**Attention** Due to rising solid waste costs effective January 1st, 2021 any residence with additional barrels leased through Waste Management will incur an additional solid waste fee from the City. Please call the DPW with any questions. (781) 268-8000.
Buying recycled products makes a difference.
As you are all aware, Lynn's recycling program is steadily growing. We have been doing a great job of collecting recyclables, but success does not end here. As public sector purchasers we need to complete the recycling process by purchasing products made with recycled material.
Recycling is big business in Massachusetts.
Buying products made with recycled material is critical to our efforts If we don't purchase recycled products there is no economic motivation for manufacturers to use the raw materials that we do recycle. Additionally, the recycling industry is adding jobs daily and contributes significantly to the state's economy.
Today recycled products are high quality.
In the past, recycled products may have represented less quality and cost more, but tremendous advances from improved technology and increased demand have resulted in recycled products that are extremely cost competitive and high quality. Many products routinely purchased contain recycled content such as toilet tissue, paper towels, plastic trash bags and copy paper.
Lynn is officially committed to buying recycled products.
As a community, we are committed to buying recycled. In Lynn we passed a buy recycled purchasing policy urging all departments to purchase products that are environmentally preferable and/or made of recycled materials.
So, next time you place an order with a vendor, ask for products containing recycled content or require printing jobs be done on recycled paper such as city reports, utility bills and even paychecks! Your support is greatly appreciated and vital to the success of our recycling efforts. If you have any questions, please contact Timothy Leonard at email@example.com Thank you!
Thomas M. McGee Mayor
"NEW" FIND YOUR TRASH/RECYCLE DAY AND MORE ! CLICK BELOW !
PURPLE OVERFLOW TRASH BAGS - Purple overflow trash bags are now available at the Lynn Department of Public Works, 250 Commercial Street.
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
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.
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
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 2020)
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 License Required as Identification.
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:
- Motor Oil
- Engine Degreaser
- Brake Fluid/Carburetor Cleaner
- Transmission Fluid
- Car Wax, Polishes
- Driveway Sealer
- Roofing Tar
- Swimming Pool Chemicals
From the Yard:
- 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.
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 PM and 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
Frequently Asked Questions a) General Recycling Program Questions b) Extra Trash and Overflow Bags c) Tips For Best Service
a) GENERAL PROGRAM QUESTIONS
Q. When did the new recycling 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 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. Looking For Yard and Leave Pick Schedules... Click Here!
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.
Q. What should I do with Shredded Paper?
Please put shredded paper in with your trash and not the recycle bin.
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 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.
Q. 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:
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
The city of Lynn has been diligently paying attention to its recycling stream over the last three years.
With combined efforts from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the recycling coordinator and the recycling team that spends the summer regulating curbside recycling, Lynn has seen its contamination decrease.
In April 2018, contamination peaked at 35.6 percent, but in October, after the Recycling IQ Kit’s second program wrapped, the contamination of Lynn’s recycling stream was at 14 percent.
A lot of hard work has gone into cleaning up the neighborhoods on which the recycling team has put its focus. However, we still have a long way to go. The challenges we face are only going to become easier to conquer if every person in Lynn works together to understand, and then implement, proper recycling practices.
We have big goals for the state of recycling in Lynn, and they can only be accomplished if residents, schools and commercial businesses are all on the same page! Spread across 10 days of blue- and green-week recycling, the contamination is sporadic. One of the biggest problems is the food and rubbish that are thrown loosely into recycling bins and end up being put to the curb without the protection of trash bags. Another obstacle occurs when people don’t put their bins out on time. The only way to ensure prompt pickup of trash and recycling bins is to get them to the curb either the night before or by 7 a.m. on collection day.
These two things — contamination of bags of trash in the recycling bins, and bins not being set out on time — go together. Some other contaminants the recycling coordinator has seen since wrapping the second round of the Recycling IQ Kit are: metal pots and pans, styrofoam cups, take-out containers and meat packages, free floating plastic bags and plastic bags full of trash, or recyclables.
Education and outreach to residents have proven to be instrumental in changing the conversation from what is right or wrong to recycle to how we can help people understand that the recycling rules are easy and proper recycling practices are attainable.
MassDEP’s media and their Recycle Smart campaign bring out the best of our recycling practices. Clear Channel billboards will be displayed throughout the summer, sharing the most important messages about what doesn’t belong in our recycling bins. The recycling team will be out for the third year in a row, checking curbside recycling bins, and enforcing the recycling rules through education and rejection of contaminated carts. What is most important is continuing the education around proper recycling rules.
Lynn’s momentum is strong, and all those involved have worked hard to clean up the city’s recycling. However, we can always be stronger, and better.
For further information, please contact the DPW at (781) 268-8000 extension 14 to reach the recycling coordinator directly.
Jacklyn Culwell is the city of Lynn’s recycling coordinator.
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.
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 feewill 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 Waster: Items Curbside Pickup by Waste Management
The cost is $23.90 (as of July 1st 2020) 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 $23.90 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.
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
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.
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.
• 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.
1. Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Published June 2015
New White Goods Recycling Program - Updated June 2020
A new program to help clean Lynn neighborhoods and streets! In partnership with Turner Inc. The term "White Goods" is used to describe major household electrical appliances. This service is offered to increase the recycling of metal goods and discourage illegal dumping. Recycle freezers, refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers, water heaters, air conditioners and microwaves.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 6 AM until 3:30 PM. And. Saturday 6:30 AM until 11 AM. Turner Inc. is located at 225 Commercial Street in Lynn. They are closed on the following holiday weekends: Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
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.
Some contractors offer home collection. Check the Yellow Pages under Disposal Contractors or Garbage Removal for listings.
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.
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:
- 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:
- No Food Waste and Liquids
- Keep Plastic Bags Out of Recycling
- No Foam Products
- No Yard Waste
- Shredded Paper (Put In Trash)