Curbside Refuse & Recycling Collection

All single to four-unit residential homes are provided with weekly curbside refuse collection and every-other-week recycling collection. Residents must use the City of Fitchburg recycling (blue) and refuse (green) carts. Residents must have their materials at the curb by 6:30 a.m. on their appropriate collection day. Carts should not be set out prior to 6 p.m. the night before collection and must be removed from the curb within 12 hours after collection. Carts should not be stored in the front or side setbacks of the homeowners' property. Additional recyclables that do not fit in the cart and are placed in a clear plastic bag or labeled reusable bin will be collected at no additional charge. Refuse tags are not needed for additional recyclables. Additional refuse that will not fit within the city-provided cart may be bagged and placed curbside with the appropriate refuse tag.
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Bins

Recycling (blue) Carts are currently emptied every other week.




Refuse (green) Carts are currently emptied every week.
Carts must be placed at least four feet from other objects and should not be placed in the street. The photo above shows the recommended placement. Place your cart at the edge of your driveway or terrace (within 3 feet of the street). Carts in the curb line or street can be hit and damaged by traffic.

Curbside Collection Delayed 1 day after Holidays
If a holiday falls during the week, curbside collection of solid waste (refuse and/or recycling, depending on whether it’s a recycling week) will be delayed one day for each day of the week after the following holidays in 2016:
  • New Year’s Day – Jan. 1 – Friday’s normal refuse & recycling routes will be collected on Sat.
  • Memorial Day – May 30 – Monday’s normal refuse & recycling routes will be collected on Tues., Tuesday’s normal routes will be collected on Wed., etc… and Friday’s normal routes will be collected on Sat.
  • Independence Day – July 4 – Monday’s normal refuse route will be collected on Tues., Tuesday’s normal route will be collected on Wed., etc… and Friday’s normal route will be collected on Sat.
  • Labor Day – September 5 – Monday’s normal refuse & recycling routes will be collected on Tues., Tuesday’s normal routes will be collected on Wed., etc… and Friday’s normal routes will be collected on Sat.
  • Thanksgiving – Nov. 24 – Thursday’s normal refuse route will be collected on Fri., and Friday’s normal route will be collected on Sat.
  • Christmas – Dec. 25 – No changes this week since Christmas Day is a Sunday
Refuse Tag Program
Under the Refuse Tag program, households may purchase Refuse tags for disposing of additional refuse that does not fit into the refuse cart. Each tag allows you to set out one extra 32-gallon bag of refuse (which must weigh less than 50 pounds). You may purchase tags as needed at:
  • Fitchburg City Hall
    5520 Lacy Road
    Ph: 608-270-4200
  • Walgreens
    2931 South Fish Hatchery Road
    Ph: 608-277-0087
  • Hometown Pharmacy - Fitchburg
    3000 Cahill Main, Suite 114
    Ph: 608-274-3780
Tags sell for $18.00 for a sheet of five tags (2015 - 2019 price). If you use a tag to set out an extra bag of refuse, wrap the tag around the top of the bag so that it affixes to itself. If you dispose of additional refuse more than twice each month, consider subscribing to a larger cart or check out our waste reduction tips. For questions regarding the tag program or extra waste, you may contact Pellitteri at 608-257-4285.

Refuse & Recycling Collection Fees
New homes that will need carts for the first time or homes that need replacement carts due to loss, damage, etc. will be charged a one-time fee of $60 per cart payable to Pellitteri Waste Systems. The Real Estate Property Tax Bills for 2015 include a $150.00 fee per residential unit for 2016 collection of refuse (35-gallon cart), recyclables (65-gallon cart), yard waste (placed in bags at curb), and brush (placed at curb). This is labeled "Trash P/U" on the property tax bill. Instead of the base 35-gallon cart, residents may subscribe to 65-gallon or 95-gallon service for an additional fee, payable directly to Pellitteri Waste Systems.

Additional Cost for Refuse Cart larger than the 35-Gallon standard size
Refuse Cart Size
2016 Additional Charge 
65-Gallon
$32.40 per year
95-Gallon  $56.40 per year 

There is also a $15 cart exchange fee for switching carts.

Call Pellitteri Waste Systems at 608-257-HAUL (4285) to subscribe to a larger recycling or refuse cart and/or switch out your existing cart.