Recycling Bins & Toters

Acceptable Containers for Recycling in Westford

***Please Note: The town is currently in the process of negotiating a new service contract with Waste Management for Fiscal Years 2025-2029. The new program will include standardized carts, therefore the carts currently being sold may need to be replaced once the final plan is complete.

1. Purchase a Wheeled 64 Gallon Toter

  • Residents may purchase a toter through the Town for $60.00 by dropping of a check to the Town Clerk's Office or by mailing a check made payable to the "Westford Recycling Commission" to:
    • Westford Recycling Commission
      55 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886
    • Please include your name, address and phone number on the check
    • You will receive a phone call about when and where to pick up your toter(s).
    • Note: this is an elective alternative and no resident is under any obligation to purchase a toter

2. Use a Trash Barrel

  • Residents can use any sturdy trash barrel for recycling if they follow these steps:
    • Recycling sticker must be placed on the barrel which can be picked up from the Town Clerk's Office for free. Affix the sticker to the upper part of the barrel and ensure it faces the street when you place it out for collection. To extend the life of the sticker, secure the label with clear packing tape
    • Maximum capacity 40 gallons; maximum content weight 50 pounds
    • Barrels may be wheeled or non-wheeled. Be mindful of the amount of weight in the barrel (should not exceed 50 pounds) as the recycling crew will need to dump most barrels by hand
    • Please place recyclables apart from your trash at curbside to help the vendor distinguish recyclables from trash and vice versa
    • The recycling vendor may leave barrels un-emptied if the barrels are too heavy or mixed with solid waste, broken glass, and more
    • The recycling vendor is not responsible for any damage to barrels
    • All current Westford recycling regulations and guidelines apply; please refer to the Recycling Guide

3. Use the Black and Yellow Toter Previously Provided by the Town

  • In the past some households were given 64 gallon wheeled containers by the Town's recycling contractor. This program has ended and there are no more free toters. Use the black and yellow toter(s) for recyclables only
  • Note: these toters belong to the Town of Westford, not the homeowner, so if you move, the toters stay with the house