Westford Recycling Commission (WRC)


Pickup Status:  Collection of trash and recycling is on a NORMAL schedule this week.

Current Events and Announcements:

Upcoming Events:

Recycle Your Reusable in Shirley (October 20) 

Annual Recycling Drop-Off Day from 9 AM to 2 PM  Located at Bemis Associates, One Bemis Way, Shirley MA 01464.  Many items accepted so please Recycle Your Reusables!

https://recycleyourreusables.wordpress.com

Westford Leaf Collection (SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH & DECEMBER 1ST - 2018) 

The cost is $1.25 per bag with a minimum charge of $20.00 per pick up and a minimumof 50 people must sign up. Call the Town Clerk’s office at 978-692-5515 to register. Place your leaves, grass clippings and pine needles only into paper leaf bagsand have them at the curb by 7 AM on the collection day. REMEMBER Leaves will not be picked up if they are not in PAPERLEAF BAGS. Attach a Check Payable to “Acme Waste Systems” to One of Your Leaf Bags on Collection Day.

Leaf Collection Details for Westford

MINI Household Hazardous Waste Days in Lowell

There are five MINI Households Hazardous Waste Days in Lowell in 2018. Last event November 17th. Open to non-residents who pre-register. Registration opens a month before the event. Check online for dates, acceptable items, and fees (cash only). Note that non-residents will have additional costs for some items.

https://www.lowellma.gov/1073/miniHHWD

Meetings


  • 7:00 PM
  • 2nd Thursday evening of every month
  • No meetings are held in August and December
  • Westford Town Hall
    55 Main Street
    Westford, MA 01886.
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Westford Recycling Commission

Trash


Issues with trash, please call:  ACME Waste Systems (781) 935-6339: Mon-Fri 8AM - 4PM

Recycling


Issues with recycling, please call: Republic Services (800) 442-9006: Mon-Fri 8AM - 5PM.  Note the Groton Transfer Station will take recycling free of charge if your curbside pickup is missed.

Hours and Notes:


Please call the phone number(s) above.  If your issue is not resolved within 24 hours, contact the Town Manager's Office at (978) 692-5501.

NOTE:  
Trash barrel 35 gallon max size, limit 3 barrels.  

If there are recyclables in your trash and/or there is no recycling container out on your recycling day, the trash hauler will not pick up the trash.

Please do not put plastic bags in recycling bins or toters, or recycle items in plastic bags as these bags will jam the recycling sorting machines.

New Recycling Vendor


As of Friday, July 1, 2016, residential and municipal recycling in Westford will be picked up by Republic Services. It has been many years since the town has changed vendors. Please review the following information:
  • Recycling and trash must be at the curb no later than 7 a.m. for pick up.
  • Recycling and trash pickups will be delayed by 1 day, the week of July 4 holiday and other holidays.
  • Recycling and trash must be separated (either side of the driveway is best) and clearly marked.
  • Recycling in plastic bags will be rejected. PLEASE NO PLASTIC BAGS.
  • Cardboard must be flattened and cut into sizes no greater than 3 feet by 3 feet.
  • Please continue to use existing yellow and black IPR toters (owned by the Town) and other acceptable recycling bins and toters.
We ask for your patience and understanding during this transition. Should you encounter an issue, please call Republic Services at 1-800-442-9006. If your question is not answered, please contact Project and Procurement Specialist, Greg Johnson by email.

Westford Recycling and Trash Statistics


In the FY 2017, Westford trash data show overall decrease of 73.8 tons of trash, hence we had slightly less trash removal than the previous year and tipping fees were reduced by $5,094.  Recycling data show decrease of 300.8 tons of recycling, hence we recycled less than the prior year.  The overall trend in Westford for trash tonnage data shows a reduction in trash generation by residents whereas the recycling data shows a positive trend with a continued increase of recycling activity over the last 12 years.  Keep up the great work Westford!

For additional information view the Trends in Westford Recycling Efforts (PDF).


2018 Electronics & More Event Statistics!


The Westford Recycling Commission holds two events each year for residents to recycle electronics materials and more.  These opportunities continue to be highly successful in eliminating recyclable materials from our waste stream and your support has been fantastic!   Statistics from our May 2018 events yields the following data:  45,902 lbs of electronic devices, 25,000 lbs of mixed light metals and 12,356 lbs of TVs and monitors. This is a total of 83,258 lbs overall!  During our September event, 8,880 lbs of Light Iron, and 40,236 lbs of Electronics (Plus: 14 Car Seats, 47 Monitors, 133 TV’s, 10 lbs of Batteries, 30 Sets of speakers and 27 lbs of Ink/Toner) for a total of 49,116 lbs!

Our next event is May 4, 2019 from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Town of Westford Highway Garage 28 North Street!  See our video below... Thank you to all residents for reducing, reusing, and recycling!


Policy & Useful Tips


Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Westford Recycling Videos

Summer Recycling Tips

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ABCs of Recycling

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Upcycle It! Video

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Electronics Recycling

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WA Composting

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