North Andover, MA Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule



North Andover, Massachusetts has curbside trash and recycling collection for residential properties provided by the town’s Department of Public Works. This article explains North Andover’s trash and recycling schedule, including collection days, routes, holidays, and other key details for residents.

Overview of Trash and Recycling Collection

  • Trash collection occurs weekly on assigned days depending on location
  • Recycling collection occurs every other week on assigned days starting 8/1/23
  • Separate trash and recycling carts provided by the town for automated collection
  • Holidays can delay collection by one day for rest of week

North Andover utilizes automated collection with provided carts for both trash and recycling. This means residents wheel town-provided carts to the curb on their collection day. An automated truck will pick up the cart, empty it into the truck, and return the cart to the curb.

Trash is collected weekly while recycling transitions to every other week starting 8/1/23. Each household is assigned specific collection days based on their address and collection route. Continue reading to learn how to find your collection days.

Finding Your Trash and Recycling Collection Days

To look up your assigned collection days:

  1. Visit the North Andover Trash & Recycling Curbside Collection Routes page.

  2. Enter your street address in the address lookup tool.

  3. The tool will display:

    • Your trash collection day (Monday through Friday)

    • Your trash collection route number (1, 2, 3)

    • Whether your recycling week falls on odd or even weeks

  4. Use the recycling collection schedule table on the page to see if your route number is odd or even weeks.

  5. Add your collection days to your calendar!

For example, if your address lookup shows:

  • Trash Day: Monday
  • Trash Route: 3
  • Recycling Week: Odd

Check the Monday table row. Route 3 is an odd week, so your recycling is picked up every other Monday on odd weeks.

You can also view routes on an interactive map of collection days.

Trash Collection Schedule

  • Weekly trash collection
  • Collection days are Monday through Friday
  • Trash should be placed curbside in provided cart before 7 AM on your collection day
  • Cart lid opening should face the street
  • Do not overfill carts – lid should fully close

Each address is assigned a specific day of the week for trash collection:

  • Monday collection: Routes 1, 2, 3
  • Tuesday collection: Routes 1, 2
  • Wednesday collection: Turnpike St South, Turnpike St North
  • Thursday collection: Routes 1, 2
  • Friday collection: Routes 1, 2

If a holiday falls during the week, collection is delayed by one day for the remainder of that week.

Recycling Collection Schedule

  • Starting 8/1/23, recycling is collected every other week
  • Collection days match your trash day
  • Recycling weeks cycle between odd and even

To find your recycling weeks:

  1. Look up your trash collection route number using your address.

  2. Check if your route number falls on odd or even weeks using the table:

Day Odd Week Routes Even Week Routes
Monday 1, 3 2
Tuesday 1, 3 2
Wednesday Turnpike St South Turnpike St North
Thursday 1 2
Friday 1 2

For example, if you have trash Route 3 on Mondays, your recycling is collected on odd weeks of Monday.

Recycling collection will occur every other Monday on odd calendar weeks. Check a calendar to see if the Monday falls on an odd or even week.

Holidays do not impact recycling collection weeks. After a holiday, recycling collection picks up where it left off on odd or even weeks.

What’s Accepted in Trash vs. Recycling?

North Andover provides separate carts for trash and recycling. It’s important to pay attention to what can go in each!

Trash Cart Accepts:

  • Plastic bags and wrap
  • Styrofoam
  • Shredded paper
  • Wires and cords
  • Household hazardous waste like batteries (limitations apply)
  • Clothing, shoes, textiles
  • Diapers
  • Pet waste and litter

Recycling Cart Accepts:

  • Paper and flattened cardboard
  • Metal food and beverage cans
  • Plastic bottles, jugs, tubs, cups and containers #1-7
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Aseptic cartons like milk and juice boxes

When in doubt, visit North Andover’s Beyond the Bin recycling directory to search if an item is recyclable. Keep recyclables loose – no plastic bags.

Trash and Recycling Holidays

If a holiday falls on your normal collection day, pickup is delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

North Andover observes the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Patriots’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

For example, if your normal pickup is Thursday and Thanksgiving is on a Thursday, your pickup will move to Friday that week. Friday pickup moves to Saturday.

Trash and Recycling Cart Info

North Andover provides each household with a trash cart and a recycling cart. Carts must be placed properly on collection days:

  • Wheels against the curb
  • Cart lid opening facing the street
  • 3 feet of clearance on all sides
  • No overloading – lid should fully close

Damaged or missing carts can be reported to North Andover Public Works at (978) 685-0950 for replacement.

Trash Cart Size Options:

  • 35 gallon (default)
  • 65 gallon
  • 95 gallon

Larger carts are available upon request for free. Complete the Cart Size Change Form or call Public Works.

Recycling Cart Sizes:

  • 65 gallon (default)
  • 95 gallon

Special Collection Programs

North Andover offers a few special collection programs for specific waste:

Hazardous Waste

An annual Hazardous Waste Day allows for safe disposal of household hazardous items like chemicals, propane tanks, electronics, and more. The next event is September 9, 2023.

Large Items/Bulky Waste

Contact your trash hauler for rates and scheduling to dispose of large items like furniture and appliances. You can also bring large items to a nearby landfill or transfer station.

Yard Waste

North Andover’s Cyr Recycling Center accepts leaves, grass clippings, branches, stumps. A residential permit is required – find details on the website.

Contact Public Works for Assistance

Contact the North Andover Public Works Department for any questions about trash or recycling collection:

North Andover Public Works

Phone: (978) 685-0950

Email: [email protected]



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