Department of Public Works

February 2023 Updates

Trash Delay: All trash, recycling, and compost collection will be delayed during the week of February 20 due to Presidents Day

Transfer Station Closed Wednesdays: The Transfer Station will be closed on Wednesdays until further notice while construction continues on the new compost facility. Residents can still visit the Transfer Station on Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM

Rain Barrel Sale: Save water and buy a rain barrel for your spring growing season. Buy today (deadline March 20) and pick up at the DPW yard on April 1. Learn more here

Mattress Ban:  New state rules require mattresses and textiles be kept out of the trash so they can be recycled or donated for reuse. Landfills, transfer stations, and waste-to-energy facilities across the Commonwealth no longer accept these items for disposal. Mattresses must be recycled or reused, and textiles must be donated for reuse or other secondary uses.  

How to Dispose of a Mattress: Manchester residents need to take mattresses to a recycling center ($100 fee) or schedule a pickup ($150 fee) with JRM. 

Missed Trash/Recycling/Compost: Please call or email JRM at 1-800-323-4285 or to report missed trash/recycling pickupsPlease call Black Earth at 978-290-4610 to report missed compost pickups.

Compost Site:  The Compost Site on School Street is open Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday 9 AM -3 PM. Learn what you can bring here.

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. 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Why do we flush hydrants? Routine flushing is an essential part of keeping water quality high and hydrants operationally ready when needed. 

During the flushing process, the water can become discolored and residents may wish to avoid washing clothes during this time.  If discoloration appears in the water at your faucet, run cold water for a few minutes and it should clear.  

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.

National Grid Presentation December 2021