Curbside Recycling


  • Recycling is mandatory and will be enforced.
  • Recycling is single stream; place all recyclables in one container. Set recycling carts and trash out by 7:00 am on collection day.
  • No plastic bags of any kind in recycling carts, even if they have a recycle number. The place to recycle plastic bags is in a supermarket’s specially marked bin
  • Large cardboard can be recycled. It must be flattened, bundled, tied and left next to your container. Waxed cardboard cannot be recycled.
  • No textiles (i.e. fabric, clothing) in recycling carts. Take to EcoSmith bin.
  • Containers must be rinsed or wiped out, but do not have to be completely clean.
  • No electronics, batteries, cell phones, oil, oil-based paint, fluorescent bulbs (including CFLs), large appliances, or Styrofoam in recycling carts. These items can be recycled at the Colby Farm Lane Recycle Center.
  • Glass bottles/jars must be clear, green, or brown. No broken glass or other glass such as light bulbs, window or auto glass, dishes, glasses or Pyrex.
  • No pots and pans in carts.
  • Plastic containers which have recycle symbols 1 –  7 are allowed. No un-numbered plastics. Leave plastic caps/lids on plastic bottles.
  • No Styrofoam even if labeled “recyclable”. Styrofoam can be brought to the Recycling Center.
  • Paper- Recycle all your clean paper! “If it rips, recycle it.”
  • Styrofoam peanuts can go to Pak Mail.
  • Tin, steel, and aluminum: Food cans and lids, deposit and non-deposit beverage cans (can be flattened), and empty aerosol cans. No cans containing hazardous material, paint, or aerosol.
  • You may use an overflow barrel if clearly marked and placed close to recycling cart.

Check out Facebook pages like Newburyport Virtual Yard Sale and Newburyport Curb Alert or sign up for Freecycle for alternative methods to share/recycle/sell items.

For full list, visit the Recyclopedia on the city website.