Information on Single-Stream Collection Services

Information Provided by Borges Bros. Trucking

Single Stream Recycling Collection Services:

Reminder Recycling collection will be WEEKLY on your normal trash collection day.

Freetown residents no longer need to remember which week to set out their recyclables – recyclables can now be set out for collection EVERY WEEK prior to 7:00 AM on your regularly scheduled trash collection day.

Single stream is a system in which all paper, plastics, glass bottles, tin cans, cardboard and junk mail are collected together, instead of being sorted into separate bins.  Your recyclable commodities are then taken to a recycling processing facility that has equipment to sort the materials properly.

Cardboard boxes for recycling must be broken down, each piece no larger than 2’x 2’.

Every pound of recyclables collected is kept from being dumped at the landfill and saves the Town dollars not spent on trash disposal – recycling is good for the environment and reduces the Town’s disposal expenses.

Additional Collection Information:

All recyclable material must be placed in a Recycling Barrel. Please use a barrel or similarly sized container that makes it easy for you to recycle; however, the size of the barrel /container cannot exceed 40 gallons.  The Town has a “Freetown Recycling” sticker available for you to place on the container or barrel you choose to use. “Freetown Recycling” Stickers are available at the Freetown Town Hall (3 North Main St), at the Transfer Station (49 Howland Road) in Assonet.

The purpose for this Recycling sticker is so our Driver can determine what is in the barrel / container. Due to DEP Waste Ban requirements we cannot mix trash with recyclables and this sticker will help us to determine the contents of the barrel / container you set out with recyclables.

The following items are prohibited from being set out with your recyclables:

Plastic Bags     Dirty Paper Towels       Food Waste      Styrofoam Packaging, Cups, or Plates Straws

Dryer Lint         Aluminum Foil             Dry Cleaning Plastic Bags

Please do not place recyclables in a plastic bag or a trash bag; plastic bags contaminate the recyclables as they cannot be processed by the conveyors at the recycling facility that processes the Town’s recycling loads.

The Town could incur contamination charges for their recycling loads if the prohibited items above are collected with recyclables or if recyclables are set out in plastic bags.