteners 
  • Chlorine bleach 
  • Spot removers 
  • Spray starch 
  • Whiteners


Kitchen Materials

  • Drain cleaners 
  • Lighter fluids 
  • Oven cleaners

Lawn and Garden Materials

  • Cesspool cleaners (corrosives) 
  • Flammable liquids/Gasoline 
  • Flea and tick powders 
  • Fire starters 
  • Fungicides 
  • Herbicides 
  • Insecticides 
  • No-pest strips 
  • Pesticides 
  • Poisons 
  • Pool chemicals 
  • Propane tanks, empty or partially empty, up to 20 lbs*

*Additional Cost

 Automotive Products

  • Antifreeze 
  • Batteries (autos, motorcycles, etc.)* 
  • Brake fluid 
  • Carburetor cleaner 
  • Oil - used 
  • Radiator flush 
  • Solvents and degreasers 
  • Tire cleaners 
  • Transmission fluid 
  • Waste fuels (gasoline, kerosene, etc.)

Do Not Bring:

  • Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives 
  • Asbestos 
  • Commercial hazardous waste  
  • Construction waste/building materials  
  • CRT's, CPU's, computer monitors, television sets etc.  
  • Empty aerosol cans 
  • Fire extinguishers 
  • Gas cylinders (other than propane)*  
  • Infectious or biological wastes - medical waste can be dropped off on scheduled collection days
  • Latex Paint - dried out latex paint can be disposed of with your regular trash curbside
  • Medicines or syringes - medical waste can be dropped off on scheduled collection days
  • PCB's  
  • Radioactive materials  
  • Smoke Detectors 
  • Tires

*Additional Cost

To Ensure Safety

  • NEVER MIX CHEMICALS
  • NEVER SMOKE while handling hazardous materials
  • Do not place waste in plastic garbage bags
  • Tighten caps and lids leaving material in original labeled containers
  • Sort and pack paint, pesticides and household cleaners separately
  • Pack containers in sturdy upright boxes and pad with newspaper
  • Pack your vehicle and go directly
New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  Download Our 2016-2017 Brochure/List
  North Shore HHW Events Brochure
   

Fluorescent Light-bulb Drop Off

Drop offs are permitted on Dumpster Days throughout the year from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

LYNN RESIDENTS ONLY | NO FEE
Driver's License Required as Identification.
For More Information Please Call: (781) 477-7099 or (781) 268-8000

Computer Monitors, TV's and Propane Gas

A Disposal Fee will be charged for Drop-off of TV’S, CRT Monitors and Propane Tanks. Stickers will be issued authorizing drop-offs.

Stickers for these items can be purchased on the designated Drop-off day or in advance at the Lynn DPW - 250 Commercial Street, Lynn. TV’s, CRT’s and Propane tanks may also be dropped off every Tuesday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

DROP OFFS FOR LYNN RESIDENTS ONLY

Resident's Are Limited To: (3) TV's, (3) Monitors and (3) Propane Tanks
Disposal Rates:
Updated July 1, 2016
Televisions | $20 each
Computer Monitors | $20 each
Propane Tanks | $5 each
Drop offs are permitted Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM and Friday's from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM.
Driver's License Required as Identification.
For More Information Please Call: (781) 477-7099 or (781) 268-8000

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS | LOCAL PICKUP
Ed Gordon, Lynn MA | (781) 581-5023
TV’s/Computer Monitors and Small Household Items For A Fee

Extra Trash and Overflow Bags

Q. What do I do with extra trash or recycling?
Extra trash options: All household trash must go into your cart, with the lid completely closed. But if you generate more trash than will fit in your cart, there are some options.

- An extra 96 gallon recycling bin can be rented for $46 per year.
- An extra 64 gallon trash bin can be rented for $132 per year. (Included w/recycling)
Contact Waste Management for more information at (800) 972-4545.
Recyclables not in the official 96-gallon container will not be collected.

- What are Overflow Bags?
Overflow bags are the only approved bags for extra trash. These bags hold 33-gallons and cost $3 each and area only sold in packets of 5 for $15. Bag are available at local stores listed on this page. Trash not in official 64-gallon carts or overflow bags will not be collected. See our list of locations to buy overflow bags above.

Q. Where Can I Get Overflow Bags? | Updated May 20, 2016
Overflow bags will be available at the following stores. Check back as we expect to be adding additional locations in the near future.

STORE ADDRESS MAP LINK
7-Eleven 50 Western Avenue Near RT 107

Cal’s News Store

53 Central Avenue Downtown Lynn

CVS Pharmacy | #1204

509 Eastern Avenue

Eastern Ave,

Mahan’s Hardware

45 Boston Street Boston Street

Shop Kwik Superette

534 Lynnfield Street

Lynnfield Street
Stop and Shop | #67 35 Washington Street Washington at Boston St.
Walgreens | #2823 841 Western Avenue Western Ave.

Q. What do I do with Bulky Material?
Bulk items and mattresses are items that are too large to fit inside your 64 gallon cart. Beginning December 1, 2014, residents will be required to contact Waste Management at (800) 972-4545 to schedule a collection appointment for these items. A separate fee of $20.60 will be charged to the resident for each item. Residents can still utilize the three city dumpster days to dispose of these items for free.

Q. Why is there a fee to collect bulky items and mattresses?
To keep costs down, bulky items such as furniture and mattress collection were not included in the base fee. We encourage you to donate old furniture and other bulky items whenever possible. If you would like to avoid the fee, please use the three dumpster days to dispose of bulky items.

Tips For Best Service

  • Place the proper items in the correct cart: only trash in the 64-gallon cart and only recycling in the 96-gallon cart.

  • Carts should be placed curbside by 7 AM on the day of your collection.

  • Make sure all materials fit inside your carts with the lids completely closed.

  • Always keep the lid closed to keep rain, snow, and animals out.

  • Container remains property of Waste Management and may not be removed from the property.

  • Use the handle provided to move the cart. Tilt the cart on its wheels to roll it. It is easier to pull the cart uphill and push the cart downhill.

  • Remove your cart as soon as possible after collection to maintain the appearance of your neighborhood.

  • Clean your carts periodically by rinsing them with water and letting them dry in the sun with the lid open.

  • To limit trash tonnage in Lynn and save taxpayer dollars. “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” as much as possible.

  • Since automated waste collection requires clearance for the vehicles lifting mechanism, any cars parked at the curb should be at least 5 feet from the cart.

  • Your address printed on your containers

  • Download our new tip sheet here in both English and Spanish

Visit Our Trash Talkin' Lynn Blog Site!

Recycle Cloths

Get the clothes and textiles out of the trash cart and into the donation bin!


Donate! Contrary to popular belief, donations in any condition are welcomed by most for-profit and nonprofit textile collectors alike. This includes stains, rips, missing buttons or broken zippers.

Go to http://recyclesearch.com to find a donation location or:

Epilepsy Foundation Donation Center | Attended
Location: In the Market Place parking lot at the corner of Market and State Streets | Lynn
Hours: 9 AM - 7 PM | Open 7 Days

Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries | Attended
Location: 450 Paradise Road | Swampscott
(Next to the Stop & Shop)
Hours: 8 AM - 4:30 PM | Open 7 Days

Planet Aid Donation Boxes | Unattended
Location: Many locations throughout the city. Pictured here in the Stop & Shop parking lot Boston Street | Lynn
Hours: 24 hours | Open 7 Days

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
(Thrift Store & Donation Center)
Location: 11-13 Market Square | Lynn
Hours: 9 AM - 5 PM
Monday - Saturday, Closed Sundays

Salvation Army
(Thrift Store & Donation Center)
Location: 10 Munroe Street | Lynn
Hours: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Monday - Saturday, Closed Sundays

  Savers
Unacceptable Items: Carpets, rugs, oil rags, mattresses, bric-à-brac, wet or mildewed items.
Good, Bad, and Ugly Accepted: Broken zippers? Missing buttons? Stained?
As long as it’s dry and not moldy
Bring it ALL! Everything Will Be Reused or Recycled!!
• Pants • Shorts • Shirts • Pajamas • T-shirts • Jerseys • Sweatshirts/Pants
• Sweaters • Jeans • Dresses • Skirts • Coats • Jackets • Suits • Scarves
• Undergarments/Bras • Shoes (singles too!) • Flip Flops • Slippers • Belts • Ties
• Backpacks, Book Bags • Hats • Socks (singles too!) • Purses • Comforters
• Sheets • Blankets • Pillows • Pillow cases • Curtains/Draperies • Table linens
• Stuffed animals
Recycle Logo This information is brought to you by Recycling Works in Lynn, a project of the Lynn Department of Public Works and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.  For more information about recycling textiles, go to http://recyclesearch.com/ and Like Recycling Works in Lynn on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
New Item Lynn Textile Recycling Locations

The Massachusetts Textile Recovery Initiative
• The EPA’s report on municipal solid waste1 states 6% of all of materials going into landfills or incinerators are clothing or textile products.
• According to waste composition analyses2, approximately 230,000 tons of usable clothing, footwear, linens and other textile products are thrown away in Massachusetts annually.
• Approximately 95% of all used clothing, footwear and other household textile products such as sheets, towels, curtains, pillows and stuffed animals can be reused or recycled, yet only 15% of reusable textiles are recovered from the waste stream.
• The EPA reports only 2.3 million tons of used clothing and household textiles are recovered for reuse and recycling annually in the U.S., while more than 15 million tons is discarded in our nation’s landfills and incinerators. Environmental Impact
• Textile reuse and recycling has the second highest potential environmental impact on reducing greenhouse gases compared to other recyclables. Recycling 2.3 million tons of clothing per year is the equivalent of removing 1.3 million cars from U.S. roads1. The greenhouse gas reduction impact of other recyclables is as follows:
• Yard trimmings = removing 220,000 cars
• Glass = removing 210,000 cars
• Plastic = removing 760,000 cars
• Aluminum = removing 1.3 million cars
• Cotton is the most pesticide-dependent crop in the world. It takes one-third of a pound of pesticides to make one t-shirt. 3
• Production of synthetic (petroleum-based) fibers like polyester and nylon produce volatile organic compounds, nitrous oxide (a greenhouse gas) and consume large amounts of water.

Solution
• Donate! Contrary to popular belief, donations in any condition are welcomed by most for-profit and nonprofit textile collectors alike. This includes stains, rips, missing buttons or broken zippers. The only unacceptable donations are wet/moldy items and items contaminated with oil or hazardous substances.
• Where to donate. Contact your municipal recycling coordinator or visit MassDEP’s Beyond the Bin Directory to locate a textile collection location near you.
• Do not place clothing and other textiles in your curbside recycling bin. Items will get tangled in recycling machinery and can cause injury to workers.

What Happens to Your Donation?

• About 45% of donated textiles are reused and sold as secondhand apparel, either through charitable organizations or for-profit exporters that sell baled clothing to developing countries.
• Organizations such as Goodwill and Salvation Army operate retail stores where donated clothing and household items are sold. Clothing and textiles that don’t sell in store are baled and sold to textile brokers. Both activities generate revenue to support the organizations’ core missions.
• For-profit textile recyclers collect, sort and bale textiles and sell them to export markets. Clothing exports from North America supply high-quality products to local entrepreneurs in Africa, Latin America and other regions. 95% of the African population wears used clothing.
• Another 30% of donated textiles are converted to industrial wiping cloths for industries such as automotive and public works.
• 20% is sent to fiber conversion companies where textiles are broken down into their basic fiber components to be remanufactured into insulation for automotive vehicles or home, carpet padding, or sound-proofing material.
• The remaining 5% is thrown away because it is wet (mildewed) or stained with a hazardous solvent such as gasoline.

About the Textile Recovery Initiative
The Textile Recovery Initiative is a statewide effort of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), and the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR). The initiative encourages Massachusetts residents to donate unwanted clothing, footwear and other textile products to collection bins, for-profit and charitable organizations. The initiative aims to reduce the amount of textiles that end up in the waste stream by educating the public on ways to recover and reuse textiles.

SOURCES
1. Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Published June 2015

2. Based on data from Municipal Waste Combustor Class II Recycling Program Waste Characterization Studies, February & March 2011

3. Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When does the program start?
Automated collection began December 1, 2014.

If your recycling cart has a GREEN LID, your recycling service will be collected during the GREEN WEEKS. If your recycling cart has a BLUE LID your recycling collection will take place during the BLUE WEEKS. Click here for our weekly calendar.

Q. When will I be serviced for curbside pickup?
Collection schedules have not changed. You will be serviced on your regularly scheduled day. Once per week for trash and every other week for recycling.
 
Q. What should I do with my old containers?
You can keep your old containers or use them for yard waste collection.

Q. What do I do with extra trash or recycling?
Extra trash options: All household trash must go into your cart, with the lid completely closed. But if you generate more trash than will fit in your cart, there are some options.

- An extra 96 gallon recycling bin can be rented for $46 per year.
- An extra 64 gallon trash bin can be rented for $132 per year. (Included w/recycling)
Contact Waste Management for more information at (800) 972-4545.
Recyclables not in the official 96-gallon container will not be collected.

- What are Overflow Bags?
Overflow bags are the only approved bags for extra trash. These bags hold 33-gallons and cost $3 each and area only sold in packets of 5 for $15. Bag are available at local stores listed on this page. Trash not in official 64-gallon carts or overflow bags will not be collected. Bag are currently available at the stores below:

STORE ADDRESS MAP LINK
7-Eleven 50 Western Avenue Near RT 107
7-Eleven 3 Lynnfield Street Lynnfield St.

Cal’s News Store

53 Central Avenue Downtown Lynn

CVS Pharmacy #1899

65 Boston Street Boston Street

CVS Pharmacy #1204

509 Eastern Avenue

Eastern Ave,

CVS Pharmacy #75

200 South Common St.

South Common
Full Moon Market 369 Summer Street Summer at Commercial St.
Jenny's Convenience Store 78 Henry Avenue Henry Ave.

Mahan’s Trustworthy Hardware

45 Boston Street

Boston Street
Nina's Market 51 Essex Street Essex at Eastern Ave.
Richdale Store 149 Walnut Street Walnut Street
Shaws 43 State Street State at Market Street

Shop Kwik Superette

534 Lynnfield Street

Lynnfield Street
Stop and Shop 35 Washington Street Washington at Boston St.
Tedeschi Food Shop 548 Summer Street Summer at Light Street
Tedeschi Food Shop 625 Boston Street Boston at Myrtle Street
Tedeschi Food Shop 201 Lewis Street Lewis at Breed Street
Walgreens 21 Joyce Street Joyce Street
Walgreens 841 Western Avenue Western Ave.
Walgreens 290 Broadway Broadway

Q. What do I do with Bulky Material?
Bulk items such as furniture and mattresses are items that are too large to fit inside your 64 gallon cart. As of December 1, 2014, residents will be required to contact Waste Management at (800) 972-4545 to schedule a collection appointment for these items. A separate fee of $20.60 will be charged to the resident for each item. Residents can still utilize the three city dumpster days to dispose of these items for free.

Q. Why is there a fee to collect bulky items and mattresses?
To keep costs down, bulky items and mattress collection were not included in the base fee. We encourage you to donate old furniture and other bulky items whenever possible. If you would like to avoid the fee, please use the three dumpster days to dispose of bulky items.

Q. What do I do with my yard waste?
Yard waste will continue to be collected by a separate truck on the predetermined schedule. See our Online City Calendar for dates. Yard waste can be placed curbside in standard trash cans or paper yard waste bags. Full cans/bags must weigh no more than 50 Lbs.

Q. Should I continue to bag my trash?
Yes. Bagging your trash is not only a City Ordinance requirement, it will help to keep the cart clean and sanitary, and prevent litter on windy days.

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