Recycling & Trash

  1. Bulky Item Fee

    Curbside pickup of a bulky item requires a $10 sticker. Residents with curbside trash pickup are allowed to put out ONE bulky item (for example: sofa, chair, mattress, box spring or carpet -- no appliances or electronics) per week. Read on...
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Recycling and trash must be at the curb by 6 AM on your pickup day.

The trucks cannot return for items not out on time.

Please check for more detailed information for 2019.

Check HERE for bulky item information.


JRM strictly enforces the town’s disposal limit of one barrel or bag and places stickers on any trash or recycling not in compliance with town policy.

One 35-gallon bag or barrel (50-pound limit) is allowed per residence.
Please make sure trash is not loose in the barrel.

Additional trash must be placed in an overthrow bag, available for $2 (in packs of 5 for $10) at Aubuchon Hardware, Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms, DJ's Variety, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's Hardware.

Please check the trash and recycling holiday delay schedule.

Construction debris (doors, toilets, etc.) can be brought to Hiltz at 24 Kondelin Road in Gloucester (978-283-3335) or Mello at 95 Tenney Street in Georgetown (978-352-8581).

Recycling Is Mandatory

Trash will not be collected from addresses that do not have recyclables at the curb.
Please do NOT put recyclables in plastic bags.

Ipswich participates in single-stream recycling. Residents must place their recycling curbside in order to have their trash collected. All recyclables should be placed in the bin (NO plastic bags). There is no limit for recycling, but containers cannot be larger than 45 gallons.

Questions about what to recycle? Check MassDEP's RecycleSmart guide and

Call the DPW with pickup issues -- 978-356-6612.

Questions? Contact the Ipswich Waste Reduction Program Manager at

Many other items NOT collected curbside may be recycled by bringing them free to the Transfer Station (open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM) or other locations.

Ipswich is plastic bag- and styrofoam-free!

Ipswich businesses are using alternatives to single-use plastic bags and styrofoam. Please note that trash bags are not affected by this ban. Learn more here.

Household Hazardous Waste

The 2020 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection will be Saturday, September 19, 2020, at the Transfer Station from 9-12. Residents can bring accepted household hazardous waste items to this September event.

Residents may also bring their HHW to another community with an open event.
Please note that communities charge a fee to nonresidents.

Need to dispose of items before or after open events occur? Minuteman Regional Facility in Lexington has a dropoff day once per month. For additional options, contact New England Disposal Technologies for their dropoff and pickup programs.

Recycling Bins

The Department of Public works provides ONE recycling container per residential dwelling that receives municipal solid waste pickup. Additional bins are available at the Public Works office for $10 each. "Ipswich Recycles" stickers are available free at the DPW office if you'd like to use your own container.

Join the Curbside Composting Program

Toss all of your food scraps, grass clippings, pizza box inserts and much more in a cart for curbside pickup! Ipswich has a curbside compost collection program that costs less per week than one overthrow bag.

Email us at or call (978-356-6612), visit the Department of Public Works office at Town Hall for more information or sign up online at Black Earth Compost

Contact Us

  1. Marlene Faria Connelly

    Recycling Coordinator

    Town Hall
    25 Green St.
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Ph: 978-356-6612
    Fx: 978-356-6616


    8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Tuesdays - Thursdays
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    8 a.m. - Noon

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