City of Amesbury Trash Guidelines

  • Trash is collected weekly, with the exception of the Downtown Business District.
  • Only trash in the new G. Mello brown carts will be collected; loose bags and materials will not be picked up.
  • If you know the truck backs down your street, please place your cart on the right side of the road as you are currently doing with your recycling cart.
      List of back-down streets
  • Andrews Ln
  • Amesbury Ave
  • Bartlett Pl
  • Kendricks Ct
  • Laurel Pl
  • Cammetts Ct
  • Cleveland St
  • Warren Ave
  • Wingate St
  • Stovers Ct
  • Rondeau St
  • Gardiner St
  • Osgood Pl
  • Baker St
  • Moncrief St
  • Horton St
  • Lincoln ct
  • Rich’s Ct
  • Lindberg Ave
  • Whitcher Ct


Trash carts – Citywide

  • Distribution of the new trash carts began July 24, 2023 and is now complete.Trash Truck with automated arm
  • Each cart has a number and is assigned to a specific street address.
  • Trash carts are the property of G. Mello and should not be removed or transferred to another location.
  • Each household (defined as apartment, condo, or single-family house) has been assigned (1) brown 64-gallon trash cart.
  • Each multi-family residence with 6 units and under received  (6) brown 64-gallon trash carts.  Multi-family residences larger than 6 units must make arrangements for trash pick-up.
  • Additional carts are available for a fee by contacting G. Mello at 978-352-8581.
  • Initially, there will be no charges for the pick-up of additional G.Mello trash carts. there will be no charges for the PICK-UP of additional G.Mello trash carts beyond (2) carts. This will be reevaluated in FY25 and is subject to change. 

Trash carts – Downtown Central Business District (only)

  • Businesses (only) needing a second 64-gallon trash cart can receive one at no additional cost. Fees apply to additional carts requested beyond two. Additional carts are available by contacting G. Mello at 978-352-8581
  • Residents and Business in the Downtown Central Business District (only) that feel a 64-gallon cart is too large, can request a smaller 35-gallon cart in place of the 64-gallon cart. You can request a 35-gallon cart by calling Amesbury DPW at 978-388-8116. 35-gallon carts will be distributed at a later date. Those in the Downtown Central Business District may continue to use their existing barrel or the new 64-gallon cart in the meantime.
  • For businesses, initially there will be no charges for the pick-up of additional G.Mello trash carts beyond (2) carts. This will be reevaluated in FY25 and is subject to change. 

Recycling of old trash barrels

  • For those who missed getting their old trash barrels recycled curbside by G.Mello, DPW will be collecting empty, unwanted barrels at the compost site at 60 South Hunt Road. This collection of barrels will take place on November 4th and 5th only. There will be a coned off section marking the drop off location. Barrels will be picked up by G.Mello for recycling.

Do’s

  • Keep containers on a hard, level surface clear of snow and other landscaping debris and no more than 6' from edge of curb.
  • Please allow containers a 3' perimeter of clearance from obstructions such as parked cars, trees, mailboxes, and utility poles.
  • There must also be a 15' overhead clearance from any low hanging tree branches or power lines, etc.

Trash will no longer be picked up that is not contained in the carts. If you would like to order additional carts for excess trash, please G. Mello at 978-352-8581.

If you have more than one cart placed at the curb, please set them side by side, with at least 3 feet of distance between carts and with handles facing your home as shown below.

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Don’ts

  • Do not place container on its side. Containers must remain upright for collection.  Trash Image 1
  • Do not put out trash that is overflowing from the container. Keep all materials inside the containers.Trash Image 2
  • Do not place containers back-to-back. Trash  Image 3
  • Do not place containers next to things like your mailbox or utility poles. Keep containers clear of all obstructions.Trash Image 4


Cart Placement (PDF)

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Recycling is Mandatory in Amesbury!

Please note: G. Mello Disposal Corporation will not pick up solid waste in barrels or bags that have recycling content in them. Please sort recyclables and place in recycling cart.

As part of our solid waste contract, Amesbury is required to pay a tipping fee or a per ton rate for all the trash residents of the City throw away. The City receives a cash rebate for all materials recycled. These changes mean you have a big role in controlling costs.

Please Do Your Part - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Contract Coverage

The contract covers residential units up to 6 per building and businesses in the Central Business District (CBD). We cover the businesses in the downtown due to the limited space available for individual secured dumpsters as required by regulation. If you are not covered by the Municipal contract you may contract with Mello or Waste Management or other contractor you choose for pickups to cover your needs.

The Central Business District is comprised of:

  • Friend Street - from Main Street to Town Hall
  • School Street - from Town Hall to the lights at the intersection of Main Street and Sparhawk Street
  • Main Street - from Institution for Savings to the center of downtown
  • Market Street - from Provident Bank to Cedar Street
  • High Street - from Main Street - Lafayette Bowling Alley/Hard Nock Gym, 1 Stop
  • Pond Street - from Friend Street to Vermette's, 1 Stop
  • Elm Street - from center of downtown (Main Street ) to Drew's Tire

Amesbury Central Business District - Recycling and Solid Waste Collection Day

Solid waste will be collected on Tuesday and Friday and recycling will be collected on Friday. Items will not be allowed on the street other than these two days each week. Please do not hesitate to contact the Public Works Department if you have any questions, 978-388-8116.

Trash and recycling to be delayed one day, to include a Saturday pickup:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th, Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Please note: G. Mello does not take all Massachusetts holidays. Be sure to check the calendar on the Trash and Recycling Flyer (PDF).

Bulk Item Stickers Needed for Pickup (New Procedure)

Due to the switch to fully automated trash collection, the bulk item disposal procedure is changing. A dedicated truck, with staff, with be sent to collect bulk items; similar to the white goods program. Bulk Items will now be a scheduled pick-up, like the White Goods Program. Collection days will be the third Monday of every month beginning in July 2023 and the stickers will be $5.00 each.* There is a limit of three (3) items per household, per pick-up. Bulk items include indoor chairs, sofas, wooden dressers and tables, wood cabinets, toilets, sinks, and rugs. One room of carpeting (approx. 12’ x 12’) cut into 4’ sections, rolled, and tied can be disposed of using one bulk sticker. Metal items and construction material are not allowed. 

Curbside White Goods Collection

Amesbury offers curbside white goods collection for Residents that currently have City Curbside Collection through G.Mello. Residents may dispose of appliances such as:

  • Air conditioners
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dishwashers
  • Double ovens
  • Dryers
  • Freezers
  • Refrigerators (with door removed) 
  • Stack laundry units
  • Stove/range
  • Washers
  • Water heaters
  • Other light iron goods curbside with the purchase of a white goods collection sticker

Stickers may be purchased through the Department of Public Works and will cost $30 for items with Freon (e.g.: air conditioners, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, etc.) and $20 for all other white goods. Collection will occur every other month. Items without a white goods sticker will not be collected.

White goods do not include: gas tanks, propane or freon tanks, 55-gallon drums or ammunition. Please remember to remove refrigerator and stove doors prior to placing them curbside.

Caution: Do not damage refrigerant tubing or release freon into the air. Damaged items will not be taken.

To Purchase White Goods and Bulk Item Stickers In Person

Stickers can be purchased at the DPW Office (39 South Hunt Road) Monday – Friday 7:00am to 3:00pm. 

Bulk Stickers MUST BE purchased by the second Monday of each month to be included in that month's collection list. Stickers purchased after that will be added to the following month's collection list. A maximum of three (3) bulk stickers can be purchased in one transaction and a maximum of three (3) items can be put out for collection.

White Goods Stickers MUST BE purchased by the last Friday of the month prior to the collection date. A maximum of four (4) stickers can be purchased in one transaction and a maximum of four (4) items can be put out for collection.

We cannot accept credit/debit card payments - cash or personal check only, please. 

Bulk stickers are no longer available at the Treasurer's Office.  

 *Fees are subject to change.

To Purchase White Goods and Bulk Item Stickers Online

Bulk Item and White Goods stickers are now available online. Once purchased online, stickers will be mailed to residents. 

Bulk Stickers MUST BE purchased by the second Monday of each month to be included in that month's collection list. Stickers purchased after that will be added to the following month's collection list. A maximum of three (3) bulk stickers can be purchased in one transaction and a maximum of three (3) items can be put out for collection.

White Goods Stickers MUST BE purchased by the last Friday of the month prior to the collection date. A maximum of four (4) stickers can be purchased in one transaction and a maximum of four (4) items can be put out for collection.

For online sticker purchases, please click here.

Compost Facility

The City's Compost Facility is also open from April 6 to December 3, 2023 for yard waste disposal. A Compost Sticker is required to use the Facility. For more information about hours of operation or purchasing a sticker, view the Compost Facility page or contact the Department of Public Works.

Curbside Bagged Leaf Collection

Fall 2023 Dates: Saturday, October 28 and Saturday, November 11 

Spring 2024 Dates: Saturday, April 20 and Saturday, May 4 

 Place ONLY leaves and grass clippings in brown leaf bags or loose in a marked barrel. Bags must be at the curb by 6:00am.

Tree Disposal

Please be aware that Christmas Tree collection has changed! 

Christmas trees will be picked up during the first 2 weeks of January. Please place the bare tree (free of ornaments, lights, bulbs, and sharp objects) on the curb January 2nd or January 8th to be collected

Trees must be out by 6:30 am. Please be sure that the trees are not stuck to ice or snow on the morning of pick up or they will not be taken by the disposal company. Thank you for your cooperation.

Construction Material

Construction Material can not be picked up curbside. This includes residential and commercial dumpsters. Options for disposal of construction material are:

  • Deliver material to G. Mello Transfer Station in Georgetown, Massachusetts. Fee applies.
    Phone: 978-352-9948
  • Require your contractor to dispose of these materials as part of the work being done.
  • Hire a private disposal contractor, many are listed in the local yellow pages.
  • Contact a local salvage/scrap metal company.
  • G. Mello has dumpsters to rent for construction material, move-outs, etc.
    Phone: 978-352-8581
  • Purchase a WM Bagster Dumpster from Lowe's Home Improvement or Home Depot. On-site waste removal solution. Fill the bag with up to 3,300 pounds of debris or waste then schedule a pick-up with Waste Management.
    Phone: 877-789-2247

Further Information

View our How Do I Dispose Of... page for more items!