Curbside Recycling

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Curbside recycling with EL Harvey

This company provides all of our other curbside recycling services

Getting recycling bins

  • Each Lexington household gets 2 recycling bins free.
  • Additional recycling bins are available from the DPW at 201 Bedford St. for $6.00.
  • You can also make your own recycling bin from a container you already own. Either mark it "Recycling" with a waterproof marker, or pick up a free recycling decal from the DPW at 201 Bedford St.

Putting out your recycling

  • Please place your recycling far enough from your trash that it can be easily recognized as recycling
  • Glass, plastic, food cartons and metal can be put into a bin together.
  • See below for details on packaging your recycling for pickup.

Recyclables you can put out for pickup

There are several categories of recyclables they will pick up:


  • Newspapers/inserts
  • Magazines, phone books, and catalogs
  • Junk mail
  • Office paper
  • Paperboard (cereal and shoe boxes etc.)
  • Paperback and hardcover books
  • Pizza boxes (Must be empty. Grease is okay!)
    • Fold inside out to ensure the pizza box is empty

How to Prepare:

  • Mixed paper may be placed loose in a separate bin from containers, or in brown paper bags in the same bin
  • Paperboard flattened, foil and liners removed
  • Remove covers on Hardcover books

Do Not Include:

  • Food-soiled paper
  • Plastic bags


  • All numbered 1, 2 and 5 containers
  • Soda and detergent bottles
  • Yogurt cartons, dairy tubs
  • Plastic milk, juice, and water jugs

How to Prepare:

  • Rinse and clean — labels are okay

Do Not Include:

  • Plastic bags — recycle at grocery stores
  • Motor oil or chemical containers
  • Unclean flower pots
  • Styrofoam — put in trash
  • Plastic toys


  • Clear, green and brown food and beverage containers only

How to Prepare:

  • Rinse and clean — collars, neck rings, and labels are okay

Do Not Include:

  • Corks
  • Broken glass
  • Ceramics, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, or drinking glasses


  • Deposit and non-deposit beverage cans
  • Metal food cans
  • Aluminum pie plates and trays

How to Prepare:

  • Rinse and clean — labels are okay
  • Crush
  • Lids can be secured inside by crushing

Do Not Include:

  • Paint cans
  • Aerosol cans
  • Coat hangers
  • Other metal items

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.
  • EMPTY pizza boxes. Grease is okay! Fold inside out to ensure the pizza box is empty.

Drop-off options for corrugated cardboard:

  • Flattened cardboard no larger than 5' is accepted at the Compost Facility, 60 Hartwell Ave. (see hours of operation) and in the Police Station parking lot (just to the right of the Massachusetts Ave. entrance).