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Several years ago, the recycling vendor initially provided free toters to Westford residents until they realized that the cost of providing toters to everyone in town would be prohibitive. These 64 gallon toters with yellow lids belong to the Town of Westford, not the homeowner, and are linked to the address they were delivered to. The Town of Westford did not pay for the toters.
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No one is going through your trash. We would be happy to help you with any questions you may have regarding what to recycle and what to throw away. Most households have far more recycling than trash. Decisions will be made based on what is obvious to the haulers and your neighbors: does the distribution of the volume of your waste stream reflect a reasonable effort to recycle and are their visible signs of recycling in your trash? If not, you need not be concerned, however, contact the Recycling Commission by email or by phone or please feel free to reference the Westford Recycling Guide
If you are concerned about wind or precipitation, or like to set recycling out the night before collection, it would be best to have a container with a lid. The container should be sized appropriately for your household so you can move it, store it, and not over stuff it. If you can get your trash to the curb in the container of your choosing, you should be able to get recycling to the curb in a container that meets your needs.
You can buy them from a hardware store or through the Recycling Commission - more info HERE. These toters belong to the homeowner, just as their trash cans do.