Mattresses, clothing to be banned from landfills beginning Nov. 1
Beginning Nov. 1, residents will no longer be able to dispose of their mattresses, box springs, or clothes in the trash.
The ban was approved earlier this year by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as part of its goal to reduce disposal statewide by 30% over the next decade, particularly in landfills.
According to the department, more than 600,000 mattresses and box springs are discarded annually in the commonwealth.
Additionally, the state is banning tires, appliances, commercial food material, construction materials, shoes, bedding, curtains, and leaves, grass, and brush.
Dartmouth residents seeking to get rid of their old mattresses by stopping at the town’s transfer station, located at 976 Russells Mills Road. There is a $25 fee for each mattress and $14 for box springs.
The transfer station is located Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. A permit required to access the station.
Those who are part of the Town of Dartmouth’s Save Money and Reduce Trash (SMART) trash collection program can schedule a curbside collection appointment.
Pickups are scheduled by calling the Department of Public Works at (508) 999-0740; calling HandUp, a local mattress recycler, at (774) 271-8744, or by going to the DPW offices, located at 976 Russells Mills Road. The office is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost is $35 per mattress and $10 per box spring.
Those looking to dispose of their old clothing, shoes, and accessories can Schedule a free curbside pickup online by visiting www.bbbsfoundation.org/schedule-a-pickup/ or calling/texting PICKUP to (508) 466-4590.
Clothing can also be dropped off at a thrift store or clothing bin. A map of drop-off locations can be found on the town website.
For more information on waste disposal, visit gnbrrmdistrict.org, call the Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse Management District at (508) 979-1493, or email Marissa@gnbrrmdistrict.org.