Trash, Recycle, & Yard Waste

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Trash/Waste Collection

Recycling Collection

Place recycling bin curbside on your trash day by 7:00 a.m.

See Below

Mattresses and Textiles Recycling


Over 600,000 mattresses are disposed of each year in Massachusetts. The City has contracted with HandUp US, a mattress and boxspring recycler to take clean mattresses and disassemble them into the the wood, metal, and fabric components with the goal of recycling or reusing the materials. 

  • Acceptable Mattresses - old an used mattresses with a few stains or tears are okay.
  • Unacceptable Mattresses - wet or moldy mattresses and mattresses with bed bugs cannot be recycled.

Pick Up Schedule
Mattress recycling days are Monday and Thursday. You must call 3-1-1 (or 617-466-4209) to schedule the day and address for your pick up. On that day, leave the mattress outside by 7am. It does not need to be wrapped in plastic. Mattresses left outside without scheduled pickup may be ticketed. This service is only available for residents who have regular city trash service. All other residents must contact their trash hauler to schedule pick up.

If your mattress or box spring cannot be recycled, the 311 operator will instruct you to wrap it in plastic and leave it out on your next normal trash day.


The average person discards 100 pounds of clothing each year byt 95% of clothing and textiles can be reused or recycled. The City is working with the Helpsy, a B corporation, to collect and recycle textiles. 

  • Acceptable Textiles - clothing, accessories, shoes, linens, blankets, quilts, tablecloths, cloth napkins, luggage, bags, stuffed animals, curtains and more!
  • Unacceptable textiles - items that are wet, muddy, moldy, or smelly even after washing.

Pick Up Schedule
Textiles are picked up on Wednesdays. You must call 3-1-1 (or 617-466-4209) to schedule the day and address for your pick up, or use the online scheduler at Place the clean, dry items in a plastic bag and write "HELPSY" on the outside. Place the bags by your front door before 7am on the scheduled pick up day. This services is free for all residents.

Trash/Waste Collection

Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule
Any questions please contact 311 (617) 466-4209.

Holiday Date Delay
Martin Luther King Jr. Day  Monday, January 16, 2023 One day delay for all routes. 
Current  Trash Fees

Building Type or Usage Category Monthly Fee Annual Fee
Owner -occupied Unit No charge No charge
Residential Property (up to 8 units) $38.65 $463.77
Commercial Unit in Mixed-Use Building $182.33 $2,187.97
Church, School, or Non-Profit $91.17 $1,094.05

  • Property owners may contract with a City-approved waste hauler for any of the above services.
  • The City does not provide trash and recycling services to commercial properties other than mixed-use buildings. Commercial properties must contract with a City-approved waste hauler.
  • Residential properties with more than 8 units must contract with a City-approved waste hauler.
The City of Chelsea municipal trash customers can call 3-1-1 (617-466-4209) to schedule FREE curbside pickup of these items. Unscheduled items left on the street will be ticketed.
Wrap your mattress and spring box in plastic to avoid the spread of bed bugs. Items not wrapped in plastic will not be collected, and you may be issued a violation citation.

White Goods Stickers

The following items will only be collected through the White Goods program. To dispose, residents must purchase a sticker ($25.00 for each item) at the Treasurer's Office at Chelsea City Hall Room #213. Sticker must be on item for pick up.

  • Televisions
  • Computer monitors (rest of computer is acceptable for trash)
  • Air Conditioners
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Washer & dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Ovens
  • Stoves
  • Hot water heaters / water tank
Paint Collection 
Only oil-based paints will be accepted.
When: 1st Saturday of the month from April to October
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Drop-off Location: Chelsea City Yard, 380 Beacham Street.
Note: Latex paint should be opened, dried, and discarded with your regular trash.