New Bedford Recycling


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.


The 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.


For more information about New Bedford's solid waste and recycling programs, please visit the City's website at



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.




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.