Recycling & Trash

All containers must be at the curb by 6 AM on your pickup day.

The trucks cannot return for recycling or trash not out on time.
Trash Routes

JRM strictly enforces the inspection of recycling contamination. The crew must leave behind contaminated recycling along with a sticker explaining the reason for the bin's rejection. What can I put in the curbside bin?

There's much more that can be recycled than just what goes in the curbside bin. Check out Additional Resources and MassDEP's Beyond the Bin.


Trash and Recycling Policy

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

Recycling is mandatory.

Trash will not be collected if recyclables are not at the curb. All recyclables should be placed in a collection bin (NO plastic bags). There is no limit for recycling, but containers cannot be larger than 45 gallons.

Policy Enforcement

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.

Overthrow Bags

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.

Holiday Pickup Delays

Please check the trash and recycling 2021 holiday delay schedule.

Food Scraps -- Join the curbside composting program.

Sign up online!
Toss all of your food scraps, houseplants, pizza boxes and much more in a cart for curbside pickup! The curbside compost collection program costs less per week than one overthrow bag. Questions? Call 978-356-6612 or email

Recycling Bins

The DPW provides ONE recycling bin to residents. Additional bins are $10 each and Ipswich Recycles stickers are free for residents (both at DPW office at town hall).

Construction Debris

Hiltz at 24 Kondelin Road in Gloucester (978-283-3335)
Mello at 95 Tenney Street in Georgetown (978-352-8581)
Pickup Issues

Call Public Works at 978-356-6612.

Other Questions?


Household Hazardous Waste

Household Hazardous Waste Day 2022

Saturday, September 17, 2022, at the Transfer Station from 9 to noon.
Residents may 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?
Check MassDEP's website for alternatives.

HHW Emergency Response Lines

ACV Enviro (800-7-SPILLS -- 800-777-4557)
Clean Harbors (800-645-8265)

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.

Contact Us

  1. Marlene Faria Connelly

    Waste Reduction Program Manager

    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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