Rubbish, Recycling, & Yard Waste

 Don't Break the Law Taking Out the Trash!

Waste Bans are priohibitions on the disposal and transfer for disposal of certain toxic and/or recyclable items. Waste bans are intended to encourage reuse and/or recycling of certain waste materials, conserve disposal capacity, and reduce adverse environmental impacts from waste materials containing toxic substances.

Chelsea’s Annual Household Hazardous Waste Day
When:   APRIL 21, 2018
Where:   Chelsea High School’s Carter Street Parking Lot
Who:      Chelsea Residents (Proof of Residency Required)
Waste Limit:  No more than 25 gallons (liquid) or 25 pounds (solid) per vehicle.  Residents will be required to pay for excess volumes.


2017  Yard Waste Pickup Schedule
We have added several additional weeks this year, including one each month throughout the summer. Place leaves, grass and other easily raked materials in paper yard bags or loose in barrels.Yard Waste will only be collected curbside on your regular trash day. No plastic bags, no branches.
April 24 - April 28, 2017
May 8 - May 12, 2017
May 22 - May 26, 2017
June 12 - June 16, 2017                                      
June 26 - June 30, 2017
July 10 - July 14, 2017
August 7 - August 11, 2017
September 18 - September 22, 2017
October 2 - October 6, 2017
October 23 - October 27, 2017
November 13 - November 17, 2017
December 4 - December 8, 2017


Yard Waste Drop-Off Hours
If you just can't wait for a pickup week, yard waste can be dropped off at the City Yard, 380 Beacham Street Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 2:00PM and most Saturdays 8:00AM - 12:00 Noon (Call first - 617-466-4300)



The Public Works Department has two styles of compost bins available for sale to residents at great savings through a DEP grant.

Compost is one of nature's best mulches and soil amendments, and you can use it instead of commercial fertilizers. Best of all, compost is cheap. You can make it without spending a cent. Using compost improves soil structure, texture, and aeration and increases the soil's water-holding capacity. Compost loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water. Adding compost improves soil fertility and stimulates healthy root development in plants. The organic matter provided in compost provides food for microorganisms, which keeps the soil in a healthy, balanced condition. Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus will be produced naturally by the feeding of microorganisms, so few if any soil amendments will need to be added.

Click here for a composting fact sheet and guide.

Paint Collection

First Saturday of the month from April to October
8:00AM - 12:00 Noon
Chelsea City Yard, 380 Beacham Street
Oil-based paints only

Latex paint should be opened, allowed to dry and then discarded with your regular trash.

Blue Recycle Bins

Blue Recycle Bins are available free at the DPW Office at City Hall, Room 310.

Call 617-466-4200 for more information

Bins are collected every week on your regular trash day and must be placed curbside no later than 7:00AM

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Bertram Taverna Director Of Public Works (617) 466-4200
Fidel Maltez Assistant Director (617) 466-4200
Mike Sandoval Community Services Administrator (617) 466-4207