Recycling A-Z

Recycling Everyday Items


First, make full use of the municipal curbside recycling program


Next, check below to see if items can be reused or recycled. Have something not listed? Visit RecycleSmartMA.gov.


Appliances

Working appliances can be donated to Goodwill. Appliances that have outlived their usefulness can be brought to the transfer station for recycling. For curbside service, call JRM to prepay (978-536-2500) and schedule a pickup. 



Batteries

Rechargeable, vehicle and household batteries can be recycled at the transfer station. Tedford's Hardware, Best Buy and Staples also take rechargeable batteries for recycling. Button-cell batteries (watches, hearing aids, remote car starters, etc.) may contain Mercury and are collected at Town Hall at the Treasurer's office, the Department of Public Works office and the Council on Aging.


 

Berry Boxes

Clean paper berry boxes (no fruit!) can be placed in the recycling bin.


 

Boat Shrink Wrap

Bring rolled or folded clean wrap to the transfer station from March 1st to August 31st.



Books

Book donations can be placed in the More Than Words bin at the transfer station. The Ipswich Public Library will accept small donations of newer books that can be resold.


Bulky Items

Carpet, furniture, mattresses and box springs are considered bulky items and require a $10 sticker available at Aubuchon's, Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms (Central Street) DJ's Variety, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's.

 


Cars and Trucks

Several charities in Massachusetts will recycle your car and/or other vehicles, and guidelines for donating are offered by the Attorney General’s office. Here are some charities that accept vehicle donations: American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big SistersGoodwill, Make a Wish, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Vehicles for Veterans MA. Also check with your favorite charity to see if they have a program.


CDs, DVD and Video Games

Unwanted but still-good CDs, video games and DVDs can be donated in the More Than Words collection box at the transfer station.

 


Cell Phones and MP3 Players

Bring these to the Public Works office for recycling. Phones and MP3 players in working order can be sent to Cell Phones for Soldiers or other nonprofit organizations in need of devices.

 


Christmas Trees 

Live trees (decorations removed) should be brought to the transfer station (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 AM to 3:30 PM). Artificial trees are considered a bulky item and require a sticker. 



Clothing and Textiles

Clothing, linens and other textiles will be banned from the waste stream in Massachusetts beginning November 1, 2022. Drop your BAGGED, CLEAN and DRY clothing and textiles in the Ecosmith box at Ipswich schools or the American Red Cross box at the transfer station. All textiles, including ripped or stained items, must be clean and dry


Need a curbside pickup? Helpsy offers curbside pickup by appointment. Go to Helpsy.co/ipswichma to sign up. 


Computers & Electronics

At special collection events in May and September, electronics can be recycling for a small fee that supports Ipswich's environmental efforts. For curbside pickup, call JRM/Republic at 978-536-2500 to schedule and prepay a pickup ($25). Goodwill accepts some electronics (No TVs) that are in working order at their donation sites. Staples and Best Buy will recycle electronics for free and monitors and computers for a fee even if they were not purchased there. 

 


Construction Debris

These materials (doors, cabinets, sinks, toilets, lumber, etc.) are banned from the trash in Massachusetts and must be brought to a facility that accepts them. Hiltz (Gloucester) and Mello (Georgetown) are open to the public and charge by weight. Call or check their websites before you go. 



Eyeglasses

The Ipswich Lions Club collects eyeglasses at the Council on Aging (Town Hall) and in their mailbox in the parking lot of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church at One Pineswamp Road. The mailbox for eyeglasses is clearly marked in the corner of the lot, next to the clothing bins.

 


Flags

Market Basket has an American flag receptacle at the entrance of their stores. American Legion Posts and VFW Posts also accept flags for proper disposal.

 


Flower and Plant Pots

Bring EMPTY AND RINSED plastic pots and cases to the garden center at Lowes or Home Depot for reuse/recycling. Plastic, ceramic, and glass pots cannot go in the curbside bin.

 


Fluorescent and CFL Bulbs 

Bring unbroken fluorescent and CFL bulbs to the transfer station during operating hours (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 AM to 3:30 PM). Broken bulbs should be cleaned up carefully by following these instructions. 



Holiday Lights

Holiday lights can be recycled, but NOT in the curbside bin! Lights can be dropped off at the transfer station or mailed year-round to HolidayLEDs or Christmas Light Source. Remove any decorations (tinsel, greens, etc.) and broken bulbs. Small amounts of light strands can be brought to town hall (second floor).



Household Items

Donations of working, gently used household items can be given to the Goodwill Store, Savers and Project Home Again. Some organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Epilepsy Foundation, Vietnam Veterans of America, Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul will pick up reusable household items from our home on a schedule or by appointment.

 


Ink Cartridges

Cartridges can be dropped off at Staples and Best Buy.

 


K-Cups

These should be put in the trash.



Medications

In addition to sharps mail-back services, you can use the sharps disposal kiosks in the lobbies of Beverly Hospital (85 Herrick Street, Beverly) and Addison Gilbert Hospital (298 Washington Street, Gloucester).



Metals

Any item at least 60% metal can be brought to the transfer station. A beach sticker or a transfer station sticker is required. Transfer station stickers are available free at the Department of Public Works – bring your Ipswich car registration or other proof of residency.



Overthrow Bags

These bags are required for trash exceeding one 35-gallon barrel or bag.

 


Pizza Boxes

Brown or white pizza boxes (no pizza or liners) can be put in the curbside recycling bin. Frozen-pizza boxes must be put in the trash.



Plastic Bags & Film

Plastic bags and film (case wrap, paper towel wrap, etc.) can be recycled! Many grocery and retail stores (Shaw's, Market Basket, Target, Kohl's, Staples, Lowe's) have recycling bins for plastic grocery bags (labeled #2 or #4) and plastic film. Recycle them during your weekly shopping trip, or consider reusing them for some other household purpose. Avoid using them completely by investing in reusable bags, which are available at most grocery and retail stores or online.

 


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Prescription Drugs

Expired or unused medicine, including prescription drugs, should not be flushed, poured down the drain, or thrown in the trash. 

 


Records

Vinyl records can be donated at Savers (139 Endicott Street) or Goodwill (301 Newbury Street) in Danvers.

 


Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Remove the batteries (see above for battery recycling) and then put these items in the trash. 

 


Sharps (Medical)

In addition to sharps mail-back services, you can use the sharps disposal kiosks in the lobbies of Beverly Hospital (85 Herrick Street, Beverly) and Addison Gilbert Hospital (298 Washington Street, Gloucester).



Shredded Paper

Please note that shredded paper must go in the trash (bagged), not in the recycling bin.

 


Sneakers/Athletic Shoes

Items that can still be worn may put in the collection bin at any Ipswich school. But worn-out athletic shoes can be recycled! Nike collects all brands of worn-out athletic footwear (no cleats or dress shoes) in their Reuse-A-Shoe Program at Nike and Converse locations (Nike stores with collection bins – Somerville MA, Kittery ME, and Merrimack and Tilton NH. Converse stores are in Somerville at Assembly Row and in Merrimack NH).


 

Sporting Goods

Baseball mitts and bats, volleyballs, basketballs, ski equipment, snowboards, weights, etc. can be donated. Vietnam Vets of America accepts these items. Passback, a donation program of the US Soccer Federation, accepts clean soccer cleats, balls, shin guards, pads nets, shirts or short.

 


Styrofoam

Styrofoam should be put in the trash or in overthrow bags for curbside pickup. Check IpswichRecycles.org for any white-foam-only collection events in May or September.


 

Textiles

Clothing, linens and other textiles will be banned from the waste stream in Massachusetts beginning November 1, 2022. Bring your textiles to the Ecosmith box at any of Ipswich's schools or to the American Red Cross box at the transfer station. All textiles, including ripped or stained items, must be clean and dry


Need a curbside pickup? Visit Helpsy.co/ipswichma to sign up. Additional items are listed below and in the DONATION GUIDE. Other useful items not listed? Offer them on Buy Nothing Ipswich, Freecycle.org, NextDoor, Craigslist or other community social media sites and apps.



Transfer Station 

The Ipswich Transfer Station is a recycling facility open to residents on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM (excluding holidays). The transfer station accepts “household recycling” and many other items not collected curbside. A beach sticker or transfer station sticker is required. A free transfer station sticker may be obtained at the DPW office (town hall, second floor). Bring your vehicle registration and proof of residency.

 


Wire Hangers

Wire hangers in good condition can be returned to the dry cleaner for reuse. Wire hangers are also accepted in the metal dumpster at the transfer station.

 


Wrapping Paper, Ribbons, Bows

These items should be bagged and put in the trash.

 


Yard Waste

Bring yard waste (leaves, twigs, sticks, brush and branches SMALLER THAN 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet long) to the transfer station on Wednesdays or Saturdays from 8 AM to 3:30 PM. A beach sticker or transfer station sticker is required. A free transfer station sticker may be obtained at the DPW office (town hall, second floor). Bring your vehicle registration and proof of residency.

 


MORE? 

Other useful items not listed? Offer them on Buy Nothing Ipswich, Freecycle.org, NextDoor, Craigslist or other community social media sites. Check the DONATION GUIDE or email IpswichRecycles@gmail.com.