Department of Public Works

Trash/Recycling Contractor: JRM

The Town has a new trash and recycling service contract with JRM.  All routes and collection days will remain the same.
**Please have trash and recycling curbside by 7 a.m.**

Please contact JRM for bulk or missed pick up:
978-536-2500 or Toll Free 800-323-4285

Trash Collection Schedule

2021 Collection Calendar

Bulk Item Pickup

All wooden/fabric large items are curbside collections only and need to be scheduled directly with JRM and cannot go to the transfer station.  Please call J.R.M at 1-800-323-4285 to schedule a pick up of these items. More than one item allowed. The fee is $25.00 per item. 

Examples of bulk items include box springs/mattresses, carpet/carpet padding, rigid plastics, chairs, couches and other wooden furniture. 

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 978-283-4298 for more information. CLICK HERE: Comprehensive Disposal List 2021

Transfer Station stickers

One trip passes, metal items, TV/computer monitors, appliances and refrigerant items can be purchased in Town Hall at the Town Clerks office.


2021 Recycling List

Please do not place your entire recycle deposit in large (13 gallon) tied white bin liners - these are entirely rejected, the whole bag full regardless of their content.

How Do I Dispose of Rigid Plastics?

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 JRM as a curbside bulk item pick-up (800-323-4285). 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.

How Do I Dispose of Batteries?

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

Compost Site

The Town Compost Site is open for the season.  Compost Site hours are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9am-3pm. Please click here for full information.


A friendly reminder from DPW:  there should be no discharge of sump pumps, gutters, water run-off from personal property directly or indirectly onto public right of ways which includes roads and sidewalks (General By-Law article X, section 10, page 26). The discharge of water to these surfaces can create ice which is a significant safety hazard for walkers and cars alike. Discharge to these locations is a fine-able offense per the bylaws. Please immediately remove or redirect any devices that discharge or flow to these locations.

Local businesses are reminded that no personal items (benches, planters etc) are to be placed on any public right of way/sidewalk (General By-law article X, section 1, page 25). This is a safety hazard and impedes the Town’s ability to undertake snow clearance.

Power Outages and Downed 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 Please note, this link is only active during storms.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions