Newburyport – Christmas trees began to be picked up at the curb on Monday, January 3 by G. Mello.Trees will be collected on various days (not necessarily your trash collection day). Trees put out by Thursday, January 13th will be used for the Old Newbury Christmas Tree Bonfire at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury on Saturday, January 15, from 3 to 8 p.m
Beginning January 17, G. Mello trucks will continue to collect Christmas trees along with the trash. That service will run through the month of January.
You can now recycle mattresses and box springs. A local non-profit, UTEC, comes to Newburyport periodically to pick them up, and, as a part of job training, deconstructs them to recover the salvageable components.
UTEC will be in Newburyport on Tuesday, January 11. Call the Health Department at Newburyport City Hall to arrange for a curbside pickup of your mattress or box spring. The cost is $15 per piece (less than putting it out as trash). You also have the option of dropping it off at the Recycling Center. To make arrangements, call 978-465-4410, ext. 1.
The Recycling Center will be open on the second Saturday of January (January 8), from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is open on most Mondays and Thursdays, as well, from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Call the Health Department at 978-465-4410, ext. 1, to confirm that someone will be there.
Items you can drop off include white packing Styrofoam, anything with a cord or batteries, rechargeable batteries, cords, fluorescent bulbs, bicycles, appliances (large and small), tires, anything that is mostly metal (including grills, lawn mowers, patio tables/chairs, file cabinets, pots, pans), antifreeze, cardboard, motor oil, and cooking oil. The Recycling Center can now recycle rigid plastic, such as plastic trash cans, laundry baskets, and big plastic toys.There can be no metal parts on the rigid plastic. Some items have fees for drop-off. They include TVs, monitors, printers, VCRs, DVD players, dehumidifiers, ACs, tires, microwaves, and large kitchen and laundry appliances.
Cardboard left at the curb must be flattened, and no more than 3 feet wide or long. If there’s more than one piece outside your recycle barrel, bind them together with string, twine or tape them. Also note that recycling barrel lids must be closed – do not overfill your barrel. Excess recyclables can go in a cardboard box or odd barrel AS LONG AS THEY ARE LABELED “RECYCLING.” You may also bring cardboard to the Recycle Center (see above). You must still remove everything from the boxes and break them down, but you don’t have to cut them down or bind them.
If you need any additional information please see the Recycling and Energy page on the City of Newburyport website, or call the Health Department at 978-465-4410 or Mello Disposal at 978-352-8581.