The Georgetown Transfer Station will now be closed to commercial customers and contractors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
In addition, we will close as soon as we have hit our limit each weekday without notice. We are very sorry for any inconvenience.



Crow Lane Municipal Compost Facility

Location: Crow Lane, Off Low Street
Open from the second Tuesday in April through the 1st Saturday in December (weather permitting)
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 7:30 am-2:30 pm
*Subject to change

  • Residents may bring leaves, brush, and tree limbs up to 18” in diameter.
  • Proof of residency and seasonal sticker required.
  • NO wood, plastic bags, or plastic containers allowed.
  • Grass clippings are recommended to stay on lawns and discouraged at the compost facility.
  • Please keep brush and leaves separated.
  • Compost bins and rain barrels for sale at City Hall and Yard Waste site.

Stickers can be purchased at City Hall (during regular business hours) in the Health Department until  April 10th only.  As of Tuesday, April 14, when the facility opens, stickers for residents will be sold ONLY at the Yard Waste Facility. LANDSCAPERS, please note: Your permits are always available ONLY at City Hall in the Health Department.   Proof of residency is required to obtain the seasonal sticker for a vehicle registered to the resident.  Fees are $20.00 for residents under 65 and $5 for residents 65 and over.

For more information about bagged leaf collection or the Yard Waste  Facility, please contact Molly Ettenborough, Recycling and Energy Manager, at  978-499-0413.

Bagged Leaf Collection

Bagged leaf collections will take place on the following Saturdays: November 4, November 18, December 2, 2023, then April 27 and May 11, 2024.

• Leaves and trees must be curbside by 6 AM
• Place leaves only in brown leaf bags or loose in a marked barrel. Please fold bags over at the top.
• Leaves will be going to a farm for composting so please keep trash out of the leaf bags.
• Christmas tree collections will take place during the month of January only.
• Do not bag or leave any materials on trees.
• Trees over 6 feet must be cut down in size.
• Trash pick up may be delayed during Christmas tree weeks.
• Bring wreaths to Colby Farm Lane Yard Waste Facility or Recycle Center.

Benefits to Recycling Leaves and Other Yard Waste

There are many benefits to recycling your leaves and grass at home, rather than putting them at the curb for collection. The benefits include:

  • Adding slow-release, organic nutrients to the soil;
  • Preventing nutrient runoff to county waterways by reducing the use of fast-release, non-organic fertilizers;
  • Adding organic material to the soil to improve porosity resulting in reduced quantities of runoff; and
  • Improving water-holding capacity of the soil to reduce the need to water the lawn or garden.

It’s easy to recycle leaves and grass. Try one of the following:

  • As leaves fall, run a mulching lawn mower over your yard, chopping the leaves to a fine texture. Then, just let them stay on the grass. Chopped leaves will decompose, bringing nutrients to the soil and reducing the volume of the waste stream, and you’ll save yourself hours of hard work!
  • If you cannot let the leaves remain on your yard, collect them either mulched or whole and compost them. You can build a compost bin yourself, or purchase a compost bin in which to put the leaves. After a few months, you’ll have a great (and free) soil amendment for your garden and flowers.
  • Available at most hardware and garden centers, paper lawn bags are preferred at composting facilities. They recycle better than plastic bags and cause less waste during processing. The cost per bag can be more than plastic, but most people need far fewer paper bags. Even better than paper bags are reuseable containers or bins.

There’s more composting information available through several government websites:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Resource Conservation Service

Christmas Tree Collection
We will pick up trees the weeks of January 4th and January 11th. Residents should put out their trees out the beginning of those weeks and we will be sending a separate truck to pick them up. Note this may not necessarily be on your trash pick up day.