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Posted on: July 13, 2023

Amesbury Adopts Automated Trash Pickup

New Automated Trash truck holing brown trash cart


  • 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.

Distribution of new trash carts – Citywide

  • Distribution of the new trash carts will begin July 24th - first week of August.
  • G. Mello will be responsible for the distribution of the new carts.
  • 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) will be assigned (1) brown 64-gallon trash cart.
  • Each multi-family residence with 6 units and under will receive (6) brown 64-gallon trash carts.  Multi-family residences larger than 6 units must make arrangements for trash pick-up.
  • Residents should begin utilizing the new carts immediately.
  • Additional carts are available for a fee by contacting G. Mello at 978-352-8581.
  • Residents should try to utilize the 1 cart for a trial period of 4 weeks before reaching out for additional ones.
  • Initially, there will be no charges for the pick-up of additional G.Mello trash carts. Starting January 1. 2024, that is subject to change. 

 Distribution of new 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. After January 1, 2024, that is subject to change. 

Recycling of old trash barrels

  • G. Mello will be organizing a program for your old trash barrels no longer needed.
  • Unwanted existing trash barrels will be collected curbside by separate trucks for recycling during regularly scheduled pick up, the last two weeks of August.


  • 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.

carts facing-01


  • 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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