Trash & Recycling

For new residents, please contact the Health Department for setting up trash and recycling service.

Curbside Trash Pickup Toter Tips

  • Place your cart a the curb for collection with the arrow on the lid pointing towards the street.
  • Do not overload the cart*.  Any trash or recycle toters that are overstuffed in any manner will not be emptied.  Lids must be completely closed.
  • Keep the cart lid closed when your toter is not in use.
  • Do not store your cart near a furnace, fireplace, grill, or other heat source.
  • Clean your cart out periodically with water.  Afterwards, be sure to empty all water from the bottom of the container and allow to dry.

What To Do with Excess Trash

Pay as You Throw Yellow Bags

Yellow City pay-as-you-throw bags to dispose of extra trash may be purchased and placed curbside next to your toter.  Please do not place yellow bags in or on your toter. PAYT yellow bags can be purchased at Hannaford, Aubuchon and Price Chopper, at the customer service desks.  Residents who have a Transfer Station sticker can also dispose of PAYT yellow bags at the Transfer Station for no additional fee. 

Additional Curbside Trash Service

Property owners can subscribe to have an additional trash service (another 48 gallon barrel, weekly pickup and disposal of contents) for an additional $57 per quarter. Charges are added to the property water/sewer/trash bill. 

Property owners can also subscribe to an additional recycling service (another 64 or 96 gallon barrel, every other week pick up and disposal of contents) for an additional $6 per quarter.  Charges are added to the property water/sewer/trash bill. 
Transfer Station
If you have excess trash and/or recyclables, you may obtain a transfer station sticker to dispose of the overflow.

Gardner does not offer curbside bulk refuse removal, please see the Transfer Station page for information about bulk item disposal.   

**Report Missed Trash or Recycling


Please call Waste Management's Call Center directly to report any missed trash, recycling or yard waste at 1-800-972-4545.  Missed services need to be reported within 24 hours of your scheduled pickup day. You can also report your missed items online here:  Missed Pickup Report

For broken or missing trash & recycling toters, or to make changes to your curbside services, please call the Gardner Health Department at 978-630-4013.

Trash & Recycling Calendar

Curbside Pickup Trash & Recycling Calendar
The Board of Health would like to remind residents the importance of smart recycling. What you put in your bin matters!  The Department of Environmental Protection in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health determine which items are recyclable curbside, which may change throughout the year as the recycling market makes changes.

Recycling Tips

2020 Yard Waste

April 7th will start the new year of yard waste pick up curbside.  Yard waste is picked up the first full week of each month during the months of April -October. In November there are two weeks of yard waste pickup, the first full week and the third week of the month.
  • April 7 - 10
  • May 5 - 8
  • June 2 - 5
  • July 7 - 11
  • August 4 - 7
  • September  1 - 4
  • October 6 - 9
  • November 3 - 6, and November 14 - 18
  • January 5 - 8, Christmas Tree Pickup

Paint Disposal

The Paint Shed is currently closed. Dried-out latex paint cans with lids off may be placed in your curbside toter or can be disposed of as part of a trash volume load at the Transfer Station (annual sticker required)  Other paint products can be disposed of at Hazardous Household Waste Collections Days.