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Solid Waste & recycling

Recycling, refuse, yard waste and bulky item collection is accomplished by a team effort between the City of New Bedford, ABC Disposal and the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District.  There are a wide variety of programs and services that help residents and businesses manage their unwanted waste.  Please click here to learn about the new automated collection program that begins the week of June 23rd.

Time for Spring Cleaning

Upcoming Events for Prescription Drugs, Sharps, Hazardous Waste, Confidential Papers and Tires

The City and Refuse District are helping you make the most of your spring cleaning tasks with four upcoming events.

National Drug Take‐Back Day and Sharps Drop‐Off Day will take place on April 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station, 1103 Shawmut Avenue.

  • Open to New Bedford and Dartmouth residents only, ID required
  • Safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs with the Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Sharps include needles, syringes, and lancets
  • Sharps must be in a red biohazard container prior to the drop‐off day; sharps will not be accepted in any other type container.
  • Call (508) 979‐1493 to ask where to obtain one free biohazard container. Additional containers may be purchased from local pharmacies.

Household Hazardous Waste Drop‐off Day will take place on April 26th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Crapo Hill Landfill. Call for directions or visit www.gnbrrmdistrict.org.

  • Open to New Bedford and Dartmouth residents only, ID required
  • Examples of accepted waste include oil‐based paints, paint thinner and waste fuels.
  • NO LATEX PAINTS. Dry out and throw it away in the regular trash.
  • The maximum amount you can bring is 25 gallons or 25 pounds.
  • Collection is for households only. No businesses, schools, or contractors.

Paper Shred Day will take place on May 3rd from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot across from City Hall on the corner of William Street and North 6th Street. Shredding is provided by Doc Shredding.

  • Open to businesses and residents of New Bedford and the surrounding communities
  • Fee is $5 per box (not more than 40 pounds each)
  • Paper clips and staples do not need to be removed, but please remove paper from folders and binders.

Tire Drop‐off Day will take place on May 17th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station, 103 Shawmut Avenue.

  • Open to New Bedford and Dartmouth residents only, ID required
  • Fees (cash or check only) ‐ $1 each for car tires, $5 each for light duty truck tires and $15 each for heavy duty truck tires (greater than R24 not accepted, no off‐road equipment tires)
  • No commercial loads

A flyer of all four events is available here. For more information about any of the events, contact Marissa Perez-Dormitzer, District Recycling Coordinator at (508) 979‐1493 or recycling@newbedford‐ma.gov.

New Automated Collection Program

New Bedford has partnered with ABC Disposal to implement a new curbside collection program for trash and recyclables designed to increase citywide recycling, reduce litter and decrease the amount of trash sent to the Crapo Hill landfill.

Beginning on June 23, 2014 throughout New Bedford, ABC Disposal will collect trash and recycling in wheeled carts. The carts will be emptied by automated trucks with mechanized arms. The new trucks will be fueled by compressed natural gas which is cleaner and more efficient than diesel.

Residents and businesses will no longer need to separate recyclable material into multiple bins. Customers will place all recyclable bottles, cans, paper and cardboard in a cart with an orange lid. All acceptable trash will be placed in a cart with a blue lid. Trash and recyclables left outside the carts will not be collected and may result in a fine.

You can read more information on the specifics of the Automated Collection Program here.

 Foam Block Drop-Off

New Bedford and Dartmouth residents may now drop off clean polystyrene foam blocks, commonly called Styrofoam, at their community’s transfer station.

New Bedford residents may drop off foam blocks at the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station, located at 1103 Shawmut Avenue. The Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Proof of residency is required.

Dartmouth residents may drop off foam blocks at the Dartmouth Transfer Station, 976 Russells Mills Road. The hours are Tuesday & Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. A transfer station permit is required.

The polystyrene foam blocks will be picked up by ReFoamIt, a Leominster, MA company that will densify the blocks and sell them to various companies to make new products such as car bumpers, brackets, and picture frames. “We ship the densified blocks when we have forty eight full pallets. Forty eight pallets of densified blocks is equal to 50 tractor trailer loads of loose material,” said Barbara Sherman, co‐owner of ReFoamIt.

The clean packing blocks that are accepted often surround electronics such as televisions. “There is more packaging around the holidays so this is an ideal time to start this program,” said Marissa Perez‐Dormitzer, recycling coordinator for the Greater New Bedford New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District.

More recycling and less solid waste helps to extend the life of the Crapo Hill Landfill, the disposal site for New Bedford and Dartmouth.

Please note:

  • New Bedford residents only at the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station, ID is required.
  • Dartmouth residents only at the Dartmouth Transfer Station, transfer station permit required.
  • Foam blocks need to be clean and dry.
  • Place foam blocks into the cart or container near the sign that says, “Styrofoam.”
  • No packing peanuts, clamshell take‐out containers or cups.
  • Packing peanuts can be brought in a bag to the local UPS store for reuse.

A flyer of the event is available here.
For more information, contact Marissa Perez-Dormitzer, District Recycling Coordinator, at (508) 979‐1493 or recycling@newbedford‐ma.gov.

 Rigid Plastics Now Accepted

Residents can now recycle rigid plastics at the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station. Rigid plastics include broken blue bins, old laundry baskets, flower pots, buckets, toys and broken up plastic furniture.

Please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • All items must be no larger than 2 feet by 3 feet
  • All items must be clean with no residue of any type (paint, oil, tar, dirt) etc.
  • Bring items to the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station. Do not place in a blue bin.

The Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station (1103 Shawmut Avenue) is open Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM and Saturday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

This new addition is part of the City’s effort to maintain a comprehensive recycling program. “It’s an answer for the many residents looking to recycle old, broken blue bins,” said Marissa Perez-Dormitzer, Recycling Coordinator for New Bedford and Dartmouth. “Our aim is to provide as many ways as possible to choose recycling over throwing items in the trash.”

Every item recycled saves precious space in Crapo Hill Landfill where New Bedford’s trash is disposed, pushing the need to replace it further and further into the future. Recycled materials also generate money for the City. Proceeds from recyclables, for example, have been used to buy 200 black mesh litter baskets used to keep the City cleaner.

A flyer on rigid plastic recycling is available here.
For more information, call Marissa Perez-Dormitzer, District Recycling Coordinator at (508) 979-1493.

City Encourages Cardboard Recycling

Did you know the City earns revenue from cardboard? Recycling cardboard also saves the City money by avoiding disposal costs.

Cardboard that’s trash to you is valuable to many others. Selling the cardboard generates money for the city, which is used to buy items such as litter baskets, blue bins and equipment such as a cardboard compactor. Families that recycle cardboard also save money, like on the cost of trash bags.

Keeping cardboard out of the Crapo Hill Landfill, helps to extend its life. Since transporting trash to an out-of-town site costs significantly more, extending the life of Crapo Hill is very cost effective.

“Cardboard recycling in the city is improving,” says Recycling Assistant Meg Hebert. “A growing number of City businesses are making a difference in the cardboard recycling effort. Overall curbside recycling tonnage has increased by 47 percent in the past five years.”

Recycle thin cardboard such as cereal boxes and corrugated cardboard in the blue bin you designate for paper. Flatten the boxes and fold or cut them to no more than 2 feet by 3 feet. Excess flattened cardboard can be placed beneath your blue bin.

You may bring larger cardboard boxes to the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station located at 1103 Shawmut Avenue. There is a compactor there for cardboard only. The hours are Monday – Friday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 2 PM.

For more information, call Marissa Perez-Dormitzer, District Recycling Coordinator, at (508) 979-1493.

The City of New Bedford has a variety of solid waste & recycling programs. Please select one of the pages below to learn more:

Where can I call if I Have a Question?

(508) 999-2619 ABC Disposal, questions about the new automated collection program, bulky item appointments
(508) 961-3008 Facilities and Fleet Management, questions about the new automated collection program
(508) 979-1493 Recycling Office, questions about recycling

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