Recyclables List

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Massachusetts prohibits the disposal of the following items:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Bottles and cans
  • Leaves and yard waste
  • Car batteries
  • TVs and computers
  • Large home appliances

Be sure to keep these items out of your trash. Read below for details on how to recycle them.

Your efforts are making a difference! In 2015, Lancaster collected more than 423 tons of recyclables. That included enough paper to save 6,248 trees and enough plastic soda bottles to make 8,640 fleece jackets. Enough energy was saved by recycling aluminum cans to run 63 refrigerators for a year. You have helped make our recycling program a success. With your continued commitment, we will achieve our recycling goals. Keep up the good work!

  • Glass bottles/jars, all colors and sizes
  • No broken glass or other glass items such as glasses, window glass, dishes, Pyrex, ceramics, or light bulbs
  • Newspapers/inserts, paper bags
  • Magazines, phonebooks
  • Junk mail, mixed paper
  • Corrugated cardboard (flatten)
  • No waxed cardboard or soiled paper
  • Aluminum/tin/steel cans and lids - must flatten cans
  • Deposit and non-deposit beverage cans
  • Aluminum foil and trays
  • No cans containing hazardous material
  • All types of plastic containers with numbers 1 through 7 
  • No styrofoam or bubblewrap
  • No motor oil or driveway sealer containers
  • No plastic bags

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Other Recyclables

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  • Appliances $Charge Applies
  • Clean clothes
  • Household items
  • Electronics
  • Textiles
  • Leaves, grass clippings
  • No plastic bags
  • No shrubs or brush
  • Tires - $3 per auto tire
  • Antifreeze, motor oil, car batteries
  • Remove tinsel, twine, ornaments, etc.


VolunteersVolunteersFor more information about recycling or to get involved, contact: Lancaster Recycling Center. Volunteers are needed to keep the center running.