Overflow Trash & Special Item Pickup

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Additional or Overflow Trash

Providing 1 free cart per household is an equitable solution to trash collection. In several of surveys conducted in Newton, most residents could use the one 64-gallon cart for their trash needs. The more you recycle, the less likely you will incur the need to resolve this problem. Also you will need to break, cut, crush, etc. to get material to fit into the cart.  Please see Automated Trash Guidelines for additional information.

However, if a household disposes more than a 64-gallon cart worth of trash each week, there are two options:

  • For occasional overflow trash, you can purchase 33-gallon orange “overflow” bags at stores. These are the only acceptable bags for extra trash collection in Newton. Each bag is $2.25 and sold in sleeves of 5, for a total of $11.25. Click here to see listing of stores.  You can place orange overflow bags next to your blue cart on collection day, making sure that they do not obstruct the cart.  There is no limit to the number of bags that can be placed curbside, but they must not contain recyclables or hazardous or other banned items.
  • For regular amount of overflow trash, you can purchase an extra cart for an annual fee. An extra 35-gallon cart will be $150 annually and extra 64-gallon carts will be $200 annually. Payment of the annual fee must be current. Click here to order an additional trash cart. (You can also pick up a form and make payment at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave, Newton MA 02459.)
  • For move-outs and clean-outs, which are not collected as part of municipal trash collection, please work with a private hauling service (such as WM's The Bagster), use the Recycling Depot for metals, rigid plastics, and other recyclables, and donate useable goods (see our Recyclopedia)

Appliances, Electronics & Metal Items

Appliances and electronics (including TVs and computers) and metal items are collected curbside for recycling, click here to schedule a pick up.

You can also bring appliances and metal items to the Depot during open hours.  click here for more information.

If your item is still working, please consider donation! Visit our Recyclopedia for a listing of donation outlets.

Rigid Plastics

Rigid Plastics, such as children's slides and other play equipment, plastic shelving, coolers, laundry baskets, buckets, barrels, bins and storage totes, hard plastic toys, flower pots (no soil), rigid plastic outdoor furniture, PET and PVC blister packs are accepted at the Recycling Depot.

Rigid plastics are NOT accepted curbside in the bulky item collection program, please bring these items to the Recycling Depot.  No PVC pipes, No Vinyl siding, no flexible water hoses.

Click here to learn more about the Rigid Plastic Recycling Program.

Bulky Waste

Large oversized items, such as couches, chairs, mattresses, tables, carpets (cut and rolled to lengths of 4 ft or less), wood (less than 4 ft long), etc., are considered bulky waste.  No appliances, metal, electronics, or plastics. There is a limit of five (5) bulky items per week. The collection of these items is available to residents by appointment only. You will need to schedule an appointment by 3:30pm the business day BEFORE your collection day. Click here to schedule a pick up.  Place the bulky item at curbside on your collection day. It is collected by a separate truck. Place these items away from the cart so there is no interference with the cart collection.

Please note:

If these items are in good condition:

1. Sell the items at a yard sale

2. List the items for free as a "curb alert" on Craigslist or a similar platform. 

3. Donate the items to charity, please see our reuse and donation listings.

Stores carrying orange "overflow" bags:

This is a list of stores who agreed to sell the bags, the City does not guarantee they are in stock. If you go to a store that does not have the bags in stock, you may inquire with the store manager regarding restocking or visit another store close by.

Auburndale Auburndale Market, 345 Auburn St.
Auburndale Star Market/Shaw's, 2040 Commonwealth Ave
Auburndale Keyes Drugs, 2090 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill Star Market/Shaw's, 1 Boylston St.
Needham Sudbury Farms, 1177 Highland Ave., 02494
Needham Roche Bros., 377 Chestnut St, 02494
Newton Centre Whole Foods, 916 Walnut St.
Newton Centre Walgreen's, 1101 Beacon St.
Newton Centre Walgreen's, 22-28 Langley Rd.
Newton Corner Newton Corner Market, 447 Centre St.
Newton Highlands National Lumber, 15 Needham St.
Newtonville Swartz "True Value" Hardware, 353 Watertown St.
Newtonville Star Market/Shaw's, 33 Austin St.
Newtonville Tedeschi's, 612 Washington St.
Newtonville Whole Foods, 747 Washington St.
Newton Upper Falls Upper Falls Variety, 1195 Chestnut St.
Nonantum Donato Tools & Hardware, 41 Los Angeles St.
Nonantum Swartz "True Value" Hardware, 353 Watertown St.
Waban Waban Market, 10 Windsor Rd.
Watertown Stop and Shop, 171 Watertown St, 02472
Watertown Stop and Shop, 700 Pleasant St., 02472
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