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Address:
25 West Street,
Leominster, MA 01453

Suite 11

Telephone:
Phone - (978) 534-7533
fax - (978) 534-8416


Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Board Members:
Peter Lanza, Chairman
Norman J. Gould, Jacalyn Lastella, and Peter Lanza, Board Members

Rubbish and Recycling

 
Contact Information
Observed Holidays
Curbside Program (Trash | Recycling)
Bulk Items
Construction and Demolition Materials
Curbside collection of Leaf and Yard Waste
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days
Citizen Drop-off at the AKS Recycling & Transfer Station
Where Can I Take Metal Objects or Electrical Components?

Rechargeable Batteries Collections
Tire Disposal Sites
Propane Tank Disposal Sites
Landfill Information
City of Leominster Health Department Regulations Guidelines

 

   TRANSFER STATION AND RECYCLING INFORMATION
  
Learn More   updated 6/28/14
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Contact Information
 
Health Department 978-534-7550 X 248
25 West Street
Leominster, MA 01453

Disposal Contractor
1-800-649-7419 or 603-878-4108
G.W. Shaw and Son, Inc
124 Old Wilton Road
Greenville, New Hampshire, 03048

Transfer Station 1-800-965-9425
AKS Recycling
15 Cobbler Drive
Fitchburg, MA 01420

 
 
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Observed Holidays

Observed holidays that may change the weekly rubbish/recycling schedule.

    
New Years Day, Labor Day,
    
Memorial Day, Thanksgiving,
    
Independence Day (July 4th), and Christmas Day


The Rubbish/Recycle collection schedule will not change for any other holidays, even if the City Hall is not open to the public. If the observed holiday falls on a weekday, there will be no collection that day and the remaining days of collection will be one day later than normal. For example, if the holiday is on a Monday, the weekly rubbish/recycling collection will begin on Tuesday and finish on Saturday. Therefore if your collection day is normally Tuesday, for that week it will be collected on Wednesday. If one of these holidays falls on a Sunday, it is typically observed the next day, Monday, resulting in a one day delayed Holiday collection schedule. There is no collection on Thanksgiving so the trash normally collected on Thursdays will be collected on Friday, Friday’s routes will subsequently be collected on Saturday.

If you have any questions about holiday schedules please call the Health Department at 978-534-7533 X 248.

Snow, Wind or Rain Storms

Weather conditions may also affect the schedule. In the past few years we have had to deal with some significant snow storms which made collection difficult. High winds have also caused Totes to be blown around the streets. If you have any questions about how weather events may affect the trash and recycling collection services please call the Health Department at 978-534-7533 X 248.

 
 
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Curbside Program

Totes must be placed curbside before 7 AM on your day of collection

TOTES:

Each eligible household (1 to 4 units) is given two 64 gallon capacity wheeled containers (“Totes”). The Green Tote is for Trash only and the Blue Tote is for Single Stream Recycling Only. The Totes are the property of the city and must remain at that specific address when ownership or occupancy of the dwelling is changed. Each tote has a serial number that will be matched to the property. Each unit of a single or multi-family dwelling will receive a set of totes.  Property owners are responsible for replacing any totes that have been taken from the residence.

Smaller Totes Available:

Seniors or people with physical challenges will be considered for a smaller 32 gallon Tote. If you think you need a smaller set of totes, please contact the Health Department at 978-534-7550 X 248 to discuss your situation.

Report any accidental damage to your totes to the Health Department.

RECYCLING - Will be picked up on a weekly basis throughout the city on the same day of your rubbish collection.

Paper

Newspapers & inserts
Magazines, catalogues, & phone books
Junk mail, including window envelopes (you do not need to remove the window)
Office paper
File folders and manila envelopes
Paperback & hardcover books (remove hard covers first)
Paperboard (e.g., “cereal box” or “gray” cardboard that has not been in contact with food)
Paper bags
Shiny paper
Shredded paper

Cardboard Corrugated cardboard (flattened, cut or folded.)
Glass Glass, bottles, & jars (neck rings and caps are okay, corks, and Styrofoam labels removed)
Metal Metal food cans (deposit and non-deposit)
Plastic Plastic containers labeled #1 - #7 (with lids and spouts removed)
NO

·         Plastic bags

·         Styrofoam

·         pizza boxes

·         paper cups or plates

·         foil container that is soiled with food or drink

·         soiled tissue or paper

·         organic materials or food waste (coffee bags, tea bags)

·         colored wrapping paper

·         broken glass

·         wax paper milk and juice containers

How To Prepare Recyclables for Pickup

  • Leominster curbside recycling is now single stream (fully commingled) which means that all recycling can now be placed in the same container!

  • Rinse all containers of residual food.

  • Most small plastic and metal food or drink containers can be stomped flat on the ground prior to placing them into the tote to save volume.

  • Do not place rubbish or anything else that is not recyclable into the blue recycling tote. Improperly loaded recycling totes will not be picked up and a colored sticker will be applied explaining the issue. The contractor will not return until the following week.

What can I put in the Green Tote? Rubbish!

All rubbish, trash, or refuse must be placed in tied plastic bags before putting them into the Green Tote. These can be any kind of plastic bag; they do not need to be “official over flow bags”. Loose rubbish in the Tote will create more litter on the street which the homeowner or landlord is responsible for picking up. Do not over fill the tote. If the bags do not slide out when tipped into the truck, the contractor will not stop to manually pull the contents out. The tote will not be emptied and a “sticker” will be placed on the tote that explains why it was not emptied. It will then be the responsibility of the homeowner for disposal. The top flap on the totes must be closed, do not leave them open and pile up bags of rubbish or recycling. If this is done the tote will not be emptied and yet another colored sticker will be placed on it. It will then be the responsibility of the homeowner for disposal.

TRASH-HOUSEHOLD WASTE - Each household will be limited to a 64 gallon volume of household waste (trash, garbage, refuse) per week. Household waste is what is normally generated by families during every day life. Waste shall be placed into tied plastic bags and then put into the tote.
If residents need additional volume they can dispose of 1 bag per week for free at the AKS Transfer Station or official “overflow bags” will be available for $1.25 each. Nothing else will be picked up other than what is contained in the tote and official “overflow” bags.

Trash-Household Waste

Acceptable Rubbish (allowed): Rubbish, including but not limited to, or all organic waste matter (animal, fish, fowl, fruit and vegetable) produced from the preparation of food for human consumption, waste paper,), pizza boxes, soiled paper plates, wax paper milk and juice containers, whole or broken earthen ware (china), clothing, shoes, boots, rubber, glassware, plastics, toys, and small tools.

Not Acceptable Rubbish (not allowed): Demolition debris, construction debris, furniture, mattresses, box springs, couches, wooden furniture, chairs, rugs, explosives, metal objects, televisions, computer monitors, large appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, trash compactors, de-humidifiers, biological waste, toilets, shower stalls, sinks, chemicals, radioactive materials, oil, oil sludge, highly flammable substances, cardboard, septage or human waste, human or animal remains, motor vehicles, large auto or motorcycle parts, by-product waste of rubber, leather or plastics, yard machinery (lawn mowers, snow blowers, leaf blowers) liquid wastes, wood (excluding furniture), construction and demolition materials, fluorescent light bulbs, cardboard, liquid paint, caustic materials or liquids, paint thinner or remover, pesticides, asphalt, brick, concrete, soil or stone will not be picked up curbside. Please refer to the City Household Hazardous Waste Collection days for disposal of some of these waste ban items.

When do I need an Over-flow bag?

Over-flow Bags are needed if  - you have more than what will fit into your tote in any week. Each household will be limited to a 64 gallon volume of household rubbish per week. The bags can be placed at the curb along with your tote for collection. Any other bag left at the curb will not be collected. Also residents can take one 32 gallon size bag per week to the AKS Transfer Station without cost.
 
              Where can I buy Over-flow bags:

                     Leominster City Hall
                     Health Department
                     25 West Street
                     Leominster, MA 01453

                     The cost is $3.00 each.

CHRISTMAS TREES - Will still be picked up at the curb for the month of January. They cannot be placed into the tote. They should be left next to the Tote at the curb for collection. Artificial trees can be taken to the Transfer Station as a “one free item” per week.
 

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Bulk Items
 

One bulk item per week can be placed beside your Totes for pick up under the rubbish program.  

The following items are considered to be Bulk Items:

  • Upholstered furniture: a couch, loveseat, ottoman, chair

  • Wooden furniture: table and chairs, dressers, chest, book shelves (do not break down)

  • Bedding: mattresses, box springs, wooden bed frames and headboards

  • Rolled carpeting: must be less than 5’ long and weigh less than 50 lbs

  • This does not include metal or plastic furniture, pieces of wood or other construction and demolition materials.

  • A table with chairs is considered to be one item, a mattress and box spring is considered to be one item, a couch, an overstuffed chair, a dresser, are all considered to be one item.

What can I do with things that are too big for the Tote but are not considered to be a Bulk Item?

One Item such as a child’s car seat, an old cooler, a lamp, luggage etc. which weigh no more than 25 lbs. can be taken to the Transfer Station per week for no charge. This would be in lieu of the 1 free bag of MSW residents are allowed to bring to the transfer station per week under the current program.



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Construction and Demolition Materials.

All construction and demolition materials, wood, plaster, asphalt, brick, concrete, metal, roofing materials, plumbing, toilets, bathtubs, showers, aluminum siding, vinyl siding, etc. are prohibited from the municipal solid waste stream by State law. These materials can be taken to the AKS Transfer Station for a fee or you can rent a dumpster from a licensed disposal contractor.

 

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Curbside collection of Leaf and Yard Waste

The city will provide curbside pick up of yard waste for 8 weeks in the spring and 8 weeks in the fall. This includes leaves, twigs, yard clippings and branches that do not exceed 3 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length. Multiple branches or twigs must be tied together in a bundle and not exceed 35 pounds.
Plastic bags are NOT allowed, please use paper leaf bags that decompose when composted. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
 

Curbside yard waste pick-up schedule for 2014
 
Coming Soon...

 
Any amount of yard waste may still be taken to 15 Cobbler Lane, Fitchburg, MA. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-1, Thursday and Friday from 9-4, and Saturday 8:00am -11:30am any time of the year (except on certain holidays). Please call 1-800-965-9425 for AKS and 978-353-3193 to confirm when these facilities are open before leaving home.
 

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Citizen Drop-off at the AKS Recycling & Transfer Station

Residents of Leominster may bring rubbish, recycling and any amount yard waste to the AKS Management Transfer Station located at 15 Cobbler Drive, Fitchburg, MA. Any vehicle entering the site to use the Leominster Residential Drop-Off Center must have a registration sticker that can be obtained from the Leominster DPW Dispatch from 7:00am to 2:45 pm weekdays. Proof of residency must be shown and the vehicle must be registered in the city to obtain the sticker. Questions about stickers should be directed to 978-534-7590, extension 506.

The hours of operation for the AKS Transfer Station are as follows:

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-1, Thursday and Friday from 9-4, and Saturday 8:11:30 any time of the year (except on certain holidays).

Residents are limited to bringing one bag or one small item per week of household rubbish to the transfer station without a charge. Residents are also allowed to bring in any amount of yard waste and recycling to the transfer station at no charge.

Additional rubbish to be disposed of will be directed across the scale and paid for in a private transaction with AKS. There is a $20 minimum charge and users will pay by the pound for whatever they wish to dispose of. The current charge is $90 per ton (approx. 4.5 cents per pound). Please note that if you go to the transfer station at anytime other than the schedule outlined above, you will have to pay a higher commercial rate.

These are the current prices for disposal of these items at the Transfer Station. Please note that these prices are subject to yearly increases:

     • Microwave oven: $8.50
     • Refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners, de-humidifiers or any item
       containing Freon (The doors of these items must be removed prior
       to disposal for safety reasons). $8.00
     • Stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, trash compactors, and hot
       water heaters: Free
     • Lawn mowers, snow blowers, car batteries: $16.50
     • Television sets and computer monitors $9.00
     • Console TV: $16.50 per unit
     • Car tires $6.50 with rims $9.00
     • Mattresses or box springs $21.50 each.
     • Propane Tanks $16.00 at AKS, No Charge at Fiore Recycling.
     • Oil tanks are not accepted at either facility.

AKS will provide prices for other items not specifically listed above by calling 1-800-720-3034

Residents should be aware that there are other options for the disposal of some of these items. Please refer to the following sections of this Web Site for disposal options that may be available to residents.


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Where Can I Take Metal Objects or Electrical Components?
 
Residents can contact Fiore Recycling at 978-353-3193 or 978-265-1536 and arrange to have the item collected for a fee. They will come to your house and pick it up or you may take it to the AKS transfer Station. At the AKS Transfer Station you will be charged a fee for some items and there is no charge for others. Please see the list below for prices.
These are the current prices for disposal of these items at the Transfer Station. Please note that these prices are subject to yearly increases:

     • Microwave oven: $8.50
     • Refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners, de-humidifiers or any item
       containing Freon (The doors of these items must be removed prior
       to disposal for safety reasons). $8.00
     • Stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, trash compactors, and hot
       water heaters: Free
     • Lawn mowers, snow blowers, car batteries: $16.50
     • Television sets and computer monitors $9.00
     • Console TV: $16.50 per unit
     • Car tires $6.50 with rims $9.00
     • Mattresses or box springs $21.50 each.
     • Propane Tanks $16.00 at AKS, No Charge at Fiore Recycling.
     • Oil tanks are not accepted at either facility.
 

AKS will provide prices for other items not specifically listed above by calling 1-800-965-9425

Fiore will take some metal items for no cost. Please call them at 978-353-3193 or 978-265-1536 for information.

The Winthrop Steel Company in Fitchburg, MA will take some metal products for no cost.
Please call them at 978-343-3627 to ask about their hours and policies.

 

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days:

These events are held at the Leominster DPW yard, located at 109 Graham Street. The City of Leominster provides residents with an opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste 4 times each year. Registration for the Hazardous Waste Day is no longer required; however proof of residency will be necessary at the site.
 

Household Hazardous Waste pick-up schedule for 2014
 
Coming Soon

The following items and materials may be brought to the collection:
Antifreeze
Art supplies
Auto fluids
Button Batteries
Creosote
Chemistry sets
DDT
Disinfectants
Drain cleaners
Engine Degreaser
Flea killers
Fluorescent light bulbs
Furniture polishes
Gasoline products
Insect sprays
Kerosene
Lead acid batteries
Metal polishes
Mothballs
Muriatic acid
Nickel-cadmium batteries
Paint (oil, marine, lead)
Paint thinner/solvents
Pesticides
Photographic supplies
Pool chemicals
Rodent killers
Root killers
Septic tank cleaners
Spot removers/solvents
Stain & preservatives
Thermostats
Toilet cleaners
Varnish

Note: latex paint will not be accepted as hazardous waste. Leave cans open until they solidify and dispose of them in your normal rubbish. The paint must be dried and solid prior to disposal.

HHW questions can be answered by calling 1-800-965-9425


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Rechargeable Batteries Collections

Residents can bring the following rechargeable and cell phones to several locations across the city:

Cell phones (and their batteries):

  • All types of cell phones are accepted regardless of size, make, model or age.

Batteries*: 

  • Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd )

  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
  • Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)

  • Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)

  • Small Sealed Lead (SSLA/Pb)

*weighing less than 11 lbs each

Drop off locations:

Leominster Board of Health
25 West Street, Suite 11

Leominster, MA 01453

Verizon Wireless
12 Orchard Hill Park Dr
Leominster, MA 01453
Phone: 978-466-7439

Lowe's
198 New Lancaster Rd
Leominster, MA 01453
Phone: 978-230-4072

RadioShack
865 Merriam Ave
Leominster, MA 01453
Phone: 508-534-0801

Wal-Mart
11 Jungle Rd
Leominster, MA 01453
Phone: 978-466-1313

Dept. of Public Works
109 Graham Street

Leominster, MA 01453

Best Buy
33 Orchard Hill Park Dr
Leominster, MA 01453
Phone: 978-537-9042

Home Depot
135 Commercial Rd
Leominster, MA 01453
Phone: 978-840-0800 

Sears
100 Commercial Rd Unit 10
Leominster, MA 01453
                        

Phone: 978-534-2285


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Tire Disposal Sites

Tires are not picked up curbside. The Following is a list of establishments and fees charged for dropping off tires.

 ESTABLISHMENT DISPOSAL FEE
Brothers Tire $2 per tire
45 N. Main St.
Leominster, MA. 01453
Tel: 978-537-5987
Town Fair Tire $2 per tire
875 Merriam Ave.
Leominster, MA. 01453
Tel: 978-466-8801
Sears $2.50 per tire
Commercial Rd.
Leominster, MA. 01453
Tel: 978-534-2295
Sullivan Tire $4.00 per tire
162 Main St.
Leominster, MA. 01453
Tel: 978-534-9112
Tire Warehouse $2.50 per tire
212 Bemis Rd.
Fitchburg, MA. 01420
Tel: 978-345-7335
B J’s Wholesale Club $1.00 per tire
115 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA. 01453
Tel: 978-840-0900

Firestone $3.00 per tire
83 Commercial Road
Leominster, MA 01453
Tel: 978-537-4152

 

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Propane Tank Disposal Sites

Propane tanks and cylinders cannot be picked up curbside due to State Waste Ban regulations. The following is a list of establishments and fees charged for dropping off propane tanks:

At the present time propane tanks can be dropped off at the WMI Inc. transfer station for a $25 disposal fee per propane tank.


 ESTABLISHMENT DISPOSAL FEE
U-Haul Co. $10 per tank
207 Central St.
Leominster, MA. 01453
Tel: 534-7904
Taylor Rental Center $8 per tank
197 Mill St.
Leominster, MA 01453
Tel: 537-9793
Liberty Supply $10 per tank
195 Hamilton St.
Leominster, MA. 01453
Tel: 534-5464
B J’s Wholesale Club $5.00 per tank
115 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA 01453
Tel: 840-0900

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Landfill Information

The City of Leominster operated a Landfill at the end of Mechanic Street to the east of the Route 2 Connector until 1982. In 1985 the landfill was covered with impervious materials (capped) to prevent rain and surface water from passing through the buried waste and contaminating groundwater. In 2000 a landfill gas collection and disposal system was installed to prevent landfill gases from migrating through the soil to abutting properties. The gas collection system provides a vacuum to remove gases through wells that are connected to a manifold. The manifold passes beneath the Route 2 Connector and draws the gases to a gas burning flare system which is located to the north of the Leominster Sewage Treatment Plant. All of the wells in the landfill are periodically tested and adjusted to provide optimum performance of the flare. Environmental consultants provide quarterly testing of each well, surface air quality and groundwater sampling for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for their continual review. Copies of these reports are kept in the Health Department archives.
 
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City of Leominster Health Department Regulations Guidelines
 
City of Leominster
Office of the Health Department
25 West Street – Suite 9 Tel: (978) 534-7533
Leominster, MA 01453 (978)-534-7550
Fax: (978)-534-8416

Christopher J. Knuth, R.S.
Director

Board of Health Regulations Concerning Munici11al Solid Waste Collection and Recyclable Materials: Adopted June 18, 2003

The Board of Health of the City of Leominster, acting under the authority of Chapter 111, Section 31 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and amendments and additions thereto, and any other power thereto enabling, and acting there under and in accordance therewith G.L. c 111, & 127A and G.L. c. 111, & 31, and in the interest of and for the preservation of the public health and safety, duly make and adopt the following rule and regulation:

Definitions:

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW): all household garbage and rubbish.

Garbage: All putrescable waste matter (animal, fish, fowl, fruit and vegetable) produced from or resulting from the use or storage of food for human consumption.

Rubbish: All combustible and non-combustible trash, waste, offal, broken or rejected matter, hence anything worthless. For specific information on acceptable and unacceptable rubbish, please refer to the City of Leominster current MSW contract.

Recyclable Materials (RM): Recyclable, metals, glass, plastic, newspapers, cardboard, paper and magazines. Please refer to the City of Leominster recycling guidance brochure for specific details.

Dwelling Unit: A Room or group of rooms within a dwelling used or intended for use by one family or household for living, sleeping, cooking and eating.

Residential Dwelling: Building used solely for human habitation.

Regulation: When the City of Leominster provides curbside collection of municipal solid waste (MSW) or recyclable materials (RM) for residential dwellings the following criteria shall apply:

1) Curbside collection shall be offered to residential dwellings that contain four (4) dwelling units or less. Mixed Commercial/Industrial and Residential (regardless of the number of housing units), Condominiums, Rooming Houses or any other building with multiple dwelling units numbering more than four (4) units will not be eligible for curbside collection provided by the city. Mixed Use Properties shall be exempt from these requirements if they meet the following criteria:

* The property must contain 4 units (dwelling or business combined) or less.
* The activity within the building must not generate excessive waste, hazardous materials or waste ban materials.

(2) Single buildings that have multiple addresses but contain more than four (4) dwelling units shall not be eligible for the city collection services. These buildings will be required to provide private collection and disposal in accordance with State and Local regulations. This shall be applicable to buildings that are situated on one or more streets (parallel streets or street corners).

(3) All dwellings with five (5) or more units or Mixed Use properties shall have MSW and or RM collected by a licensed private hauler. The owner of each of these properties shall provide MSW removal and disposal in accordance with 105 CMR 410.600 and all applicable City of Leominster regulations and Ordinances.

(4) Any dwelling or housing unit that has MSW removed privately will be required to utilize a dumpster. The dumpster shall be kept closed (except when loading or emptying), be weather, insect, animal proof and emptied as frequently as needed as not create smells, odors or nuisance. The owner of the property will be solely responsible for the proper maintenance of the dumpster (logistically and financially). Locking devices may be required by the Health Department.
 
Enforcement:
Any property owner that does not comply with these regulations shall be subject to the following fines: First violation, $100, second violation $200, third and subsequent violations $300. Each day of non-compliance will be considered an additional and separate violation.

Severability:
If any provision of these regulations or the application thereof is held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity shall be limited to said provision(s), and the remainder of these regulations shall remain valid and effective. Any part of these regulations subsequently invalidated by a new state law shall automatically be brought into conformity with the new or amended law and shall be deemed to be effective immediately.


 
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