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Residential Trash Pickup, Pay As You Throw & Recycling

The City of Malden's residential trash and recycling pickup is based on a Pay As You Throw (PAYT) system.  

  • Trash must be placed on the curb in front of your residence on your designated trash day in a City-issued PAYT trash bag that can be purchased at any of these locations.
  • Recycling is picked up weekly on the same day as your trash collection and must be placed in a City-issued recycling bin or in a receptacle such as a standard trash barrel with a special recycling label sticker that can be stuck on the receptacle. Residents are encouraged to recycle as much accepted recycling material* as possible at no charge for pickup.  
    *Accepted Recycling Material Plastic (number 1-7), Glass, Metal or aluminum cans, Cardboard*, Newspaper*, Paper* , *Cardboard, newspaper and paper must be separated from other recyclables.  
  • Yard Waste is picked up seasonally from Spring through Fall on the same day as your trash collection.
  • Exceptions to normal curbside pickup such as electronics, white goods, bulk items and more can be found using our Waste Wizard below.

Learn more about Malden's solid waste collection program including trash, recycling, yard waste, hazardous waste and more.

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Use the Waste Wizard search tool below to discover how to dispose of just about any household waste.

Recycling bins may be purchased from the Department of Public Works for $5 each. Damaged bins may be turned in for free replacement.

Under the PAYT program, recyclables and yard waste will continue to be collected at no additional cost. (Recyclables are picked up weekly; yard waste pick-up is on a seasonal schedule).

The PAYT program is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection because those who recycle more will pay less to dispose of their trash. Under the PAYT program, all Malden residents, not just homeowners, who use the City’s trash service, will be charged the same. Since the inception of the PAYT program, Malden's recycling tonnage has increased by 75%.