What Can I Recycle?


The information below pertains to all areas of the City except downtown. If you are a business or resident of downtown, please click here or call (508) 961-3008 for more information.single stream recycling 08142015

Recycling is now mandatory for everyone in the City of New Bedford – even if you pay for private collection.

That means recyclable items such as bottles, cans, jugs, jars, cartons, paper, and cardboard cannot be placed in the trash.

As part of the City’s program, Capitol Waste Services collects single stream recycling weekly from residents and small businesses. Customers should place recycling carts curbside by 7:00 a.m. on the designated collection day, but no earlier than 5:00 p.m. on the day before collection. All recycling must fit in the cart provided. Property owners are eligible to pay a one-time fee for additional recycling carts. Call the Department of Facilities and Fleet Management at (508) 961-3008.

For more information, please use the following links:


Contact Information

Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District
(508) 979-1493
questions about curbside recycling, drop-off recycling, and recycling events
Department of Facilities and Fleet Management
(508) 979-1520
questions about curbside recycling, curbside solid waste and drop-off recycling, order additional recycling carts
Capitol Waste Services
(617) 569-1718
questions about the curbside solid waste collection, curbside recycling, bulky waste appointments, brush appointments, yard waste pickup, and missed stops