Rubbish & Recycling

The City of Fitchburg provides curbside rubbish and recycling for single family and multi-family dwellings up to 8 units.

The carts available for rubbish and recycling collection are:
  Rubbish Recycling
35 gallon
64 gallon
96 gallon
One set per household is delivered free of charge.  Additional carts can be requested to the Health Department as well as replacement carts if one is damaged or stolen. Additional rubbish carts can be leased from the city for an annual fee of $100.  Additional recycling carts can be obtained for a one-time fee of $60.  Replacement carts can be requested for a one-time $60 fee.

Collection Schedule

The City collects trash weekly and recycling bi-weekly.  To find out what day your collection is on, please see the Fitchburg Trash & Recycling Collection Schedule

There are 5 holidays where collection will not occur.  The remaining collection for those weeks from the holidays on will be delayed by one day, Friday's normal collection being on Saturday.  The 2015-2016 holidays are:

September 7th Labor Day
November 26th Thanksgiving
December 25th Christmas
January 1st New Year's
May 30th Memorial Day

All other holidays such as Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Patriot's Day, Columbus and Veteran's Day will have normal trash and recycling collection, no delays.

For your convenience, we put together a  Trash & Recycling Calendar that shows the collection weeks, the observed holidays, the yard waste & Christmas tree collection and the household hazardous waste drop off days.  

Recycling Information

Recycling is mandatory in Fitchburg.  Unlike popular belief, not everything can be recycled.  The City's recycling program also does not accept certain items for recycling such as styrofoam and plastic bags.  Here is a Checklist of Acceptable Items for recycling and some Recycling Do's and Don'ts

Items That Don't Fit in Carts

Items that don't fit in the rubbish cart such as household furniture, mattresses and box springs, couches, chairs, rugs are considered Bulk items.  Please do not put these at the curb unless they have been scheduled for pick up with the Health Department.  You can scheduled a pick up by the City for a $10 per item fee.  Bulk Items can also be brought to the landfill with a free recycling permit.  To obtain one, simply request one at the Health Department counter at City Hall.  A proof of residency will be required.

Please note that televisions, computer monitors, cathode ray tubes, asphalt, pavement, bricks, metals, lead acid batteries, white goods (large appliances and tires are not considered Bulk Items they are Waste Bans.  Waste Ban material must brought to a recycling facility and disposal options are available by clicking the link below.  Please do not put these at the curb!  

Recycling Options for Items That Don't Belong in Your Recycling Cart

MassDEP is hosting on their website a directory on where to recycle practically everything.  It's called Beyond the Recycle Bin.  Click the link to access the directory.