The City's sanitation ordinance requires that residents store their trash inside covered barrels. Barrels may be placed on the curbside no earlier than 4:00 P.M. the day prior to your scheduled pick-up, and no later than 7:00 A.M. on pick-up day. Covers may be removed once barrels are placed on the sidewalk for collection to avoid damage or loss. Empty barrels must be removed from sidewalk by 7:00 P.M. on trash collection day. Trash collection may be delayed by one day on .
(Clothing, Household Goods, etc.)
These items can be disposed with regular trash.
- Appliances- Small household appliances including radios, VCRs (including tapes), toasters, irons, etc. can be disposed with regular trash.
- Basketball pole & net- The pole must be cut down to three feet in length.
- Batteries- Only regular household batteries can go with regular trash. See the recycling section for disposal of other types of batteries.
- Building or construction material- These items will be picked up by the City only if there is a building permit on display with the green sticker, otherwise you must contract with a private disposal company.
- Camping stove- The City will pick these up if there is no propane tank attached.
- CDs/DVDs and their covers
- Christmas trees- Artificial trees can be put out with regular trash. Real trees will be picked up by DPW for mulching in January. Trees put out after January, will be picked up for regular trash.
- Computer accessories- The tower, printer, keyboard, computer laptops, and toner and ink cartridges can be placed with regular trash. These items may also be brought to the DPW yard for recycling. See the recycle section for details.
- Door- Wooden doors must be cut in half. Tape storm doors with glass in order to prevent shattering. Multiple doors would be considered construction material.
- Fire Extinguishers- Small, empty household extinguishers can be disposed with regular trash. Larger or non-empty ones (regardless of size) must be brought to the DPW on Hazardous Waste Days.
- Furniture- The City will pickup two pieces of furniture per week. Any mirrors or glass should be taped on both sides to avoid shattering. Drawers and doors should be tied down or removed to avoid injury.
- Glass- Wrap the glass in heavy paper and/or with tape to ensure that it won't break easily. If wrapped in paper, please write on it that it is glass and must be handled with care. (Includes mirrors, table top glass etc.)
- Kitty Litter
- Ladders- Wooden & metal ladders can be put out for pickup as long as it has been broken down into pieces no longer than 4 feet in length.
- Lawn mowers- Non-motorized mowers can be placed with regular trash; motorized mowers, but be disposed of privately.
- Medical equipment- Call 311 to arrange a pickup of hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, etc. Also some of these items can be donated to Council on Aging, if in good condition.
- Mattress and Box Spring
- Microwave ovens
- Pools- Children's rubber pools can with regular trash; adult, aboveground rubber pool must be cut down to 3 feet in length pieces and tied with string or twine. Metal pool must be disposed privately.
- Paint cans- If they are dry and empty, they can be dispose with regular trash. Non-empty cans must be brought to the DPW on Hazardous Waste Days.
- Pots and Pans
- Rugs/ Carpets- They must be rolled and tied with string/twine. Roll cannot exceed three feet in length.
- Sewing Machines
- Styrofoam- Peanuts/pellets may be disposed with trash.
- Swing Sets- A wooden set must be dismantled in order to be picked up. A metal set must be disposed of privately.
- Trash barrels & Recycling Bins- To dispose of damaged barrels or bins, place a sign indicating that item is broken and you wish to dispose of it.
- TVs/ Computer monitors- You must arrange for a free pickup at least one day in advance by clicking here, or by dialing 311. You may also bring them to the DPW, with proof of residency.
- Vinyl Records
- Wood - small quantities cut into 3 feet length and tied into a bundle with string or twine. Large amount would be considered building/construction materials, would need private disposal.
These items can be recycled.
- Aseptic packaging- Wax-covered or foiled line containers such as juice boxes can be placed in the recycle bin.
- Aluminum cans
- Aluminum foil- Only completely clean foil can be recycled.
- Books- Paperbacks only (Hard cover books are not recyclable.)
- Cardboard and paperboard - Including pizza boxes ( make sure to remove all food waste from the boxes). Large amounts of cardboard boxes must be broken down into 3x3ft pieces, bundled up and tied together.
- Cans of compressed gas/air duster- In order to be able to recycle these cans, you will need to make sure there is no compressed air left in the can. Once it is empty you will need to puncture the can.
- Bottles and containers- Glass and Plastic containers (#1-7, except Styrofoam).
- Shredded Paper - can be placed with recycling if it stored in a clear see-through plastic bag.
- Rigid Plastic - any other plastic item numbered 1-7, or items such as plastic toys, etc.
These items can be Dropped of for recycling at the DPW yard at 1 Franey Road, Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. through 4:00 P.M. with proof of residency or business location/license is required.
- Desktp computers
- Servers and server racks
- Networking equipment
- Electronic instrumentation
- Copiers and scanners
- Battery backups
- Electronic and audio equipment
- Toner and ink cartridges
- Household electronics and small appliance such as blenders, microwave ovens, irons, toasters, coffee makers, extra old cables, etc. (any small household item that can be plugged)
These items require a $25 White Goods Sticker that can be purchased at the DPW (check or money order) or City Hall (cash, check or money order). (Neither office can accept credit cards.) (Be sure not to block pedestrian traffic.)
- Air Conditioners
- Refrigerators- Remove door before placing the item on the sidewalk.
- Water Coolers (bubblers)
- Water Heaters
These items must be brought to the DPW on Household Hazardous Waste Day. Note: You must bring proof that you are a resident of Somerville. A driver's license or utility bill will be accepted. You must actually reside in Somerville.
- Automobile Tires (remove rim & hub cap)- You can bring up to 4 to DPW Monday- Friday 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. (You don't have to wait for Hazardous Waste Day.)
- Brake Fluid- One gallon or less; otherwise, dispose of privately.
- Batteries- Rechargeable or car batteries.
- Driveway Sealer- Up to two buckets. Larger amounts must be disposed of privately.
- Fire Extinguishers- Commercial grade or non-empty household extinguishers.
- Fluorescent lights bulbs
- Insect spray cans
- Mercury and lead sheets
- Paint- To prevent spilling, please bring cans with paint in a box-not a bag.
- Pool chemicals- Small quantities can be brought to the DPW; large amounts must be disposed of privately.
- Propane tanks and propane torches
- Thermometers- If broken resident should place it inside a covered glass jar and keep it in a well ventilated area away from children's reach until it can be brought to the DPW on Hazardous Waste Day.
- Transmission Fluid- Residents can bring up to 1 gallon; larger amounts must be brought disposed of privately.
Private Disposal. These items cannot be accepted for disposal by the City and must be disposed of privately.
- Building or construction materials- Toilets, sinks, windows, wood, masonry, siding, shingles etc. must be disposed of privately, unless there is a building permit on display with the green sticker (issued on construction jobs for less than $5,000).
- Business hazardous waste
- Car parts
- Heavy metal items- These include exercise equipment, exercise bikes and metal cabinets.
- Kerosene, Gasoline or Heating Oil
- Lawn Mower (motorized)
- Pools (aboveground metal)
- Snow Blowers
- Windows- These are considered construction material; therefore will only be picked up if building permit with green sticker is displayed.
Charitable Donations. Please consider donating gently-used household items (furniture, clothing, books, etc) to area charities, including those listed below. When you donate items that are still in useable condition, you are saving money for the city and its taxpayers by reducing bulk waste trash disposal costs. At the same time, you help local charities serve those in need here in our community - and donation for reuse is a valuable form of recycling, which helps all of us fulfill our shared commitment to sustainability and environmental quality.