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
  • Gil's Grocery in the Topsfield Village Shopping Center.

DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, TOWN HALL OFFICES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

 TRASH/RECYCLING COLLECTION WILL CONTINUE ON THE REGULAR SCHEDULE.

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE BOARD OF HEALTH 978-887-1520 or health@topsfield-ma.gov IF YOU NEED A REPLACEMENT TRASH BARREL DECAL OR YOU ARE A NEW RESIDENT REQUESTING A DECAL. WE WILL MAIL IT TO YOU. 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.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

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:  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. No items longer than 6 feet in length. No construction materials, appliances or electronics accepted in weekly collection. 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 size couch, 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: overed stuffed chairs, relcliners, 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:

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.  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:

  • 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.

Compost / Yard Waste:

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, the opening of the Compost Facility at the Highway Department, 279 Boston Street, has been delayed. The facility is closed until further notice. Please check back here for updates.

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 accepted at the compost facility on the two Saturdays following Christmas only. Please check the website for exact dates and time. 

Season-pass vehicle stickers ($75) or one time access tickets ($10) are available through the Board of Health. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please call the Topsfield Board of Health at 978-887-1520 or email health@topsfield-ma.gov for information on purchasing tickets or a sticker.

Household Metals and White Goods Pick Up:

Free (no sticker required) Pickups are held in the Spring and Fall. The date for the Spring, 2020 collection has not been scheduled. 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. 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.  The list of 2020 events will be published as soon as it becomes available.

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.