Trash and Recycling
TRASH AND RECYCLING
- Christmas Tree Disposal
- Curbside Recycling Schedule
- Compost Center Information
- Annual Curbside Leaf Pickup
- Electronic Recycling
- Mercury Recycling
- Recycling facts
- Links & Helpful Information
- What you can recycle at the Haverhill Drop-Off Center
- What's not accepted at the Haverhill Drop-Off Center:
- Residential Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day (HHW)
- Recycling bins
- Waste Oil Disposal
- Banned items per MassDEP.
- Local Businesses
- Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Information
- Haverhill Board of Health Fluorescent lamp management policy
- Wheeled Trash Cart Program
- NEW - Compost Bins now available!
IMPORTANT NEWS AND UPDATES:
All bulk items (couches, mattresses, desks, etc.) MUST be scheduled for collection by calling Capitol Waste Services at 1-844-377-1718. Each eligible household is allowed one (1) FREE bulk item per week; however you MUST call at least two (2) business days in advance of your trash collection day to schedule a pickup otherwise it will not be collected. As an example, if your trash is normally picked up on a Monday, you must call by Thursday of the prior week to schedule your collection. Residents with Tuesday collection must call by Friday of the prior week, etc. Also, please be sure to place your bulk item curbside by 6:00 am on the day of its collection. As an additional service, you can also throw out more than one bulk item per collection day, but there is a small charge for this added service.
- Please remember that ANY trash that does not fit inside your wheeled trash cart must be placed in a City of Haverhill (orange) overflow bag or it will not be accepted by the City's waste hauler. DO NOT place any trash or bags on top of the cart and make sure the lid is fully closed, otherwise the remaining trash will be left curbside.
- Remember to leave space (approximately 3 feet) between your cart and any other object such as a telephone pole, fire hydrant, trees and other carts, especially for the multi family dwellings in order to allow the trucks to safely and effectively collect each cart.
>> Click here for the 2017 Trash and Recycling Brochure with Calendar! <<
Need to know whether to place recyclables on Red or Blue week? Click here to visit the Street Directory.
Compost Bins - Now Available for Purchase at DPW!
$25.00 each - Click Here for more information.
The Compost Center will be OPENING for the season on Saturday, April 1, 2017. (Weather Permitting)
The City of Haverhill's Compost program accepts leaves, grass, and brush for drop-off at 500 Primrose St.
- Grass and Leaves: Monday-Friday: 8:00am-3:00pm and Saturdays: 8:00am-1:00pm.
- Brush: Wednesdays: 8:00am-3:00pm and Saturdays: 8:00am-1:00pm. (Wed. and Sat. ONLY)
- The Compost area is closed during the winter months.
Please help keep our compost pile clean by making sure your grass and leaves are free of trash and debris. Grass and leaves can be dumped loosely or in biodegradable paper bags. All plastic bags must be emptied and removed from the site by the resident.
To Purchase a Compost Sticker/Pass
Residents can purchase a compost sticker at the Highway Department, 500 Primrose Street, Haverhill - Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm and on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 1:00pm.
RESIDENTIAL STICKERS MUST BE AFFIXED TO THE VEHICLE ON THE LOWER LEFT CORNER OF THE WINDSHIELD. For a replacement sticker (for new windshield or new vehicle) you must turn in previously purchased sticker. LOST STICKERS WILL NOT RE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE.
Fees for disposal of brush, grass and leaves are as follows:
Individual Residents: $45.00 annually (sticker) Or $9.00 per day pass
Senior Residents: $30.00 annually (sticker) (Age 65 or older) or $9.00 per day pass.
Curbside Leaf Pick Up
April 29, 2017 and September 30, 2017 - 8am to 1pm at The Recycling and Compost Center on 500 Primrose St.
Thank you for all who have participated in Electronics Recycling Day. In 2013 we recycled 58,317 lbs. of electronics and in 2014 we recycled 53,481 lbs of electronics! A 2-year total of 111,798 lbs which weighs as much as 37 Toyota Prius'! Keep up the great work and remember that you can recycle all sorts of other electronics like CD Players, DVD/VHS players, walkmans, iPods and even surround sound stereo wires!
- TV's - any size - $15
- Computer Monitors - any size - $10
- All other electronics are FREE!
Cloths, Books and Media Recycling
Donate your lightly used clothing, books or other household items.
Bring your unwanted Books, Textiles such as Clothing, DVD's/Media and more to the Recycling Center on 500 Primrose St. during our regular hours of operation. This is a drop-off only service and is NOT to be mixed with Singlestream Recycling. For more information please call the Recycling Department or you can visit http://recyclesearch.com/profile/ma
NOTE: PLACE ALKALINE BATTERIES IN HOUSEHOLD TRASH.
- Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt). Since 1994, most types contain no added mercury, and contain only trace amounts. These batteries are marked "no added mercury" or have a green tree logo. Please dispose of these in your regular household trash.
Bring the following batteries to the Recycling Center for proper disposal.
- Nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries (NiCads) exist in many sizes and shapes and are marked RECHARGEABLE. Some may be built into rechargeable appliances. NiCads contain cadmium, a metal that is toxic to humans when inhaled or ingested.
- Button batteries (small, round, silver-colored, used in watches and hearing aids): Many button batteries contain mercury, a metal that is toxic to humans when inhaled or ingested.
- Lithium batteries (AA, C, 9 volt and button; mainly used in computers and cameras). Lithium is reactive with water, and has caused serious fires.
- Nickel–metal hydride batteries, abbreviated NiMH or Ni–MH: Also a type of rechargeable battery commonly found in many electronic devices.
CAR BATTERIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED AT THE RECYCLING CENTER.
Here are some easy tips to help you recycle more and waste less during the holiday season.
- MOST WRAPPING PAPER IS 100% RECYCLABLE, except for foil and cellophane.
- Flatten and recycle all boxes that contained gifts and put them curbside with your recycling.
- Save tissue paper and reuse it for other years, if not, remember that tissue paper is fully recyclable too
- Save and reuse bows and ribbons, unfortunately we cannot recycle them in our single stream program.
- To use less plastic bags, bring reusable bags with you when you go holiday shopping.
- Avoid using non-recyclable wrapping paper such as foil or plastic-coated paper all together.
- Send an electronic card instead of a paper one- it’s a convenient, no-cost, waste-free alternative.
- **Remember to remove bubble wrap and Styrofoam (molded or peanuts) from boxes before placing them curbside. Check with a local packaging and mailing company to see if they would accept it.
We now offer residents free drop off recycling of all your mercury containing items (i.e. Light bulbs, switches, and thermostats). We will only accept residents disposal of mercury items on Wed's and Sat's from 8am to 1pm.
For all profit and non-profit business you must register with Dan Harty from Covanta by calling 978-241-3002.
- Each person in the U.S. uses about 580 lbs of paper per year. When paper is incinerated, carbon containing gases and soot are released into the air.
- Every 17 lbs of paper that we recycle saves one tree.
- About 2,000 lbs equals 1 ton of paper.
- Recycling the Sunday paper would save 500,000 trees each week.
- If trees are not cut, they continue to add oxygen to the air and remove carbon dioxide from the air.
- 29% of all the wood (one billion trees) cut from U.S. forests is used for paper.
(The Recycling Center is located behind DPW Garage at 500 Primrose St.) - For applicable items, you can pay at the front office, or pay online and bring receipt to onsite attendant or you can pay by check to the onsite attendant.
- Mixed paper and cardboard
- Aluminum cans, pie plates, trays and foil
- Metal cans, steel, and tin
- Clean glass bottles and jars, clear and colored
- Plastic containers #1 thru #7, clear and colored including blisterpaks.
- Composting Program
- Used waste oil:
Collection is the last Sat. of each month from 9:00am-1:00pm. There is a 5-Gallon limit
- Appliances and Scrap Metal:
Stoves, hot water heaters, dishwashers, Dryers, Washers, Microwaves, Refrigerators, Air Conditioners, and Freezers Wed. and Sat. from 8:00am-1:00pm. A fee of $15.00 per appliance applies. Scrap Metal is accepted free of charge.
A fee of $5 for passenger and $10 for truck tires can be paid online for Saturday drop off or at front office prior to drop-off. Print receipt for attendant on site or pay by check to the onsite attendant. Tires do not have to be off the rims. Wed. and Sat. from 8:00am-1:00pm.
- Specialty and Rechargeable Batteries
- No trash bags or plastic bags
- No Styrofoam
- No wall paper, metallic wrapping paper, tissue, wax paper, wax cardboard and no soiled, grease or any remaining food particles.
- No materials shall contain any hazardous or toxic substances (paint and aerosol cans)
- Informational Flyer
- Saturday - April 22, 2017
- Saturday - October 14, 2017
Events are from 9:00AM-12:00PM at the Waste Water Treatment Plant on 40 South Porter St. in Bradford. Do not bring Latex Paint to HHW event. Latex paint can be placed with household trash once completely solidified. Please note these events are for residents only.
To purchase a recycling bin, visit the Department of Public Works from 8am-3pm at 500 Primrose Street - Monday through Friday or call 978-420-3817. You can also purchase online. If purchasing online, bring receipt with you when pickup up you recycling bin(s).
Recycling Bins are sold for $9.75 each.
Waste Oil Disposal:
Bring in your used motor oil or cooking oil to the Highway Garage for proper recycling!
Collection is the last Sat. of each month from 9:00am-1:00pm. There is a 5-Gallon limit. Dates as follows:
January 28, 2017
February 25, 2017
March 25, 2017
April 29, 2017
May 27, 2017
June 24, 2017
July 29, 2017
August 26, 2017
September 30, 2017
October 28, 2017
November 25, 2017
December 30, 2017
Banned Items per MassDEP:
No grass clippings, leaves or brush will be picked up at curbside. These items may be brought to the Recycling Center. There will be one day in the fall for leaf pick-up on Saturday in late November or early December, please call for date or check the current recycling calendar. Leaves must be placed in open containers or paper recycling bags. White goods such as appliances, metal, iron, and steel may be brought to the Recycling Center. As of April 1st, 2000, all TV’s and computer monitors are not be picked up at curbside.
TV’s and computer monitors, along with all other electronic hardware, may be recycled at Allied Computer Brokers - drop off center located at 23 Noel St., Amesbury, MA 01913.
The following items are banned from being placed in the trash. If placed out for collection they will be left at the curb. Please call The Solid Waste and Recycling Department or check our recycling page to find out where they can be recycled and disposed of:
- Air Conditioners
- Fluorescent Light Fixtures
- Waste Oil
- Leaves and yard waste
- Automobiles bodies
- Commercial or Industrial Waste
- BatteriesChain Link FenceWood
- Car Batteries
- NiCad Batteries
- Rechargeable Batteries
- Demolition Debris
- Renovation and/or Construction Material.
- Metals and Iron
The above is just a partial list of banned materials.
Save money on your disposal costs. Does your dumpster fill up too fast? Is there too much paper and cardboard in your dumpster? Why pay for it when you can drop it off for free? Bring your mixed paper and cardboard down to the Recycling Center. Convenient hours: Wed. and Sat. 8am - 1p.m.
Fluorescent lamp recycling information:
Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection completed comprehensive investigations regarding the release of mercury to the environment. Both agencies have found that a significant increase in the amount of mercury present in the environment has occurred over the past 25 years. This increase is attributed to the burning of coal for power generation, the improper disposal of medical and solid waste, and the use of mercury-bearing materials in industry and lawn care. This increase poses a public health concern because mercury is a toxic heavy metal that can easily be incorporated into living tissue and can readily move through the food chain. In Massachusetts, the detection of high levels of mercury in freshwater fish consumption advisories for numerous water bodies which have been found to have elevated mercury concentrations as well as a statewide advisory for pregnant women.
In addition, the state and federal studies have found that the improper disposal of fluorescent lights is one of the main sources of mercury entering the environment. The white, powdery film in these lights contain mercury that, if not properly managed, can harm public health and the environment. Frequently, these lamps have been routinely discarded with trash, which is then disposed of at local and regional solid waste disposal facilities. This approach results in the release of mercury to the environment. Due to the risk to the general public and the environment, local, state and federal agencies have acted to regulate the disposal of fluorescent lamps and other mercury containing devices as hazardous waste if these units are not recycled. Local, state, and federal regulations now prohibit the disposal of these items as solid waste.
In an effort to protect the environment in general, and water supplies in particular, the Haverhill Board of Health now requires local businesses to prepare a written fluorescent lamp management plan. This action was authorized by the local Fluorescent Lamp Management Policy. This plan must indicate how the facility will collect and recycle the fluorescent lamps as well as how onsite personnel will be trained and informed of this practice. The facility is also required to retain records documenting the collection and proper management of the fluorescent lamps.
The Haverhill Health Department, along with Covanta Energy (formerly Ogden-Martin), has assumed a proactive role in addressing this problem by establishing a fluorescent lamp recycling program open to all local businesses. The purpose of this coordinated effort is to achieve an economy of scale so that local businesses can obtain the most competitive pricing. Through this effort we have been able to negotiate an extremely competitive lamp recycling agreement with the state licensed and approved vendor. Participants will receive a bill of lading documenting the proper handling/recycling of their fluorescent lamps. In addition, this program is also prepared to aid in the recycling of other mercury-containing products such as mercury switches and thermostats.
Watch for the announcement of our mercury products forums, sponsored by the Haverhill Health Department, Covanta Energy and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, explaining our program and how to participate.
For more information, contact Franco Cordano at the Department of Public Works at 978-420-3817 or Daniel Harty at Covanta Energy: 978-241-3002.
Haverhill Board of Health Fluorescent Lamp Management Policy:
Due to the risk to the general public and the environment, State and Federal agencies have acted to regulate the disposal of fluorescent lamps as hazardous waste if these units are not recycled. State and Federal Universal Waste regulations now prohibit the disposal of fluorescent lamps at incinerators or solid waste landfills.
In response to these findings, the Haverhill Board of Health now requires local businesses to prepare a written fluorescent lamp management policy. This policy should indicate how the facility will collect and recycle the lamps as well as on site personnel being trained and informed of this practice. The facility is also required to retain records which document the collection and proper disposal of the lamps.
In order to assist local businesses, the Board of Health has established a fluorescent lamp recycling program open to all local businesses. The purpose of this coordinated effort is to achieve an economy of scale so that all local businesses can obtain the most competitive pricing.
Only State and Federal licensed and approved vendors will be utilized by this program. Each facility will be responsible for the cost of recycling the fluorescent lamps generated by their facility. Each participant will receive a bill of lading to document the proper handling/recycling of their fluorescent lamps. All facilities interested in this program are encouraged to contact the Health Department.
This action is authorized under the Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 40, Section 21 of the Haverhill Regulation regarding Hazardous Material.
Failure to properly manage the proper disposal or recycling of fluorescent light tubes may be cause for the Health Department to issue a $200.00 fine, per violation, per day of non-compliance. In addition, the Health Department may also seek enforcement assistance from State and Federal Agencies.