Trash & Recycling

Trash Collection & Recycling Information


You may purchase Trash Stickers ($2.00 each) at The Essex County Co-Op on Route 1, Country Farms at 20 Main Street, Lela's Variety at 49 Main Street, Dawson's Hardware in the Topsfield Village Shopping Center and Gil's Grocery in the Topsfield Village Shopping Center.

Trash is collected weekly and Recycling is collected every other week. 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.

Click here for the 2019-2020 Trash and Recycling Calendar.

Do you want to know if an item is recyclable? Click here to visit the Mass. DEP Recycle Smart website with helpful hints on recycling.

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 free of charge at the Board of Health office. Please note: construction waste and yard waste are not acceptable in weekly trash collection.

To dispose of additional units of waste:  This requires trash stickers that cost $2.00 each, available at Essex County Co-Op on Route 1 across from the Fairgrounds, Country Farm at 20 Main Stree, Lela's Variety at 49 Main Street and Gil's Grocery in the Topsfield Village Shopping Center. 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.

To dispose of larger items: This requires trash stickers that cost $2.00 each, as noted above, they are available at Essex County Co-Op, Country Farm and Lela's Variety.  Larger items require the following number of stickers to have them removed by the trash company, JRM Hauling and Recycling:  for a single bag of trash put a $2.00 sticker on the top of the bag;

3 stickers (at $2.00 each) for the following items:  couch, love seat size couch, sectional couches, king size mattress, large pieces of wooden furniture (dressers, kitchen/dining room tables etc.) toilets, sinks, carpets, to name a few; 

2 stickers (at $2.00 each) for the following items: overed stuffed chairs, relcliners, queen size mattress, small size wooden furniture (desk, end table etc.), to name a few; 

1 sticker (at $2.00 each) for the following items:  twin size matress, a bicycle, dining room/kitchen chairs (each one stickered),  to name a few; 

If you aren't sure, put an extra $2.00 sticker on the item. No items accepted over 6 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). Microwave ovens are allowed in trash pickup - require 1 sticker.


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 is available at Mass DEP's Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory (click on the link).  The Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory website provides updated information on the location where residents can safely dispose of textiles.  There are several locations in town where gently used cloth, of any kind, is collected.    

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, as noted above.

Yard Waste:

The Compost Facility at the Highway Department, 279 Boston Street, is open Saturdays from April through November from 9 am - 1 pm.

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

Yard waste including grass, leaves, brush (up to 4" in diameter) are accepted. No animal waste, stumps or trees. Christmas trees are collected at the same site on dates that are announced after the holiday. Please check the website to get exact dates and time. Season-pass vehicle stickers ($75) or one time access tickets ($10) are available starting in mid-March at the Board of Health Office Monday - Thursday 8 am - 5 pm, Closed Fridays until Labor Day. Cash or check only.

Household Metals and White Goods Pick Up:

Free (no sticker required) Pickups are held in the Spring and Fall. The Fall 2019 Collection will be held October 23, 24 and 25, 2019. Items must be curbside before 7am on your regular Trash Collection day.

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, microwaves, dishwashers.

We do not accept items that contain freon (including freon 134a) such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, etc. Refrigerators, freezers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers may be taken to the Boxford Recycling Center, 7B Spofford Road (behind DPW Garage) on Saturdays from 8 am - 3:30 PM. FEES APPLY.

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 is held each Fall at the Masconomet Regional High School. This year's Topsfield collection will be on October 26, 2019. Acceptable items 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.

Please note that Topsfield residents are permitted to utilize other surrounding Town's Household Hazardous Waste events.  Click Here for the 2019 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.