Please DO NOT put any type or size of plastic bags in your Recycling - it will NOT be picked up!

recycle properly!

The Town of Tewksbury was awarded a state grant to educate town residents on what to recycle and to help stop the town from being fined for non-recyclable items discarded in recycling.

Five Recycling Inspectors were hired through this grant to tag incorrect recycling.  Tagged recycling is logged and will not be picked up until your next scheduled recycling date.

Below is a sample of what was found in recycling carts this week:

What was tagged and NOT RECYCLINGCorrect Way to Dispose of Item
Dirty Diaperstrash
Bagged Recyclingbags are trash or brought back to store
Yard WasteClick Here for Yard Waste pickup schedule
Boxes (not broken down)only broken down or cut down boxes accepted that fit in recycle bin. Boxes that do not fit in recycling boxes (i.e. refrigerator box) go back to store you purchased item from or private hauler
Styrofoamtrash
Couch Cushionstrash
Packing Peanutstrash
Bed Railfurniture is a FREE pickup 800-442-9006
Trash bagstrash
Treesprivate hauler
Netstrash or private hauler
Woodprivate hauler
Hosetrash
Moptrash
Anti-Freezehazardous waste - private hauler or take to Minuteman Hazardous Waste Products Facility, 60 Hartwell Ave., Lexington, MA.
Trashtrash
Planterstrash
Tarptrash
Ropetrash
Lawn chairfurniture is a FREE pickup 800-442-9006
Metal Fencingprivate hauler
Food Contaminated Containers/Platestrash- food contamination not accepted
Plastic Milk Jugs w/Milkshould have been rinsed out for recycling - food contamination not accepted
Textilestrash, donate, Simple Recycling
AC Filtertrash
Rugprepare properly and call for a FREE pickup 800-442-9006