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  1. Mattress and Box Spring Recycling

    Mattresses and box springs are now banned from the trash and must be recycled. Check the Mattress Recycling section at for details. Read on...
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Mattress and Box Spring Recycling 

Mattresses and box springs have been banned from the trash in Massachusetts and must be recycled. Follow these steps to learn how to recycle your mattress or box springThen visit Tough Stuff Recycling to choose your option and make a payment.

2023 Recycling and Trash Calendar

All containers must be at the curb by 6 AM on your pickup day.

The trucks cannot return for recycling or trash not out on time. Trash Routes

What can I bring to the transfer station?


The Ipswich transfer station is a recycling center (located at 180 Town Farm Road) open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM (excluding holidays). 

“Household recycling" and many items that are not accepted in the curbside bin can be recycled at the transfer station. A beach sticker or transfer station sticker is required for admittance. A free transfer station sticker may be obtained at the DPW office (town hall, second floor). Bring your vehicle registration and proof of residency. 

Trash and Recycling Policy              

One 35-gallon bag or barrel (50-pound limit) is allowed per residence. 

All trash must be bagged. Please make sure trash is not loose in the barrel. 

Extra trash must be in Overthrow Bags (additional details below). 

Recycling is mandatory. What can I put in the curbside bin?  

El reciclaje es obligatorio. ¿Qué puedo depositar en el contenedor de la acera?  

Trash will not be collected if recyclables are not at the curb. All recyclables should be placed in a collection bin (NO plastic bags). There is no limit for recycling, but containers cannot be larger than 45 gallons. 


Public Works provides ONE recycling bin to residents. Additional bins are $10 each and Ipswich Recycles stickers are free for residents (both at DPW office at town hall).
Republic Services strictly enforces the inspection of recycling contamination. The crew must leave behind contaminated recycling along with a sticker explaining the reason for the bin’s rejection. 

Need help deciding what can go in the bin? Watch this short and clever video about recycling.  (But please keep in mind that our recycling company cannot accept cartons.)

Much more can be recycled than just what goes in the curbside bin. 

Check out Recycling A-Z and MassDEP’s Beyond the Bin.

Got Food Scraps? Join the curbside composting program. 

Sign up online! 


Toss all of your food scraps, houseplants, pizza boxes and much more in a cart for curbside pickup! This quick video answers the Why, What and How of Composting


The curbside compost collection program can reduce your trash by up to 40%. 

Questions? Call 978-356-6612 or email

Household Hazardous Waste 

Please note the date change for HHW Day -- Saturday, August 26th, 9-12

The next collection date for household chemicals and other hazardous waste will be Saturday, August 26, 2023, at the Transfer Station from 9 AM to noon. 
Residents may bring accepted household hazardous waste items to this annual event.

Check back in the spring for a list of open HHW events in other communities that Ipswich residents who cannot wait for the August event may attend. Information about locations, dates and costs will be posted here as soon as the list is available.
Need to dispose of items before or after HHW events occur?
Check MassDEP’s website for alternatives.

HHW Emergency Response Lines

ACV Enviro (800-7-SPILLS -- 800-777-4557)
Clean Harbors (800-645-8265)

Ipswich is plastic bag- and styrofoam-free!

Ipswich businesses are using alternatives to single-use plastic bags and styrofoam. Please note that trash bags are not affected by this ban. Learn more here

Contact Us

  1. Marlene Faria Connelly

    Waste Reduction Program Manager

    Town Hall
    25 Green St.
    Ipswich, MA 01938
    Ph: 978-356-6612
    Fx: 978-356-6616


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