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All glass, plastic (numbered 1 through 7) and metal containers, and clean aluminum foil can be placed (commingled) in your recycling bin (or in another like container such as a laundry basket or a dedicated and marked barrel (32 gallon, 40 pounds max if your bin is full). No plastic bags of any kind or polystyrene.
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Recycling is responsible resource management. Recycling reduces pollution, saves energy and saves the City money! Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees. The items that we recycle become other useful products.
View the street listing (PDF) to determine your trash and recycling collection day.
When there is a holiday, collections will be delayed 1 day after holiday occurs e.g. if your usual day is Monday and that is a holiday, your trash/recycling day will be Tuesday. Friday’s pickup will be on Saturday that week. If the holiday falls on a Thursday (e.g. Thanksgiving), only Thursday and Friday’s collections would be affected. Please refer to the Holiday/ Leaf Calendar (PDF) for observed holidays.
Residents should place their recycling at the curb no later than 7 am on their trash collection day.
Call JRM at 1-800-323-4285.
No plastic bags of any kind or polystyrene.
Learn more about recycling receptacles.
Rinsing cans, bottles and jars helps to reduce odor and discourage pests from invading your bin. An easy way to do this is to place cans and bottles and plastics in your dishwasher or rinse them with the rinse water after you have finished your dishes. Labels and neck rings do not need to be removed.
Yes! There is no limit to the amount of recycling you can put out.
You may purchase a conventional barrel (35 gallons max) at any hardware store to co-mingle your glass, metal and plastic and an additional one for paper/cardboard. (See FAQ Number 9.)
Yes! Yard waste collections are scheduled for several weeks in the spring and fall and occur on your regular trash/recycling day. Yard waste should be placed loose in open trash barrels or in the large paper yard waste bags available at many stores. Not acceptable are plastic bags, boxes, tree stumps and large tree limbs.
Please see the Leaf/ Holiday Calendar (PDF) scheduled pickups.
The City owns a yard waste compost site at 16 Standley Street (Operated by JRM) that is open from March 1, (unless late snow cover) to December 23, (or first significant snowfall - whichever comes first) on Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 3:30 pm, with winter hours January 6- February 24 Thursdays only, 9 am to 1 pm. Residents are allowed to bring leaves, grass clippings, branches up to 2 inches in diameter and Christmas trees. No food or plastic bags of any kind.
Residents who have City trash pick-up and want to recycle their Christmas trees are asked to bring them to compost facility when open. See question 15. You can also see the Leaf/Holiday Calendar (PDF) for your one-time yearly pickup.
There are several options for recycling these items. One local option is at Best Buy. There are also other options available through online search.
A service called PaperKarma® can help.
JRM offers confidential shredding for our municipal individual residents for a fee of $50 per location. This includes up to 3 1-foot by 3-foot boxes of material. You must be a resident of a City or Town that JRM is the hauling contractor. All shredding is done on site by their mobile shredding truck. The pick up can be scheduled by calling their office at 978-536-2500.
This rate is only for residential and not for businesses who require shredding services. Commercial accounts can contact us at the same number for a commercial quote.
Northshore Recycled Fibers (PDF) provides free document shredding for all Beverly residents.
The electronics collection hosted by Beverly's Waste Reduction Committee for 2021 has been cancelled. Please check back for a spring 2022 date.
It is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 8am-12pm at BHS. Call the Health Department with Hazardous Waste questions, at 978-921-8591. HHW Flyer (PDF)
The following items should be brought to the Health Department at 90 Colon Street for safe disposal:
Do not dismantle mercury containing devices. Call the Health Department at 978-921-8591 for guidance on disposal of fluorescent tubes and other items containing mercury.
Waste oil is accepted weekdays at the municipal garage at 148 Park Street during regular work hours (7:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday). Call first during the Spring/Summer months to check availability at 978-921-6053.
Plastic film bags from the grocery store, newspaper delivery, bread bags, and dry cleaning bags may be returned to most supermarkets.
No. The guidelines are no larger than 32 gallons and may not weigh over 40 pounds when full for either trash or recycling containers.
No. They may be returned to Aubuchon Hardware at 50 Enon Street (formally Dawson’s) for a $5 fee, or Cabot Fuels at 449 Cabot Street.
Yes. JRM (our trash company) will take one large (bulk) item per week with your regular trash. a “bulk item” is an item, not trash, construction debris, hazardous waste, etc. It is an item that will not fit in your 32 gallon trash barrel. For example: one headboard, or one couch, or one table, or one mattress, or one box spring etc.
There are several places that will accept ink and toner cartridges. Examples are: Staples (North Beverly Plaza), Keller-Williams office at the Cummings Center or do a Google search
Reducing access to unwanted medication is now a national public health and safety strategy. Many Americans are not aware that medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Many studies show that almost half of youth who have misused prescription medications gained fist access from medicine cabinets of family of friends. There is a drop off box at the Beverly Police Station and Beverly Hospital.
For further information please contact the Beverly Health Department (90 Colon Street) at 978-921-8591. The Beverly Health Department also runs a Medication Disposal Day. For further details on this event please contact them.