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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.
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.
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
||Do Not Include
Magazines, phone books, and catalogs
Paperboard (cereal and shoe boxes etc.)
Paperback and hardcover books
Clean pizza boxes
|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
Soiled Pizza boxes
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
Look for numbered 1 - 7 containers
Rinse and clean
Plastic caps and lids
Labels are okay
|Plastic bags - recycle at grocery stores
Motor oil or chemical containers
Unclean Flower pots
Styrofoam packing - put in trash
||Clear, green and brown food and beverage containers only
||Rinse and clean
Collars, neck rings, and labels ok
Ceramics, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, or drinking glasses
||Deposit and non-deposit beverage cans
Metal food cans
Aluminum pie plates and trays
|Rinse and clean
Lids can be secured inside by crushing
|Aluminum foil, paint cans, metal items, aerosol cans, or coat hangers
||Milk and juice cartons
|Rinse and clean
|Soiled boxes, cartons, or straws
|Corrugated Cardboard Boxes
- 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.
- 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.