New Bedford Recycling

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Mayor Jon Mitchell and the Department of Public Facilities place a high priority on recycling. More recycling means less trash, which means longer life for the Crapo Hill Landfill and less expense for the taxpayers.

The City of New Bedford, through its contractor, ABC Disposal, provides for an extensive curbside collection program as follows:

  • Recycling pick up for residents and small to medium sized businesses
  • Trash collection for residents and small to medium sized businesses
  • Flattened cardboard recycling for small to medium sized businesses (call 508-979-1493 to be added to the route)
  • Seasonal grass and leaf collection for residents
  • Seasonal brush pick up for residents by appointment
  • Bulky waste pick up (one item allowed per building) for couches, chairs, mattresses/box springs and wooden furniture
  • Special collection item pick up by appointment (washing machine, dryer, stove, refrigerator, microwave, grill, computer monitor, television, bike and any other metal items). Call ABC Disposal at 508-999-2619.


New Bedford RecyclesThe City’s Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station is open to New Bedford residents to drop off aerosol containers, antifreeze, books, car batteries, clothing, computer monitors & televisions, fluorescent lamps, furniture, leaves and brush, mercury devices, propane tanks, rechargeable batteries, scrap metal, waste oil and oil filters. No construction or demolition debris is accepted. Please contact New Bedford Waste at 508-992-3667.


The Refuse District organizes two events for New Bedford residents, each held twice a year:    1) household hazardous waste drop off days, and 2) tire recycling drop off days.


  • New Bedford and Dartmouth residents can drop off usable oil and latex paint at the Shawmut Ave Transfer Station @ 1103 Shawmut Ave.  Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30am to 3:30pm and on Saturday from 8am to 2pm.  This paint is offered free of charge to residents and non-profit groups. Usable paint must be in cans that are almost full, with the original label and in good condition (no rusting).
  • Unusable oil-based paint must be held until the next Household Hazardous Waste Day.
  • Unusable latex paint can be dried out and placed in the trash.  Simply take off the lid and let it dry.  Adding kitty litter or dirt will speed up the process.  Set out in your regular trash.

For more information, contact Marissa Perez-Dormitzer, District Recycling Coordinator, at (508) 979-1493 or



Recycling Plastic Bags at the Grocery Stores

Recycle CLEAN and DRY plastic bags at the grocery stores. Look near the entrance for a container designated for plastic bags. For more details on what types of plastic films are accepted, please visit the following website: Do not place plastic bags, film, or case wrap in the curbside bins. Plastic film is problematic for the equipment at the recycling facilities. If you have any questions, call the Recycling Office at (508) 979-1493.




Curbside collection of Christmas trees will take place between January 12th and
January 16th.
During this week, place trees at the curb the day after trash and
recycling is collected. If your trash and recycling is usually collected on Friday, set
your Christmas tree out on Monday, January 12th by 7 a.m., not on Saturday, January 17th.

The City will not collect Christmas trees curbside at any other times.

When preparing your tree, please follow these guidelines: no ornaments, no stands, no holiday lights, no tinsel, and no plastic bags. Please note that plastic and metal Christmas tree stands
can be recycled at the Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station.

This collection is for live trees only. For artificial trees, call ABC Disposal at (508) 999-2619 to make an
appointment for curbside pickup.

Starting December 26th, residents can drop off Christmas trees at the following locations (please
remove all ornaments, stands, lights, tinsel, and bags):
     1. East Rodney French Blvd. beach lot, between Hudson Street & Seymour Street
     2. Shawmut Avenue Transfer Station, 1103 Shawmut Avenue, open Monday through Friday
         7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
     3. Brooklawn Park, near Pony League Field, enter at Irvington Street



Did You Know? 
On average, each New Bedford resident produces 2.5 pounds of solid waste each day. This adds up to almost half a ton of trash per person, per year.