Managing Solid Waste

Follow Us



Blue Cart Do's & Don'ts




 break, cut, crush, etc. to get materials to fit in the blue cart 

bag all trash and place it in the blue cart    

throw out materials that are not recyclable, reusable, or compostable

purchase orange overflow bags for occasional excess trash and place them curbside for collection


dispose of recyclable materials in the blue cart  Don't

 dispose of yard waste                                               

 dispose of construction & demolition materials   

 dispose of household hazardous waste            

 dispose of sharps, needles, and medications

include bulky items in your cart

Back to Top


 Cart Placement

1. Park It

On your collection day , wheel your carts to the curb by 7AM on your collection day, or as early as 4PM the day before. The lid must be closed. Routes can change at any time and so can your pickup time. Collections are delayed one day after a  holiday.

Overflowing carts may be rejected.

2. Point It

Carts must be within 3 feet of the curb with lids opening facing the street.

3. Space It

Carts must be at least 3 feet from objects (including parked cars, fire hydrants, telephone poles, trees, bulky waste, cart, mail boxes, etc.). If possible, avoid parking on the street on your collection day.

Obstructed cars may be rejected.

Back to Top

Overflow Trash

Providing one blue cart per household is an equitable solution to trash collection. In several surveys conducted in Newton, most residents could use the one 64-gallon cart for their weekly trash needs. The more you reduce, reuse, and recycle, the less likely it is that you will encounter overflow trash.

To manage occasional overflow trash, you can purchase 33-gallon orange overflow bags at many Newton retailers. 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. 

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, hazardous materials, or other banned items.

To manage frequent overflow trash, you can purchase an extra blue cart online or at City Hall for an annual fee. An extra 35-gallon blue cart costs $150 annually and an extra 64-gallon blue cart costs $200 annually. Renewal occurs November 1st each year; the fee is prorated for new requests. Payment of the annual fee must be current or additional carts are subject to confiscation. 

Don't need so much space for trash? You can swap your 64-gallon cart for a 35-gallon cart at any time. Contact Customer Service at 617-796-1000 for more information.

The Newton Recycling & Trash Ordinance specifically states that move-outs and clean-outs are not included in municipal trash collection services. In these circumstances, residents must work with a private hauling service. The Resource Recovery Center  is available to Newton residents for metals, rigid plastics, other recyclable materials, and to donate many (but not all) usable goods.

Back to Top

Bulky Item Pick Up

 Is the item in working condition? If so:

1. Sell the item(s) by posting them online or have a garage sale

2. Post the items for free as a "curb alert" on CraigslistFreecycle, NextDoor, or Buy Nothing Newton.

3. Donate the items to a charity  that accepts furniture.


If not, effective February 1, 2020: There is a $20 per item fee for curbside collection of bulky items.

Place a bulky item pick up request.

 Click here for program details. 

 Oversized items that are not feasibly recycled, 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 items. Please read the following guidelines carefully.

  •  There is a $20 per item fee for curbside collection.
  • Collection of bulky items is available to residents by appointment only. Payments received by 10am on Friday will be picked up the following week on your trash day.
  • A refund will only be issued if a cancellation is received by 10am on the business day prior to the collection date. No refund will be granted if an item is scavenged from the curb after the above deadline. No refund will be granted if an item is not set out on time. An additional request and fee will be required if the item was not set out on time. 
  • Place the bulky item curbside on your collection day by 7am or as early as 4pm the day prior to pickup. Place bulk items away from your carts so there is no interference with the automated cart collection. 
  •  Cardboard is not bulky waste. Cut, fold or flatten cardboard so that it fits in the green recycling cart or bring excess to the Resource Recovery Center.
  •  Appliances, metal items, electronics items are not accepted as bulky waste.
    • Common examples include old grills, air conditioners, and TVs. These items require a separate pick up for a fee or can be taken to the Resource Recovery Center. There is a fee for dropping off TVs, but all other items in this category have no cost for drop off. 
  • There is a weight limit of 150 pounds per item. Items that weigh more than this amount require privately contracted service. 


Construction & Demolition List


Back to Top

Solid Waste Collection for Non Profits

Picture of Waste Management TruckCity Ordinance Section 11-6 of the Newton Trash and Recycling Ordinance allows collection service to nonprofit organizations for a fee. Any non-profit in Newton may apply for this service, and each property address is limited to 4 sets of carts. The non-profits participating in this service are required to abide by ordinances related to trash and recycling collection by residents in Newton.

  • Each blue trash cart = $200/year
  • Each green recycling cart = $150/year
  • Total for 1 set of carts = $350/year

The permit year runs from November 1st to October 31st. One recycling cart is required for each trash cart. Recycling cart(s) can be provided without trash carts. The fee is prorated for new requests. Payment of the annual fee must be current or carts will be subject to confiscation. 

The fee reflects the collection, transport and disposal of the solid waste or recycling placed into the carts. This service is similar to a residential service with a blue cart for trash collection and a green cart for recycling collection, collected weekly on the neighborhood’s collection day. The non-profit program does not include yard waste collections or bulky waste collections.

For more information, please contact Customer Service at (617) 796-1000. Applications are available at City Hall Customer Service or apply online. 

Back to Top

Resources for Businesses, Condominiums, and Apartment Buildings



Businesses, condos, and large apartment buildings can arrange for curbside service for recycling and trash with one of the licensed haulers in Newton. 

List of private haulers servicing the City of Newton.


RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is a recycling assistance program designed to help businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and composting opportunities. Funded by Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEPand administered by Center for EcoTechnology (CET).

WasteWise is a voluntary program – sponsored nationally by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in Massachusetts by the MassDEP – designed to help private and public organizations work toward reductions in solid waste and select non-hazardous industrial wastes.

Back to Top

back to top