Archive for October, 2019

Lynnfield Recycling and Waste Management Survey

October 16, 2019

Recycling and Waste Management Survey

Please complete this important survey concerning Recycling and Waste Management in Lynnfield.

The direct link to this online survey is available

and it is expected to only take 5 minutes to complete. Your response would be greatly appreciated.

The objective of this survey is to understand our community priorities with respect to trash and recycling. By diverting the amount we reuse, recycling and compost, Lynnfield can reduce its cost for waste disposal. Our ultimate goal is to preserve the environment for generations to come, and improve and encourage responsible waste management.

Here are some facts:

  • For 2019, the total cost of trash and recycling collection, trash disposal and recycling processing is more than $800,000.
  • Our current contract expires in two years and based on current trends, rates are expected to increase significantly.
  • The Town could save a minimum of $42 per ton in avoided trash disposal costs by reducing our waste and increasing our reuse, recycling and composting.
  • On a per household basis, Lynnfield residents throw out more trash than 26 other North of Boston communities.
  • Lynnfield’s recycling rate is 19%, falling below other like communities that recycle as much as 48% of their total waste.
  • Our trash is brought to one of three waste incinerators located in Essex County and recycling is brought to GreenWorks.

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Lynnfield 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Day

October 16, 2019

2019 Household Hazardous Waste Day

Lynnfield residents will get a chance on Saturday, November 16th to empty their basements, garages and attics of all those hazardous items that cannot be thrown out for the weekly trash collection.

Public Works will again be sponsoring this event on Saturday, November 16th from 8 a.m. – noon at the Middle School parking lot located at 505 Main Street. This event will be open to all town residents. Those participating will need to provide a driver’s license that will identify them as Lynnfield residents in order to take part in this event.

The cost to Lynnfield residents is free, except for the following items: $30.00 for each CRT’s/televisions less than 36 inches in size or $60.00 for each CRT’s/televisions larger than 36 inches; large gas grill type propane tanks are $9, and small propane tanks are $5 each, car batteries are $6. These prices are set by Clean Harbors.

Since the town is picking up the remaining cost for all other items on November 16th and is charged by the full car-load (up to 25 pounds or 25 gallons), the DPW encourages residents to “buddy up” with their neighbors in order to help reduce the cost.

Some of the hazardous items that will be collected on November 16th include” oil-based paints, paint strippers, weed killer, chemical fertilizers, engine degreasers, anti-freeze, pool chemicals, motor oil, car batteries, aerosol cans.

More important, items that cannot be collected are: trash, latex paint, radioactive waste, biological waste, ammunition, fireworks, fire extinguishers, prescription medicines.

To safely transport these hazardous materials to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection site, leave all materials in their original containers and make sure all caps and lids are tightened. All oil paint, pesticides and household cleaners should be sorted and packed separately. Residents are cautioned not to mix chemicals and never smoke while handling hazardous materials.

Further information on what items are considered hazardous or non-hazardous can be found on the DPW web site. Questions may be directed to the Public Works office at 781-334-9500 Ext. 0.