Recycling & Trash
The Recyclopedia (below) is provided by MassDEP to help with recycling and disposal options.
Please check this Ipswich page and Recycling A-Z first for Ipswich-specific options.
If you have something not listed, use the Recyclopedia. Still need help? Send us a photo and email at IpswichRecycles@gmail.com.
Much more can be recycled than just what goes in the curbside bin.
Check Recycling A-Z for recycling items in Ipswich that cannot be put in the curbside bin.
Item not listed? Try
Mattress and Box Spring Recycling
Mattresses and box springs have been banned from the trash in Massachusetts and must be recycled. Check the list to see if your item is included in the ban. Follow these steps to learn how to recycle your mattress or box spring. Then visit Tough Stuff Recycling to choose your option and make a payment.
This calendar was mailed directly to residents January 1st. Please email IpswichRecycles@gmail.com with questions you may have about this mailer.
What can I bring to the transfer station?
The Ipswich transfer station is a recycling center (located at 180 Town Farm Road) open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM (excluding holidays).
Household recycling and many items that are not accepted in the curbside bin can be recycled at the transfer station. A beach sticker or transfer station sticker is required for admittance. A free transfer station sticker may be obtained at the DPW office (town hall, second floor). Bring your vehicle registration and proof of residency.
Trash and Recycling Policy
One 35-gallon bag or barrel (50-pound limit) is allowed per residence.
All trash must be bagged. Please make sure trash is not loose in the barrel.
Extra trash must be in Overthrow Bags (additional details below).
Recycling is mandatory. What can I put in the curbside bin?
- Guia de Reciclagem Inteligente
- Guide de Recyclage Intelligent
- دليل إعادة التدوير الحكيم
- Gid pou Resiklay Entèlijan
- Hướng dẫn tái chế thông minh
Trash will not be collected if recyclables are not at the curb. All recyclables should be placed in a collection bin (NO plastic bags). There is no limit for recycling, but containers cannot be larger than 45 gallons.
Public Works provides ONE recycling bin to residents. Additional bins are $10 each and Ipswich Recycles stickers are free for residents (both at DPW office at town hall).
Republic Services strictly enforces the inspection of recycling contamination. The crew must leave behind contaminated recycling along with a sticker explaining the reason for the bin’s rejection.
Need help deciding what can go in the bin? Watch this short and clever video about recycling. (Please keep in mind that Ipswich’s recycling company cannot accept cartons.)
Ipswich Library of Things
The “Library of Things” is a collection of non-traditional things that provides library cardholders access to a variety of items, many of which might be used infrequently. This diverse collection includes over fifty kits that library users can check out and take home.
Beyond being a fun collection of interesting items, the Library of Things movement reinforces a shared community vision of reducing consumption and the potential for wasted resources.
This collection was funded in part by Public Works through a grant from MassDEP.
Got Food Scraps? Join the curbside composting program.
The curbside compost collection program can reduce your trash by up to 40%.
Questions? Call 978-356-6612 or email IpswichComposts@gmail.com.