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Yes. Our First-time Buyers Loan Program makes loans to low and moderate-income individuals or families who have not owned a home before (plus owners over 55 and others who meet specific requirements--please ask about these exceptions). This loan has 0% interest and no monthly payments. However, it must be re-paid when you sell or transfer the property. It can be used for down payment, closing costs, legal fees, or repairs. The amount you are able to put into the purchase from your own funds will usually be matched by the town, up to $10,000. The minimum required from your own funds is 1.5% of the purchase price. For more details on the program, please see our application (PDF) and brochure (PDF) or
Yes. Our Home Rehabilitation Loan Program is available to low and moderate-income people - seniors and others - who need to make repairs to their homes. Depending on the source of funds that we use to make the loan, it may be forgivable. In all cases, the loan is 0% interest, with no monthly payments, and doesn’t need to be paid back until you sell or refinance your home. Seniors may find this program especially helpful if they wish to stay in their homes but can’t afford to pay for the needed improvements. Special consideration is given for emergency needs such as a leaking roof or a non-functioning boiler (in the winter). Please see our application (PDF) and brochure (PDF) for more details on the program.
Call our office or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, date of death and the name of cemetery along with any other information that you have.
Determination of Applicability in response to a Request for Determination of ApplicabilityOrder of Resource Area Delineation, in response to a Notice of Resource Area DelineationOrder of Conditions, in response to either an Abbreviated Notice of Intent or a Notice of Intent
Changing of preexisting drainage characteristicsDumping (of any kind including yard debris and grass clippings), discharging or filling with any material which may degrade water quality or alter the preexisting elevation; or certain destruction of plant lifeRemoval, excavation, or dredging of soil or sediment
Buildings (permanent or temporary)Discharge channel, drainage basin, and grading associated with storm water managementDrainage structures such as culverts and discharge trenchesFencesMobile homesObservation decksPavementPlatformsRadio towers and microwave antennas or receiversShedsSignsStorage binsSwimming pools (permanent or temporary)Tennis and sports courtsWalkwaysWallsWells
For RDAs, NOIs, Minor Modifications, Formal Amendments:
1 Full set of application documents and plans (Hard copy of the Original)1 Full set of application documents and plans (Electronic copy of the Original, emailed to both Aliciag@ipswich-ma.gov and Gails@ipswich-ma.gov)1 Complete Copy of the Original (Hard copy Copy)5 Full sets of plans larger than 8.5x11 (Hard copy Plans only)
Note: At some point we may require additional hard copy plans when a newly appointed Commissioner starts but will let you know.
For COCs please provide:
1 Full set of application documents and plans (Hard copy of the Original)1 Full set of application documents and plans (Electronic copy of the Original, emailed to both Aliciag@ipswich-ma.gov and Gails@ipswich-ma.gov)1 Complete Copy of the Original (Hard copy Copy)* in some cases, additional plan copies may be requested at the Agent's discretion.
Household organics (food scraps, meat, bones, etc.) are collected by the resident in a provided cart and picked up by a special truck on Wednesdays. Residents pay less than $2 per week to participate in this program. Organics collected are composted instead of incinerated with the trash and go to a commercial composting facility in Ipswich, where they are transformed into finished compost.
The Ipswich Waste Reduction Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Department of Public Works Office and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, started this curbside food waste collection pilot in Fall 2011.
The fee to participate in this program is $95 per year for residents. The Department of Public Works pays an additional $15.16 and provides a free collection cart, with financial assistance from MassDEP.
All Ipswich residents with town trash pickup can participate, but residents with private trash may be eligible as well. You can join at any time by signing up online at Black Earth Composting. Now is a great time to join!
Organics are materials that break down naturally and can be turned into compost. Composting organics diverts them from incinerators or landfills, which is costly. The town currently pays $74.60 per ton to dispose of its trash, and diverting organics saves the town approximately 184 tons per year.
There are so many organics and other items that you can put in your composting cart!
The list below includes examples of items that are not accepted. Check here for a complete list.
Organics comprise to 40% of household waste! Organics collection is one of the major strategies to further reduce our waste and our trash costs. It also reduces our environmental impact and turns the organics into valuable finished compost. This private-pay collection pilot also provides us with useful information to enhance our other diversion efforts (recycling and leaf composting). We track how much food waste and other organics are diverted from the trash, and we hope to build support for townwide collection.
The fee covers organics pickup at your curb, transportation to the composting facility, composting the food waste, and 50 gallons of finished compost twice per year. You receive a free compost cart upon signup.
Payment is due when you sign up for the program online at Black Earth Compost. You can pick up your cart at the DPW office at town hall (2nd floor).
Black Earth Compost, a local hauler and compost company, picks up the food waste curbside in their own collection truck.
No! Plastic bags are a contaminant and can turn the town’s entire load of compostable material into trash if bags are in the cart. Use BPI-certified compostable bags.
Unfortunately, no. You could compost in your backyard for now and then sign up in the spring when you return.
Black Earth Compost brings the organics to Agresource in Ipswich to be composted. Agresource is permitted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to accept food waste for composting.
No. Only BPI-Certified Compostable bags, Bag to Earth paper bags, #7 PLA made from corn (cups, straws, lids), and plates, bowls, and containers made from sugarcane are accepted.
You may put out up to four paper leaf bags along with your cart each week. Be sure to use leaf bags only for your additional organics. Remember, no leaves or branches!
Large paper lawn bags (up to four) can be used for overflow organics, lawn clippings, and yard waste ONLY. Leaves and branches must be brought to the Transfer Station.
The collection trucks do not have compactors. Leaves tend to be light (when dry) and would quickly fill up the collection truck, increasing trips to the compost facility and our costs.
The town offers leaf pickup in November each year (the week before Thanksgiving, on your regular trash day). Additionally, you can drop off your leaf and yard waste year-round at the Transfer Station on Town Farm Road.
Kitty litter is accepted as long as it is bentonite-free. All natural animal bedding with waste (poop) is acceptable.
Dog waste invites plastic bags, which can contaminate an entire load. Please be sure to place dog waste in a plastic bag and then in your trash.
House plants, flowers, floral trimmings, glass clippings, weeds and other yard clippings are all accepted but need to be in a paper leaf bag. Remember, no leaves, stumps or branches!
Lobster, crab, oyster and clam shells are allowed. Be sure to remove elastic bands.
Yes, you may continue your backyard composting. We encourage you to also participate in the curbside program, because we accept additional items you can’t compost in your backyard (such as meat, fish products, food-soiled paper, pizza boxes, bentonite-free kitty litter and much more).
At this time, the curbside composting program is optional for residents.
No. We cannot accept any kind of diapers or other biodegradable items.
Composting time, start to finish, is about a year.
Ipswich currently diverts an average of 5 tons of organic waste per week. More participants means more organic waste diverted and lower trash costs.
You can pick up your compost at the Transfer Station at the end of Town Farm Road. This compost is only for participants in this program, and you are allowed to take 50 gallons (in your containers). Shovels are provided at the compost pile. Please do not fill up a truck bed!
The program removes more than 800 pounds of organic waste per participating household per year from the trash stream, reducing the cost to dispose of it. Ipswich currently pays $74.60 per ton to incinerate its trash at Wheelabrator in North Andover, so composting benefits the town both financially and environmentally.
Visit our Moving page for more information on how to sign up for service.
Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital have sharps disposal kiosks in their lobbies. Beverly Hospital is located at 85 Herrick Street, Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospital is located at 298 Washington Street, Gloucester.
If it's your usual trash day (and not a holiday), call the DPW at 978-356-6612. If it's a holiday, make sure your trash is out for pickup the following day by 6 AM.
If you exceeded the one-barrel limit and did not put your extra trash in an official overthrow bag, your trash will be left behind.
Household organics are collected by the resident in a provided cart and picked up by a special truck on Wednesday mornings. The DPW subsidizes this program with grant funds and residents pay $95 per year to participate and receive a free compost cart.
Finished compost is available for participants, up to 50 gallons twice per year.
The Ipswich Recycling Advisory Committee, with the Department of Public Works and MassDEP, started this curbside collection pilot in Fall 2011. More than 1,074 tons of organics have been composted instead of incinerated with the trash.
Recycling is weekly on the same day as your trash pickup. Please put your recycling at the curb by 6 AM to ensure that both your recycling and trash will be picked up.
Ipswich’s official Overthrow Bags cost $2 per bag and are sold in 5-bag pack for $10. Residents need to use these bags only when they dispose of trash in excess of one 35-gallon bag or barrel per week.
Aubuchon Hardware, Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms (both), DJ's Variety, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's sell these bags.
The Town of Ipswich encourages people to take interest in our bid opportunities and advertises by several different methods. The Town of Ipswich must give two weeks notice to any interested bidders. The Central Register is published by the Secretary of State and is a clearing house for all Town bids. The Town of Ipswich also advertises in the local newspaper. The Town of Ipswich Purchasing website is also another place to learn about bids.
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These bans apply to businesses, which will be offering alternatives to plastic bags and Styrofoam. Residents are allowed to use single-use plastic bags acquired from shopping in other towns, but we encourage bringing reusable bags when shopping. More information can be found here.
If it's your usual trash day (and not a holiday), call the DPW at 978-356-6612. If it's a holiday, make sure your trash is out for pickup the following day by 6 AM.
No. Plastic bags (grocery, newspaper, bread, food and snack, produce, and dry cleaning bags) and plastic packaging (case, pallet, and furniture wrap; napkin, paper towel, diaper packaging wrap; and beverage case wrap) cannot be put in your curbside bin. You can recycle them in the drop-off bins at grocery stores (Shaw's, Market Basket) and other retail outlets (Target, Lowe's, Kohl's, Walmart, Staples) that accept this plastic, even if you did not purchase it at their store.
Residents may put out UNLIMITED recycling of accepted items. Ipswich participates in single-stream recycling, so all recycling can be placed in the same container. Please flatten cardboard boxes. Remember to recycle everything allowed. Recycling saves Ipswich money, reduces waste, and helps ease the trash impact on the environment.
No, there are many other ways to pay your bills without coming to the Treasurer/Collector’s Office at Town Hall.
Beach stickers can be purchased online or by mail.
Please callus at 978-356-6610.
The cost of disposing of our trash in 2009 was $97 per ton for the nearly 4,000 tons of trash we generated annually. The first year of the WRP reduced the amount of trash by 161 tons, and by 2018 Ipswich reduced trash to 2,847 tons!
Switching to bags benefits those who throw away only a little while offering a way for those who throw away a lot to pay their fair share.
The Waste Reduction Program reduces solid waste management costs for the town, which allows your tax dollars to be spent on roads, safety and education. It also provides an incentive to increase recycling and waste diversion, and it’s a more equitable system for sharing costs.
The program, in effect since July 1, 2010, limits trash to 35 gallons per week per household. With this Waste Reduction Program, the first bag or barrel of trash will be collected at no charge (maximum volume 35 gallons/maximum weight 50 pounds).
Excess trash can be disposed of in overthrow bags, Ipswich’s official Waste Reduction Program trash bags. Overthrow bags should be placed on top or next to the first free bag/barrel.
Ipswich’s official overthrow/WRP bags cost $2 per bag and are sold in packs of 5 bags. These bags are necessary only when you dispose of trash in excess of one 35-gallon bag or barrel per week.
The special bags include the hauling price for picking up your extra trash. Any trash in excess of the one-barrel limit must be placed in these special bags or it will not be picked up.
Aubuchon Hardware, Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms (both), DJ’s Variety, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's sell these bags.
Label your barrel with your street number and unit number to avoid confusion. Each family is allowed one free 35-gallon bag or barrel.
If you did not have your trash at the curb by 6 AM or if you exceeded the one-barrel limit and did not put your extra trash in an overthrow bag, your trash will be left behind.
Purchase a bulk item sticker ($10) from Conley’s Drug, Cumberland Farms (Central Street location only), DJ’s Variety, Richdale, Shaw’s or Tedford’s.
Carpet from ONE room must be cut into 4-foot sections and rolled up. Electronics can be recycled curbside with the purchase of a $25 sticker, obtained from JRM by calling 978-536-2500. Additionally, electronic recycling events are held every May and September.
Animals are a concern with any trash bag or barrel. Trash should be put out by 6 AM on the day of your collection and official bags can be placed in a trash barrel.
The town regularly monitors areas that have historically had dumping issues. We encourage residents to report offenders and to engage the cooperation of their neighbors for success of the program.
Residents may put out unlimited recycling of accepted items. Please call the DPW (978-356-6612) in advance if you will be putting out exceptionally large quantities of recycling so we can alert the JRM driver.
Cardboard boxes should be flattened and piled.
With this Waste Reduction Program, residents only pay for the excess amount of trash they generate after the first bag or barrel. Ipswich’s Waste Reduction Program provides hauling service to all households and allows the first bag or barrel to be collected at no charge.
By recycling items at the curb, most residents are able to fit all of their trash into the one free container each week and experience little or no additional cost.
More than 130 municipalities in Massachusetts have either pay as you throw (PAYT) or WRP programs. In our region, neighboring communities (including Hamilton, Wenham and Topsfield) all have WRP programs.
Contact the Department of Public Works by phone at 978-356-6612 or by email.