Recycling and Solid Waste

Sustainable Waste Management and Recycling

The town of Holliston utilizes a Pay as You Throw system for trash collection along with a dual stream recycling collection program.

Household rubbish, trash and garbage can be placed in trash barrels (no trash receptacles over 35 gallons in size) or tied in plastic bags and placed at the curb by 7 a.m. each week on your collection day (see separate street pick up schedule). Each container has a forty (40) pound limit. The first bag or barrel of trash each week does not require a sticker. Additional bags or barrels of trash each require a $2.00 trash sticker.

Trash stickers are available here and senior citizens (65 years old or older, owner and occupant) can obtain up to six (6) free stickers per year at Town Hall.

A dual stream recycling collection program complements the Pay as You Throw program and recycling bins are picked up each week on the same day as trash. Recycling bins are available at no charge at Town Hall. Recycling labels, which are also available at Town Hall, can be used to designate an unused trash barrel as a recycling container. The following items can be placed in recycling bins at the curb: Paper MUST be separated from the rest of the recyclables) 

Marshall Street Drop-Off Recycling Area

A Recycling sticker is now required to access the Marshall Street drop-off recycling area. A sticker can be obtained at the Treasurer s Office at Town Hall or onsite. A driver’s license and registration with a Holliston address is required.

Hours of Operations: Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The facility is open to Holliston residents only and the following items are accepted:

The Marshall Street Recycling Area accepts:

  • Leaf and yard waste
  • Metals
  • Cardboard
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Electronic Waste, note an additional $20 sticker is required for televisions, monitors, exercise equipment and ride on mowers.


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Day Collections

Drop off HHW at the Holliston Collection Day will be held SATURDAY July 21, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon @ the Robert Adams Middle School 323 Woodland Street. Please consult the attached list on what types of materials can be collected.  Note Holliston is part of a consortium and residents are eligible to attend other events listed below.  If you would like to go to another town, please go to the Selectman’s office to get a voucher to attend. See the attached reciprocal agreement.

Dover/Medfield   March 24, 2018            9am-1pm

Walpole               May 5th 2018               9am-1pm

Ashland               May 12, 2018               9am-1pm

Bellingham          June 23, 2018              9am-1pm

Holliston            July 21, 2018                9am-noon 

Norfolk                 April 1 and September 30, 2018 Wednesday only 11:30am-6:00pm

Sherborn             November 17, 2018    9am-1pm


Home Composting to divert leaf and food waste

Home composting bins are for sale at a reduced rate of $22 at the Town Hall.   See a demonstration compost bin at the Holliston Community Farm.

Home Composting: A Guide to for composting yard and food waste

Composting Bin Instructions


Textile Recovery

Textiles including clothing, shoes, or other textiles (linens, socks, fabric) that you no longer wear or use can be recycled.  Don’t throw them away! Use the MassDEP-supported Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory to search by type of material and location to find out where in Massachusetts to recycle, reuse, or re-purpose items that don’t belong in your household recycling bin.  For more information on where to recycle check out


Holliston by the numbers for 2017

4,530 Households served

Tons solid waste: 3577.81 tons (not including bulky trash)

Tons recycling: 1614.58 tons

Percent of waste recycled:  31%  (1614 / (1614+3577))