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Recycling & Trash Program

Pay-As-You-Throw Program for all Residents with Municipal Trash Collection

Collection Information

Please see the Updated Flyer for more information on the program.


  • Should be placed at the curb no later than 7AM on the morning of collection.
  • All bags must be tied.
  • You must use the yellow 13 gallon (Small), 33 gallon (Large) or 40 gallon (NEW X-Large) town trash bags.  (Do not fill large as more than 30 lbs.)
  • Bags can be purchased at the following locations:
    • Hannaford Supermarket - 333 Mass Ave
    • Jaxx Country Variety (Formerly Centre Pizza) - 1353 Mass Ave
    • Hilltop Farms(Formerly Hadwen Park Market) - 3 Main Street, next to Town Hall
    • MAKI - 160 Mass Ave
    • Honey Farms - 134 Leominster-Shirley Rd
  • Small (13-gallon) - 10/pkg for $14.00*
  • Large (33-gallon) - 5/pkg for $14.25*
  • *NEW* X-Large (40 gallon) - 5/pkg for $21.80*
  • *New Prices updated 7/22/19
  • Non-conforming bags will be left at the curbside and will be the responsibility of the resident.

Recycling Educational Information: Learn what you can and cannot recycle 

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced a

groundbreaking, statewide recycling education initiative to reduce contamination in recycling by asking

residents to “do their part and recycle smart.”  The cornerstone of this initiative is their new website called that features the

“Smart Recycling Guide.”  The Guide identifies the four categories of materials that every materials

recovery facility (MRF) across the state accepts: 

  • Mixed paper and cardboard
  • Metal food and beverage cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, jars, jugs, and tubs

The guide also identifies the top five contaminants that MRFs do not want in recycling loads and

explains that these materials should be managed in other ways.  The top five contaminants are:

  • Bagged recyclables and bagged garbage
  • Loose plastic bags/plastic wrap
  • Food and liquids
  • Clothing or linens
  • “Tanglers” - hoses, wires, chains, strings of lights, etc.

The website includes the “Recyclopedia” search tool, where residents can search for hundreds of

items (from paper bags to pizza boxes) to find out how to properly manage them.  There is also a

video showing the recycling sorting process inside a MRF and answers to frequently asked questions

about why and how to recycle smart.  

Also, the Town's waste hauler, Casella Waste, has a video where Casella Encourages All to Recycle Better.  For more information visit

Recycling Program in Lunenburg:

  • Is free-of-charge should be placed at the curb no later than 7AM on the morning of collection.
  • Can be co-mingled and can be placed in any bin.
  • We no longer use the yellow bins, or sell the stickers for bins.

Trash Pick-Up Street Schedule

Holiday Schedule

When the holiday falls on a normal collection day the collection will be delayed one day for each day of the week, i.e. Monday's collections will be on Tuesday and so on until Friday’s collections will be on Saturday.  These holidays are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day 
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Additional Curbside Recycling

Additional Curbside Recycling Call Casella at 1-888-532-2735 to schedule an appointment for pickup. Note: additional fee will apply.

  •   Household appliances
  •   Furniture
  •   Building materials
  •   TVs, computers, other electronics
  •   Large metal items
  •   Tires (remove rims)

Yard Waste - 2019 FALL DATES: October 19th - November 24th

  •   Landfill – Youngs Road
  •   Leaves, grass, other easily raked materials
  •   Collection days – Saturdays, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Spring and Fall – Dates to be posted seasonally
  •   NO Plastic bags      
  •   NO stumps

Hazardous Waste

Can be disposed of at Devens Regional Household Hazardous Productions Collections Center.  Visit www.DevensHHW.comfor more information.

  •   Latex paint is not “hazardous waste”, simply let dry out in container and dispose of in trash.

If you experience problems with the collection of solid waste or recycling, please call Casella at 1-888-532-2735.  For general information on Lunenburg's program please call the DPW at 978-582-4160.



Last Updated: Wed, 10/02/2019 - 11:50am