RecyclingWorks in Lynn

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Get Rid of Mosquito Breeding Old Tires

Are you breeding mosquitoes in your backyard?

Lynn is partnering with North East MA Mosquito Control to help you dispose of any old tires you may have lying around.  IT'S FREE!  Bring your old tires to Lynn's Household Hazardous Waste Day on October 21, 2017 from 8am-12 pm, at the Lynn DPW, 250 Commercial Street.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Household Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, May 13

Got old oil paint, brake fluid, motor oil, pesticides you have decided not to use anymore?  Bring them all down to D.P.W on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  You can get rid of up to 3 lbs or gallons for only $20.00 or up to 25 lbs or gallons for only $50.00.   See the flier attached for all the types of waste you can and cannot bring, and how to bring them to us.

If you can't make this Household Hazardous Waste event you have other options.  There will be another on October 21, 2017.  You can also attend the Household Hazardous Waste events of other communities with which Lynn has a reciprocal agreement.  Below is the flier.

Latex paint is not hazardous waste, but you do need to harden it.  You can buy paint hardener at the hardware store or at Home Depot, or you can use kitty litter.  Once the paint is hardened you can throw it out with your regular trash.

Monday, April 3, 2017

All About Leaves and Yard Waste in 2017

There are two ways to get rid of your leaves and yard waste in Lynn.  Curbside pickup or drop off at the Leaf & Yard Waste Yard on Saturdays.

We have added another spring curbside pickup of leaves and yard waste for the week of May 8-12.  See the flier below:


Here is the curbside pickup schedule for 2017

There is Drop Off of Leaf and Yard Waste  every Saturday

Leaf & Yard Waste Yard at 250 Commercial Street

April 1 - December 23, 2017.  


Here is the info.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Getting Rid of Bulky Stuff in Lynn in 2017

Got bulky stuff to get rid of?  Get organized and get rid of it, and potentially all for FREE, in 2017.  Here's a checklist for getting rid of bulky stuff:



1) Donate it to a Charity

Pickup & Drop-Off OptionsHere are organizations that offer free pickup and drop-off of your living, dining and bedroom furniture in good-condition. Most only require 1-2 weeks’ notice for pick up.

Short on time? Check out the following websites for drop-off locations, hours, and to check that they will accept your donation.

Salvation Army
For free pickup use their online pickup form or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.  They take mattresses in clean and good condition.

Epilepsy Foundation
For free pickup use their online form or call (888) 322-8209.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
For residential pick-up of your furniture, please call 1-800-675-2882, between 8:30am - 3:30pm (Monday - Friday).

Drop-off good items at:

Goodwill, Donation Center at 450 Paradise Road in Swampscott, MA 01905 (Next to Stop&Shop) 7 days a week, 8-4:30pm
They accept small home furnishings - One person carry items only.


  • Sell or give good-condition stuff away for free at Craig’s List or Freecycle. Postings are free, most do better with a photo.  You can arrange to have it picked up by the person who wants it.  I list stuff in the Craigslist FREE Section a lot, and 90% of the time someone responds within a day or two.  

There are now several options to get rid of bulky stuff for free most SATURDAYS.  You need to haul them yourself and a Driver's License is required as Identification.  Lynn Residents Only. 

Here is the schedule for 2017, see fliers for more information and for what you can and cannot bring:

DUMPSTER DAYS, 250 Commercial Street 7am-2pm
May 6
July 15
September 16

COVANTA, 247 Commercial Street  11:30-3:30pm
April 8
April 29
May 13
May 27
June 10
June 24
July 1
July 22
August 5
August 19
September 23
September 30
October 7
October 28
November 4
November 18

Effective May 13,  2017 we will no longer allow U-Haul Trucks and Commercial Vehicles to dump at Covanta during our Selective Bulky Item  Days.


WASTE MANAGEMENT will pickup bulky items at curbside  

The cost is $21.20.  A Mattress and box spring are considered one item. Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545 to arrange for a pickup.  They pick up on your regular trash day.


If you have more than a few items, you should call a hauler.  Here are two junk removal companies in Lynn.  

Eric Z Disposal
Lynn, MA
(781) 593-5308
General Junk Removal
Flannery Handymen
Lynn, MA
(781) 775-9943
General Junk Removal

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

No Plastic Bags in the Recycling Cart. Never. Ever. Don't Do It.

In Lynn this summer we'll be rolling out a new program called the Recycling IQ Kit, thanks in part to a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).  The Recycling IQ Kit aims to clean out the contaminants in the recycling.  Anything that doesn't belong in the recycling cart is a CONTAMINANT.  Contaminants can spoil a whole load of good recyclables, or gum up the machinery at the recycling processing plants.

No Plastic Bags in this Recycling Cart


#1 Contaminant in Lynn's Recycling = PLASTIC BAGS

I see it all over Lynn, small super market plastic bags, flat and loose and mixed in with the rest of the recycling.  Then there are the big kitchen bags that look like they are filled with trash--but if you open them up, they are filled with perfect clean and dry recyclables.   All those bags go to the processing plant where they are picked off the conveyor belts by workers, or simply taken off the line, along with the recyclables inside and treated as trash.

Here are examples:

Nice recyclables inside that bag wishing to be let loose in the cart

What about this bag, since it is made of thick plastic?

It's still a plastic bag and still gets caught in the machinery.   Keep it out of the recycling cart.

Check out this video that shows just the kind of havoc that plastic bags can cause in a recycling processing plant.

But . . . Plastic bags are recyclable, right?

Yes, they are recyclable but because they get caught in the machinery at the recycling processing plant, you can't put them in the recycling cart.   You have at least two options, and maybe three, if you have a dog.

1)   Save all the plastic bags that come into your life and take them to the supermarket.  I always use reusable bags and try not to accept plastic bags when I buy something.  If I forget my bag I'll just go without the bag if it's something small or I'll ask for paper.  Even still, all these plastic film and plastic bags come into my life.  I save all plastic bags that don't have food on them.  For instance, I shake out my bread bags and save those, and the bag the newspaper comes in, and the plastic wrap that comes wrapped around so many products, and the bubble wrap in an Amazon shipment.  About every three weeks I take it to the supermarket where I put it in a plastic corrugated box that many supermarkets keep at the front of the store. 
I stuff all my plastic bags and film in this bag
This is the box where I deposit my plastic bags at the Market Basket in Salem.  Most supermarkets have this same box.

2.  You can throw plastic bags and all plastic wrap in the trash.  Pretty simple.

3.  If you have a dog, use them as doggy poop bags.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Donate all clothes, shoes, bedding's where in Lynn

Some drop-off locations in Lynn and the surrounding areas:

Remember, your donations should be clean and dry.  They can be worn, torn or stained.

Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries (attended)
Location: At 450 Paradise Road in Swampscott, MA 01905
(Next to the Stop&Shop)
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, 7 days a week

Planet Aid Donation Boxes (unattended)
Location: many locations throughout the city.  Pictured at parking lot at Stop&Shop on Boston Street in Lynn.
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
(Thrift Store & Donation Center)
Location: 11-13 Market Square, Lynn, MA 01905
Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Saturday, Closed Sundays

Salvation Army
(Thrift Store & Donation Center)
Location: 10 Munroe Street, Lynn, MA 01901
Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Saturday, Closed Sundays

Monday, December 12, 2016

Trash Less and Recycle more during the December Holidays

Sustainable Holidays

During the holiday season we substantially increase the amount of waste and electricity we generate. From wasteful purchases to disposable dinnerware and high electricity bills, the holiday season takes a toll on the environment. However, there are many opportunities for us to be more sustainable during the holiday season. Shop locally, make your own gifts, and reduce waste to reduce your environmental impact. Keep in mind, the best way to have a sustainable holiday is to simplify. When you simplify the holidays you often reduce your costs, stress and waste.


Tips for Green Holiday Shopping

Give the gift of an experience like tix to a performance at Arts After Hours
  • Consider giving a gift that is eco-friendly, such as; items made with recycled content, items that are locally produced, organic, and/or fair-trade.
  • Purchase gifts that are long-lasting or that can be reused and later recycled.
    Look for gifts that don't require batteries. If you must buy a product that needs batteries, buy rechargeable batteries and give them with the gift.
  • Give the gift of apps for smartphones.
  • Used gifts are kinder to the environment. Consider giving vintage and used clothing, books, DVDs, CDs, sports equipment, tools, cameras, children's toys, musical instruments, etc.
  • Online shopping: keeps you off the roads, but consider how far your purchases have to travel to get to you.
  • Give tickets to the Lynn Auditorium concerts, memberships to the Lynn Museum, classes at School of Rock and gift certificates to local restaurants, too many to name here.
  • Make your own gifts: edible gifts such as breads, cookies, cakes, dried fruits, nut mixes, canned goods, jams/jellies, or herbed vinegars make fantastic gifts. Use your arts and crafts skills to knit a scarf, crochet a hat or mittens, paint a watercolor, or design your own jewelry. Make a calendar by using family photos marked with important dates.
  • Make a donation to a non-profit organization in the name of your loved one.
  • Instead of buying a gift, give your time and talent to your loved ones this year.
  • Plan a "re-gift" swap with your like-minded friends and family.
  • Bring your own reusable bag when shopping. 


Gift Wrap, Holiday Cards and Packaging

The wrap is recyclable.  If you don't reuse the string, it goes in the trash cart
  • Instead of wrapping a gift add a bow or ribbon to product boxes or gift boxes.
  • Soft wrapping items like scarves, blankets, or towels are a great alternative to traditional wrapping paper.
  • Be creative about giving old materials new life: magazines, newspapers, maps, posters, children's artwork and calendars make great wrapping paper.
  • Gift bags/baskets are a great wrapping alternative and can be used over and over again. Save clothing boxes, ribbons, bows and wrapping paper to reuse next year.
  • Avoid buying metallic and plastic wrapping paper it is not recyclable.
  • Use last year's holiday cards to create this years "to" and "from" labels.
  • Hide your unwrapped gifts and put clues to where they are around your house.
  • Ask companies to ship your packages using paper instead of polystyrene packing peanuts. If you do receive packing peanuts bring them, and other styrofoam packaging, to shipping stores for recycling.


Holiday Decorations & Christmas Trees

Trade in your old lights for LEDs
  • Energy Star qualified LED lights are 90 percent more efficient than traditional Christmas lights and LED's last longer. What you save on electricity will most likely pay for the new lights--it's that much of a savings.
  • Recycle your old holiday lights. All Home Depots are offering free recycling of old lights until December 14 and Lowes will take them until December 24. After these dates you can take them to Goodwill where they will recycle them as part of Dell Reconnect.
  • Go light-free: candles, the starry night sky and reflective ornaments and menorahs provide electricity-free holiday cheer.
  • Skip the tinsel for the tree and avoid buying plastic decorations.
  • Nature provides beautiful ornaments and other holiday decorations: gather a basket of evergreen branches, berries, flowers, fresh fruit, etc. and arrange as you desire, or make ornaments from twigs, bark, flowers, herbs, etc.
  • String together popcorn and cranberries, or make garland out of old jewelry, small stuffed animals or toys, trinkets, memorabilia, cookie cutters, buttons, etc.
  • Cut Christmas trees are a greener choice than artificial trees.
  • Potted Christmas trees can be replanted after the holidays and reused all year long and for years to come. Consider buying a potted tree with a root ball that is native to your area.
  • Instead of buying a tree, decorate a tree in your backyard.
  • In Lynn, remember to get your tree (and other leaf & yardwaste) curbside on your regular trash day the week of January 9-13.  Your tree is picked up by a special truck for Christmas trees and leaf & yardwaste and it is taken away to be composted.  Take all ornaments and tinsel off it and don't put it in a bag.


 Holiday Food and Green Parties

  • Locally grown food travels fewer miles and creates fewer carbon emissions, and it's fresh healthy food. Serve bite-sized or finger foods to minimize plate and utensil use.
  • Use smaller serving utensils and plates to encourage smaller portions reducing the amount of food waste left on plates.
  • Plan your menu and exactly how much food you'll need.
  • Send electronic party invitations instead of paper invitations.
  • Use re-usable cups, plates, silverware and utensils instead of using disposable plastic, paper or styrofoam at your party.
  • Avoid buying individually packaged drinks.
  • Donate leftover food to local food banks. See food waste suggestions below.
  • Cook multiple items in the same oven and run appliances on full loads.
  • Turn down the thermostat for your party and let your guests be the heaters. Run your ceiling fan clockwise during the party distributing the heat throughout the house.


Sustainable Holiday Traditions

Lynn Christmas Parade Float
  • Watch the Lynn Christmas Parade go by on Christmas Eve. 
  • Participate in the annual Christmas Day Bird Count.
  • Take a family nature hike in Lynn Woods. Bring a garbage bag to collect any litter you see along the way.
  • Bundle up and take a stroll to admire the holiday lights on Lynn Commons, along Lynn Shore Drive and in your neighborhood.

Excess Holiday Trash and Recycling

Clean and dry, no bags, all boxes flattened


The recycling carts are very large in Lynn at 96 gallons and you should be able to pack a lot into them.  You need to break down all boxes and flatten them.  For large boxes use a utility knife to cut them up.  If you still have an exorbitant amount of recycling you can take a 20 min drive from most locations in Lynn to North Shore Recycled Fibers at 53 Jefferson Street in Salem, MA where they will take all your recyclables for free.  They are open 7am-3pm Mon-Fri.

Remember, many wrapping papers that have foil in them are not recyclable.  Go back to this Christmas blog post from 2014 for more advice on disposing of wrapping paper.

Overflow bag packet

 Trash and Overflow Bags

So, you have recycled everything you could recycle and your 64 gallon trash cart is stuffed full.  Read below for tips on food waste which may help to decrease your load.  At this point you will need to buy some City of Lynn Overflow bags.  They come in a packet of 5 bags for $15.  In the supermarkets they sell them at the service desk.

50 Western Avenue
Cal’s News Store
53 Central Avenue
CVS Pharmacy | #1204
509 Eastern Avenue
Mahan’s Hardware
45 Boston Street
Shop Kwik Superette
534 Lynnfield Street
Stop and Shop | #67
35 Washington Street
Walgreens | #2823
841 Western Avenue
This gets a fine
Proper placement

Food waste

Food waste is the ickiest part of trash, and 18% of our trash is estimated to be food waste.  You can compost if you have a composter.  Since we live in a city, many of us do not have yard space.  If you have a garbage disposal, use it.   Still, things like bones, banana and platanos peels etc. cannot go into a garbage disposal.  You can freeze your food waste by leaving a container you fill up in the freezer.  Put it into the trash on trash day.  That way you and pests like rats and raccoons will never smell it.  It'll be gone in the truck before it ever defrosts.  You'll also keep your trash cart cleaner, and a clean cart is a cart that does not attract pests.