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Recycling and Trash

The Tyngsborough Board of Health is committed to serving residents by providing resources to manage solid waste and recycling. Browse this page to find everything you need. If you’re still stumped, please click the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page. Thank you for visiting!

Tyngsborough has a contract with Republic Service  to collect residential trash once a week on Monday. Recycling is collected every other week on Monday. For information on your pick-up, refer to the Tyngsborough Calendar or contact the Board of Health at 978-649-2300 x118.

Holidays: No collection on holidays. When a holiday occurs, the collection will be a day delayed and pick up will be on Tuesday. Please refer to the calendar to see if the holiday falls on a Monday. Items not accepted through the trash & recycling program may be accepted through our partnership with HELPSY. HELPSY is the largest clothing & household textile collector in the Northeast and offers curbside pick-up to Tyngsborough residents for free. Learn more here. Schedule your curbside textile pick up today by visiting


Tyngsborough Calendar 2023-2024

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Please follow these rules:

    1. Please  ensure that your trash toter cart is fully accessible for pick up. Please move vehicle or relocate the cart for easy pick up.
    2. Please place your cart at least 3 feet from obstructions such as mailboxes and recycle bins. Keep the cart clear of overhead wires and low hanging branches.
    3. Please place all trash inside the cart, all the way. Lid must be fully closed with nothing hanging out.
    4. Overflow waste placed on the ground will not be picked up, unless the overflow waste is bagged with approved sticker.
    5. Bulky items will not be picked up without an approved bulky sticker. Bulky items are collected by appointments only – Call Republic Service at 978-649-7564 and press 2 for customer service.
    6. Stickers for bulky items and excess trash bags can be purchased at Board of Health, located in the Town Offices building, 25 Bryants Lane (978-649-2300 x 118).
    7. Please place your cart curbside no later than 6:30 AM.
    8. Please do not put any of the following items in the trash cart: Hazardous Waste, Recyclables, Furniture, Construction/ Demolition Debris, Yard Waste, Auto Parts, Asbestos, TVs/CRT, Mercury Containing Products (Fluorescent Bulbs, Thermometers, etc.), Propane Tanks, or Sharps.


    • Please place your blue recycling cart at curbside by 6:30 AM on your collection day. Recycling is collected every other week. Please see our Recycling Calendar to determine which week your recycling will be picked up (mailed to all households annually or can be downloaded here: Tyngsborough Recycling Calendar 2022-2023.
    • Keep recycling cart at least 4 feet from the trash cart.
    • Please remove packing materials, liners, and plastic wrappings from cardboard boxes.
    • Curbside recycling is single stream. This means that any accepted recyclables can be placed in the blue 96-gallon recycling cart, there is no need to have separate bins for paper/cardboard and plastic/glass/metal.


    • Schedule your curbside textile pick up online by visiting
    • Place your items on the curb no later than 7:00 AM on the day of your scheduled pick up. Items must be bagged but can be in any bag of your choosing.
    • HELPSY will accept:
      • Clean, dry, and bagged clothing & fashion accessories (stained, worn, and torn is fine).
        • Dresses
        • Shirts
        • Pants
        • Suits
        • Coats
        • Gloves
        • Hats
        • Belts
        • Ties
        • Scarves
        • Wallets
        • Purses
        • Backpacks
        • Totes
        • Shoes
        • Towels
        • Bedding
        • Costumes
        • Curtains
        • Placemats
        • Tablecloths
        • Throw Rugs
      • HELPSY will not accept breakable houseware, glass, electronics, furniture, building material, scrap metal, appliances, mattresses, encyclopedia sets, phone books, or magazines.


Items Prohibited from Trash

The following items are prohibited from the trash by Massachusetts state law:

  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Computer monitors
  • Office mail & paper
  • Auto parts & machinery
  • Plastic jugs & bottles
  • Televisions
  • Brush, grass clippings, leaves
  • Aluminum or other metal cans
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Hazardous waste
  • Medical Waste
  • Cardboard


FAQs Regarding the 96-gallon Recycling Toter

Q   Where should I place this cart on recycling day?

A   Please place the cart at least 4 feet away from your trash cart, your mailbox, and/or any trees. Ideally, place your recycling cart on one side of your driveway and your trash cart on the other.

Q   Does this change the day or frequency my recycling will get picked up?

A   Recycling will continue to be picked up every other week according to the calendar mailed to you in July annually and always available below.

Q   Will all of my recyclables fit into this new cart?

A   This cart has a 96 gallon capacity so they should! If you have a lot of recyclables and think you might run out of space in your recycling cart, it would be a good idea to flatten plastic jugs and bottles, aluminum cans, cartons, and boxes before placing them in this container.

Q   Can I still recycle the same materials as before?

A   Yes, the same materials can be recycled.  Notice that the top of your cart’s lid has important information about what can and can’t be placed in this recycling cart.

Q   What if I have a large amount of cardboard and/or large pieces of cardboard?

A   You can bring cardboard to one of two containers in town: at the Highway Department (Kendall Road) or at the Middle School parking lot (Norris Road). Cardboard must be flattened so you can slide them into the slot in the front of the container.

Q   Does my recycling cart have to be completely closed like my trash cart has to be?

A   Recycling carts should be closed so that you can prevent spillage but Republic WILL collect and empty recycling carts that are not completely closed. Be sure nothing is on top of the closed cart lid.

Q   What if I just can’t fit all of my recycling into this new cart?

A   If, after using this cart for a few weeks, you find you consistently run out of room and believe you need a second cart for your recycling, the Town has made arrangements for you to purchase this second cart for $60. This a one-time cost.  You can call the Board of Health (978-649-2300 x 118) to purchase a 2nd recycling cart.

We suggest that you first make an effort to get into the habit of flattening or crushing your recyclables so that they all fit easily into your new large cart.  Fitting your recyclables into this new cart will benefit both parties; the Town will not have to pay extra collection fees for additional carts ($50 per year after the first extra 100 carts) and you will save the $60 purchase price.

If you do purchase a 2nd cart and find that you don’t require it, the Town will make arrangements to refund you the purchase price if you return the cart in clean and good condition.




Purchase Composter at Reduced Price

New Age Composter is available for sale at the Board of Health for a reduced price of $25.
Please contact the Board of Health at 978-649-2300 x118 for more information.

Click here on How to Assemble the New Age Composter


What is composting?

Composting is a controlled process of decomposition of organic material. Naturally occurring soil organisms recycle nitrogen, potash, phosphorus, and other plant nutrients as they convert the material into humus.


Yard Waste Drop-Off Site Opening October 10th. Click here for a flyer with more information!


Backyard or Curbside Food Waste Composting

Compost bins for do-it-yourself backyard composting are available at the Board of Health Office at a subsidized price of $35.

Curbside collection is available (for a fee) by contacting Black Earth or Bootstrap Compost

Please contact the Board of Health at 978-649-2300 x118 for more information.

Click here on How to Assemble the New Age Composter


Benefits of Composting

Composting is a convenient, beneficial and inexpensive way to handle your organic waste and help the environment. Composting:

  • reduces the volume of garbage requiring disposal
  • saves money for you and your community in reduced soil purchases and reduced local disposal costs and
  • enriches the soil. Using compost adds essential nutrients, improves soil structure, which allows better root growth, and increases moisture and nutrient retention in the soil. Plants love compost!


What Should You Compost?

Yard wastes such as leaves, grass clippings and weeds make excellent compost. Fruit and vegetable scraps, plus food wastes such as coffee grounds, tea bags, and eggs shells, can be composted. To keep animals and odors out of your pile, do not add meat, bones, fatty food wastes (such as cheese, grease and oils), dog and cat litter, and diseased plants. Do not add invasive weeds and weeds that have gone to seed to the pile. Elements of a good compost pile With these principles in mind, you can convert your organic wastes into resources by turning your spoils to soil.


The Biodegraders

Nature has provided an army of workers who specialize in decomposing organic material. These “critters” – bacteria, fungi, molds, earthworms, insects and other soil organisms – eat all types of organic material and in the process convert nutrients into a form plants can utilize. Without those compost critters, we would be surrounded by mountains of leaves and the soil would be barren. The process of composting is simply a matter of providing the soil organisms with food, water and oxygen. They do the rest.


Organic Material

Organic material contains varying amounts of carbon and nitrogen which nourish the organisms naturally present in your compost pile. (Billions of bacteria inhabit the surface of every leaf and blade of grass in your yard.) The critters need both carbon and nitrogen. An easy way to provide both of these is to remember that brown, woody materials, such as autumn leaves, are high in carbon while green, moist materials, such as grass clippings, are high in nitrogen (refer to “How to Make a Compost Pile” below).

Alternating layers of brown and green materials will yield finished compost in three to eight months. Leaves alone break down in six to 15 months. Grass clippings or food scraps composted alone result in unpleasant odors because they contain more nitrogen than the compost organisms can use. Layer leaves or straw with green material, or let it dry until it turns brown before composting it alone.


How to Make a Compost Pile

There are as many different ways to make compost as there are people who do it. The following guidelines will get you started, but soon your own experience will help you tailor a method that best fits your needs.

  • Build or purchase a compost bin from the Board of Health Office in Town Hall, or your local garden center or home store. Enclosed compost piles keep out pests, hold heat and moisture in, and have a neat appearance. Or, bins can be simply made of wire, wood, pallets, concrete blocks, even garbage cans with drainage holes drilled in them. In urban areas, rodent-resistant compost bins – having a secure cover and floor and openings no wider than one-half inch – must be used.
  • Set up the bin in a convenient, shady area with good drainage. A pile that is about three feet square and three feet high will help maintain the heat generated by the composting organisms throughout the winter. Although a smaller pile may not retain heat, it will compost.
  • Start the pile with a layer of coarse material such as corn stalks to build in air passages. Add alternating layers of “brown” and “green” materials with a shovelful of soil on top of each layer. Shredding leaves or running over them with a lawn mower will shorten the composting time. Be sure to bury food scraps in the center of the pile.
High Nitrogen “Green” ingredients High Carbon “Brown” Ingredients
  • grass clippings
  • weeds
  • food wastes: fruit & vegetables, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells
  • manure (cow, horse, chicken, rabbit)
  • seaweed
  • alfalfa hay/meal
  • blood meal
  • autumn leaves
  • straw
  • paper towels, napkins, bags, plates, coffee filters, tissue and newspaper
  • cornstalks
  • wood chips
  • saw dust
  • pine needles
  • Add water as you build the pile if the materials are dry.
  • As time goes on, keep oxygen available to the compost critters by fluffing the pile with a hoe or compost turning tool each time you add material. A complete turning of the pile – so the top becomes the bottom – in spring and fall should result in finished compost within a year. More frequent turning will shorten the composting time.


How to Use Compost

When the composted materials look like rich, brown soil, it is ready to use. Apply one-half to three inches of finished compost and mix it in with the top four inches of soil about one month before planting. Compost can be applied as a top dressing in the garden throughout the summer. Compost is excellent for reseeding lawns, and it can be spread one-quarter inch deep over the entire lawn to rejuvenate the turf. To make potting soil, mix equal parts compost, sand and loam. You may put the compost through a sieve to remove large particles – these can go back into the pile.

Mulching & Composting Without a Yard


Grass clippings, leaves and woody yard wastes can be used as mulch in gardens and around shrubs to keep the soil moist, control weed growth and add nutrients. Woody materials should be chipped or shredded. Use a mulch of pine needles around acid-loving plants. Leaves will work first as mulch, then as a soil enricher as they decompose. Grass clippings should be dried before using as mulch. Do not mulch with grass clippings which have been treated with herbicides; composting them first, however, will break down the herbicides.

Composting without a yard

Composting can be done indoors using an earthworm farm. Not only can you recycle your food scraps, you can also have a steady supply of fishing bait! See MassDEP’s vermicomposting page.

For more information contact Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection (617-292-5500) or visit them at


Air & Moisture

The compost critters need oxygen, just as we do. Lack of oxygen will slow down the composting process and cause odors. Turn your pile, fluff it with a hoe or compost turning tool, or build air passages into the pile with cornstalks to provide oxygen to the organisms.

Compost organisms need a moist environment. The pile should be as damp as a wrung-out sponge, but not dripping wet. Make sure leaves are damp when you add them to the compost pile because they will not break down if they are dry. Since moisture evaporates as the pile heats up (a sign of active composting), let rain and snow replace it, or add water during dry spells. A cover helps retain moisture in hot weather.

Please note, there are no Town trash services to the following locations:

  • Merrimac Commons
  • Merrimac Landing
  • Tyng Village
  • Tyngsboro Crossing
  • Villages of Maple Ridge
  • Whispering Pines
  • Wyndbrook at Tyngsboro

Looking to dispose of bulky items?

Bulky item stickers ($15) and/or overflow trash stickers ($5) can be purchased at the Board of Health Office or ONLINE at (sticker(s) will be mailed to you).

Overflow trash stickers are also available at the Tyngsborough Public Library during thier normal business hours.

$15.00 – Orange Sticker

Sectional couch ($15/piece) Couch/chair (upholstered) Love seat
Table (large) Desk Bureau/side boards
Toilet Entertainment center Windows
Wood file cabinets Bath tubs Wood (50 lb. Bundle)
Doors (wood) Coffee tables Tub enclosures
Head boards Sink Vanity/cabinet
Carpeting (50 lbs bundle) 3 feet length

No charge (Pink sticker)

Wood chairs Mirrors End tables
Children’s toys (under 50 lbs) Bicycles Plastic lawn furniture


$5.00 (Pink sticker)

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As of November 1, 2022, mattresses and textiles are no longer be allowed in the trash.

New Massachusetts state rules require mattresses and textiles be kept out of the trash so they can be recycled or donated for reuse. In order to comply, Tyngsborough are not able to collect mattresses and textiles. Please visit Beyond the Bin for options for disposal.

To help you understand these changes and the reasons behind them, the MassDEP has written a newsletter focusing on the new Waste Bans and why they are important. You can read the newsletter in its entirety here: Waste Bans 101: Less Trash for a Cleaner Massachusetts



What to do with your old mattress?

If you’re not sure what to do with your old mattress, there are a few options to consider:

  • You can donate mattresses in* good condition* to organizations like:
    • Household Goods. They can be reached at their store in Acton or by phone at 978-635-1710.
    • The Wish Project. They can be reached at their store in Chelmsford or by phone at 866-947-4360.
  • You can give mattresses away via a local gifting group like Buy Nothing or Freecycle.
  • If you are buying new, you can check with the retailer to see if they will recycle your old one.

We also recommend a quick web search to find other donation sites.

    Bring to Zero Waste Day or arrange disposal of these items, for a fee, by calling Republic Services at 978-649-7564.

    Appliance & CRT Disposal 2023



    The Town of Tyngsborough has partnered with HELPSY to offer free curbside pick-up of clothing and household textiles to residents. Pickups happen weekly.

    Residents can schedule their pickup online at  OR

    • Bring to a collection bin at the Recycling Center at the Highway Department
    • Bring to satellite parking lot of the Middle School (50 Norris Rd)
    • Bring to Zero Waste Day

    Curbside pick-up clothing and other textiles should be bagged and left on the curb by 7:00 AM on the day of the scheduled pick up. HELPSY is the largest clothing and textile collector in the Northeast and partners with municipalities and organizations across ten states to collect unwanted clothing and other textiles. Through a combination of clothing drives, home pick-ups, thrift store partners and clothing receptacles, HELPSY has helped communities divert nearly 30 million pounds of textiles from landfills last year. Learn more about what HELPSY will collect here.

    Bring to Recycling Center at the Highway Department. NO full-size appliances.

    For a list of metals, see

    Flatten and bring to container in satellite parking lot of the Middle School or the Recycling Center at Highway Department.

    Sharps & Needles

    • Medical needles are STRICTLY prohibited from regular waste disposal.
    • Used needles can be kept in a sealed coffee can or laundry bottle or in any puncture-proof container. These can be dropped off at the Board of Health during normal Board of Health hours.
    • For further information or questions please contact the Board of Health at 978-649-2300 x 118.

    Unwanted Medication Kiosk

    • Turn in your unused or expired medication in the Medication Disposal Kiosk at the Tyngsborough Police Department lobby on Westford Road.
    • All medication must be in a secured zip-locked baggie, no sharps (needles), liquids, thermometers, or other non-pharmaceutical wastes are allowed. Residents are encouraged to use this resource to rid their home of dangerous, unwanted medication.

    Liquid Medication Disposal

    • Liquid Medication can be put in coffee grinds, kitty litter, or other absorbent material and disposed of in the trash.

    Medication and Sharps Disposal Documents


    Drop off throughout the month of January at the Highway Department or the parking lot at 180 Lakeview Ave.

    (No bags or decorations)

    Including but not limited to: Fluorescent Lights, Thermometers and Rechargeable Batteries.

    Bring to the Universal Waste Shed at the Highway Department for safe disposal.

    Cardboard, Scrap Metal, Textiles, Mercury-Containing Items

    Open year-round at the Highway Department.

    Held the first Saturday of November and of May every year from 9am to Noon at the Elementary School.

    All items collected will be reused or recycled.

    Upcoming Zero Waste Days are: November 4th, 2023 and May 4th, 2024

    Click on the image below to learn more about the Zero Waste Day being held on November 4th!


    Recycle Smart Logo

    MassDEP has created a website aimed at helping people recycle smarter: RecycleSmart. It includes a handy printable guide to recycling as well as a searchable encyclopedia explaining what can and cannot be recycled. Help keep the planet clean and help keep recycling costs low.



    How Do I Dispose of…

    Other Drop-off Locations

    Please contact the companies before dropping off materials:

    • Home Depot and Lowes accept compact fluorescent light bulbs.
    • Best Buy will accept TVs up to 32 inches and other electronics. Click here for more info.
    • Staples Electronic Recycling Program. Click here for more info.
    • Interstate Batteries (86 Progress Ave,  Tyngsborough, 978-649-5959) or Batteries Plus (in Nashua) accept most batteries.
    • LL & S Inc. (87 Lowell Road, Salem, NH) accepts building material for a fee. 603-894-9800
    • ASAP Fire and Safety Corp (90 Progress Ave, Tyngsborough) accepts fire extinguishers at no charge. 978-649-4945
    • BMC Corp (1079 South St., Tewksbury, MA) accepts yard waste for a fee. 978-667-2171
    • SAVERS (on DW Highway, Nashua) accepts clothing and home goods donations.
    • For disposal of any white goods, CRTs, tires, and any metal items (for a fee) – contact Republic Service: 978-649-7564. 
    • For Re-use, the following organizations accept donation: Catie’s ClosetHabitat for HumanityThe Wish Project
    • Granite State Salvage Company (31 Dracut Road, Hudson, NH 03051) accepts metal items including appliances. 603-882-9325

    Contact us

    Have questions? We’ll do our best to answer them. Keep in mind if you send in your contact during nights, weekends or holidays, our response may be delayed. Thanks!