Sanitation Division

Sanitation Division UPDATES

Last updated: January 13, 2021

City’s Department of Public Works Releases Sanitation Division’s 
Holiday, Events, and Special Collections Calendar (January-June 2021)

Information about Recycling Drop-Off Center Permit Stickers Also Included

Yellow graphic with an image of a calendar. Text in blue: Framingham Public Works  January-June 2021

Framingham, MA – The City of Framingham Department of Public Works is pleased to share the Sanitation Division’s Holiday, Events, and Special Collections calendar for January-June 2021. The calendar is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Important Special Collection Days and Events:

  • Monday-Friday, January 11-15: Curbside Christmas Tree Collection
  • Saturday, April 24: Shred Fest
  • Monday-Friday, April 26-30: Curbside Leaf Collection
  • Saturday, May 1: Household Hazardous Waste Day
  • Monday-Friday, May 3-7: Spring Curbside Brush Collection (View information about preparing leaves and brush for curbside collection here.)

Further information about scheduled events will be released one month before the event. 

Please Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, scheduled events are subject to change. 

Reminder: 2020 Recycling Drop-Off Center permit stickers will be valid until June 30, 2021. 2021 permit stickers will be available for purchase starting July 1, 2021, and will be valid until June 30, 2022. View information about obtaining a sticker here



Framingham, MA - The City of Framingham Department of Public Works will collect Christmas trees curbside on your trash/recycling day the week of January 11-15, 2021.

This collection is for organic/live trees only. Please make sure to remove all lights, tinsel, and decorations from your tree before placing it at the curb for collection.

Artificial trees can be disposed of at the Recycling Drop-Off Center or via bulky item collection. A soft good bulky item fee applies for the disposal of artificial trees. View information about scheduling a bulky item collection here



Yard Waste Facility Closure - Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m.

The City of Framingham Department of Public Works Yard Waste Facility located on Dudley Road will close for the season at 3 p.m., on Sunday, December 20.

Over the next two weeks, the facility will continue to operate weather permitting, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Framingham Public Works to Resume Permit Sticker Sales, July 1
As of July 2, a Permit will be required for entry to the Recycling Drop-Off Center (RDC) and Yard Waste Facility

Sanitation Truck Collecting Recyclables
The Framingham Department of Public Works will resume permit sticker sales July 1, for entry into the RDC, located on Mount Wayte Avenue, and the Yard Waste Facility, Dudley Road.

Permit stickers will be valid from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. If you already purchased a 2020 permit earlier this year, it will be valid through June 30, 2021.

Stickers can be purchased for $20 at the DPW Operations Center, 100 Western Avenue, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., or the RDC during regular hours of operation.

Proof of residency (vehicle registration) will be required to purchase a sticker. Registration must be current, non-commercial, and show a Framingham address. For leased vehicles, the accompanying insurance policy showing a Framingham address must be presented.

Residents whose vehicles do not conform to the above requirements may complete a non-conforming vehicle application form for permit consideration.

Per Governor Baker’s Order and the City of Framingham’s Emergency Order, face coverings will be required to enter or use any City facilities. Residents are asked to practice social distancing.

The RDC is open Thursday (for recycling only) 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

 The Yard Waste Facility is open seasonally, Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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What We Do

  • Collect refuse and recycling from over 17,000 residential dwellings with four or fewer units on a weekly basis and transport over 130,000 pounds of material for recycling or disposal every day.
  • Operate the Recycling Center and Yard Waste Drop Off sites to allow residents to dispose of refuse, sorted recyclable materials, and yard waste.
  • Perform special curbside collections including spring and fall leaf and brush collection, Christmas tree collection and excess cardboard.
  • Hold annual events such as Household Hazardous Waste Day, Shred Fest, Electronic Recycling.
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The recycling market is constantly changing; therefore, items accepted in your curbside recycling cart are subject to change. Not all items with a recycling symbol are accepted in your curbside bin. Search the Waste Wizard at the top of this page to learn how to properly dispose of items.

View information about the common items we find in recycling carts that should not be recycled here.