Recycling & Trash
New! 2022 Recycling and Trash Calendar
All containers must be at the curb by 6 AM on your pickup day.
The trucks cannot return for recycling or trash not out on time.
JRM 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. What can I put in the curbside bin?
There's much more that can be recycled than just what goes in the curbside bin. Check out Additional Resources and MassDEP's Beyond the Bin.
Household Hazardous Waste -- Ipswich's HHW Day is Saturday, September 17th. Residents who cannot wait until September or who will miss this year's collection may attend an event in a reciprocal city or town. Check the and note hours and costs.
Fluorescent and CFL Bulbs -- Bring unbroken fluorescent and CFL bulbs to the transfer station during working hours (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 AM to 3:30 PM). Broken bulbs should be cleaned up carefully by following these instructions.
Read about A Day in the Life of a Recycling Facility.
- -- Bring rolled or folded clean wrap to the transfer station from March 1st to August 31st.
- Bulky Items -- Carpet, Furniture, etc.
- Clothing and Textiles -- Drop your CLEAN and DRY clothing and textiles in the Ecosmith box at Ipswich schools. Need a curbside pickup? Go to Helpsy.co/ipswichma to sign up.
- -- Bring your EMPTY and RINSED plastic pots and cases to the garden center at Lowes in Danvers to be reused/recycled. These pots do NOT go in the curbside bin.
- Holiday Lights -- Holiday lights can be recycled, but not in your curbside bin! Lights can be dropped off at the transfer station or town hall (second floor) or mailed year-round to HolidayLEDs or Christmas Light Source.
- Paper Berry Boxes -- If clean (no fruit!), these can be placed in your recycling bin.
- -- Brown or white pizza boxes (without pizza and/or liner) can be put in your recycling bin. Frozen-pizza boxes must be put in the trash.
- Specific Items NOT Accepted in the Bin
- Plastics: What's Recyclable, What Becomes Trash, and Why
- Prescription Drugs
- Shredded Paper -- Please note that shredded paper must go in the trash (bagged), not in your recycling bin.
- Styrofoam -- The next free styrofoam recycling event will be Saturday, May 14, from 9 AM to 12 PM at Ipswich High School. Check back here for details in the Spring. Can't wait until May? Then place your styrofoam in your trash bag or in overthrow bags for curbside pickup.
- -- On Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM (excluding holidays), the accepts "household recycling" and . A free transfer station sticker may be obtained at the DPW office. Bring your vehicle registration and proof of residency.
- -- Bring yard waste to the transfer station on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM.
Trash and Recycling Policy
One 35-gallon bag or barrel (50-pound limit) is allowed per residence.
Please make sure trash is not loose in the barrel.
Recycling is mandatory.
Trash will not be collected if recyclables are not at the curb. All should be placed in a collection bin (NO plastic bags). There is no limit for recycling, but containers cannot be larger than 45 gallons.
JRM strictly enforces the town’s disposal limit of one barrel or bag and places stickers on any trash or recycling not in compliance with town policy.
Additional trash must be placed in an overthrow bag, available for $2 (in packs of 5 for $10) at Aubuchon Hardware, Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms, DJ's Variety, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's Hardware.
Holiday Pickup Delays
Please check the
Recycling and Trash Pickup Issues
Call Public Works at 978-356-6612.
Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste Day 2022
Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the Transfer Station from 9 to noon.
Ipswich residents may bringto this September event.
Residents who cannot wait until September or cannot attend the event may also bring their HHW to another community with an . Note hours and costs for nonresidents.. Check the 2022
Need to dispose of items before or after open events occur?
HHW Emergency Response Lines
ACV Enviro (800-7-SPILLS -- 800-777-4557)
Clean Harbors (800-645-8265)
Ipswich is plastic bag- and styrofoam-free!
Ipswich businesses are using alternatives to single-use plastic bags and styrofoam. Please note that trash bags are not affected by this ban. Learn more here.