Lexington, Massachusetts
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Trash and Recycling Guidelines and Schedule

Recycling in Lexington

Place recyclables at the curb at least 8 feet away from your trash before 7 a.m. on your recycling day.  Pick-up cannot be guaranteed if the recyclables are placed at the curb later than 7 a.m.  The recycling pick up schedule will be impacted during weeks which include a Town of Lexington observed holiday


 recyclable bin

Lexington operates a two-sort recycling program:  paper is separated from plastic, glass, metal, and asceptic containers. If you do not have a separate recycling bin for paper, you may put mixed paper in a paper bag in the same bin as other recyclables. Shredded paper must be put in a paper bag and stapled closed.

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Lexington residents are allowed 2 free recycling bins per household; additional bins can be purchased for $6.00 at the DPW Operations Facility at 201 Bedford Street.  Recycling bins purchased from private retailers may also be used.

Any visible recyclables in the trash will be left behind by the trash collectors who will leave stickers explaining why the items were not picked up.  The Town enforces the State Waste Bans which forbids recyclables from entering the waste stream. 


Much of the information below is contained in the Recycling and Trash Guidelines flyer that was mailed to all residents.


Material What to Recycle How to Prepare Do Not Include
Paper  Newspapers/inserts

Magazines, phone books, and catalogs

Junk mail

Office paper

Paperboard (cereal and shoe boxes etc.)

Paperback and hardcover books

Clean pizza boxes

Mixed paper may be placed loose in a separate bin from containers, or in brown paper bags in the same bin

Shredded paper must be put in a paper bag, stapled closed and placed in or on top of paper recycling bin

Paperboard flattened, foil and liners removed

Remove covers on Hardcover books

Food-soiled paper/boxes

Plastic bags

Soiled Pizza boxes


All numbered 1 - 7 containers

Soda and detergent bottles

Stiff Styrofoam cups and food trays

Yogurt cartons, dairy tubs

Plastic milk, juice, and water jugs


Look for numbered 1 - 7 containers

Rinse and clean


Plastic caps and lids

Labels are okay

Plastic bags - recycle at grocery stores

Motor oil or chemical containers

Unclean Flower pots

Styrofoam packing - put in trash

Plastic toys

Glass Clear, green and brown food and beverage containers only Rinse and clean

Collars, neck rings, and labels ok


Broken glass

Ceramics, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, or drinking glasses

Metal Deposit and non-deposit beverage cans

Metal food cans

Aluminum pie plates and trays

Rinse and clean


Labels ok

Lids can be secured inside by crushing

Aluminum foil, paint cans, metal items, aerosol cans, or coat hangers
Aseptic Cartons Milk and juice cartons

Juice boxes

Rinse and clean

Remove straws

Soiled boxes, cartons, or straws
Corrugated Cardboard Boxes

Curbside collection:

  • Flatten/pull boxes apart, cut cardboard to 36" x 36" or less to fit in truck
  • Multiple pieces of corrugated must be tied, bundled and placed next to the recycle bin. 
  • Multiple pieces can also be unbundled but placed in, under or between recycling bins. 
  • Clean pizza boxes may be recycled.  Soiled pizza boxes cannot be recycled and must be thrown in the trash.

Drop-off options:

  • Bring flattened cardboard, no larger than 3',  to container located at 60 Hartwell Ave. Composting Facility
  • Flattened cardboard no larger than 5' is accepted at the Compost Facility, 60 Hartwell Ave. (see hours of operation) and at Grace Chapel on Worthen Rd.


When you buy items or packaging made from recycled materials, you "close the loop" by creating markets for the use of recycled materials.  For further information on recycled content and environmentally preferable products call 617-720-3356 or go to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Products website.

For more information on recycling options and green living please visit the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection website.

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