Department of Public Works


Public Notice for Manchester Cemetery Owners

Department of Public Works requests that all lot owners/representatives remove ALL decorations from graves of all Manchester cemeteries by Monday, April 5, 2021 to enable the DPW staff to undertake their grounds maintenance work. Any items left behind will be removed and disposed of. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Singing Beach Construction 2021

On January 14 work will begin on the Singing Beach Revetment Repair Project. Contractor N. Granese and Sons will be onsite Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. installing erosion control and mobilizing equipment and materials. The repairs are being made to the revetment stones that were displaced during the storms of 2018. 
The Beach will remain open. However, please keep your distance from the crew and stay clear of the work zone. The project is expected to take approximately two months to complete.

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.

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.

All wooden/fabric large items are curbside collections only and need to be scheduled directly with Waste Management and cannot go to the transfer station.  Please call Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545 to schedule a pick up of these items. 

Trash/Recycling COVID-19 updates

All trash must be ENTIRELY contained within a tied orange bag. Nothing must be sticking out. For collector safety any bag not following these rules will be oops tagged, reported to the WM call center, and left behind. It will not be picked up as a missed collection. Large curbside items have to be called into WM as a special collection:  1-800-972-4545

Waste Management have re-opened call center operations now they have all workers set up to work remotely. Please call the usual 1-800-972-4545 number to report any missed collections and to schedule curbside large item pick-ups. CURBSIDE trash/recycle continues to operate as normal during these times, following all the regular curbside rules: must be curbside with trash fully contained within orange bags by 7am on your collection day, recycling rules still apply. The Transfer Station is open as usual for orange-bagged trash and recycling. As always no curbside-type bulk items can be taken to the Transfer Station. Updates will follow if circumstances change.

2021 Waste Management Collection Calendar


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.


Please read the following fact sheet released directly from Waste Management that details where different items go after being sorted in the Billerica recycling facility.

CLICK HERE: Fact Sheet - Recycling 2020


CLICK HERE: Recycling/plastic bags Flyer 

Recently, DPW staff toured the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where all our recyclables are taken for processing. Our recyclables are being audited for contamination, so far it is clear that the worst issue is plastic bags, plastic wrap and things in plastic covers such as mailings and magazines. The most alarming thing is 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. 

Recycling Clean-up program. 

Residents who do not follow the DEP recycle guidelines: CLICK HERE will see an OOPS sticker detailing the issue on their recycle bin, WM will record the location and leave 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.

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.

Bulk-Item Curbside Pickup

Waste Management facilitates 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! Examples of bulk items include box springs/mattresses, carpet/carpet padding, rigid plastics, chairs, couches and other wooden furniture. The fee will be $28.00 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. 

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 2020

How Do I Dispose of Rigid Plastics?

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.

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

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