Memorial Day Holiday Service Schedule

As a reminder, Memorial Day (Monday, May 29th) is a holiday observed by Mr. Trashman and all pickups will be delayed 1 day that week. See below for your pickup day during the holiday week.

—ALL SERVICE WILL BE DELAYED 1 DAY—

Monday routes will be picked up on:

  • Tuesday, May 30

Tuesday routes will be picked up on:

  • Wednesday, May 31

Wednesday routes will be picked up on:

  • Thursday, June 1

Thursday routes will be picked up on:

  • Friday, June 2

Friday routes will be picked up on:

  • Saturday, June 3

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Want to stay up to date on which holidays are observed by Mr. Trashman? Remember to check the calendar on our website, follow us on Twitter, and like our page on Facebook for notifications.

Earth Day Recycling Do’s and Don’ts

Our customers are great at recycling, but there are still people who don’t recycle or are confused about how and what can be placed in their recycling barrel. With Earth Day this weekend, we thought we’d share some tips to help you (and the planet!) out.

What is Recyclable?

You can recycle water, soda and juice bottles. Empty the containers and give them a good rinse. Milk and juice jugs, ketchup and salad dressing bottles, and even yogurt and pudding cups can all be recycled.

Most paper is recyclable, including mail, office and school papers, magazines, catalogs, newspapers, and phone books. Cardboard and paper packaging can also be recycled, just please break down boxes.

Glass bottles, jars, and metal food and beverage cans are all recyclable. You don’t have to remove labels – just remove the lids and rinse them out. Remember – don’t crush cans before recycling.

What Can’t be Recycled in Your Curbside Bin?

Some items can’t be recycled at home, but other programs accept them. Plastic bags are recyclable, but not in your home bins since they can get tangled in the machinery at recycling facilities. They can be recycled at many retail and grocery stores, usually up front near the checkouts.

The following paper items should also be kept out of your curbside bins: paper plates and cups, paper soiled with food, napkins, and gift-wrap.

Glass items, like drinking glasses, ceramic dishes, vases, windows, and mirrors can’t be recycled. Try to reuse or donate these things to keep them out of the waste stream.

Alternatives for Hazardous Waste

Many items in your home are considered household hazardous waste. They can’t be placed in your home recycling or garbage bin and should be disposed of at other locations.

Some examples are paint and electronics. You may place dried out paint (lid off, completely dry) in your trash, but wet paint cannot be put in your trash.

Electronics cannot be disposed of in your curbside bins, but many retailers (like Best Buy or Staples) will take your electronics for recycling.

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Your recyclables should not put out in a tied plastic bag.  Leaving our recyclables loose is the best method but, if they must be in a bag, please leave the bag open so recyclables will easily fall out at the recycling facility.

Have other items you need to dispose of but can’t put them out for Mr. Trashman? Check your town’s website to see if/when they will be holding a Household Hazard Waste Collection Day in your area

Trash/Recycling Collections Delayed 1 Day This Week (March 14-18)

Due to the storm on Tuesday, March 14th and the safety risk to our drivers and community, service was canceled on Tuesday.

This closure will affect customers on our Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday routes.  To make up for our closure on Tuesday, all routes for the remainder of the week will be adjusted by 1 day.  Please see the list below to clarify your pickup date:

  • Normal Tuesday customers will be serviced on Wednesday, March 15th.
  • Normal Wednesday customers will be serviced on Thursday, March 16th.
  • Normal Thursday customers will be serviced on Friday, March 17th.
  • Normal Friday customers will be serviced on Saturday, March 18th.

Customers with a Monday collection will not be affected by our closure.

We appreciate all of your patience and understanding as we deal with the unpredictability of Mother Nature.

An email alert with this information was also sent to customers to notify them on Monday night. Not receiving our emails? Click here to sign up.

Tips for Winter Trash & Recycling

Trash and recycling collection is a reality even through the cold winter months. Here are some tips for making the process as painless as possible and minimizing your time out in the cold:

  • Keep Water & Ice Out: Water can pool in tiny crevices within your barrels, and then expand upon freezing, causing cracks and ruptures in the plastic. Water can also attract animals, promoting widespread rotting that makes for a more frustrating (and smelly) trash pickup when the time comes.
  • Secure Against Animals: As the temperatures drop and wild food sources become scarce, hungry animals will often take to scavenging at trash collection spots. It’s not only a mess; it’s a potential safety hazard. Make sure the lids are firmly closed on all barrels to keep wildlife out.
  • Get our Premium, Hands-Off Garage Collection: While we can’t make the need go away, we can make your life a little easier by offering our premium, hands-off service where we pick up your barrels from your garage so you don’t have to drag them to the curb in the cold and snow! Click here to learn more.

NO SERVICE THURSDAY 2/9/17 – Winter Storm

Winter Storm Closure.  On Thursday, February 9th our service area is expecting a winter storm which could bring 12 inches of snow.  Due to the safety risk to our employees and the community of trying to operate in the storm, we are CLOSING on Thursday, February 9th.  Our disposal site has notified us of their closure as well.
Mr. Trashman’s closure will affect customers on our Thursday routes in Stow, as well as our Friday customers in Acton and Boxborough.  To make up for our closure on Thursday, affected routes will be serviced 1 day late.
Normal Thursday customers will be serviced on Friday, February 10th.
Normal Friday customers will be serviced on Saturday, February 11th.
Customers with collection days of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will not be affected by our closure.
We appreciate all of your patience and understanding as we deal with the unpredictability of Mother Nature.

Christmas Tree Disposal

Happy New Year from all of us at Mr. Trashman.  Now that the presents are put away and we’re all back to work (or school), we know you are wondering, “What do I do with this tree?”

Like yard waste, we do not pick up or dispose of Christmas trees simply because our dump does not take them.  But have no fear, below is a list of great options that might make you feel good in the process:

Acton:  Boy Scout Troops 5 and 1820 are picking up trees for a suggested donation of $15.  Pickup dates for 2017 are January 7 and January 14. Please visit:  http://treepickup.blogspot.com/

Boxborough:  The Boxborough Firefighters Association will be picking up Christmas trees on Saturday January 7, 2017, and residents will have the same options as in the past: drop off trees at the fire station for $5 or have the firefighters pick up your tree at your home for $10.  Visit http://www.boxborough-ma.gov/fire-department/webforms/christmas-tree-pickup-form to schedule.

Concord:  Trees may be brought to the Composting Site at 755 Walden Street (On Route 126, just across Route 2, before you reach Walden Pond.)  Please visit http://www.concordnet.org/504/Christmas-Tree-Recycling for dates and more information.

Hudson:  Boy Scouts are picking up trees in Hudson too.  Click here to learn more.

Southborough:  The Boy Scouts are busy here as well!  Call 508-485-4052 or email troop1trees@gmail.com.

Stow:  Boy Scout Troop 1 will pick up your tree for a $10 donation.  Learn more at http://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20111216/News/312169432.

Love these ideas but prefer to help the animals?  SpringDell Farm in Littleton will take your trees for free up until January 9 at their Annual Christmas Tree Critter Collection! Just drop it off in the pile on a day you swing by.    We hear the goats will be thankful!!!

 

 

 

Proper Barrel Placement in Snow

Help Mr. Trashman with efficient trash and recycling collection when there’s snow on the ground by following these guidelines:

  • Please have your barrels out by 7:00 am and be sure to properly space them away from snow banks, cars, utility poles, mailboxes, or other obstacles.
  • Try to place barrels at the end of the driveway or as close to the curb as possible, but not in the street.
  • Make sure trash and recycling bins are clearly visible to the driver and are not hidden behind snow banks, trees, bushes, or cars.
  • Please do not place barrels on top of snow banks.
  • Please bring empty barrels in as soon as possible to allow plow trucks complete access to roadways.
  • By following these basic guidelines, you can help ensure proper collection of your recycling and trash this winter season. Thanks for your help!
  • Remember, trash trucks do not operate well on snow and ice. Private roads and driveways must be cleared of snow and ice, especially on hills, so we can access the area. Our drivers will not attempt to access areas that aren’t clear and accessible.
  • Don’t feel like dragging those barrels to the curb? Learn about our premium, hands-off service where we pick up your barrels from your garage and return them for you.

Please do this

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Space cleared and free of snow at end of driveway for barrels.

 

Not this

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Barrels placed behind snow bank.

How to Reach & Hear from Us!

As many of you know, we physically relocated our trucks to Acton, MA on April 1 when we took ownership of Mr. Trashman. We truly wanted to be the locally owned and operated business, and in the coming months and years we hope to become more and more involved in the communities we serve and will look to you, our customers, for ideas on where we can best help.

If you have not done so already, please update all of our contact information as our address and email have changed. Our phone number remains the same.

Email:                                       trashmaninfo@gmail.com

Please add this email address to your safe senders list as this is where all newsletters and billing information will be sent from. Bills are emailed electronically June 8-10 for this upcoming quarter … if you do not see it, please check your spam. To ensure delivery of our emails, we encourage you to add trashmaninfo@gmail.com as one of your email contacts. Email also the best way to contact Patrick with a question as he is out driving your trucks doing pick-ups daily, M-F.

We also sent an email before the Memorial Day holiday with delayed pick-up information. If you did not see it, check your spam and again, add us to your safe senders list.

Mailing address:                100 Powdermill Road, Suite 248, Acton, MA 01720

Note, this is a UPS store in front of where the trucks are housed in an industrial park on Knox Trail.

Phone:                                     508-278-6910

Lastly, please check our our social media pages. All last minute news as well as general company and trash information will be posted here, so please like, follow, and share!

https://www.facebook.com/MrTrashman/                            https://twitter.com/MrTrashmanMA