Department of Public Works

Fall 2023 Updates

Town Facility Master Plan: The final version of the Facility Master Plan Study has been received and can be viewed here. 

Leaf Collection:  Curbside leaf collection will take place during the weeks of November 13 and 27. Place leaves in bags on curb by 7 AM on the Monday of collection week regardless of your trash collection day. Please leave out for the week to allow for Black Earth to get to all streets and cover with a tarp in the rain. 

Road Work Alert: DPW will begin water main replacement work on Walker Road starting Monday, November 13. The work will take place M-F from 7 AM to 3:30 PM and will take approximately 90 days to complete. Traffic will be one way on alternating sides of the ro

Transfer Station to Reopen on Wednesdays: On Wednesday, November 22 the Transfer Station will reopen to residents from 7:30 AM to 3 PM. The Station will also continue hours on Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM. 

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

Bulk item pick up: Please call Republic to schedule bulk item pickup: 1-800-323-4285.

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. 

The Department of Public Works Divisions:

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

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