Trash Collection & Recycling Information
Week of April 19, 2021- One Day Trash/Recycling Collection Delay
Due to the observance of Patriots Day on April 19, 2021, trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day that week. This means:
If your regular collection is Wednesday, your collection will occur on Thursday.
If your regular collection is Thursday, your collection will occur on Friday.
If your regular collection is Friday, your collection will occur on Saturday.
Collection will return to the regular shedule the week of April 26, 2021.
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
- Gil's Grocery in the Topsfield Village Shopping Center.
DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, TOWN HALL OFFICES ARE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY STARTING JUNE 8, 2020.
CONTACT THE BOARD OF HEALTH IF YOU NEED A REPLACEMENT TRASH BARREL DECAL OR YOU ARE A NEW RESIDENT REQUESTING A DECAL: 978-887-1520 OR HEALTH@TOPSFIELD-MA.GOV . PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TOWN'S CONTRACT WITH JRM ALLOWS ONLY ONE (1) DECALLED BARREL PER RESIDENCE.
DECALS ARE NOT ALLOWED FOR COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES.
NO PLASTIC BAGS ALLOWED IN RECYCLING OR CONTAINING RECYCLING. THIS INCLUDES PLASTIC BAGS MARKETED AS RECYCLABLE. IF RECYCLING IS LEFT IN ANY TYPE OF PLASTIC BAG, OR PLASTIC BAGS ARE IN WITH RECYCLING, IT WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
Trash is collected weekly and Recycling is collected every other week. Collection days: 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 collection day of the week.
Click here for the 2020-2021 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 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: Trash stickers, $2.00 each, are available at Essex County Co-Op on Route 1 across from the Fairgrounds, Country Farms at 20 Main Street, Lela's Variety at 49 Main Street, Gil's Grocery and Dawson's Hardware 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. Additional trash bags may be put out for curbside pick-up. Each must have a $2.00 trash sticker affixed to the bag, clearly visible.
To dispose of larger items: Larger items may be placed curbside for weekly pickup with $2.00 trash stickers attached.
- One bulk item allowed per household per week.
- No items longer than 6 feet in length.
- No construction materials, appliances or electronics accepted in weekly collection.
- No yard waste allowed - see Compost Facility.
See below for information on Semi-Annual White Goods and Metals Collection.
Rule of thumb for large item stickers:
3 stickers (at $2.00 each) examples: couch, love seat, sectional couches, king size mattress, large pieces of wooden furniture (dressers, kitchen/dining room tables etc.) toilets, sinks, carpets.
2 stickers (at $2.00 each) examples: for the following items: over stuffed chairs, recliners, queen size mattress, small size wooden furniture (desk, end table etc.).
1 sticker (at $2.00 each) for the following items: twin size matress, a bicycle, dining room/kitchen chairs.
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). 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. JRM is no longer accepting garden container plastics in recycling.
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, pizza boxes
- 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. If you wish to use a barrel for recycling that is larger than a standard recycling bin, please contact the Board of Health for a free RECYCLING sticker so your recycling won't be confused with trash collection.
The following items should NOT be left curbside as recyclables:
- Garden Plastics such as plastic flower pots
- 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
Cell Phone Recycling:
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.
Compost / Yard Waste:
The Compost facility at the Topsfield Public Works Facility at 279 Boston Street opened Saturday, April 3, 2021 and will be open on Saturdays only from 9 am - 1 pm through mid-November.
- Topsfield Residents Only
- Maximum 2 cubic yards
- Grass clippings, leaves, brush up to 4 inches in diameter allowed
- No stumps, logs or animal waste
- Purchase must be made by a resident and you may be asked to show identification.
- If using a Contractor, the resident must purchase a Contractor One-Time Access Ticket for $40 each.
- Contractors may not use a Resident One-Time Access ticket or vehicle sticker.
- Resident One-Time Access Ticket $10.00
- Contractor One Time Access Ticket - must be purchased by Topsfield homeowner for work done on Topsfield residence $40.00
- Resident Vehicle Sticker - unlimited Saturday visits $75.00
Payment must be exact amount in cash, or a check made payable to the Town of Topsfield.
Call the Topsfield Board of Health Mon - Thurs 8 am - 4 pm to schedule an appointment to purchase - exact change cash or check made payable to the Town of Topsfield only. 978-887-1520.
Household Metals and White Goods Pick Up:
Free (no sticker required) Pickups are held in the Spring and Fall. The Spring 2021 collection will be held on your regular collection day on May 26, 27 and 28, 2021.
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 may be taken to Boxford on Saturdays from 8a.m. to 12p.m. Click here for a waste oil voucher.
The Fall 2020 Household Hazardous Materials Collection was held on Saturday October 24, 2020. Check back for 2021 date.
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.
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. Topsfield Residents Only.