Residential Trash & Recycling


If you live in an apartment or multi-family complex...

Special dumpsters or carts should be provided for tenant trash and recycling. If you carry your recyclables to the recycling dumpster in a plastic bag, please dispose of the bag in the trash after emptying its contents into the recycling cart, or bring it to a retail outlet for recycling.

If you rent a house or part of a house...

Consult your landlord or lease agreement to determine who is responsible for trash and recycling removal. If you are responsible, homeowner options (below) apply.

If you are a homeowner...

Homeowners have the following two options for trash service:

  1. Hire a Private Waste Hauler
    Private waste haulers, licensed by the Plymouth Public Health Department, offer curbside trash and recycling collection (for a fee) to Plymouth residents. Your trash and recycling will not be picked up until you have a contract with a waste hauler. A list of licensed Private Trash & Recycling Companies (PDF) is available.
  2. Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Program at the Manomet Transfer Station
    This option is available for Plymouth residents who generate a small quantity of trash and recycling and can transport it to the Manomet Transfer Station as needed.

    Residents must purchase a Transfer Station (Dump Permit) online or at the Collector's Office at Town Hall.
    Pay-As-You-Throw Bags are available to be purchased at Official PAYT Retail Establishments (PDF).

Organic Waste & Compost

Composting your food waste (along with yard waste) is a great way to reduce the trash you dispose of, and it keeps it out of the landfill, where it produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. You can compost it yourself using a compost bin or pile. You can purchase a Compost Bin from the Manomet Transfer Station.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days

The Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs coordinates Plymouth's Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collections with the South Shore Recycling Cooperative (SSRC). Plymouth hosts two collections per year in the spring and fall. Anyone with proof of Plymouth residency may attend either or both events at no charge. Participation in Town-provided trash and recycling services is not required to attend.

Special & Bulky Trash

Household clean-outs and renovations can produce bulky waste items such as appliances, and computers. In many cases, your waste hauler will pick up bulky items from your curb for an additional fee. Call your hauler’s office for specifics.

Alternatively, if you have a Transfer Station Vehicle Permit, you may bring bulky trash to the Transfer Station. Fees are charged for some items to cover a portion of the disposal cost, and are payable by cash or check at the time of disposal.