Waste Reduction Program FAQs

barrelWhat changes are being implemented?
What programs and policies are staying the same?
What if excess trash is not put in overflow bags?
Where can residents purchase bulky item and white good disposal stickers?
What is the difference between "bulky item" and "white good?"
How do I arrange for a bulky item and white good pickup?
How will I get the new cart?
What if a resident already has a 35-gallon barrel?
What can residents do with their old barrel?
What are some other waste reduction programs availble to Swampscott residents?
Where can I get a copy of the 2020 Trash and Recycling Brocure?
Why is this program being implemented?
What if I still have Overthrow stickers?

Carts will be dropped off at all residences the week of July 27. If you have not received a cart by Friday, July 31, please call 781-596-8850 and one will be provided. |
There will be an informational meeting regarding the new trash program on Thursday, July 30 at 6:00pm. Learn more here.

WHAT CHANGES ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED?

Starting August 3, 2020, Swampscott is commencing its Waste Reduction Program (“WRP”). As part of this program, residents will only be permitted to dispose of trash in one town-issued 35-gallon wheeled cart. Excess trash can be disposed of in overflow bags which can be purchased at numerous retailers. Residents will also now have to pay for the disposal of bulk items and white goods by purchasing stickers. The breakdown of changes is outlined below: 

Policy Prior to August 3, 2020Policy after August 3, 2020
One (1) 65-gallon cart/two (2) 35-gallons cartsOne (1) 35-gallon cart
Excess trash: Goes in overflow bags with a $2/bag sticker affixed

Excess trash goes in overflow bags: $15/sleeve of 5 bags
Available for purchase at numerous Swampscott retailers

May dispose of one bulky item per week at no charge

Charge for disposal of any bulky item:
 

  • $20 for bulky trash items (burnable)
  • $30 for white goods

WHAT PROGRAMS AND POLICIES ARE STAYING THE SAME?

  • Trash and recycling will still be collected weekly
  • Recycling will still remain unlimited and will be single-stream recycling
  • Yard-waste will still be collected 8 times per year

WHAT IF EXCESS TRASH IS NOT PUT IN AN OFFICIAL OVERFLOW BAG?

It will not be picked up and will be affixed with a non-compliance sticker for your information.

WHERE DO RESIDENTS PURCHASE OVERFLOW BAGS AND BULKY ITEM STICKERS?

Overflow bags can be purchased in sleeves of 5 for $15 at the following locations (please note, at retailers, the bags will not be stocked among other merchandise. Go to Customer Service or the main counter to purchase bags).

  • Swampscott Town Hall: 22 Monument Ave. (Single bags can be purchased at this location for $3 a bag, all other locations will sell overflow bags in packs of 5)
  • CVS: 413 Paradise Rd. (BAGS ON SALE IN MID-AUGUST, CALL BEFORE PICKING UP)
  • Wholefoods: 331 Paradise Rd. (BAGS ON SALE IN MID-AUGUST, CALL BEFORE PICKING UP)
  • Stop & Shop: 450 Paradise Rd.
  • Richdale Convenience Store: 444 Humphrey St.
  • JRH Services: 197 Essex St.
  • Walgreens: 505 Paradise Rd. (BAGS ON SALE IN MID-AUGUST, CALL BEFORE PICKING UP)
  • CVS: 413 Paradise Rd. (BAGS ON SALE IN MID-AUGUST, CALL BEFORE PICKING UP)

Bulk Item Stickers ($20):

  • Swampscott Town Hall: 22 Monument Ave.
  • Online on the Town of Swampscott website:

White Good Stickers ($30):

  • These can be purchased through the Town's contracted waste Hauler, JRM by calling 800-323-4285.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A ”BULKY TRASH” ITEM AND A “WHITE GOOD”?

Bulky trash items are acceptable trash items that do not fit into the uniform 35-gallon carts and can be disposed of in a landfill or incinerator.  “White goods” are household appliances such as a refrigerator

Bulky (burnable) trash items include: Sofas, chairs, mattresses, box springs, desks, etc.
White goods include: Dishwashers, microwaves, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, stoves/ovens, humidifiers/de-humidifiers, hot water heaters, air conditioners

HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR BULKY TRASH AND WHITE GOOD PICK-UP?

For bulky trash items, residents simply purchase a sticker for each item and leave the item out with the regular trash and recycling for pick-up by JRM. 
For white goods, residents are responsible for contacting JRM directly and arranging for curbside pick-up.  Residents pay the $30.00 fee directly to JRM. JRM can be contacted at 800-323-4285.

HOW DO I GET THE NEW CART?

Carts will be delivered to residents the week of July 27.


WHAT IF A RESIDENT ALREADY OWNS A 35-GALLON BARREL?

All residents must use the uninform carts provided by the Town and stamped with the Town seal. 


WHAT CAN RESIDENTS DO WITH THEIR OLD BARRELS?

  • Starting Wednesday, July 29, you can recycle your old barrels through the Town’s limited-time recycling program. Drop your barrels off on Capen Rd. in Swampscott Cemetery inside the swinging gate. Barrels can be dropped off Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3:00pm. Residents can also drop off barrels on two Saturdays, August 8 and August 15 between 8:00am-12:00pm. All non-plastic parts must be removed from the barrel. This service will be availble through the end of August.
  • Pick up a free RECYCLE sticker from Customer Service at Town Hall
  • Use the barrel for yard waste
  • Use the barrel to hold your overflow bags on trash day

WHAT ARE SOME OTHER WASTE REDUCTION PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO SWAMPSCOTT RESIDENTS?

  • Yard Waste: Disposal of grass, leaves, and trimming up to 1” thick must be placed in paper bags or barrels labeled as “Yard Waste” during the following weeks on your regular trash day. (Weeks of July 27, September 14, October 19, November 16, December 7
  • Metal Item Drop-off: Year-round on the last Saturday of the month from 8am-12pm, DPW Yard. Click here for a list of acceptable items.
  • Styrofoam Drop-off: Year-round on the last Saturday of the month from 8am-12pm, DPW Yard. Package styrofoam in trash bags if possible.
  • Mercury Recovery Program:  Bring household fluorescent bulbs (CFL & SHOP up to 4-feet long), rechargeable batteries (lighter than 2 lbs.) mercury switches, thermostats/thermometers to the Health Department collection area on the third floor at Town Hall.
  • Hazardous Waste Day: Information TBD
  • Simple Recycling: Swampscott participates in the Simple Reycling Program. Discard unwanted clothing, accessories, or small house-hold items in the provided pink bag to be picked up on trash day. For questions, contact Simple Recycling directly by visiting simplerecycling.com
  • Big Blue Bargains: A local thrift shop benefiting Swampscott Schools located at the back of the Swampscott Middle School on at 207 Forest Ave. bigbluebargains.org

WHERE CAN I GET A COPY OF THE 2020 TRASH & RECYCLING BROCHURE?

Download a copy of the brochure here.

WHY IS THIS PROGRAM BEING IMPLEMENTED?

Over the last few years, Swampscott has seen a drastic increase in solid waste costs due to several factors. View a PDF presentation on waste disposal in Swampscott. Information can also be found in a recent presentation on the online Community Access Channel.

WHAT IF I STILL HAVE OVERTHROW STICKERS?

The Town will still honor overthrow stickers until you have depleted your stash.