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.


What to Recycle:

How to Prepare:

  • 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

Do Not Include:

  • Food-soiled paper/boxes
  • Plastic bags
  • Soiled Pizza boxes


What to Recycle:

  • 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

How to Prepare:

  • Look for numbered 1 - 7 containers
  • Rinse and clean
  • Crush
  • Plastic caps and lids
  • Labels are okay

Do Not Include:

  • Plastic bags - recycle at grocery stores
  • Motor oil or chemical containers
  • Unclean Flower pots
  • Styrofoam packing - put in trash
  • Plastic toys


What to Recycle:

  • Clear, green and brown food and beverage containers only

How to Prepare:

  • Rinse and clean
  • Collars, neck rings, and labels ok

Do Not Include:

  • Corks
  • Broken glass
  • Ceramics, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, or drinking glasses


What to Recycle:

  • Deposit and non-deposit beverage cans
  • Metal food cans
  • Aluminum pie plates and trays

How to Prepare:

  • Rinse and clean
  • Crush
  • Labels ok
  • Lids can be secured inside by crushing

Do Not Include:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Paint cans
  • Aerosol cans
  • Coat hangers
  • Other metal items


What to Recycle:

  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Juice boxes

How to Prepare:

  • Rinse and clean
  • Remove straws

Do Not Include:

  • Soiled boxes, cartons, or straws


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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