Recycling & Trash

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Recycling A-Z

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. Trash Routes


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?  

El reciclaje es obligatorio. ¿Qué puedo depositar en el contenedor de la acera?  

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).
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. 

Need help deciding what can go in the bin? Watch this short and clever video about recycling.   (But please keep in mind that our recycling company cannot accept cartons.)

Much more can be recycled than just what goes in the curbside bin. 

Check out Recycling A-Z and MassDEP’s Beyond the Bin.

Got Food Scraps? Join the curbside composting program. 

Sign up online! 


Toss all of your food scraps, houseplants, pizza boxes and much more in a cart for curbside pickup! This quick video answers the Why, What and How of Composting


The curbside compost collection program costs less per week than one overthrow bag. 

Questions? Call 978-356-6612 or email

Household Hazardous Waste 

The next collection date for household chemicals and other hazardous waste will be Saturday, September 16, 2023, at the Transfer Station from 9 AM to noon. 
Residents may bring accepted household hazardous waste items to this annual September event.
Ipswich residents who missed this year’s collection may attend an event in a reciprocal city or town. Check the 
2022 Hazardous Waste Reciprocal Event List and note hours and costs for nonresidents. 

Need to dispose of items before or after open events occur?
Check MassDEP’s website for alternatives.

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

Contact Us

  1. Marlene Faria Connelly

    Waste Reduction Program Manager

    Town Hall
    25 Green St.
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Ph: 978-356-6612
    Fx: 978-356-6616


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