Yard Waste

Yard Debris is Collected in Paper Bags ONLY

Yard debris paper bags are available at local  hardware and home centers as well as some grocery stores. These bags compost with the yard debris, and therefore are the only bags accepted. (No Plastic Bags) Because they are paper, they are subject to damage from rain, as well as wet debris. Bags must be kept dry until the day of pick-up to avoid the bottom falling out. Bags that get wet, will not support the weight and therefore will not be collected.

Bundles of Small Tree Limbs

Bundles of small diameter tree limbs must be tied securely with string or twine. Do not tie with wire. Bundles cannot exceed 24 inches in length and must not exceed a limb diamter of one and a half inches. 

  • Yard debris is collected weekly during the month of May, from October 16, 2017 through December 1, 2017 and along with Christmas Tree collection in January.

Yard waste can be dropped off at the Transfer And Recycling Facility, located behind the American Legion Hall, 350 Fall River Ave. The facility is open between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm, (closed 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm for lunch) Monday through Friday, (excluding holidays) as well 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturdays from April through Mid-November. 

The facility is open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm for the remainder of the year depending on the weather. All of the following limitations apply to the facility as to size and material restrictions. Paper bags are not a requirement for drop-off. Plastic bags may be used, however all bags must be emptied, and disposed of properly.

Is It Debris or Not?

Anything that grows in your yard including weeds, leaves, vines, fallen fruit, grass clippings, prunings, as well as vegetables from a garden, are all yard waste and are accepted. Some things may appear to grow in our yards. That does not automatically make it “Yard Debris.”

Do Not Include: 

Over- sized branches, logs, stumps, household garbage, metal of any kind, rocks, soil, ashes, or animal waste, as well as any items that may be used in gardening or planting, such as pots, flats, fertilizer and seed bags, and the like. Any of these items will likely damage the machine used, or contaminate the compost produced.

Things to Consider

Anything that is placed curb side for collection is subject to weight restrictions. A maximum of 30lbs for a bag or bundle is the limit. A maximum of 15 bags will be picked up at one time. Try to avoid filling the bag curb side, as that is usually the time that bags are overfilled. Items such as fruit can be very heavy. More than likely you will need to use many bags to dispose of these items to avoid being overweight. If you have a difficult time moving it, chances are so will we, as the bags need to be lifted to be deposited in the collection truck.