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Natick, MA   Bags What to Throw  |  What to Recycle  |  Program Background  |  FAQs

Natick has automated single stream recycling, all recyclables are accepted in the same Town-issued cart, and households receive every other week recycling collection. The color of your recycling cart will indicate your collection days, please refer to the current curbside collection calendar.

Please place your properly prepared recycling cart to the curb on your designated collection day by 7am.

Recycling will reduce your cost, since there is no additional fee to recycle the items listed below. The more you recycle, the less trash you have to put into the trash bags, and the more money you’ll save. Additional recyclables are also accepted at the Recycling Center.


Please note: You should not use the blue bags or any plastic bags for recyclables.

Plastic Bottles, Jars, Jugs, & Tubs

  • Plastic Bottles and Containers (empty containers with lids and caps ON)

  • Plastic Soda, Water & Drink Bottles

  • Plastic Food & Household Bottles/Jars
    (screw top bottles and jars, ex. ketchup, mayonnaise, detergent, shampoo)

  • Plastic Tubs & Lids
    (ex. yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese)

  • Plastic Produce, Deli & Bakery Containers, Cups, Trays
    (take-out containers, berries/produce containers)

Please do not include:

  • No plastic bags or plastic utensils


  • No Styrofoam (accepted at Recycling Center)


  • No motor oil containers


  • No bulky plastics or toys (accepted at Recycling Center)

Glass Bottles & Jars

  • Glass bottles and jars (empty containers with caps OFF)

  • All glass colors


Please do not include:

  • No windows or mirrors


  • No light bulbs (fluorescents are accepted at Recycling Center)


  • No dishes, ceramics, or Pyrex

Metal Cans & Aluminum

  • Metal cans and Aluminum (empty containers)

  • Steel, tin, and aluminum cans


  • Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil

Please do not include:

  • No chains, wires or hangers


  • No paint cans

Paper & Cardboard

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  • Magazines & Catalogs

  • All newspapers & inserts

  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.) & paper bags

  • Cardboard – please flatten

  • Pizza boxes – remove food and greasy sections

  • Soft cover books

  • Office paper, Junk mail (Staples, paperclips, spirals, & plastic envelope windows are OK)

  • Shredded paper (in a paper bag)

  • Phone books

  • Gift wrap

Please do not include:

  • No recyclables with food waste


  • No napkins, paper towels, or tissues

For additional recycling options, such as electronics, appliances, fluorescent bulbs, and for yard waste and household hazardous waste collection schedules, please see Natick DPW

For additional recycling carts, please contact Natick DPW

Wondering if something is recyclable? Please see Natick’s A-Z recycling guide.

More Information

For more information, please contact Natick Public Works

Office Hours are

Monday 7:00am to 7:00pm

Tuesday through Thursday 7:00am to 4:00pm

Friday 7:00am to 12:00pm


Town of Natick

Department of Public Works
75 West St
Natick, MA 01760

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