Westford Recycling Commission (WRC)


Pickup Status:  Trash and recycling pickup will be on a DELAYED schedule this week by one day due to Patriots Day holiday on Monday April 16th. 

Current Events / Announcements:

Upcoming Events:

Brush Chipping for Residents - Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm, Highway Garage 28 North Street

Accepted: Brush and branches up to 3 inches in diameter and 10 feet in length. Must be average residential brush categories and reasonable amounts: A load ranges from a trunk to pickup truck ­­­­­volume, includes tow behind a full trailer.

Not accepted: Building materials (e.g. fences, boards), land clearing materials and debris (e.g., roots, bushes, anything mixed with poison ivy), grass, and leaves.

Cost: $10 per load, checks preferred, payable to the Town of Westford. Proof of Westford residency required.

Electronics and More Collection!  May 5th from 9 AM to 1 PM

The Westford Recycling Commission hosts two Electronics Recycling events each year in Westford, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. The events are held from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Westford Highway Garage at 28 North Street, Westford, MA.

Westford utilizes the services of Northeast Materials Handling of Ayer, Massachusetts.
This is a fee-based collection OPEN TO ALL; CASH OR CHECK ONLY (checks should be made out to “Northeast Materials Handling”). The Town of Westford receives no proceeds from this event.

Click here for more information (charges and details)

MINI Household Hazardous Waste Days in Lowell

There are five MINI Households Hazardous Waste Days in Lowell in 2018. 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

Rain Barrel Sale - Westford Water Department (Deadline May 9th)

Order your rain barrel and help conserve water.  Order date is May 9th and cost $79.00 per barrel (40% discount), please see details at the link below:

Westford Annual Rain Barrel Sale Information and Ordering! 

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

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.
  • 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).


2017 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 and September 2017 events yields the following data:  31,812 lbs of electronic devices, 52,931 lbs of mixed metals, air conditioners and 131 TVs and monitors. This is a total of 84,743 lbs overall!  Our next event is May 5, 2018 from 9AM to 1PM 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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