How to Get Rid of Extra Trash

Purple Overflow Bag Program

If you are producing one to three extra bags of trash a week, our purple overflow bag program is a great way to get extra trash removed curbside! You are allowed up to 5 bags out per week, per address. Before throwing everything into the trash, consider if that item could be recycled simply by emptying the contents and rinsing it out. 

Request an Additional Set

If you find that you produce enough trash for 4 or more purple overflow bags every single week, it would make financial sense for you to consider procuring an additional set (trash and recycling) for $275 / year, billed quarterly on your water utility bill. To obtain the additional set, please have the legal owner come to the DPW (1365 Middlesex St. Lowell MA) with a form of identification to fill out the paperwork needed to fulfill the request. Please note that we do not offer trash or recycling carts separately, they always come as a set.


Bagster bags are smaller than dumpsters but allow residents to dispose of excess amounts of waste properly. Purchase a bagster bag (at a price of $35 dollars) at local home improvement stores or online. Bagsters are 8ft long, 4ft wide, and 2.5ft tall and can be filled up to 3,300 lbs. Please note that electronics, appliances, tires, food, or anything toxic/hazardous is not accepted for collection in Bagsters. After usage, go online to schedule a collection for waste. The price of removal varies; please check their website for more details.


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Often items in our home can be donated for free various locations across the city. For specific item donation suggestions visit donation websites for a list of eligible donation items. Note: Please call ahead and check website for specific instructions on donations. 

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