Westford Recycling Commission (WRC)

Pickup Status

This week's trash and recycling pick-up are on a NORMAL schedule. Check the icon on the upper right to see if it's a blue or green week (you can confirm which week applies to your street HERE). See the schedule for the year in our FY2022 Recycling Guide.

Please Note: Trash and recycling holidays for the period July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 are listed below. Your Trash and Recycling are DELAYED on the following holiday weeks:

  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving (Thursday/Friday only)
  • Memorial Day

Other FY2022 Recycling Events

Yard Waste

A note about yard waste: unfortunately, there will be no fall pick up of leaves with our trash vendor, Acme Waste Systems, due to a shortage of available drivers.  Please consider composting and/or checking the WRC's "How to Recycle Anything" Document under Leaves & Grass Clippings.

Recycling Plastic Bags

Reminder: Plastic bags should not be placed in curbside recycling so please read on to see options for recycling plastic bags

More information can be found HERE including a video prepared by the Westford Recycling Commission help you identify what bags are accepted.

Click below to access the WRC Facebook page.

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Thanks to the Westford residents for participating the "Bags to Benches" Challenge

The final total for the Westford Rotary TREX Stretch Plastic collection between April 10 and October 10, 2021 was 5,420 lbs.  This was an order of magnitude large than what TREX predicted.  Over the next 5 years  Westford Rotary will receive 10 TREX benches @  2 per year. Westford Rotary will reach out for possible bench locations in the future. If you have any suggestions , please let them know. Rotary has received the 1st bench which will be put together soon by a Rotary member and presented to Roudenbush Community Center for the Playground.  

Thank you all for your support and help with this Westford Rotary Recycling Stretch Plastic Community Project. It was a learning experience for many --- who new this much stretch plastic is used in Westford in such a short time?  Hope this can be reduced with education in the future.

Want to compost?

At the recent Town Meeting, voters approved the FY2021-22 Town of Westford operating budget which included a 9%(!) increase in trash costs.  These higher costs are driven by increasing amounts of waste and also the increasing cost to dispose of the waste.  The good news is that we don't have to spend the full amount that was appropriated if we can divert our trash away from our waste stream by reducing, reusing and recycling.  Another powerful lever to reduce our trash costs is to compost organic material --- organic material can represent up to 20% of the weight of our trash suggesting this is a powerful to reduce Westford's trash.  

Interested in learning more?  Click HERE to learn more about composting.

We'll also have Earth Machines composters for only $25.  Call Nicole Feliciano at the Westford Highway Department:  978-692-5520 or email nfeliciano@westfordma.gov

Questions or Problems:

Issues with trash, please call:  ACME Waste Systems (781) 935-6339: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Issues with recycling, please call: Waste Management at 1-800-972-4545: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Please call the phone number(s) listed above for any issues with trash or recycling.  If your issue is not resolved within 24 hours, you may contact the Town Manager’s Office at (978) 692-5501, ext. 1.

REMINDER:  

  • Trash barrel 35 gallon max size, limit 3 barrels - if your current barrels are larger than 35 gallons, you do not need to purchase new barrels but the maximum allowed is 105 gallons (or 3 x 35 gallons).  When replacing your trash barrels, please buy a barrel no larger than 35 gallons. 
  • You can also you plastic garbage bags in lieu of 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.  (Whole Foods, Market Basket and Donelan's accept plastic bags for recycling).

Announcement Regarding Groton Transfer Station

Groton Transfer Station has been CLOSED to Westford Residents: 

Recently, the Town of Westford was notified by the Town of Groton that Westford residents are no longer permitted to use the Groton Transfer station.  This nearby option for recycling was especially appreciated by Westford residents who missed a recycling pickup or who live in a complex that does not offer recycling services. The reason is that Groton determined some Westford residents have been using the Groton Transfer Station inappropriately, bringing trash and construction debris increasing the disposal costs to the Town of Groton.  Policing Westford residents to ensure we bring only recycling would also be additional cost burden Groton (as it would require additional staffing); therefore, the decision was made by the town of Groton to revoke Westford residents' access to their Transfer Station.


Meetings


  • 7:00 PM
  • 2nd Thursday evening of every month
  • No meetings are held in August and December
  • Roudenbush Community Center
    65 Main Street
    Westford, MA 01886
  • Meetings are held in-person
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Westford Recycling Commission

Recycling with our vendor, Waste Management


Both residential and municipal recycling in Westford are picked up by Waste Management. Please review the following information for our best practices in making our recycling program successful:

  • Recycling in plastic bags will be rejected. PLEASE NO PLASTIC BAGS.
  • Please rinse and clean any glass, plastic or metal containers as best as possible.
  • Recycling and trash must be at the curb no later than 7 a.m. for pick up.
  • Recycling and trash pickups may be delayed by 1 day, see the holiday schedule above for specific dates.
  • Recycling and trash must be separated (either side of the driveway is best) and clearly marked.
  • Cardboard must be flattened and cut into sizes no greater than 3' x 3', placed in a container or box. If it doesn't fit, it may be bundled with tap or string, set next to the toters.
  • Please continue to use existing yellow and black toters (owned by the Town) and other acceptable recycling bins and toters.

Westford Plastic Bag Reduction Program

Please note that Westford’s plastic bag reduction program goes into effect on January 1, 2019 and has been reinstated (after being suspending during the height of the pandemic). For more information, please contact the Westford Board of Health at (978) 692-5509.

Agendas & Minutes

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

Electronics Recycling

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WA Composting

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Recycling Tips

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