Town of Natick
Town of Natick
In 2003, the Town of Natick adopted a bag-based pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program and has reduced municipal solid waste by over 38%!
What Can I Recycle?
Natick has automated single stream recycling, all recyclables are accepted in the same Town-issued cart, and households receive every other week recycling collection. The color of your recycling cart will indicate your collection days, please refer to the current curbside collection calendar.
Please place your properly prepared recycling cart to the curb on your designated collection day by 7am.
Recycling will reduce your cost, since there is no additional fee to recycle the items listed below. The more you recycle, the less trash you have to put into the trash bags, and the more money you’ll save. Additional recyclables are also accepted at the Recycling Center. Please note: You should not use the blue bags or any plastic bags for recyclables.
(place all recyclables loose in the recycling cart)
For additional recycling options, such as electronics, appliances, fluorescent bulbs, and for yard waste and household hazardous waste collection schedules, please see Natick DPW
For additional recycling carts, please contact Natick DPW
Wondering if something is recyclable? Please see Natick’s A-Z recycling guide.
Trash Collection Rules and Guidelines
All regular household trash should be bagged in the Approved Natick Blue Trash Bags before being placed out for collection. Items not in designated bags will NOT be accepted. No exceptions will be made.
Please place trash curbside by 7am on your collection day.
Do not place the following items in the trash cart:
- Leaves, grass or yard waste
- Dirt, sod, concrete, or rock
- Construction/demolition debris
- Household hazardous waste, including needles
- Hot ashes or flammable materials such as oil, gas, or liquid paint
If it won’t fit in a bag, it’s considered a bulky item and must be picked up by DPW for a fee. Bulky items include appliances, TV sets, computer monitors, furniture, carpet, etc.
Please consider donation of useable household goods.
Where Do I Buy the Bags?
The Approved Natick Blue Trash Bags are available in a variety of stores.
- Small bags (15-gallon) cost $10 for a package of 10 bags.
- Large bags (33-gallon) cost $17.50 for a package of 10 bags.
You may purchase them at the following locations:
|Store Name||Street Address||Phone Number|
|Donnelan's Supermarket||177 Commonwealth Road (Wayland)||508-653-5881|
|Honey Farms||61 S. Main Street||508-653-5036|
|Jones Drug Inc.||7 Main Street||508-653-1820|
|Roche Brothers||150 W. Central Street||508-655-5540|
|Stop and Shop||829 Worcester Street||508-650-4050|
|Tedeschi's||54 E. Central Street||508-651-3739|
|Tilly and Salvy's Bacon Street Farm||100 Bacon Street||508-653-4851|
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I contact Natick DPW?
Call (508) 647-6550 or visit www.natickma.gov for general questions regarding recycling and trash disposal.
- Is there a limit to the amount of materials I can recycle?
No. Natick encourages residents to reduce, reuse, and recycle as much as they can. The more you recycle, the fewer bags you will need to purchase and the more money you save.
- How does this program work?
Simply buy Blue Natick-approved bags at retail stores throughout the town, and dispose of your trash in these bags as you normally would. Only the trash you put in these bags will be accepted.
- How is this program good for Natick?
In general, Natick’s PAYT program brings municipal, residential, and environmental benefits.
• The Town benefits from savings in reduced tipping fees and possibly from earnings from recycling revenue.
• Residents may benefit in a number of ways.
– The program is more equitable. With PAYT, people who generate less trash would pay less by using fewer bags. It reminds people to recycle more.
– The more a community can recycle, the greater the chances of increasing its job opportunities in the recycling/reuse industries.
– With the choice of how much they want to recycle, residents have more control of their trash bills.
• Environmental benefits come from a slowdown in the growth of landfill space, as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and water and soil contamination.
- What about large families?
If large families buy more than smaller families, they will have more to throw away and will have to buy more trash bags. This program gives them a chance and an incentive to lower their costs by recycling everything they can.
- What is PAYT?
“PAYT” stands for Pay-As-You-Throw. The Pay-As-You-Throw system is one in which residents pay a basic fee to cover the fixed costs of trash management and also a user fee for the amount used—much like the way we use and pay for electricity, water, or gas. Natick’s PAYT program is based on a pay-per-bag basis.
- Isn’t PAYT a hardship on low-income households?
To the contrary, pay-as-you-throw gives low-income residents the opportunity to control their expenses for solid waste disposal—an opportunity that they currently do not have.
- Do apartments and multifamily dwellings participate in pay-as-you-throw?
Natick’s single-family homes and multi-family dwellings that include up to four units participate in Natick’s PAYT program; larger dwellings do not participate.
- What if I have a quality issue with a bag?
Contact WasteZero Customer Service at 1-800-866-3954 for a replacement bag. When calling, please provide the 4-5 digit code located just below the toll free number on the bag.
In 2003, the Town of Natick adopted a bag-based pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) program and has seen significant reductions in municipal solid waste, over 35%! Residential trash is only accepted when residents place it in Approved Natick Blue Trash Bag for curbside collection.
Why PAYT? For many very good reasons.
- Residents can save money. With PAYT, residents pay only for the garbage they throw away—not for their neighbors’ trash too!
- Natick saves. If there’s less trash generated, Natick pays less to manage it. These savings—which can be substantial—can be rerouted back into the community. Since implementation, Natick has saved over $230,000 in trash disposal fees.
- The environment is better preserved: When residents throw away less, recycle more, and “lighten the load” in any number of other ways, landfills last longer, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, millions of BTUs of energy are saved, and natural resources last longer. The recycling rate has increased by 14% since PAYT was implemented.
Remember, by recycling more you’ll produce less trash, which means you’ll use fewer trash bags. The PAYT program lets you take control of your waste disposal costs!
The official Natick PAYT trash bags are conveniently available at retail outlets throughout Natick and are available in 2 sizes, 15-gallon bags and 33-gallon bags.