Recycling in Medford

Medford has a single-stream recycling program. Each household receives a 96-gallon recycling bin, which is collected every other week on trash collection days. All recycling is collected together in the one bin, which means no sorting for residents. Waste Management takes the combined recycling to the Casella Materials Recovery Facility, a comprehensive sorting facility, to be separated and sent to various processors and buyers.

The global markets for recycling are changing, and Massachusetts is working hard to improve recycling! Learn more about what’s recyclable at Recycle Smart MA, learn how Waste Management processes curbside recyclables here, and learn how you can Recycle Better™ with this short video on recycling from Casella.

Note: Some apartment buildings and condos, as well as many businesses, do not participate in the City’s trash collection program, and so do not receive free single-stream recycling through the City. If this is true for you, contact your landlord or resident services office for more information about how to recycle where you live.

Don’t forget to donate, repair, and reuse instead of recycling when it makes sense. Get ideas here!

Medford Recycling Schedule 

2022 Collection Schedule – complete flyer

2022 Collection Schedule – calendar only

Wondering about what you can and can’t recycle? Search for an item in Recycle Smart MA’s Recyclopedia below to see how best to dispose of it. 

Want to recycle something Medford doesn’t take? Check out MassDEP’s Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory.

Medford Textile Recycling

Bagged clothing and other acceptable textiles can be dropped off at collection bins located at each of Medford’s Public Schools. Donated items are collected by Bay State Textiles and generate funding for each school’s PTO.

Textile Drop-Box Locations:

  • Curtis/Tufts School 437 Main Street. In the back parking lot there are two drop boxes near the entrance to the basketball court.
  • McGlynn Elementary and Middle School 3002 Mystic Valley Parkway. In front of the school.
  • Missituk Elementary School 37 Hicks Avenue. Left of the front door.

Home Textile Collection:

The City of Medford has partnered with Helpsy, a textile recycling company, to offer a free and easy home pickup clothing recycling service for the community.

Pickups in the City take place weekly on Saturdays between 7am-5pm. In order to recycle bagged and clean clothing, the community can sign up at or call 1-800-244-6350.