City of Lynn
 
RECYCLE

Welcome To Our Trash and Recycling Webpage

**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.

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Buy Recycled!

January 11, 2021
RE: Buying Recycled

Dear Department Heads,

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  tleonard@lynnma.gov Thank you!

"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.

Mayor Thomas M. McGee Asks all Lynn residents to “Think Ahead’ and to be reminded of the Rules of Trash and Recycling Using Smart MA's "Recyclopedia"

Lynn Is Making Recycling News!



Curbside Collection Schedule For 2022-2023 | Effective July 1, 2022

Download Our 2022-2023 Recycling Calendar and Helpful Hints Brochure
English Haitian Creole Khmer Spanish
(Effective July 1, 2022)

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.

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

Clean Outs, Collection and Drop-off Days

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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.

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.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY
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



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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.

Televisions | $25 each - Computer Monitors | $25 each - Propane Tanks | $5 each
Drop offs are permitted throughout the year at the Lynn DPW - 250 Commercial Street, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM and Friday from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM.

Fluorescent Light-Bulb Drop-Off
Drop offs are permitted throughout the year at the Lynn DPW - 250 Commercial Street, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM and Friday from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM.

Mattress Recycle Drop-Off

Mattresses can now be recycled at the DPW - 250 Commercial Street, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM and Friday from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM. The cost is $20 per mattress. NOTE: EFFECTIVE 11/1/2022 MATTRESSES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED AT BULKY ITEM DAY. ALL MATTRESSES MUST BE RECYCLED PER THE MASS DEP.

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

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!

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 my yard waste?
Yard waste will continue to be collected by a separate truck on your trash day during the specified weeks on the recycle calendar. These weeks are shown on the calendar with a brown/orange color 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. and may not be filled with dirt.

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 bulky item days to dispose of them. These Saturdays are shown on the recycle calendar with a gray color. Bulky item days are hosted at Covanta – 247 Commercial Street in Lynn and are from 8 AM until 12 Noon.

NOTE: EFFECTIVE November 1, 2022 MATTRESSES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED AT BULKY ITEM DAY. ALL MATTRESSES MUST BE RECYCLED PER THE MASS DEP.

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b) 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.

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:

STORE ADDRESS MAP LINK
Lynn Dept. Of Public Works 250 Commercial Street Off The Lynnway
7-Eleven (#32441) 50 Western Avenue Near RT 107

CVS Pharmacy Store (#1204)

509 Eastern Avenue

Eastern Ave,
Nina's Market 51 Essex Street Essex Street
Stop and Shop Store (#67) 35 Washington Street Washington At
Boston Street

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c) TIPS FOR BEST SERVICE

Q. What Are 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 your collection day.

  • 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

Bulky Waste: Items and Mattress Collection

Recycle - Reduce - Reuse
Wait, you want to get rid of something?  Is it really trash yet? - List it on one of these websites here for free. Here are the websites:

Craigslist https://boston.craigslist.org/
FreeCycle https://www.freecycle.org/
Buy Nothing https://buynothingproject.org/

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.

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.  

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
Eric Z Disposal
Lynn, MA
(781) 593-5308
Email
General Junk Removal
Flannery Handymen
Lynn, MA
(781) 775-9943
Email
General Junk Removal

Hiltz Disposa
24 Kondelin Rd
Glouster, MA
(978) 283-3335

General Construction Waste
Miles River Sand and Gravel
Ipswich, MA
(978) 356-2290 | Micky
Email
Asphalt, Brick, Concrete, Gravel and Sand

Reenergy Roxbury  
101 Gerard St
Boston, MA
(617) 442-4800

General Construction Waste

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.

Donation Locations:

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

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.

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.

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White Goods Disposal Information

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.

Our Community Recycling Program - Additional Resources

North Shore Reciprical Recycling Events Schedule - 2022
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
Residential Rules For Recycling
Recycle Often-Recycle Right Website
 
City of Lynn
City of Lynn Trash and Recycling Ordinance - Posted June 2020
City of Lynn Recycling Map
State Waste Ban Procedures
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)

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