Department of Public Works


Preventing and Thawing Frozen Water Pipes: CLICK HERE


Starting Monday Oct. 1, 2018. Mon, Tues, Wed 8pm-midnight each week until October 24, 2018 (4 weeks anticipated). Columbus Holiday week (10/8/18), flushing will be Tues, Wed, Thurs nights. Flushing will systematically work through town starting in the Upper Pine St area and progressing downtown and finishing towards the Gloucester line. 

If you experience discolored water please run a cold faucet or outdoor spigot until water runs clear. Try not to run a hot faucet until you have run cold and verified that there is no discoloration. Thank-you for your patience while we carry out this essential work.


Projects will be starting around Town in the late Spring/Summer of 2018, for more information: Click here for list of current DPW Projects


Due to the China-crisis recycling issues, The Town of Manchester is not currently able to separate out and send rigid plastics for recycle. These items; 5 gallon pails, children's outdoor toys, plastic totes, garden chairs etc must now be disposed of either curbside in an orange trash bag or if too large, with a $10 large item sticker and placed curbside alongside your trash on your regular collection day. Please remember only one large item per household per week and all trash, recycle and large items must be curbside by 7 am on your collection day.

COMPOST SITE:  The Compost Site will open for the 2018 season on March 24, 2018. Opening hours will be: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 9-3 pm.


March 15, 2018 - The price to dispose of large (wood/fabric household) items curbside such as mattresses, chairs, side tables, rugs etc will increase. The green stickers purchased from the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall will be $10 per sticker. Please remember, only one large item per household per week, item must be placed curbside next to your trash and recyclables by 7 am on your day of collection. If your stickered item is ever left behind by Waste Management's trash truck please report it at: 800-972-4545. Click here for disposal item fees and drop locations

The Transfer Station now accepts standard Auto batteries for recycling with a $10 sticker pre-purchased from the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall. Please see the attendant on arrival at the Transfer Station.

Please note AAA, AA, C, D etc type small regular batteries are not recyclable and should be put in your orange trash bags.

Power Outage and Downed Trees in Wires

For power outage updates or to report downed trees in wires, please call National Grid directly: 1-800-322-3223 or on your mobile device at: or text: STORM to 64743 or online at

Waste Management Calendar

The DPW would like to apologize for any confusion caused by the Waste Management Calendar that was recently mailed to all Manchester residents. The street listing collection schedule contained mistakes. Collection days have NOT changed.

SCAM ALERT! Many companies claim their plastic bags are compostable. Bags must say "ASTM 6400 certified" to be compostable. Biodegradable is not compostable. An alternative is to use double-bagged paper grocery bags.

New water rates went into effect on July 1, 2018. Information regarding these rates and how to conserve water were mailed to all residents in late June.

Mission Statement

The Public Works Department’s provides and maintains public services necessary for the continued growth and improvement of the quality of life for the citizens of Manchester-by-the-Sea. 

The Department is comprised of the following divisions:

Click here for an overview of the Department of Public Works.

Click here for the current Curbside Collection Schedule.