Trash & Recycling

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Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

The City of Gloucester offers weekly curbside trash and recycling for single family – multi family (4 apartment max) residences.

  • Place trash and recyclables on curb no later than 7:00am
  • All trash must be in official City issued trash bags. Trash in any other bag will not be picked up.
  • Bags are sold in packets of 5 (some locations sell single bags) at several local convenience and grocery stores:
    • Large bags (33 gallons) are $2.25
    • Small bags (13 gallons/kitchen size) are $1.25 each
  • Bags must be closed and tied
  • Closed City-designated bags can be placed curbside either inside or outside of your trash barrel
  • Bags and/or barrels cannot weigh more than 50 pounds
  • To dispose of an item that does not fit in the purple bag, you will need to purchase a $10 Bulk Item Sticker. Examples of bulk items include furniture, plastic-cased vacuum cleaners, rugs, entertainment centers, toilets. These stickers may be purchased at:
    • The Building Center on Harbor Loop
    • Department of Public Works (DPW) office on Poplar Street
  • Appliances, computer monitors, televisions and dehumidifiers are picked up curbside once a month after a $30.00 sticker has been purchased at the DPW.
  • Businesses, non profits and private schools are not eligible for City pick up of trash, recycling, bulk items, and curbside appliance pick up.

Mattress Recycling with UTEC: Starting on November 3, 2023 , residents will schedule their mattress/box spring collection directly through UTEC. The City of Gloucester has partnered with UTEC to offer curbside pickup twice a month at a cost of $40 per item (mattress and box spring are two items), and payment is made directly to UTEC online.

On the day of pickup, the mattress should be placed on the curb by 7am. Drivers will not enter private property in an effort to collect mattresses or box springs left on porches, behind locked gates or other instances.

To register for a pickup, visit UTEC's website, scroll down the page, select "schedule service" and select "Gloucester". The available dates residents can choose from will be highlighted.  For the month of November, there will be two collections, back to back, November 10 and November 17.  The next collection will be on December 8, we will then be on an every-other-week schedule for the most part.  If you have any questions or need assistance scheduling a pick up please contact UTEC directly at 978-856-3997.

For more information on this change, please visit: City of Gloucester Shares Information on MassDEP’s New Waste Ban Regulations.

For a complete guide to our trash and recycling program, please see our 2023 Recycling Brochure.

 If your trash was missed, please call our current trash hauler:
JRM Hauling & Recycling
(800) 323-4285 or the DPW Office (978) 325-5600

Trash Pick Up Schedule by Street Listing

Not sure when your trash day is? Please view our Trash Pick Up Schedule (PDF).