Holiday recycling tips for New Bedford residents

After the gifts have been unwrapped, New Bedford residents are encouraged to recycle as much of their holiday waste as possible.  The attached flyer details recyclable items and reminds residents that wrapping paper and string lights are not recyclable.

Christmas tree collection and drop-off locations announced – collection is week of Jan. 6

And, once your Christmas tree has been undecorated, here are several ways it can be properly disposed of:

  • Christmas tree collection: ABC Disposal will pick up Christmas trees from January 6 to January 10. During this week only, residents may place trees at the curb by 7 a.m. the weekday after trash and recycling collection.  Please note, if your trash is usually collected on Friday, Christmas trees will only be collected along your route on Monday, January 6.  If your trash is usually collected on Mondays, Christmas trees will only be collected along your route on Tuesday, January 7 and so on.  The City will not collect Christmas trees curbside at any other time; if placed at the curb any other time, property owners may be issued a violation notice.  Please remove all ornaments, stands, holiday lights, and tinsel. Do not place trees in plastic bags.
  • Christmas tree drop-off: Christmas trees can be brought to the following locations.

o East Rodney French Blvd. beach lot, between Hudson Street and Seymour Street, ends January 10, 2020.

o Brooklawn Park, near Pony League Field, enter at Irvington Street, ends January 10, 2020.

o Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station, 1103 Shawmut Avenue, open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, noon to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For additional tips, follow @NBRecycling on Twitter, or visit the New Bedford Recycling Facebook page. If you have questions, please contact the recycling office by phone at (508) 961-3008 or by email at