Friday, July 2, 2010

Trash/Recycle Facts: tips for good service

Make sure to place the right items in the right cart:

Solid waste only in the 65-gallon BLACK TOP cart

and recycling only in the 65-gallon YELLOW TOP cart.

Once service begins on July 1st, your old trash barrels will no longer be accepted for waste or recycling materials, use new DPW supplied carts. Carts should be placed curbside by 7:00 am the day of your collection.

Make sure all materials fit inside your carts with the lids closed. Always keep the lid closed to keep rain, snow and animals out.

Do not place any unacceptable materials in the cart. Use the handle provided to move the cart. Tilt the cart on its wheels to roll it. Remember that it’s easier to pull the cart uphill and push it downhill. Remove your cart as soon as possible after collection to maintain the appearance of your neighborhood.

Clean your carts periodically by rinsing them with water and letting them dry in the sun with the lid open.
Trash collection is limited to one cart per residence per week.

Make sure you recycle all you can, and use the Bulky Items and White Goods collection service for those items.

There are currently no restrictions on street parking on collection days. Since automated waste collection requires clearance for the vehicle’s lifting mechanism, any cars parked at the curb should be at least 5 feet from the cart.

Leave 3 feet between your solid waste and recycling carts when placing them curbside to allow the truck to collect both easily.

This information comes from the Franklin Solid Waste website here (PDF):

and here

The collection of Franklin Matters posts on the new process can be found here:

Franklin, MA


  1. I had some questions that the video you shared has answered: one truck picks up both carts, so both trash and recycling have to be out at the street at the same time... and it appears that the truck arm is plenty strong enough to lift a barrel that is filled with heavy load. Good to see that the carts are replaced in almost the exact spot that the homeowner has put them in (unless they need to be moved by the driver to allow the arm to grasp them.) Good to see how fast the truck will complete its route.

    Some remaining questions: for houses that do NOT have a flat, level sidewalk along the street frontage, it's going to be challenging to roll the carts up on to the grass/fringe along the street. We can't leave them in our driveway due to commuting schedules, at least until we see when the new truck comes through our neighborhood. Will also be interesting to hear how loud they are when rolling down our 200' driveway to the street at 6:45 in the morning!

  2. I believe that there are two trucks that come by, one each for the trash and recycling.

    I do think the slopes of some driveways and roads will make placement and pickup a challenge. The company has done this in other larger and smaller communities so they must have faced many of these challenges before.