Massachusetts Trash and Mattress Ban, Changes Coming to New Bedford, Dartmouth – New Bedford Guide

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“Effective November 1, 2022, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will no longer allow the following materials to be disposed of in the trash:

1. Mattresses and box springs.
2. Textiles, including clothing, footwear, bedding, towels, curtains, fabrics and similar products, except textiles contaminated with mold, bodily fluids, insects, oil or hazardous substances.
3. Food material from entities generating more than half a ton of food material per week (it currently applies to entities generating more than one ton of food material per week).

Residents of New Bedford

Until December 31, 2022, residents can continue to dispose of mattresses and box springs as they would other bulky items. Effective January 1, 2023, residents will be required to pay a disposal fee for mattresses and box springs. Residents will be informed well in advance of the amount of the fees and other relevant information.

Here are some options for moving clothes, shoes, and accessories:

• Drop them off at a thrift store or in a clothes bin. Here is a map of some in our area: Drop-off locations for clothes and shoes – Google My Maps. The map is also available on the City’s website.
• Donate or consign items locally or online.
• Torn or stained clothes, if they are dry and do not smell bad, can be bagged and placed in a clothes bin. These are made into rags or insulation.

Dartmouth Residents

Here are some options for recycling a mattress or box spring:

• SMART customers can schedule a curbside collection appointment; $35 for each mattress, $10 for each box spring
1. Call the Department of Public Works at (508) 999-0740, credit card payment accepted over the phone.
2. Meet at the Department of Public Works at 759 Russells Mills Road, cash or check payment accepted, Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
3. If you only have one mattress, please call HandUp, a local mattress recycler, at (774) 271-8744 to arrange pickup, $35 for each mattress.

• Dartmouth residents can drop off a mattress or box spring at the Dartmouth Transfer Station, 976 Russells Mills Rd. Mattress fee: $25 each. Box spring fee: $14 each. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Permit required to access the transfer station.
• If you are buying new, you can check with the retailer if they will recycle your old one.

Here are some options for moving clothes, shoes, and accessories:

• Schedule a free curbside pickup online at https://www.bbbsfoundation.org/schedule-a-pickup/ or call/text PICKUP at (508) 466-4590. This program benefits the City of Dartmouth and the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation.
• Drop them off at a thrift store or in a clothes bin. Here is a map of some in our area: Drop-off locations for clothes and shoes – Google My Maps. The map is also available on the City’s website.
• Donate or consign items locally or online.
• Torn or stained clothes, if they are dry and do not smell bad, can be bagged and placed in a clothes bin. These are made into rags or insulation.

List of prohibited items

Below is the list of materials prohibited from disposal in landfills by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection:

• Cathode ray tubes: found in flat screen televisions and computer monitors
• Commercial food equipment (lower threshold as of November 1, 2022)
• Construction materials, including asphalt surfacing, brick, concrete, metal, wood and clean gypsum board
• Glass, metal and plastic containers (bottles, cans, jars, jugs and jars)
• Lead batteries
• Leaves, grass and brush
• Mattresses and box springs (effective November 1, 2022)
• Recyclable paper, cardboard and cardboard
• Textiles, including clothing, footwear, bedding, towels, curtains, fabrics and similar products (effective November 1, 2022)
• Appliances (large appliances)
• Whole tires (shredded tires acceptable)

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts provides free technical assistance to help businesses reduce waste and comply with waste disposal bans. Contact the RecyclingWorks Hotline for more information by phone at (888)254-5525 or by email at [email protected]

For more information, please visit gnbrrmdistrict.org, call the Greater New Bedford Regional Waste Management District at (508) 979-1493 or email [email protected]

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