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Recycling is responsible resource management. Recycling reduces pollution, saves energy and saves the Town of Reading money. By recycling, we save on the cost of incinerating our trash, currently about $63.02/ton. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees. The items that we recycle become other useful products.
The Town of Reading has weekly mandatory recycling collection, your recycling is now collected every week on the same day your trash is picked up.
When there is a holiday, collections will be delayed one day after holiday occurs (e.g. if your usual day is Monday and Monday is a holiday, your trash/recycling day will be Tuesday. Friday's pickup will be on Saturday that week). If the holiday falls on a Thursday (e.g. Thanksgiving), only Thursday and Friday's collections would be affected.
Residents can place their recycling at the curb next to their trash barrel the night before after 4 pm and no later than 6 am on their recycling collection day.
Due to the current uncertainty of the recycling market, residents are strongly encouraged to "Go Back to Basics," by recycling acceptable paper, rinsed plastic containers, rinsed glass containers, or clean metal cans.
Paper: Newspapers including inserts, magazines, catalogs, phone books, junk mail, clean pizza boxes, clean paperboard such as cereal / pasta boxes and egg cartons and flattened cardboard no larger than 4 by 4 feet are some of the paper type items.
Commingled Items: Rinsed plastic containers, rinsed glass containers, and clean metal cans.
For all other questions on whether an item can be recycled in the weekly recycling collection, please refer to the website Recycle Smart for more information, or contact the Department of Public Works at 781-942-9077.
Recycling bins containing unacceptable items, will be stickered, left curbside, and the residents will be asked to remove any unacceptable items. Drivers will not be sorting curbside. If recycling is left behind, it will be picked up on the following week's collection schedule, provided the unacceptable items have been removed.
All clean glass, clean plastic and clean metal containers, can be commingled and placed in your recycling bin or a barrel clearly marked recycling. All newspapers, cereal boxes, junk mail and magazines should be placed in the recycling bin or a clearly marked container with a recycling sticker. Cardboard should be flattened and in bundles no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet by 6 inches thick.
Yes, rinsing reduces odors and discourages pests. All glass, plastic and metal containers, can be placed together in your recycling bin.
Styrofoam collection will consist only of the following: clean, white Number 6 PS preformed block and sheet, collected Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm at the DPW Garage, 75 Newcrossing Road. No food containers of any kind, and no colored Styrofoam. If pizza boxes are clean and free of food particles, they can be recycled.
Yes. You can use your red bin or a trash barrel of your choosing that is clearly marked recycling.
A red recycling bin and stickers are available at the Department of Public Works Facility Garage, 75 New Crossing Road or at the DPW Administrative Office in the lower level of Town Hall at 16 Lowell Street.
Yes, the Town will schedule 5 weeks of curbside leaf collection per year. The contractor will pick up Kraft paper bagged leaves 3 weeks in the fall and 2 weeks in the spring. There is no charge for curbside collection.
The Town operates a compost site at Strout Ave that is opened from April thru November. Residents must purchase a Compost Sticker at the Police Station or a Compost Card Permit at the D.P.W. Administration Office in Town Hall.
For both curbside and drop off services, go to https://order.toughstuffrecycling.com/ or call Tough Stuff Recycling Customer Service: 978-307-4118.
Residents who want to recycle their Christmas trees are asked to bring them to compost facility when open it is open.
No, the town does not have the ability to pick up any construction and demolition material with either trash or recycling. This category generally includes siding, doors, asphalt, bricks, concrete and other masonry materials, soil, rock, wall coverings, drywall, plumbing fixtures, insulation, roofing shingles, plate glass, metal, wood waste, and electrical wires.
Latex paint can be dried out (solidify with kitty litter or with specifically designed products that are now available) and placed in the trash. Oil based paints, chemical and other household hazardous waste should be brought to the Town's annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection day. For more information, call the Department of Public Works 781-942-9077.
Thermometers, thermostats, mercury switches and button batteries can be brought to the D.P.W. Garage, 75 New Crossing Road 8 am. to 2:30 pm (Monday through Friday)
Fluorescent lamps should also be brought to the D.P.W. Garage.
Household appliances (stoves, air conditioners, refrigerators, washers and dryers) are picked up on Fridays only by Republic. Call them directly at 1-800-442-9006 to arrange payment ($35 fee per appliance) and schedule the pickup. Once payment is received, no refunds are granted.
TVs and CRTs (computer monitors) are not allowed with regular trash or recycling. These items can be picked up weekly by calling Republic directly at 1-800-442-9006 and arranging payment and scheduling the pickup. Republic will pick up television sets and monitors on Fridays only.
Most electronics can be recycled at the drop-off center at the garage (no TVs or monitors), or can be put out any week with the regular trash. Computers (except for computer monitors, see above), and accessories such as printers, scanners, and faxes may be discarded in the regular trash. However, if they are useable, first try to find a place where they can be put to use.
No. You can use any re-usable container for your recycling. Just label it clearly with a "Recycling Sticker" available through the DPW Administration office at 16 Lowell Street.
Yes. Throw them in with your mixed paper recycling.