Trash & Recycling

Trash Day

To find the Trash day for your neighborhood, visit the City of Worcester’s website:


A recycling bin can be obtained at the Department of Public Works and Parks Customer Service Center located at:

76 East Worcester Street
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Please be sure to bring proof of residency with you.
  • New residents will receive one bin free of charge.
  • A resident who brings in their damaged bin will receive a new bin in exchange.
  • To replace a bin that has been lost or stolen costs $5.00.
  • Up to two additional bins can be purchased per household for $5.00 each.


Set recyclables and trash at the curb between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on your scheduled trash/recycling day. Whenever a scheduled collection day falls on a holiday, that day’s collection and all remaining collections for the week will be delayed one day. To find the recycling schedule for your neighborhood, visit their website:

What to Recycle

  • Newspaper/Inserts
  • Magazines, Phone books, Catalogues
  • Junk Mail, Envelopes
  • Office & Mixed Paper
  • Gift Wrap
  • Brown Bags
  • Paperboard, Such as Cracker/Cereal Boxes
  • Corrugated Cardboard – Cut to 3′ x 3′ or smaller and place under/beside recycling bins 

Rinse clean and place inside of bin:

  • Glass Bottles/Jars
  • Metal Food Cans, Non-Deposit & Deposit Cans, Aluminum Foil, Pie Tins*
  • Plastic Jugs, Bottles & Jars*
  • Milk and Juice Cartons & Drink Boxes*

*May flatten to save space. Place light materials on bottom of bin.


  • Do not use plastic bags for recycling.
  • To avoid recyclables from blowing out of your bin, place heavier items on top of your recycling bin.
  • Napkins, paper plates, paper cups and plastic-coated paper must be placed in the yellow city trash bags.
  • Set recyclables and trash apart by at least 4 feet.
  • Rinse all containers clean.
  • Flatten containers when possible to conserve space.