Recycling Everyday Items
Working appliances can be donated to Goodwill. Appliances that have outlived their usefulness can be brought to the transfer station for recycling. For curbside service, call Republic Services to prepay (781-289-0500) and schedule a pickup.
Rechargeable, vehicle and household batteries can be recycled at the transfer station. Tedford's Hardware, Best Buy and Staples also take rechargeable batteries for recycling. Button-cell batteries (watches, hearing aids, remote car starters, etc.) may contain Mercury and are collected at Town Hall at the Treasurer's office, the Department of Public Works office and the Council on Aging.
Clean paper berry boxes (no fruit!) can be placed in the recycling bin.
Boat Shrink Wrap
Bring rolled or folded clean wrap to the transfer station from March 1st to August 31st.
Book donations can be placed in the More Than Words bin at the transfer station. The Ipswich Public Library will accept small donations of newer books that can be resold.
Bulky Items (Wooden Furniture, Carpet, etc.)
Carpet, wooden furniture, sofas, patio umbrellas, etc. are considered bulky items and require a $10 sticker, which is available for purchase at Aubuchon's, Conley's Drug, Cumberland Farms (Central Street), DJ's Variety, Richdale, Shaw's and Tedford's. One bulky item per week.
Please note that MATTRESSES AND BOX SPRINGS are not included and must be recycled.
Cars and Trucks
Several charities in Massachusetts will recycle your car and/or other vehicles, and guidelines for donating are offered by the Attorney General’s office. Here are some charities that accept vehicle donations: American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Goodwill, Make a Wish, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Vehicles for Veterans MA. Also check with your favorite charity to see if they have a program.
Small amounts of cardboard can be put at the curb with the recycling if they are empty and flattened. More than five should be tied together with twine. Large amounts of cardboard can be brought to the transfer station (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 AM to 3:30) at 180 Town Farm Road or to the Public Works yard at 100 County Road. Please make sure boxes are emptied and flattened before loading your vehicle.
CDs, DVD and Video Games
Unwanted but still-good CDs, video games and DVDs can be donated in the More Than Words collection box at the transfer station.
Cell Phones and MP3 Players
Bring these to the Public Works office for recycling. Phones and MP3 players in working order can be sent to Cell Phones for Soldiers or other nonprofit organizations in need of devices.
Live trees (decorations removed) should be brought to the transfer station (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 AM to 3:30 PM). Artificial trees are considered a bulky item and require a sticker.
Clothing and Textiles