Waste Management picks up trash every week and recycling every other week on a scheduled day, Trash and Recycling may be delayed one day due to major holidays. Please see the Trash and Recycling calendar 2020-2021 Trash & Recycling Calendar - Westwood or Recycle Coach for your specific week, events and delayed holidays.
How to Set Your Trash and Recycling Carts Out for Collection
- Park It
On your collection day, simply wheel your carts to the curb by 7:00 AM on your collection day, or as early as 4:00 PM the day before collection. If your recycling cart has a blue lid, your cart will be picked up on the “Blue Bin” schedule. If your recycling cart has a green lid, your cart will be picked up on the “Green Bin” schedule. Click here for Collection Calendar.
- Close It
A closed lid prevents litter on windy days, and contamination from snow and rain. Make sure that you have broken down your recyclables and bagged your trash so that the lids on the carts will close completely; no material may be sticking out of the cart. An open, overflowing cart may not be accepted. Use approved overflow bags for excess trash and set beside cart.
- Point It
The carts must be within 3 feet of the curb with the wheels and handle facing your house. Make sure lid opens towards the street.
- Space It
The carts must be at least 4 feet from objects (including parked cars, fire hydrants, telephone poles, trees, bulky waste, other carts, mail boxes, etc.). If possible, please do not park on the street on your collection day.
Do Not Include in Trash
The items listed below are what are known as “Waste Ban” items. In 1990, the State began banning easy-to-recycle and toxic materials from landfills and incinerators. Not only is it more cost effective for Westwood to keep these materials out of the trash, it is also State law. See MassDEP’s webpage for more information about 310 CMR Section 19.017 Waste Bans.
- Asphalt Pavement, Brick & Concrete
- Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) such as TVs and computer monitors
- Clean Gypsum Wallboard
- Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metals (scrap metal is collected at DPW on Westwood Recycling Day)
- Plastic, Glass & Metal Containers
- Lead Acid Batteries (collected at DPW on Household Hazardous Waste Day)
- Leaves & Yard Waste
- Recyclable Paper, Cardboard & Paperboard
- White Goods (Large Appliances)
- Whole Tires
Recycle and minimize waste as much as possible. See our What Goes Where - Trash or Recycle for tips on how and what to recycle.
Single Stream Recycling
Single stream recycling increases recycling by decreasing the amount of trash we throw away, and that reduces disposal costs. With new single stream technology all recyclable materials can be placed into one container. Westwood started Single Stream Recycling in November 2012.
ALL MISSED PICK UPS MUST BE REPORT TO THE DPW WITHIN 24 HOURS AFTER THE SCHEDULED SERVICE DAY 781-251-2587 or firstname.lastname@example.org