Rubbish & Recycling

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WASTE MANAGEMENT RECYCLABLES

Waste Reduction Program


The Waste Reduction Program is intended to reduce solid waste management costs for households and the town and increase recycling. The Town of Ashland has contracted with Waste Management Inc. to provide curbside rubbish and recycling pickup for residents. The system is based upon the "Pay as you Throw" concept. The more you recycle the lower your costs will be. Click here for more program information.

New Phone Number


The telephone number for contacting Waste Management for scheduling a bulk item pickup is 800-972-4545

Pay-As-You-Throw Bags


Effective Monday, February 1st, 2010 the cost of the Town of Ashland official Pay-As-You-Throw orange trash bags will be as follows:
  • Small bags (14 gallon) will be $5.25 per roll of 5 bags.
  • Large bags (33 gallon) will be $9 per roll of 5 bags.
Each household pays a yearly base fee of $146. Senior citizens age 65 and over can pay $78. For senior citizens age 65 or over, please complete and submit this form and you would be billed accordingly only after the approval of the Abatement Application. The online Abatement form is available here.

Other Trash Bags


Other trash will only be picked up if placed in official Town of Ashland bags. These bags are available at many locations in town (for e.g. Grocery stores). They are available for purchase in rolls of 5 in either 33-gallon size or 14-gallon size. You will still have the ability to dispose of white goods and bulky waste at no extra cost. Hard to dispose of items such as construction materials may seek alternatives such as special rates or off-site disposal alternatives.

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection-Ashland 


Click here for more information about the FY 2017 Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection.

The Town of Ashland works with eight other local towns to facilitate the safe and sustainable disposal of Household Hazardous Waste. Each town has designated days when residents can bring in their household hazardous waste items for disposal.

Each of the towns have slightly different restrictions, household hazardous waste typically falls into five categories: automotive, cleaning and polishing, paint and related solvents, pesticides, and miscellaneous items (batteries, fingernail polish remover, some cosmetics, shoe polish, etc.). Ashland residents are advised to check that particular town website listed in the document (Click here) to check if and when a hazardous waste collection day has been scheduled.

Special Notes


  • Ashland continues to offer scheduled collections for yard waste and Christmas trees.
  • Drop-off recycling for electronics, paints, motor oil and other materials will also continue.
  • Recycling pick-up is done on a weekly basis. Click here to view a video of a recycling processing center. Note - Do not bag your recycling starting July 2016, per the regulations of the processing plant.
  • All recycling of corrugated cardboard will be done at curbside.

Recycling Drop Off


  • 1st Saturday of every month
  • 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Department of Public Works
    20 Ponderosa Road
    Ashland, MA 01721
The following items may be collected:
  • Used motor-oil
  • Oil-base paints/stains
  • Fluorescent light bulbs (including CFLs)
  • Rechargeable and button batteries and contained Mercury (including old thermometers and thermostats)
The collection takes place outside, behind the red salt shed....not inside the DPW building/garage. For Electronics Recycling FY2017 Calendar - Click here

Mapsonline Forms - Under construction 
-A Form will be available to Ashland residents to report a General Rubbish / Recycling Complaint.