Ipswich participates in single-stream recycling. Residents must place their recycling curbside in order to have their trash collected. All recyclables should be placed in the bin (NO plastic bags), and there is no limit for recycling. Stickers are available (free) at the Department of Public Works office at Town Hall for residents who wish to use larger containers for their recycling. Please do NOT put your recyclables in plastic bags.
Questions should be sent to the Ipswich Recycling Coordinator at IpswichRecycles@gmail.com or 781-334-5426. Many other items not collected curbside may be recycled by bringing them free to the Transfer Station (open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM) or other locations.
Household Hazardous Waste
The next Household Hazardous Waste collection is Saturday, September 16, 2017, at the Transfer Station from 9 AM to noon. Residents can bring accepted household hazardous waste items to the Transfer Station during this annual September collection event. If you need to dispose of something earlier than or after September, check out these 2017 open events. Please note that other towns will charge a fee for the dropoff, so check the list carefully for specifics.
Remember -- latex paint is NOT hazardous waste. Remove the lid from our paint can, let it dry out, and place the can and lid (separately) in with your trash.
Bulky Item Disposal
Residents are also allowed to put out ONE bulky item (sofa, chair, mattress, box spring or carpet) per week. Carpet from ONE room only should be cut into 4' by 4' sections and rolled up. Carpet rolls from ONE room can be put out together as one bulky item.
The Department of Public works provides ONE recycling container per residential dwelling that receives municipal solid waste pickup. Additional bins are available at the Public Works office for $10 each.
Other containers (e.g. wheeled trash can, plastic utility tub, heavy cardboard box) can also be used for recyclables. "Ipswich Recycles" stickers are available free at the Department of Public Works.
Join the Curbside Composting Program
Feeling bad about putting food scraps, weeds, grass clippings and pizza box inserts in the trash? Toss all of your food waste in a bin for curbside pickup! Ipswich has a curbside compost collection program that costs just $1 per week per household -- less than the cost of one overthrow bag. By composting many of your household organics, you can reduce your trash by up to 40%.
Come to the Department of Public Works office at Town Hall to register or email us at IpswichComposts@gmail.com for more information.