Residential Collection

Waste Wizard

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

Pay as You Throw (PAYT) Pickup System

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 a variety of locations. There is no limit to the number of bags that can be put out per week but all bags must be City-issued PAYT trash bags.

Yard Waste

Yard Waste is picked up seasonally from Spring through Fall on the same day as your trash collection at no additional cost.


Curbside textile collection is currently suspended. 


  1. Overview
  2. Accepted Materials
  3. Recycling Procedures

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.

Under the PAYT program, recyclables will continue to be collected at no additional cost. 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. 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%.

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

Other Materials

Exceptions to normal curbside pickup, such as electronics, white goods, bulk items, and more, can be found using our Waste Wizard.