RecyclingWorks in Lynn

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