Department of Public Works
There is a lot of mis-information circulating, regarding where Manchester's recycling goes - please read the following 2 page fact sheet released directly from Waste Management that details where different items go after being sorted in the Billerica recycling facility.
CLICK HERE: May 2019 Recycling Flyer The Latest Recycling Flyer was mailed out with recent water bills but some households on private water supply and some apartment residents did not receive this flyer. You can pick-up a flyer at Town Hall, the Library or click the link above to read/download.
Today, 4/10/19, DPW staff toured the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where all our recyclables are taken for processing. Our recyclables are currently being audited for contamination over a period of two weeks. In today's audit it was clear that the worst issue is plastic bags, plastic wrap and things in plastic covers such as mailings and magazines. The most alarming thing was some residents are putting their entire recycle deposit in large (13 gallon) tied white bin liners - these are entirely rejected, the whole bag full regardless of their content. We witnessed more than half the contamination in today's audit was due to 4 such white bin liners.
The Town is launching a Recycling Spring Clean-up program.
Starting 4/22/19 residents who do not follow the DEP recycle guidelines: CLICK HERE will see an OOPS sticker detailing the issue on their recycle bin, but WM will take the recyclables away.
Starting 4/29/19 and on, WM will record the location and leave an OOPS sticker and the contaminated load behind. The resident has the choice of taking it to the transfer station OR putting it out the following week, ONCE IT HAS BEEN CLEANED UP. WM will not come out as a missed collection for contaminated loads. The costs of processing recyclables is based on two factors, current market rate and contamination levels - please read and follow these guidelines and clean up recyclables to prevent the Town's processing fee from rising.
COMPOST SITE: The Compost Site will re-open Saturday 3/23/2019 - hours are Thurs/Sat/Sun 9am-3pm.
Projects will be starting around Town in the late Spring/Summer of 2019, for more information:
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: www.ngrid.com/mobile or text: STORM to 64743 or online at www.nationalgridus.com/outagecentral Please note, this link is only active during storms.
RECYCLING GUIDELINES 2019: Click Here
New Town Street Lights:
Light installation work by Pine Ridge Technologies (PRT) is scheduled to start Thursday 1/3/19 and anticipated to take 3-4 weeks to complete. Light replacements will start at downtown and work out radially from Town Hall.
Bulk-Item Curbside Pickup Changes – As of January 1/1/19, Waste Management will be facilitating all curbside bulk item pickups – no more bulk item green sticker sales at Town Hall. This will enable residents to call Waste Management (800-972-4545) at their convenience to schedule and pay for a pickup. Residents will also be able to put out more than one bulk item per week! All current green stickers must be used by 12/31/18 - no returns or refunds available. Examples of bulk items include box springs/mattresses, carpet/carpet padding, rigid plastics, chairs, couches and other wooden furniture. The fee will be $27.00 per item beginning 1/1/19. This will also allow Waste Management to know exactly what needs to be picked up each week and where, saving residents the hassle of a missed pickup. Questions? Contact the DPW at 978-526-1242. A 2019 Waste Management Calendar / information pamphlet will be mailed out to all Manchester residences by early January 2019.
Does your bulk item still have some life left to it? There are a few options available locally that may be able to re-use your bulk item! Contact Beverly Bootstraps at 978-921-4710 or Second Glance in Gloucester 978-283-4798 for more information. CLICK HERE: Comprehensive Disposal List effective 1/1/19
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, by pre-scheduling and prepayment with Waste Management as a curbside bulk item pick-up (800-972-4545). Multiple items per week can be scheduled. Please remember all trash, recycle and large items must be curbside by 7 am on your collection day.
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.
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.
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:
- Where can I find the 2019 Collection Calendar?
- Where can I get an update on the various DPW projects happening around town?
- What if my trash, recyclables or pre-scheduled curbside large item was not collected?
- What if my food waste was not collected?
- When is the compost site open?
- When is the transfer station open?
- How do I dispose of a large item like a mattress, boxspring, chair, etc.?
- How do I dispose of televisions, laptops and computer monitors?
- How do I dispose of freezers, refrigerators and air-conditioners?
- What can I do with rechargeable and button batteries and fluorescent bulbs?
- How do I dispose of construction waste?
- What do I do with tires and auto batteries?
- When is the next hazardous waste disposal day in Manchester?
- How do I get information about cemeteries, including pricing?
- How do I sign up for text and/or email alerts on my phone and/or computer?
- I have water and/or sewer questions...
- I have a question about a Town-owned tree...