Trash & Recycling

There is a free Watertown Recycling Event for all Watertown Residents, on Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 10 AM – 2 PM. It will be held in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Day School, 57 Stanley Avenue, rain or shine. Proof of residency must be provided. Vendors will include those collecting textiles (HELPSY), Styrofoam (Save That Stuff) and paper shredding (Stericycle).


2022 Trash and Recycling Collection Calendar

Trash and recycling map


Recycle Smart Guide of Acceptable Items (PDF)

Recycle Smart Infographic


Curbside Pickup image

Watertown is now partnering with HELPSY to offer free curbside pick-up of clothing and household textiles for residents starting on Friday November 5, 2021 and continuing on a weekly basis. Residents can schedule online at After filling out a request form online, a driver will be scheduled to pick-up on selected date. Clothing should be bagged and left at the curb prior to 7 am the morning of pickup.

Who is Helpsy? (PDF)

Guide to Curbside Textile Pick-up (PDF)

Items Helpsy accepts (PDF)


Textiles recycling is available at the Recycling Center 

Textile Recycling: List of Acceptable Items (Doc)

The Recycle Center is located at 76 Stanley Ave, and can be accessed on Green River Way. Please note that it’s one way in to the recycle center so you have to enter through Green River Way. Hours: Friday and Saturday 9am-4pm

Trash Recycle Map

Home Composting

The Town has partnered with  Earth Machine (Norseman Plastics) to offer compost bins to residents at a discount.

Residents may pick up the compost bin at Public Works (with a 24 hour notice prior to pick up) for $40.00 cash, check or money order, no debit cards.

A family using an Earth Machine can divert over 500 lbs. of kitchen scraps and yard waste a year. Home composting with recycling and yard waste programs, can reduce your waste by up to 80%.

MassDEP Home Composting Information

Curbside Compost Pick-up Options

The Town does not provide curbside compost pick-up.  Listed below are several companies that service Watertown.  DPW does not recommend or endorse any company.

Black Earth Compost

Bootstrap Compost

Garbage to Garden