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Recycled Items

Hopkinton has gone to single-stream recycling! No need to sort your recyclables any longer.

You may leave recyclable items in the blue, 95 gallon recycling cart by the road for biweekly Curbside Pick Up, or you may drop off recyclables at the Recycling Center any Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The following table describes what and where you should recycle items in Hopkinton. 
For an extensive list of special items that cannot be disposed of as rubbish, but must either be recycled or disposed of by a private contractor, click here.

Effective: 12-1-04

Recycling Center Drop Off

Curbside Pick Up

Corrugated Cardboard
 & Paper

Flatten cardboard; cut to size to fit in dumpster if needed (tape and staples are OK)

High Gradenewspapers, magazines, phone books, paperbacks, catalogs, office paper (any shade), white computer paper, paper mail, old bills or statements.
Low Gradebrown paper bags, all mail (plastic address windows are OK), paperboard (e.g. dry food boxes with liner bags removed)

NO carbon paper or plastic.

Place together in the blue, 95 gallon recycling cart:

  • Newspaper, with inserts
  • Magazines, catalogs, and phone books
  • All mail and paperback books
  • Office and shredded paper
  • Paper bags
  • Paperboard (e.g. cracker, cereal boxes)
  • Cardboard boxes: Flatten/cut to 3’ x 3’ x 3’ or smaller.
  • Shredded paper must be placed in a paper bag and taped/stapled closed

No: soiled paper or pizza boxes, plastic bags or carbon paper

Note: corrugated cardboard will not be picked up as rubbish, it must be recycled

Plastic, Metal & Glass
Plastics Guide

ALL items must be rinsed clean
NO aerosol cans, paint cans, or other hazardous containers

NO containers used for motor oil, antifreeze, or other hazardous materials; NOunnumbered plastics
PETE (#1)microwave trays, soft drinks, juice, and cough syrup bottles
HDPE (#2)
milk & water jugs grocery bags; detergent, bleach, and shampoo bottles

Tin, steel, aluminum cans, clean foil, pie plates, and metal coat hangers are accepted

Rinse & remove lids (neck rings OK, but NO corks or foil). NO dishes, drinking glasses, Pyrex, light bulbs, windows or auto glass, ceramics, mirrors, or broken glass.

Glass is sorted:
  • clear bottles & jars
  • tinted (green, brown...) bottles & jars
No Styrofoam can be recycled or accepted at the Recycling Center.

ALL numbered plastics (rinsed)
NO Styrofoam
tin, steel, and aluminum cans NO aluminum foil or coat hangers
ALL bottles & jars
(clear and tinted; unsorted)



battery facts
Alkaline, NiCad, NiMH and lithium (A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) can go in trash, but consider alternatives

lead acid

button batteries

batteries for cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles, ATVs, etc.

Please recycle! Contains mercury.
can also drop off in special boxes located in the main entrance of Town Hall and the Library


Two Salvation Army containers available for clothing donations.
Please place clean clothing into plastic bags before bringing them to the drop-off site.

Yard waste &Christmas trees
Leaves, brush, lawn clippings, Christmas trees
NO artificial trees
NO plastic bags or wrapping material may be left at the site

Packing Material

(Note: polystyrene loose fill ("packing peanuts") can be recycled at The UPS Store as well as other Massachusetts locations)

Building Supplies, Home Improvement Items, FurnitureThese are not accepted at the recycling center but Habitat for Humanity ReStore is looking for these good, usable items to resell in their ReStore.  Pickups are available for large items.  Please go to the Habitat website to learn more.www.habitatmwgw.org/restore