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Trash and Recycling News

JRM to begin stricter enforcement of recycling pickup.
Beginning Monday, April 6th trash and recycling hauler JRM will begin strictly enforcing current recycling requirements. As of this date they will no longer pick up bins that contain contaminated recycling materials.  A quick reference flyer is available (in multiple languages) to help explain what is and is not accepted.

Mayor Christenson’s Updated Proposal to the Pay As You Throw Program as of February of 2020.
After several months of resident feedback, Mayor Christenson submitted a revised plan to the City Council regarding our PAYT Program. This proposal is slated to be taken up by the City Council on Tuesday, February 18th. Details of this proposal can be found in this presentation.

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  • Search for how to dispose of just about anything
  • Be reminded about special recycling events or service disruptions

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Malden’s Solid Waste Program

Curbside Household Trash

Malden is a Pay As You Throw community which requires residents to purchase City-issued blue trash bags to place household trash in for removal each week. Bags can be purchased at many local stores around Malden. Please use our Waste Wizard database to learn about what items are permitted to be disposed of in the blue bags.

Curbside Recycling

Malden is a dual-stream recycling community which means that co-mingled paper must be separated from bottles, cans and plastics.  Additionally, we offer curbside recycling of Textiles(clothing) on the same day as your trash and commingled recycling. Please reference our Residential Collection page for more specific recycling information.

Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste is prohibited from being put in our City-issued blue bags for disposal. We accept many hazardous materials at our Household Hazardous Waste collection days which are listed on our trash app schedule. You must first search our Waste Wizard database before attempting to dispose of any hazardous materials.

Other Types of Recycling

The City offers resources for recycling and/or disposing of many types of materials such as food waste, electronics, CFL bulbs, batteries, styrofoam and more.  search our Waste Wizard database find out exactly how to remove or recycle just about any material. 

Recycling for Businesses and Apartment Buildings

Although businesses along with residents who live in units greater than 6 families do not participate in our curbside recycling program, we do allow the drop-off of qualifying recyclables at our DPW yard if said residents or businesses do not have access to recycling. Keep in mind that multi-unit properties in Malden are required by city ordinance to provide a means of recycling.
Please use our waste wizard for instructions on what is recyclable at the curb and feel free to drop these items off.  Before doing so, please contact the Malden DPW at 781-397-7160.