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City of New Bedford Official Website - Department of Public Facilities Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section:

  1. What should I do if my recycling was not picked up?
  2. What types of items can I place in my blue bin for recycling collection?
  3. What can I do if my bins are overflowing?
  4. When is yard waste collection and what is accepted?
  5. How can I get rid of furniture?
  6. What should I do with appliances?
  7. How can I get rid of a computer or television?
  8. How do I get rid of paint?
  9. What does the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station accept?  When is the Transfer Station open?

1. What should I do if my recycling was not picked up?

Recycling must be set out no later than 7:00 am on your collection day and no earlier than 5:00 pm the day before.  If your recycling (or trash or yard waste) was missed, call ABC Disposal at (508) 999-2619.

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2. What types of items can I place in my blue recycling bin for recycling collection?

Paper

    • Newspaper (with inserts)
    • Magazines/catalogs
    • Junk mail (includes envelopes with windows)
    • Office paper
    • Brown paper bags
    • Phone books
    • Chipboard (e.g. cracker or cereal boxes; please remove plastic liners)
    • Flattened corrugated cardboard (2' x 3')
    • Place shredded paper in a brown paper bag or a clear plastic bag
    • No soiled paper

Bottles & Cans

Rinse and place inside bin. Remove caps and sharp lids.

    • #1 - #7 plastic bottles and jugs
    • Glass bottles/jars
      • No broken or other glass such as light bulbs, window or auto glass, dishes, glasses, Pyrex.
    • Aluminum and steel (tin) food and beverage cans - Labels are okay.
    •  NO SYROFOAM, NO Broken Glass, NO PLASTIC BAGS and NO motor oil containers

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3.   What can I do if my bins are overflowing?
If you need more space for bottles and cans, you may call (508) 979-1493 to request a recycling sticker to place on your own 32-gallon barrel (or smaller).  Place only plastic, metal, and glass bottles and cans into the barrel with the recycling sticker on it.  Continue to use your blue bin(s) for paper and cardboard.  When you set you barrel out on the curb for collection, face the sticker toward the street so the recycling driver can see it. 
 
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4. When is yard waste collection and what is accepted?

Yard waste is collected mid-April through Mid-December on the day following trash/recycling collection
Leave, grass, and sticks ¼ inch or less in diameter and not exceeding 4 feet in length are accepted.  Yard waste must be in a paper bag or loose in a barrel.  No plastic bags accepted.
For a brush pickup (¼ inch to 4 inches in diameter), call ABC Disposal at (508) 999-2619 to make an appointment.
Brush over 4 inches in diameter will not be collected. 

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5. How can I get rid of furniture?

New Bedford residents are allowed to dispose of one bulky item per week.  For apartment dwellers, this means that one item is allowed each week for the entire building.  Bulky items include a couch, chair and wooden furniture.  A mattress and a box spring are considered one item.  If you have reusable furniture, offer it to neighbors or a store such as Savers, (508) 998-3899. 

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6. What should I do with appliances?

Call ABC Disposal at (508) 999-2619 to schedule an appointment for the collection of appliances.  This includes microwaves, refrigerators, air conditioners, stoves, propane tanks, washing machines, dryers, water heaters, and anything metal such as a filing cabinet or grill.
New Bedford residents may also bring appliances to the Transfer Station at 1103 Shawmut Avenue.  There is no fee.

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7. How can I get rid of a computer or television?

If you buy a new television or computer and the store offers to take your old television or monitor, please accept that offer.  If you have a working television or computer, please see if you can donate it.  To recycle a television or computer, call ABC Disposal at (508) 999-2619 to schedule an appointment for collection.

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8. How do I get rid of latex paint?

Latex paint is not considered hazardous, but needs to be hardened when set out with the trash. The best thing to do is either leave the lids off the cans until the paint dries, or help the drying process along with kitty litter or sand.  When the paint is dry, set it out with the trash with the lids off so that the trash collectors know it is dry.

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9. What does the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station accept?  When is the Transfer Station open?

The Transfer Station accepts the following from New Bedford residents:  aerosol containers, antifreeze, books, car batteries, clothing, computer monitors, fluorescent bulbs, leaves & brush, mercury devices, propane tanks, rechargeable batteries, scrap metal, televisions, toner cartridges, waste oil & filters, white goods (appliances, i.e. refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, ovens, ranges, and hot water heaters) cooking oil, electronics rigid plastics and styrofoam blocks.  No construction or demolition debris is accepted.

The Transfer Station hours are Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, and Saturday 8 am to 2 pm.  If you are not sure where to recycle something, call (508) 979-1493.


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