Trash and Recycling

Trash Collection & Recycling Information

Topsfield has a Pay-As-You-Throw weekly trash collection program. Topsfield is divided into three zones which determine the pickup day of the week: Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. During holiday weeks, trash and recycling collections are generally delayed one day. For example, if a holiday falls on Monday, collection would take place Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Click here to find your zone.

Trash Collection:

Trash is collected every week. Every household is allotted a single yellow Trash Collection Decal (free) which must be attached to the trash barrel,which may not exceed 36 gallons or 40 pounds. Trash may not exceed the water line at the top of the barrel. The decal must be visible from the street when placed at curbside by 7:00 a.m. Decals are available at the Board of Health office.

Click here for the 2017-2018 Trash and Recycling calendar and information that was mailed to each household.

Additional units of waste require trash stickers that cost $2.00 each, available at Dawson's Hardware, Essex County Co-Op or Country Farms. If using a second, non-decalled trash barrel for additional bagged trash, please place the sticker on the top item in the trash barrel, clearly visible. DO NOT place stickers on the barrel itself or on its cover.

Examples of required stickers:  fill another trash can - put a $2.00 sticker on the top bag; couch 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 require a $2.00 sticker; bicycles require a $2.00 sticker; over-stuffed chairs/recliners require  2-$2.00 stickers.If you aren't sure, put an extra $2.00 sticker on the item. No items accepted over 5 feet in length.

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. No plastic bags are acceptable either in with or containing recycling items.

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 may go in one container EXCEPT paper. Paper items must be placed in a separate container.  Please denote containers with a RECYCLE sticker that may be picked up at the Board of Health Office (free). 

The following items should NOT be left curbside as recyclables:

  • Plastic bags (can be brought to supermarkets or large retail stores)
  • Styrofoam (put in trash)
  • Containers that still contain food or liquid, especially dirty 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

Textile Recycling Information available at Mass DEP's Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory.

Additional Waste Collection:

Large items (other than appliances, computers, TVs and hazardous materials) may be placed out with the trash with appropriate number of stickers clearly visible on the item.

Yard Waste:

Residents only - One Time Access Ticket or Season Pass Required.

Yard waste including grass, leaves, brush, may be taken to the DPW Compost 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. Season-pass vehicle stickers ($75) or one time access tickets ($10) are available at the Board of Health Office. Cash or check only. Please note that from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Town Hall Offices are open Monday - Thursday 8 AM - 5 PM, closed Friday.

Household Metals and White Goods Pick Up:

The 2018 Spring Pick Up was held May 23, 24 and 25. Please watch the website, Topsfield Cable Television, the Tri-Town Transcript and the Town Website for Fall, 2018 dates. Items must be curbside before 7am on your regular Trash Collection day.

The Household Metals and White Goods is a FREE collection of large household items; no trash stickers are required for this event.

Household metal objects allowable include items that contain at least 80% metal. Items that are mostly wood or plastic with some metal will NOT be picked up.Items must NOT be longer than 6 feet. Examples of acceptable items: 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 be included in your regular trash for regular weekly pick-ups.   

Waste Oil:

Waste oil may be taken to Boxford on Saturdays from 8a.m. to 12p.m. Click here for a waste oil voucher.

Hazardous Material:

Hazardous material collection day will be held on October 27, 2018 from 9 am - 1 pm at the Masconomet Regional High School. 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.

Topsfield residents are permitted to utilize other surrounding Town's Household Hazardous Waste events.  Click here for the 2018 schedule of events, directions to facilities and list of allowable items.

Sharps Disposal:

The Board of Health, in conjunction with the Topsfield Fire Department, placed a Sharps/Needles Disposal Kiosk at the Topsfield Fire Station, 27 High Street. Sharps must be placed in a plastic container - no loose needles allowed. The Disposal Kiosk is outside the station on the left side of the building. No charge for disposal.

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 hazardous 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 solid waste
  • Improve the household hazardous waste collection and proper disposition programs
  • Heighten public awareness of recycling and related issues