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2014 New Bedford Recycling Flyer

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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.




Christmas trees will be collected curbside during the week of January 13, 2014 to January 17, 2014 on the regular trash and recycling day.
For residents who wish to dispose of their trees, there will be drop-off areas located at the following locations:
·         East Beach Parking Lot (East of Rodney French Blvd, between Seymour and Hudson streets)
·         Transfer Station, Monday-Friday, 7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. (1103 Shawmut Ave)
·         Brooklawn Park (near Pony League field, enter at Irvington St)
·         Pine Hill Park (off of Phillips Rd).
Trees must be free to stand, ornaments, and lights and shall not be in bags. If you have any questions, please contact City Yard 508-991-6133.


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.