Recycling Carts Information

Milton 64gal recycling cart

The Milton Department of Public Works is pleased to announce Milton's new wheeled recycling cart program. The program is designed to improve Town recycling rates, provide cleaner streets and neighborhoods, and lower the Town's overall trash disposal costs. The rolling carts are designed for dump trucks that use semi-automated collection, allowing our hauler to move more quickly and safely through our streets.

Each address will receive one (or for multi-family homes, two) Town-issued 64-gallon recycling cart. Milton residents are great recyclers, and we know program improvements will help our residents continue to recycle whenever possible. 

If you have a cart maintenance issue, please fill out a Maintenance Request Form or call DPW. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Is anything else changing about the collection program?
No. Your collection schedule and the items that can be recycled will remain the same, and trash still needs to have a sticker. Items should still be out by 7 A.M. on trash day.

What can go in the cart?
For a quick reference, you can check MassDEP's Recycle Smart card. If you're still not sure whether an item can be recycled, check MassDEP's Recyclopedia. If your item can't be recycled in the blue bin, you can search Milton's How Do I Dispose Of...? page to learn how to dispose of the item.

What do I do with my old recycling bin?
If you have a blue “Milton Recycles” tub-style bin, we welcome you to keep it and use it for storage or as another household bin. You can set this out with recyclables along with the cart. If you have other recycling barrels, you can continue to use them for trash, yard waste, or additional recyclables. Just make sure it’s properly labeled so sanitation workers know to pick it up.

When can I use the cart?
You can use your cart immediately after you receive it on your next waste pickup day. All household recycling should go in the cart.

What if my recyclables don’t fit in the cart?
You are still able (and encouraged!) to recycle as much as you can. If you have other bins or barrels, please fill the cart first, then set out additional bins or barrels if you need to.

Can I have another cart?
The Town’s cart fleet is not yet large enough to support requests for additional carts. You can continue to set out your old recycling bins, boxes, and carts along with the Town cart if necessary.

Who owns the carts? Why do they have serial numbers?
The carts are property of the Town of Milton. If you move, the cart must remain at the address to which it was distributed. You may personalize your cart with a decal or sticker, but do not mark up the carts with paint or markers.

Each cart is associated with a household, and serial numbers are used to match carts to households and keep track of the fleet of carts. Serial numbers and Radio Frequency Identification tags (RFID) associated with each cart help the Town track maintenance and location information of the carts. No personal information about cart users is tracked by the RFID tags.

What if my cart is damaged or goes missing?
Since the carts are Town property, the Town will help repair or replace carts that are damaged during regular operations or go missing. To replace a stolen cart, the DPW will require a copy of a police report made to Milton Police. A replacement and maintenance request form is available online - click here - or you can call DPW.

I don't want the cart.
Call DPW at 617-898-4900 (press 1 for the trash line) and let us know. We will work with you to schedule a time for DPW to pick the cart up.