Recycling Committee

Trash Collection & Recycling Information

Topsfield has a Pay-As-You-Throw trash collection program. All of Topsfield is divided into three zones. Your zone determines what day of the week your trash and recycling are collected. Except during holiday weeks, trash and recycling are collected on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday based on zones. During holiday weeks, trash and recycling collection are generally delayed one day. For example, if a holiday falls on a Monday, collections would take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Trash Collection:

Trash is collected every week. Every household is alloted one single yellow Trash Collection Decal which must be attached to the trash barrel and may not exceed 36 gallons or 40 pounds. The decal must be visible from the street when placed at curbside by 7:00 a.m.

Additional units of waste, either grabage bags or trash barrels that do not exceed 36 gallons or 40 pounds, require a sticker. The sticker should be placed on bags or on the top item of the trash barrel. DO NOT place stickers on the barrel itself or on its cover.

Trash in any barrel cannot exceed water level or rim of container.

Bulky items that do not fit into a 36-gallon trash barrel, or weigh more than 40 lbs., require 2 stickers for collection. NO single item may be longer than 5 feet.

Examples of how many stickers are required:  fill another trash can and put a $2.00 on the top bag, coach over 5 feet in length put 3-$2.00 stickers on item, king size mattress put 3-$2.00 stickers on it, twin size matress put 1-$2.00 on it, desks, chair, small tables put 1-$2.00 sticker on it, bicycle put 1-$2.00 sticker on it, over-stuffed chairs/recliners put 2-$2.00 stickers on it. Not sure, but an extra $2.00 sticker on the item.

Stickers may be purchased in any quantity for $2.00 per sticker at the Essex County Co-Op, Dawson's Hardware, and Cumberland Farms.

TV sets and Computer Monitors will not be picked up at the curb. (see Recycling Information for how to dispose of CRT's)


Recycling is collected every other week on the same day as trash collection.

The following recyclable materials are collected for recycling at the curb:

  • Plastics #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 that have been rinsed-out
  • Unsoiled pieces of cardboard, newspapers, paperboard, junk mail
  • Empty and rinsed-out glass bottles/jars, tin, steel and aluminum cans

All items for recycling can go in one container EXCEPT paper items need to be separated out and be in a separate container.  You may use any receptacle of your choice denoting the receptacle with RECYCLE stickers that can be picked up at the Board of Selectmen's office (for no fee). 

The following items should NOT be left curbside as recyclables:

  • Plastic bags (can be brought to supermarkets or large retail stores)
  • Styrofoam
  • Containers that still contain food or liquid, especially un-rinsed out jelly jars & maple syrup containers
  • Loose bottle lids. Bottles do not have to have a lid to be recycled, but lids need a bottle to be recycled
  • Soiled cardboard or paper products, example: greasy parts of pizza boxes
  • Envelopes with plastic films
  • Rigid plastics, such as children's toys

Please Note: recyclables should not be left inside of a plastic bag, the plastic bag is not recyclable, place items in a container

Textile Recycling Information available at Mass DEP's Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory - for link click

Metal and White Goods Collection:

2017 Metal & White Goods Pick Up:

Wednesday, October 18, Thursday, October 19, Friday, October 20, 2017

Hazardous Material Collection Day:

Saturday,October 28, 2017 from 9:00am to 1:00pm, Masconomet Regional High School

Additional Waste Collection:

Large items (other than appliances, computers, TVs and hazardous materials) may be place out with the trash with appropriate amount of stickers on them. Additional trash stickers must be attached to each large item.

Yard Waste:

Yard waste may be taken to the DPW Facility located at 279 Boston Street on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the months of April through November. Christmas trees are collected at the same site after January 1st. Please check the website to get exact dates and time. An access ticket must be obtained for $10.00 at the Board of Selectmen's Office allowing entrance to the Compost site. You may now purchase vechicle stickers for $75.

Metal/White Goods (including large appliances):

October 18, 19, & 20, 2017

Topsfield residents are advised that in addition to their weekly refuse pick-up, there will be a special Household Metals and White Goods pick -up. This is a FREE collection; items must be curbside by 7AM the same day your trash is picked up. No trash stickers are required.

Household metal objects allowable include anything that contains at least 80% or more of metal. Items that are mostly wood or plastic with some metal will NOT be picked up.Items must NOT be longer than 6 feet. Some examples are, bicycles, lawnmowers, snowblowers (gas and oil must be removed) metal desks and gutters

Household white goods allowable include stoves, washers, dryers, micro-waves, dishwashers and dehumidifiers.

We do not accept items that contain freon (including freon 134a) such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, etc.

Please note that all gasoline powered appliances must have gasoline and oil removed for safety reasons.

Computers and TVs:

The Town has an agreement with Boxford that Topsfield residents are permitted to take computer monitors and TV's to the Boxford Drop Off Recycling Center, 7 Spofford Rd, on Saturdays from 9am - 1pm. Fees apply. These items should not to be included in your regular trash for regular weekly pick-ups.   

Waste Oil:

Waste oil can also be brought to Boxford on Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m.

Hazardous Material:

Hazardous material collection day will be held at the Masconomet Regional High School on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Materials to bring include: paints,gas cylinders,cleaners, corrosives, polishes, resins and adhesives, poisons, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, fungicides, mercury, waste fuels, spot removers, varnish strippers, solvents, stains, fire extinguishers, batteries, photo chemicals, chemistry kits, swimming pool chemicals, anti-freeze, auto products.

Recycling Committee:

The Recycling Committee advises the Town on all matters pertaining to recycling and is sponsored jointly by the Topsfield Recycling Committee and the Highway Department. The Committee's objectives are to:

  • Protect our environment by keeping toxins and other materials out of the Northeast Solid Waste Collection (waste to-energy) facility
  • Save money for Topsfield by avoiding fees imposed for incineration of trash
  • Save resources by reusing raw materials
  • Increase the number of participants in the recycling program
  • Increase the amounts of materials that can be recycled by residents and organizations
  • Reduce the total amount of disposable solid waste
  • Improve the household hazardous waste collection and proper disposition programs
  • Heighten public awareness of recycling and related issues

For complete Topsfield Trash Collection and Recycling Information please look in Trash and Recycling Services.