Recycle

Single Stream Recycling is collected on your regular trash day.

Studies have shown that Single Stream Recycling System can increase recycling participation; decrease the amount of trash; and save money for cities and towns. Quincy began Single Stream Recycling in 2008. This system allows residents to place ALL recyclable material, paper, glass, plastic, metal cans and cardboard together into one large container. No more separating!!!


URGENT — Recent changes in the global market for recycled raw material are costing brokers and processors millions of dollars in lost revenue. Consequently, this loss in profits has found its way back to its source in the form of back charges to municipalities/taxpayers. This new age of recycling has forced municipalities to tighten up quality guidelines and requiring residents to change their recycling practices. Recycling practices once acceptable are no longer. Now called contamination, here’s what you can do to reduce the thousands of dollars being assessed to the City of Quincy for unrecyclable material.

The top 5 contaminants found in a recent audit of our recycling are:

  • Plastic bags — Not recyclable.
  • Food waste — Rinse all containers.
  • Ropes, hoses, chains and cable — Not recyclable.
  • Household hazardous materials — Hold for Haz Mat days June 9 and September 29.
  • Needles — Call Clean Harbors Sharps Management program (855) 633-9783. 

Recycling is still a good thing. It diverts trash from the high cost of disposal. Recycling also protects our environment by preserving precious resources like petroleum, metals and trees.

For a detailed list of recyclable items and contaminants please click here


How to Participate

Convert one of your existing trash containers into a Single Stream Recycling container by simply applying a City supplied recycling sticker. You can still use your current recycling bin if you choose. Free Single Stream Recycle Stickers are available at the City Hall Information Desk, 1305 Hancock St., the DPW, 55 Sea Street, Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., Curry Hardware, 370 Copeland St. and Danny's Hardware, 53 Billings Rd. You may also call (617) 376-1953 or send an email by clicking here to have stickers mailed.

Missed Pick-up

To report a missed pick-up please use the form here or call Capitol Waste Services, Inc. at (617) 376-7556 .

Recycling Drop-off Center

Bring your single stream recyclable materials to the Recycling Center in the DPW Yard, 55 Sea St., Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM and Saturdays 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM, mid-April through mid-December. A Driver’s License with a Quincy Address is required.

Metal Recycling

Bring all metal to the Recycling Center in the DPW Yard, 55 Sea St., Monday through Friday 7:30 A.M. to 3 P.M. and Saturdays from April through mid-December from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Electronic Recycling

Bring all electronics to the Recycling Center in the DPW Yard, 55 Sea St., Monday through Friday 7:30 A.M. to 3 P.M. and Saturdays from April through mid-December from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Only 2 TVs per household per year. Proof of residency required.

Textile Recycling

Bins in the DPW upper parking lot and in every school yard in the district support our Parent/Teacher Organizations and are available for drop-off of clothing, shoes, drapery, bedding, under garments, small toys and rugs 24/7.

Appliances

To schedule a pick-up of Appliances, Scrap Metal, TVs and Monitors call (617) 376-7556 at least two full business days before your regular trash pick-up day.

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