Solid Waste & Recycling Office, DPW

Our mission is to help educate everyone about how to Reduce trash, Reuse materials that might otherwise be thought of as trash, and Recycle materials for the environment and economy.

⇒ FALL SCHEDULE ⇐
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Starting the week of October 14th, yard waste will be collected EVERY WEEK on your service day!​​​​​​​​​ Make sure your yard waste barrels are labelled or yard clippings are in designated lawn paper bags, no heavier than 35 pounds and are not in plastic bags. Dirt, rocks, fencing, metal, etc. is not allowed; yard clippings only!

Why was my cart missed?
To make sure your carts get picked up, follow these rules. Carts must:
  • be out by 7 am on your service day
  • be against or at the edge of the curb and at least an arm's length from any vehicle
  • have closed lids
  • be less than 250 pounds - the trucks have weight limitations on what they can pick up!
If your trash or recycling carts are given rejection stickers, the carts are in violation of one of the above rules or contain items that do not belong in that cart. Please do not report a miss if you find that your carts are in violation of any of the above rules, or have rejection stickers.
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Wipe or Rinse it, then Recycle it!

Food waste and dirty containers contaminate entire loads of  recyclable items,  increasing the cost to the city.   Please help by recycling clean items!

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Want a more detailed list of what you can and cannot recycle? Check out the MassDEP Universal Recycling List!

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Want a more detailed list of what you can and cannot recycle? Check out the MassDEP Universal Recycling List!

Want a more detailed list of what you can and cannot recycle? Check out the MassDEP Universal Recycling List!

MassDEP Beyond the BIN Directory

DEP Beyond the Bin

The City of Lowell observes eleven (11) Holidays each year. The week of the holiday, collection days for all routes on or after the Holiday will be 'bumped' one day.

 
New Year's Day (Tuesday, Jan. 1) Tuesday routes bumped to Wednesday, Wednesday bumped to Thursday, etc.    
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 21) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
President's Day (Monday, Feb. 18) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Patriot's Day (Monday, Apr. 15) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Independence Day (Thursday, Jul. 4) Thursday routes bump to Friday, Friday to Saturday

Labor Day (Monday, Sep. 2) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)

Veteran's Day (Monday, Nov. 11) one day delayed pick up for all routes (Mon-Fri)
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28) Thursday routes bump to Friday, Friday to Saturday
Christmas Day (Wednesday. Dec. 25) Wednesday routes bump to Thursday, Thursday to Friday, etc.