Solid Waste and Recycling

For trash and recycling collection issues please call E.L. Harvey:


Regular Trash – Trash is collected every week

Trash StickersIn order to be collected, every bag or barrel (up to 32 gallons or 38 lbs.) of trash set out for trash collection must have a sticker(s) on the bag or on the top item in the barrel.

There are two choices in stickers depending on the volume/weight set out:

  • Bags or barrels up to 15 gal./38 lbs. require a PINK sticker – cost $1.00.
  • Bags or barrels up to 32 gal./38 lbs. require a YELLOW sticker – cost $2.00  (or 2 PINK stickers)


  • Use the right sticker tag.
  • Buy sticker tags ahead.
  • You’ll need them weekly. 
  • 2 Pink = 1 Yellow.

Stickers can be purchased at: Bud’s Variety, 180 Main Street    Corner Store, 49 Walnut St. Seven-Eleven, 5 Waltham St.   Russell’s Convenience, 193 Main St.  Maynard Town Hall, 195 Main Street

The street schedule, including holidays and recycling details is available in the Curbside Collection Calendar from the Resources section below.

The Department of Public Works strictly enforces the 32-gallon barrel rule. Trash left at the curb in barrels larger than 32 gallons will not be picked up. If a 32-gallon barrel is used to consolidate loose remodeling debris, it can not weigh more than 38lbs.

Large Items – Objects that weigh less than 39 pounds or up to three feet long will be collected only if $10 worth of sticker tags is attached. Examples are sofas, mattresses, doors, etc. Mattresses and box-springs require $10 of stickers for each piece.

32 gallon barrels of trash must be filled only to the level where a cover if applied would fit. Over filled barrels will be left at curbside. Put sticker tag on top item in barrel. Do not place sticker tag on barrel.

In cold weather sticker tags don’t stick well to cold bags, so, stick the sticker tag to a warm bag, or to itself wrapped around drawstring or bag neck.


Whenever a scheduled collection day falls on a holiday, that day’s collection and all remaining collections for the week will be delayed one day (e.g., Friday’s collections will be on Saturday).   Download the Curbside Collection Calendar in the Resources section below for specific holidays and recycling collection.


Recycling – Your recyclables are collected every other week

  • recycle-symbolAll containers should be clean.
  • Remove and discard caps and rings from all containers
  • Set bins out by 7:00 am, clearly separated from trash.
  • Bins containing improper materials will be left behind

Download the Curbside Collection Calendar in the Resources section below for specific holidays and recycling collection.

In the summer of 2017 the Town of Maynard announced automated curbside collection of single stream recycling. Every residence received a 95-gallon cart. Additional carts may be purchased by calling E.L. Harvey. 38-gallon carts are also available for those that need a smaller cart. No separation of material is needed, i.e. glass, paper and plastic. All material must be in the cart to be collected and the cart must be curbside away from trash, mailboxes, etc. Set bins out by 7am clearly separated from trash. Bins containing improper materials will be left behind.

The DPW periodically opens a Recycling Drop Off Center.  Check schedule for dates/times and what can be dropped off.


Yard Waste

We have two Yard Waste (leaves and clippings) pickups per year.

The spring seasonal curb side waste pickups are scheduled in May. The fall seasonal curb side yard waste pickups will be held in October/November.

2019May 6 – May 10, Nov 4 – Nov 8, Nov 18 – Nov 22

Place leaves, grass, wood chips and all other easily raked material in paper yard waste bags at curbside by 7:00 a.m. on your normal trash collection day during these weeks. Brush (3 feet x 3 feet or smaller) must be bundled in the appropriate size and no more than 35 pounds.

Brush (3” x 3’ or smaller) is no longer picked up at curbside. It is now chipped at drop-off Center. Brush Chipping dates can be found on the Recycling Center page.  Fee is $10.00 per car load.  Bring to the DPW Garage on Winter Street.


Fluorescent Bulbs

Fluorescent bulbs (tubes, compact fluorescent bulbs) contain mercury and should be disposed of properly.  You can bring your smaller bulbs to Town Hall.   Larger tubes should be brought to the Recycling Drop Off Center (check schedule here).



Sharps can be dropped off in puncture-free containers at the kiosk currently located in the front of the Police Station (197 Main Street).



Both permanent and temporary (30 days or less) dumpsters require a permit from the Board of Health.   You can apply for the permit online.


Reuse Opportunities

Our “How Can I Get Rid Of …?” page has lots of specific examples for reusing items that you may no longer need.   The following organizations may also be helpful in reusing various items.

  • Salvation Army – Kevin Maguire,,  508-799-0528 x 307
  • Goodwill – Bill LaBelle,, 617-541-1415
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • The Wish, 978-441-9474
  • Kiducation Community Crusade for Children – Alex Blake,, 978-248-9813
  • Planet Aid –, 508-893-0644
  • Homegoods (in Acton) –, 978-635-1710×6
  • Savers – 888-322-8209


Recycle Smart MARecycleSmartMA is an initiative by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.  The site features tips and videos on recycling and includes a “recyclopedia” where you can type in an item (e.g., empty motor oil container) and it will tell you the proper way to recycle or dispose of it.

Other Resources: