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There is no limit to how many containers or bags of yard waste you can put out. Grass clippings and leaves may be placed in paper yard waste bags or loose in open barrels or open cardboard boxes. Sticks less than 2 inches thick and 3 feet long may be place out in bundles. Yard waste may not include large amounts rocks, gravel, sod or dirt. All bundles and containers must weigh less than 50 pounds each.
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The City will be billing for curbside service per apartment or household to pay for collection and trucking. The billing will be on the City Water, Sewer &Trash bill, and be sent quarterly. This money pays for the cost of running the trucks and the labor to collect the trash at curbside. The toter cannot be overfilled - no trash or any part of a bag can extend beyond the top rim of your toter or it won’t be picked up. Each participating household has received a 48 gal trash toter and a 64 gal or 96 gal recycling toter. These toters are owned by the City of Gardner. Unlimited extra trash may be placed in yellow Gardner Pay As You Throw (PAYT) bags.
Bags are sold at Hannaford Bros Supermarket, Aubuchon Hardware, Price Chopper and City Hall. They come in rolls of ten bags for $35.00. Individual bags are available at City Hall in the Board of Health Office, Room 29, and the Collector’s Office in Room 118.
As time allows, the contracted waste hauler or the Board of Health may inspect and sticker toters that are not compliant with City code. If you have a sticker on your toter, it has a few words to explain it. REMEMBER: You are allowed 1 48 gallon toter of trash to be picked up each week. The toter cannot be overfilled- no trash or any part of a bag can extend beyond the top rim of your toter or it won’t be picked up. Trash must fit completely within your toter. The toters have an attached cover on hinges and you must close the cover to put it at curbside. If the cover will not close and there is trash above the rim of your toter, your trash may not be collected. Unlimited extra trash may be placed in yellow Gardner Pay As You Throw (PAYT) bags. Items refused for collection for violations of these rules must be brought back from the curb within 24 hours.
Please see https://www.gardner-ma.gov/545/Curbside-Trash-Recycling for the Gardner Collection Calendar and Household Hazardous Waste Days.
They are accepted at the Transfer Station at 744 West Street, Rte. 68. A sticker or one day pass is needed to enter the Transfer Station. Many items have charges. See the Transfer Station information here: https://www.gardner-ma.gov/207/Resident-Transfer-Station
The first full week of every month from April - Oct. In November it is the first and third week of the month. January the first week for Christmas tree collection.