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Recycling Overview

 Recycling is Easy!
If you live in a single family home, or any dwelling with three or fewer units, your recyclable items are picked up right at your curb every other week on the same day your rubbish is picked up. Simply place your items at the outer edge of the sidewalk or at the edge of the travel way by 7:00 A.M. that day.

If you miss a week, have over-sized cardboard, leaves, grass, brush, or even old clothes to get rid of (or otherwise need to do it yourself), you can drop off a similar set of recyclable items at the Recycling Center any Saturday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Recycling is required.



Curbside Recycling Collection – Every Other Week

1. Materials must be curbside by 7a.m.Collection of all recyclables will be made from each dwelling, including apartment buildings consisting of three or fewer dwelling units.  Items for collection must be placed on the outer edge of the sidewalk or at the edge of the travel way.  Please separate trash and recycling containers.

2.   Recyclable materials must be separated.

·Food and liquid containers must be rinsed clean.

·Food contaminated paper such as pizza boxes are not recyclable and will not be taken.

·Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, phone books, paperboard such as cereal boxes, juice boxes, and white/colored paper should be placed in a paper (not plastic) bag or in a separate bin. Junk mail with window envelopes, staples and paper clips are acceptable for recycling.

·Corrugated cardboard must be reduced to fit in the recycling bin at curb. Flattened cardboard boxes may be taken to the Recycling Center on Route 135 (Wood St.) at the Hopkinton/Westborough line (on right if traveling toward Westborough) between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

·Glass bottles and jars are collected; please remove lids and corks and neck rings.

·Other glass such as dishes, Pyrex, light bulbs, window/auto glass, ceramics, mirrors, drinking glasses, or broken glass are not acceptable.

·Tin, steel, and aluminum cans are collected and must be rinsed clean.

·No aluminum foil, aerosol cans, paint cans, coat hangers, or hazardous containers are collected.

·Milk and juice cartons must be rinsed clean, with straws removed.

·ALL plastic containers with a recycling symbol (1-7) are collected.

White Metal Collection:

1.   A dumpster will be provided the last Saturday of every month at the DPW facility, 66 Fruit Street, from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

2.   The Town of Hopkinton will not accept any freezers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, or air conditioners at the Highway Garage.

Recycling Center:

Please note that some of the Recycling Center rules differ from curbside recycling rules

1. The Recycling Center is located at the Hopkinton/Westborough line on Route 135 (Wood St.) – on right if traveling toward Westborough, shortly after the Mass Pike overpass.

2. The Recycling Center is open each Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and has an attendant on site to assist you.

3.Please separate all materials into separate bags/containers for each category prior to coming to the recycling facility to reduce congestion and delays.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to remove labels from cans and bottles before recycling them?
No, recycling is much easier than it used to be. Labels may be left on cans and bottles. Plastic bottles must be crushed.

Must I separate paper from paperboard (for example, cereal boxes) and cardboard?
No, for curbside recycling it is no longer necessary to separate any recyclable items. All recyclable materials are mixed together and collected as single-stream recycling.

How thoroughly do I have to rinse cans and bottles before recycling them?
Residual food contaminates the recyclable product. Cans, bottles, plastic jugs or food containers should be clean and without any food residue.

Must I remove all scotch tape from cardboard boxes before recycling?
No. Tape and labeling can remain on the cardboard.

Is it OK to recycle gift wrap, tissue paper, or children’s drawings with crayons or markers?
Gift wrap and children’s drawings and other marked paper material can be recycled. Tissue paper, because of its density, is not recyclable.

What may I use to collect my recyclables?
Recyclables must be collected in the 95 gallon recycling cart provided by EL Harvey. Additional recyclables can be collected in sturdy, heavy duty barrels that can be collected by EL Harvey's automated collection system mounted to its trucks. Please note that EL Harvey is not responsible for damage to those sturdy, heavy duty barrels.

If it is raining on recycle pick - up day, do I need to cover my recyclables so they don’t get wet?
Yes - cover your recyclables by closing the lid on the 95 gallon recycling cart.

If I miss a recycling pick - up, is there a way to dispose of my recyclables before the next scheduled pick-up date?
Yes, you may drop off your recyclables at the Recycling Center on Route 135 on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

State Requirements for Recycling TVs and Computer Monitors:

1.   The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection prohibits the disposal of cathode ray tubes (CRTs) at all Massachusetts solid waste facilities. CRTs are the glass picture tubes found in televisions, computer monitors and video games that protect users against radiation. The average CRT contains about 5 pounds of lead. For more information on the CRT rule, The Salvation Army will not accept CRTs, nor will E.L. Harvey & Sons.

2.   Watch local newspapers, etc., in the springtime for notices about “annual hazardous waste collection day” or call DPW at 508-497-9740 for more information.