Trash & Recycling in Mansfield
The Town of Mansfield contracts with Waste Management to provide weekly curbside trash and recycling pickup. The Mansfield Green Recycling Park & Composting Area provides another convenient way for residents to manage their household solid waste.
It's important to understand that managing trash and recycling is a significant expense to the Town of Mansfield. Your tax dollars cover the cost. Recycling correctly and reducing the amount of trash your household generates each week will save taxpayers' money and help the environment.
Do you know? Mansfield's trash is transported to the Waste-to-Energy plant in Millbury, where it is incinerated to generate electricity.
6 Ways to Manage Your Trash & Recycling Better
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eliminate recycling contamination
Don't be a "wishcycler." When in doubt, throw it out. Contamination reduces the value of recycling commodities and those costs are passed onto Mansfield taxpayers. The #1 contaminant is plastic bags. Never put plastic bags or any stretchy film in your recycling bin. Return these items to supermarkets or throw them in the trash.
Recycle your textiles
Never throw old clothing or textiles in your trash or recycling bins. Instead, use the free pink bags from Simply Recycling or donate them to charity.
compost your food waste
Did you know that approximately 35% of all trash in the U.S. is food waste? Start composting at home to reduce the amount of trash you generate while also getting nutrient-rich compost for your garden and plants!
refuse or reduce single use plastic
The planet is awash in a tide of single-use plastic. Remote beaches in the middle of the ocean are buried in plastic. Fish and sea birds are eating plastic, which means plastic is now part of the food chain. You can help by refusing single-use plastic bags, water bottles, straws, and other items. Pack a to-go bag with reusable items and keep it in your car at all times.
manage household hazardous waste
Toxic chemicals, oil-based paint, pesticides and pharmaceuticals should never go in your trash or down the drain. Instead, save these items for Mansfield's Household Hazardous Waste Collection days. You can also drop off expired prescription drugs at the police station.
manage bulky or hard-to-recycle items
The Mansfield Green provides a convenient way to dispose of old appliances, cardboard, metal, used motor oil, and other hard-to-recycle items. You can also compost yard waste there. The Town of Mansfield also offers curbside pickup for used appliances for a fee.