Organic Waste

Leaves and grass are banned from the trash! See below for options for leaves, grass clippings, brush, Christmas trees, and other organic material.

  • Compost your yard waste and kitchen scraps for free in your back yard.
    • You can compost in an open pile, a homemade or commercially available bin.

Information on what and how to compost can be found here:


  • Do not dispose on Town property or in wetlands 
  • Brush may be burned from January 15th through April 30th
    • Call the Fire Prevention Office at 1.978.251.4288 to obtain a permit
  • Drop Off Day in the Spring and the Fall at Community Tree located at 163 Billerica Road 
    • 6” diameter x 8’ long 
    • Rope, wire, bags etc. must be removed by resident 
    • Community Tree accepts brush all year for a FEE 

Leaves and Grass Clippings  

  • Drop Off Day at DPW in the Spring and the Fall; In PAPER bags
  • Fee based leaf drop-off at Jones Farm located at 246 Acton Road, 1.978.256.8065; Must be in Jones Farm bags 

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Christmas Trees 

  • For a donation, the Boy Scouts will pick up Christmas trees after the holidays, visit: 

Pet Waste

  • Dog and cat waste contains much more harmful bacteria than other wildlife
  • Never use pet waste as a “natural” fertilizer or throw it in a storm drain as it washes into the waterways
  • Clean up after pets by disposing of waste in the TRASH, never in the recycling