Trash, Recycling, Waste Collection

View information regarding Trash, Recycling, Hazardous Waste, Yard Waste, Dog Waste Stations, Cigarette Butt Map, and more. To learn what to do with toxic and/or recyclable items, see Information on Waste Bans.
Trash Collection


Acceptable and unacceptable trash 



Holiday pickup schedule



Request a trash or recycling barrel 



Trash route and trash collection schedule



Find a vendor to purchase the City's trash bags



Trash fees & removal fees for larger items


Recycling Collection


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


Request a trash or recycling barrel 


Instruction on how to prepare for your recycling




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.

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day


When: June 22, 2019


Where: Chelsea High School’s Carter Street Parking Lot


Chelsea Residents with proof of residency required. 


No more than 25 gallons (liquid) or 25 pounds (solid) per vehicle. 


Residents will be required to pay for excess volumes.


2019 Yard Waste Pickup Schedule


Place leaves, grass and other easily raked materials in paper yard bags or loose in barrels.


Tree branches are allowed but they must be cut down to three-feet long and tied up.



Yard waste can be dropped off at the City Yard at 380 Beacham Street.


Call 617-466-4300 before your stop by at 617-466-4300.


Monday - Friday (8:00 AM - 2:00 PM) and most Saturdays (8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon)






April 8 - April 12, 2019

April 22 - April 26, 2019

May 20 - May 24, 2019

June 17 - June 21, 2019





July 8 - July 12, 2019

August 5 - August 9, 2019

September 9 - September 13, 2019 





October 7 - October 11, 2019

October 21 - October 25, 2019

November 4 - November 8, 2019

November 18 - November 22, 2019

December 9 - December 13, 2019


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.


Dog Waste and Cigarette Butt Stations


Find a station near you, use our interactive map to look it up.