Trash and Recycling

Trash Collection & Recycling Information

Topsfield has a Pay-As-You-Throw 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.

Trash Collection:

Trash is collected every week. Every household is allotted a single yellow Trash Collection Decal which must be attached to the trash barrel,which 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. 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, either garbage bags or trash barrels that do not exceed 36 gallons or 40 pounds, require a sticker. The sticker should be placed on the bags or on the top item in the trash barrel. DO NOT place stickers on the barrel itself or on its cover.Trash stickers may be purchased at Dawson's Hardware, Essex County Co-Op or Country Farms.

Trash in any barrel may not 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 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.

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 the container 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 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 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 stickers or one time use tickets are available at the Board of Health Office. Season Pass Vehicle Sticker: $75.00; One Time Use Access Ticket: $10.00. Cash or check only. Stickers and Access Tickets are available at the Board of Health Office.

Household Metals and White Goods Pick Up:

The 2018 Spring Pick Up will be held May 23, 24 and 25.

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 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.  Also included is directions to the facilities and what is allowable to take to the events.  

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