Arlington Recycling Committee
& Department of Public Works

Why Recycle?

  • Protect the environment
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Reduce waste disposal costs

Watch for valuable recycling tips and incentives in the ARC/DPW column in the Arlington Advocate

DPW Solid Waste FAQs
(Frequently Asked Questions)

Five Simple Steps to Recycling

  1. Obtain a 'blue' bin from the DPW on Grove St. or mark & use your own containers.
  2. Learn what can be recycled.
  3. Learn whether your street address is on the circle or triangle route.
  4. Learn your recycling route's schedule.
  5. Place bins of recyclables on the curb on your designated pick-up day by 7 a.m.

Annual Recycling & Trash Guide

Collection Questions?
If you have problems with trash, recycling or yard waste pickup, call Waste Management at 781-933-2113.

NEW! Free Downloads!
Recycling poster featuring Arlington's own Uncle Sam, plus signs to convert any trash can to a recycling bin!

Yard Waste
Use standard yard waste bags available at hardware stores and supermarkets, or barrels labeled as Yard Waste.
Yard Waste collection schedule

Ink-Jet Cartridges
Recycle ink-jet printer cartridges using pre-paid postage mailers that are available at Town Hall, Post Office, and other sites around Town.

Appliances & White Goods
Purchase curbside collection sticker at least 24 hrs before your regular trash day ($15 per item). More

Cell Phones & Toner Cartridges
Bring to DPW Office (Town Hall Annex) or pick up postage-paid mailing envelopes at the DPW office.

Battery Recycling
Take non-alkaline batteries to local hardware and camera stores for recycling. Alkaline batteries can be thrown out in the trash.

Out with the "Oil" and in
with the New!

Recycle motor oil at the Winchester Transfer Station every Saturday from
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. It's free!

Bring mercury-filled thermostats and other mercury-containing items to DPW Office in the Town Hall Annex or to the Building Dept. at 51 Grove St.

Computer Monitors & TVs
Monitors and CRTs contain lead and are classified as hazardous waste. Get a curbside pickup sticker for $15 at the DPW Office. - More

Commercial Trash Program
Arlington businesses using Town trash collection services must purchase and place their trash in orange bags available from the DPW, Wannamaker Hardware, & Arlington Swifty Printing in the Heights.

Compost Bins For Sale
Composting reduces trash volume and enriches garden soil. Purchase bins at cost ($30) in the Public Works Office in the Town Hall Annex. - More

Used Sneaker Recycling
Don't sneak around in smelly old shoes! Let the DPW send them to Nike for their Reuse-A-Shoe recycling program.

Phone Books & Cardboard
You can now can recycle old telephone books and flattened cardboard boxes (fold to 30 x 30 in. maximum size).

Arlington Recycling Committee Welcomes New Members

The Arlington Recycling Committee (ARC) meets monthly in the Town Hall Annex in the second floor conference room.  If you are interested in finding out how you can help improve recycling in Arlington, call Ruth Yannetti, Arlington's friendly Recycling Coordinator, at 781-316-3108 or send an email.

Watch this space for more tips and ways to make recycling easy for your entire household. Remember, recycling is free for businesses and households, and it saves our Town money!

Arlington Recycles Week
Nov. 12-18

The Arlington Recycling Committee and the Arlington Department of Public Works are once again sponsoring Arlington Recycling Week. Click here for more details.

Massachusetts Recycling Coalition

National Recycling Week Info

"Recyling for Everyone" on Community Cable & DVD
Local & regional officials explain the whys, hows, and joys of recycling. Cablecast regularly on Comcast and RCN community access channels. The DVD is also available for checkout from the DPW and town libraries.
Community access schedule

Arlington DPW Office
Town Hall Annex, 2nd Floor
730 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476


Town Hall / DPW hours
Mon, Tues, Wed 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursdays 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fridays 8 a.m. - 12 noon

Waste Management, Inc.
204 Merrimac Street
Woburn, MA 01801
(781) 933-2113

Hazardous Waste
Minuteman Hazardous Waste Site in Lexington, MA accepts Arlington hazardous waste for free. Click the above link for the latest schedule and guidelines. Map.

Check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions about trash & recycling in Arlington.