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Welcome To Our Trash and Recycling Webpage

April 2019 Update:

Waste Management's Lynn Recycling truck drivers are now enforcing correct curbside recycling rules.
If you have found a yellow Waste Management tag, please read it carefully.
If you have any questions please call their Customer Service at 1-(800) -972-4545 or you may call the Lynn DPW at (781) 268-8000

THINK AHEAD!

Mayor Thomas M. McGee Asks all Lynn residents to “Think Ahead’ and to be reminded of the Rules of Trash and Recycling

Recycle Smart MA's "Recyclopedia"

Have A Question About What You Can Recycle...Check Here!

The Following Items Should Be Placed In Your Recycling Bin:
YES - Cans, Cartons, Glass, Paper and Plastic

The Following Items Should NOT Be Placed In Your Recycling Bin:
NO - All Food Waste, Bags, Clothing and Linens and Materials That Tangle
Please Do Not Bag Any Recyclables!

For times over the next few months when you may have extra trash see our Overflow Bags information below:

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.

Where Can I Get Overflow Bags? Overflow bags will be available at the following stores.

STORE ADDRESS MAP LINK
7-Eleven 50 Western Avenue Near RT 107
CVS Pharmacy Store #0075 200 South Common Street Downtown Lynn

CVS Pharmacy Store #1899

65 Boston Street Boston Street

CVS Pharmacy Store #1204

509 Eastern Avenue

Eastern Ave,

Mahan’s Hardware

45 Boston Street Boston Street
Nina's Market 51 Essex Street Essex Street

Shop Kwik Superette

534 Lynnfield Street

Lynnfield Street
Stop and Shop Store #67 35 Washington Street Boston Street

For more information, please call (781) 268-8000 extension 15.

Lynn Is Making Recycling News!



Photo of the "Not In Your Recycle Cart" billboard.

Curbside Collection Schedule For 2019-2020 | Effective July 1, 2019


Download Our 2019 | 2020 Recycling Calendar and Brochure

(Effective July 1, 2019)

Download Our 2018 | 2019 Recycling Calendar and Brochure
(Effective July 1, 2018)

A postcard of the schedule above 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 Day After New Year's Day - Open
Martin Luther King Day - Open Patriot's Day - Closed
Memorial Day - Closed Independence Day - Closed
Labor Day - Closed  
Thanksgiving Day - Closed Day After Thanksgiving Day - Open
Day Before Christmas - Open Christmas Day - Closed
New Year's Eve - Open  

New Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Program and Fee Information

Our new program began in October of 2014. Under the new program each resident receives a 64-gallon Cart for Trash and a 96-gallon Cart for Recycling. If you have not receive your carts or have a question about the program, 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.

Trash and Recycle Fee
- The Trash/Recycle Fee is $90 per year, billed twice per year and payable within 30 days
- Fee is for units who use city-sponsored trash service only. Unit will have to prove they are being serviced by producing a contract to avoid fee.
Billing is Conducted in Two Periods
- Period 1: January 1st - June 31st Bills mailed beginning March 1st
- Period 2: July 1st - December 31st Bills mailed beginning September 1st
Unoccupied Units
- Owners can avoid fee for each full 6-month billing period that their unit is unoccupied.
- Owner must document vacancy by producing a water bill or in some cases an electric bill.
- City issued Trash and Recycling barrels MUST BE RETURNED for the unoccupied time frame
- Owner must sign vacancy form stating that unit was not occupied for the whole 6 month billing period.
Elderly Abatement
- Persons 69 years old or greater are entitled to a yearly abatement of $40. Applications are available at Collector’s Office, Assessor’s Office and DPW Offices or by downloading the forms below.
- Applicant must both own and occupy the unit.
- Proof of age must be produced (driver’s license or birth cert.)
- Proof of residency must be produced (Electric bill or telephone/cable. Water bill not acceptable for proof of residency)
- Abatement must be applied for each year.

Solid Waste Abatement Forms and Fact Sheet - Updated March 2019

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  Solid Waste Collection Fee - Senior Abatement Form 2019
  Solid Waste Collection Fee - Miscellaneous Abatement Form 2019
  Solid Waste Fact Sheet - 2019

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Our Community Recycling Program

Community Recycling Program Resources
Recycle Brochure Icon 2018 | 2019 Recycling Calendar
(Effective July 1, 2018)
Street Listing Containing Your Trash/Recycle
City of Lynn Recycling Map
Our Recycling Mailer For 2018
Our "No Bags" Flyer
Residential Rules For Recycling
Recycle Often-Recycle Right Website
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
Bulletins Community Recycling Bulletin - October 2018
  Community Recycling Bulletin - August 2018
Video Clips Recycling Video Released May 2018
Waste Info Waste Ban Procedures
Rates Resident Transfer Station Rates
Debris Residential Construction/Demo
   
PLEASE NOTE: Effective May 13,  2017 we will no longer allow U-Haul Trucks and Commercial Vehicles to dump at Covanta during our Selective Bulky Item Days.



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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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Lynn's "Oops Tag" Program

Waste Management's Lynn Recycling truck drivers are now enforcing correct curbside recycling rules.
If you have found a yellow Waste Management tag, please read it carefully.
If you have any questions please call their Customer Service at 1-(800) -972-4545 or you may call the Lynn DPW at (781) 268-8000

Did you find an "Oops Tag" on your Recycling Cart today?
The cart was not emptied because materials that don't belong in a recycling cart were found in the cart.   Look at which boxes are checked off on your Oops tag, take those materials out and keep them out and we'll empty your cart on the next recycling day.   Here are things that don't belong in the cart:

BAGGED RECYCLABLES in plastic bags--take them out of the bags and either take the bag back to the super market to recycle or throw the bag away.

NO PLASTIC BAGS in the recycling cart, that includes supermarket bags, bread bags, chip bags, plastic film that comes wrapped around bottled water, six pack plastic rings.  Either take the bags and wrappings back to the super market to recycle or throw them away.

YUCK Includes food, liquids, used paper towels and used paper plates and used utensils, bottoms of pizza boxes with cheese and grease, diapers.  Recyclables need to be clean and dry.  Rinse them out, don't leave food in them.  This will make the cart less attractive to pests.

CLOTHES Any clothing, sheets, shoes and accessories like belts, hats etc.  Ripped, stained or torn the textile recyclers want them--just make sure they are clean and dry. Keep them out of your recycling cart.

TANGLERS are things like hoses, wires, chains, electronics' wires, plastic strapping.  They are a real danger, getting caught in machinery.  Throw them in the trash

OTHER In Lynn we see things like construction waste, wood, yard waste, toaster ovens, air conditioners, computers--things that fit in the cart but absolutely don't belong there.

The back side of the card shows what can be recycled.  There is a lot you can recycle yet we see many trash carts with recyclables next to recycling carts with many of the the things listed above that should be put in the trash.  Remember this refrain: WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT.

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, except solid latex paint that is still 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

Other Open Collection Network Events | Checks Only
Download The 2019 Community Schedule And Infomation Flyer
Updated June 2019

Beverly - April 20, 2019 - 8 AM until 12 Noon
Beverly High School - 100 Sohier Road , Beverly | Contact: (978) 921- 8591
  OPEN TO NON-RES. REGISTRATION RES. FEE* NON RES. FEES*

Beverly High

Yes, after 11 AM No $20
co-pay
$60 full
$36 half
$30 qtr

Lynn - May 18, 2019 - 8 AM until 12 Noon
DPW - 250 Commercial Street, Lynn | Contact: (781) 268 8000 x 12
  OPEN TO NON-RES. REGISTRATION RES. FEE* NON RES. FEES*

Lynn DPW

Yes, 8 AM until 12 Noon No $60 full
$36 half
$30 qtr
$60 full
$36 half
$30 qtr

Peabody - June 8, 2019 - 9 AM until 1 PM
DPS Yard - 50 Farm Avenue, Peabody | Contact: (978) 538-5926
  OPEN TO NON-RES. REGISTRATION RES. FEE* NON RES. FEES*

DPS Yard

Yes, after 11 AM No $20
co-pay
$60 full
$36 half
$30 qtr

Newburyport - August 24, 2019 - 8 AM until 12 Noon
DPW Yard - 16A Perry Way, Newburyport | Contact: (978) 499-0413
  OPEN TO NON-RES. REGISTRATION RES. FEE* NON RES. FEES*

NBPT Recycling Center

Yes, after 11 AM No $50 full
$30 half
$50 full
$30 half

Ipswich - September 21, 2019 - 8 AM until 12 Noon
Ipswich Transfer Station - 180 Town Farm Road | Contact: (978) 356-6612
  OPEN TO NON-RES. REGISTRATION RES. FEE* NON RES. FEES*

Ipswich Transfer Station

Yes, 11 AM until 12 Noon No No $50 full
$30 half

Danvers - September 28, 2019 - 8 AM until 12 Noon
Danvers Transfer Station - East Coast Road | Contact: (978) 777-0001 - Ext. 3014
  OPEN TO NON-RES. REGISTRATION RES. FEE* NON RES. FEES*

Danvers Transfer Station

Yes, 11 AM until 12 Noon Yes, Please Call No $60 full
$36 half
$30 qtrf

Saugus - October 5, 2019 - 9 AM until 12 Noon
Saugus High School - Pearce Memorial Drive, Saugus | Contact: (781) 231-4115
  OPEN TO NON-RES. REGISTRATION RES. FEE* NON RES. FEES*

Saugus High

Yes, 11 AM until 12 Noon Yes, Please Call No $60 full
$36 half
$30 qtr

Lynn - October 19, 2019 - 8 AM until 12 Noon
DPW - 250 Commercial Street, Lynn | Contact: (781) 268 8000 x 12
  OPEN TO NON-RES. REGISTRATION RES. FEE* NON RES. FEES*

Lynn DPW

Yes, 8 AM until 12 Noon No $60 full
$36 half
$30 qtr
$60 full
$36 half
$30 qtr

Boxford, Middleton, Topsfield - October 26, 2019 - 9 AM until 1 PM
Masconomet High School - Endicott Road, Topsfield | Contact: (978) 887-5519
  OPEN TO NON-RES. REGISTRATION RES. FEE* NON RES. FEES*

Masconomet High

Yes, after 11 AM No
No $55 full
$35 half
$25 qtr

Melrose - October 26, 2019 - 9 AM until 12 Noon
DPW Operations Facility - 72 Tremont St, Melrose | Contact: (781) 665-0142
  OPEN TO NON-RES. REGISTRATION RES. FEE* NON RES. FEES*

Melrose DPW

Yes, 10:30 until 11:30 AM No $60 full
$30 half
$20 qtr
$65full
$41 half
$35 qtr

Lynnfield - November 16, 2019 8 AM until 12 Noon
Lynnfield Middle School | Contact: (781) 334-9500
  OPEN TO NON-RES. REGISTRATION RES. FEE* NON RES. FEES*

Melrose DPW

Yes, 11 AM until 12 Noon No No $60 full
$30 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

 

Lynn Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days
May 18 and October 19, 2019


Payment Required
Up to 3 Gallons or LBS.= $ 30 Cash or Checks Accepted
Make Checks Payable To:
Clean Harbors Env. Services, Inc.
Up to 10 Gallons or LBS. = $ 36
11-25 Gallons or LBS. = $ 60
Collection is Operated By: Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc
For detailed information please call (781) 380-7177
 
What Do I Bring? Here are some...download our brochure for a full list
From the Workbench:
- Oil Based Paints (No Latex)
- Stains & Varnishes
- Wood Preservatives
- Paint Strippers/Thinners
- Solvent Adhesives
- Lighter Fluid
- Fiberglass Resins
From the Garage:
- Fuels/Gasoline/Kerosene
- Motor Oil
- Antifreeze
- Engine Degreaser
- Brake Fluid/Carburetor Cleaner
- Transmission Fluid
- Car Wax, Polishes
- Driveway Sealer
- Roofing Tar
- Swimming Pool Chemicals
From the Yard:
- Poisons-Insecticides-Fungicides
- Chemical Fertilizers
- Weed Killers
- Moth Balls
- Flea Control Products
From the House:
- Rubber Cement, Airplane Glue
- Photo Chemicals
- Chemistry Sets
- Furniture Polish
- Floor & Metal Polish
- Oven Cleaner
- Drain & Toilet Cleaner
- Sport Remover
- Rug & Upholstery Cleaner
- Fluorescent Bulbs
- Hobby Supplies, Artist Supplies
How Can I Safely Transport These Hazardous Materials???
- Leave materials in original containers.
- Tighten caps and lids.
- Sort and pack separately: oil paint, pesticides and household cleaners.
- Pack containers in sturdy upright boxes
- Pack your car and drive directly to the site.
- NEVER MIX CHEMICALS.
- NEVER SMOKE while handling hazardous material.
What Not To Bring!
Ø Latex Paint
Ø Construction/Demolition Waste
Ø Empty Containers/Trash
Ø Commercial or Industrial Waste
Ø Radioactive Waste, Smoke Detectors
Ø Infectious & Biological Wastes
Ø Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives

Ø Fire Extinguishers
Ø Prescription Medicines/Syringes
Ø Asbestos
Ø Propane Tanks
Ø Batteries | Car and Household
Ø Chemistry Sets
Ø Computers and TV


 

Bulky Waste Drop-Off
Announcing Covanta Days For 2019!

- July 20, 2019
- August 17, 2019
- September 21, 2019
- October 12, 2019
- November 16, 2019



CLEAN OUT YOUR ATTICS, CELLARS AND GARAGES!

Drop-Off Location: Covanta, 247 Commercial Street
NO PAINT - NO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS - NO BUILDING CONTRACTORS - NO CONSTRUCTION WASTE

TV / CRT DROP OFF and PROPANE TANKS
A Disposal Fee will be charged for Drop-off of TV’S, CRT Monitors and Propane Tanks.

Resident's are limited to (3) TV's, (3) Monitors and (3) Propane Tanks

Disposal Rates:
 (As of 2019)
Televisions | $25 each - Computer Monitors | $25 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.

FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULB DROP OFF 
Drop off your old fluorescent light bulbs

LYNN RESIDENTS ONLY
Driver's Licence Required as Identification.


Bulky Waste Items and Mattress Collection

Effective May 13,  2017 we will no longer allow U-Haul Trucks and Commercial Vehicles to dump at Covanta during our Selective Covanta Bulky Item Days.

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 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.

Bulky Items Curbside Pickup by Waste Management

The cost is $22.50 per item or for a mattress set. Contact Waste Management at (800) 972-4545 to pay for and schedule a pickup for the same day as your regular trash day.

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 $22.50 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.

Computer Monitors, TV's, Propane and Fluorescent Light-Bulb Drop-Off
A Disposal Fee will be charged for TV’S, CRT Monitors and Propane Tanks.
Stickers will be issued authorizing drop-offs.

Stickers for these items can be purchased in advance. Residents Are Limited To: (3) TV's, (3) Monitors and (3) Propane Tanks
Televisions | $25 each - Computer Monitors | $25 each - Propane Tanks | $5 each
Drop offs are permitted on Covanta Days 8 AM to 12 PM and throughout the year at the Lynn DPW - 250 Commercial Street, Lynn from Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM and Friday's from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM.

Fluorescent Light-Bulb Drop-Off

Drop offs are permitted on Covanta Days 8 AM to 12 PMand throughout the year at the Lynn DPW - 250 Commercial Street, Lynn from 8:30 AM until 2:30 PM
No fee, Lynn residents only.

THESE DROP OFF'S ARE FOR LYNN RESIDENTS ONLY
Driver's License Required as Identification.
For More Information Please Call: (781) 477-7099 or (781) 268-8000

Disposal Rates:
 Updated July 2019

ADDITIONAL COMPUTER AND MONITOR DROP OFF OPTIONS
Goodwill Industries Free Computer and Monitor Recycling Program

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 September 24, 2018
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
CVS Pharmacy Store #0075 200 South Common Street Downtown Lynn

CVS Pharmacy Store #1899

65 Boston Street Boston Street

CVS Pharmacy Store #1204

509 Eastern Avenue

Eastern Ave,

Mahan’s Hardware

45 Boston Street Boston Street
Nina's Market 51 Essex Street Essex Street

Shop Kwik Superette

534 Lynnfield Street

Lynnfield Street
Stop and Shop Store #67 35 Washington Street Washington at Boston St.

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 $22.50 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.

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 for 2019

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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