First Saturdays – Newburyport Recycling Center

The Newburyport Recycling Center is located at 23 Colby Farm Lane, (formerly known as Crow Lane), off Low Street. (Travel west on Low Street and proceed past Nock / Molin Middle School. Colby Farm Lane is one mile on the left after the school, at the North Atkinson Street intersection.)

First Saturdays are held every month, weather permitting, from 8am – 12noon.  (NOTE! Sometimes on the SECOND Saturdays if in conflict with a holiday!)

NOTE: Due to COVID and staffing, we have CLOSED our Free Corner. Please list unwanted-but-still-useable household items on any of the 1:1 social media sites, or take to area charities, like Leeward Light (Salisbury). You can email for more information!

NOTE: we are no longer collecting items for TerraCycle BUT please visit our TerraCycle page for other options!

NOTE: We are no longer taking latex paint for recycling! Please post any usable paint on any of the peer-to-peer social media exchange sites OR dry out and put with regular trash collection

Proof of residency is required.  Fees apply for most materials. For more information call our Recycling & Sustainability Department at 978-499-0413.

To stay up-to-date on happenings at the Newburyport Recycling Center, please visit our Facebook Page (you need not be a member of Facebook to view the page.) 

And bring your questions, we love to help figure out where things can go!

**Please keep reading beyond the chart below for all of the BEYOND THE BIN items and updates!**

Here are all of the items accepted at First Saturdays:

recycling center items

NOTE: Due to tightened regulations, space, and staff, we are unable to take chemicals, oil paints, etc. during regular First Saturdays. These items should be brought to Household Hazardous Waste Day. The 2021 Household Hazardous Waste Day is TBA – probably in August or September.


As we have learned through the years, recycling is not an exact science or system. The “after markets” (the companies that buy recycled material) are volatile and what is valuable one year (or month), is not as desired the next. Terracycle is even more fickle. Trying to keep up with their brigades and what they take for free vs. what we have to pay for them to take is quite a task. It is horrible for the people at the Newburyport Recycling Center to have to change the rules on you, seemingly at every turn. It is really NO FUN at all, after supporters work hard to sort and separate in their efforts to go towards zero waste. That said, with your patience and understanding, we are willing to keep going. And to that end, we are updating our TerraCycle list so you know what we can and cannot take on First Saturdays. This, too, will certainly change as we have learned – please don’t shoot messengers!

  1. Oral Care items – any brand: toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads (electric toothbrush handles and charging stations also come to First Saturdays but over in electrical), toothpaste tubes and dispensers, floss containers (NO USED FLOSS or PICKS PLEASE)
  2. Energy Bar wrappers – any brand
  3. Personal Care and Beauty products packaging – any brand: but only packaging that cannot go in curbside recycling
  4. Snack bags – any brand: (chips, pretzels, etc)
  5. Pet food bags – Wellness and Open Farm brands ONLY for TerraCycle. Other brands LARGE bags are welcome as we use those for shipping!
  6. Brita brand water filters and other products. Note – Brita brand only.
  7. Cereal bags and liners – any brand

We will also continue to collect the following as a convenience to residents:

  1. Printer cartridges – these are welcome at Staples and they even have a rewards program for them
  2. Keys – these we take to Whole Foods
  3. Corks – Whole Foods (and other residents are welcome to them for crafts, etc)

Things like cleaning containers should now be put in curbside recycling IF they are appropriate (have the symbol for plastic items or are empty aerosol cans.) Prescription bottles should be put in curbside recycling if they have the recycle symbol (most do.)

Sadly all of the other brigades that we used to collect for have either been closed or they now charge us money to participate. We will add (back) any that become available and send updates. We are constantly on the outlook for organizations who will take things like coffee bags, plastic cards (expired credit cards and the like), other types of food packaging, etc. If you come across any new waste diversion stream like these, please let us know!

TerraCycle and Bausch + Lomb have partnered to create a free recycling program for Biotrue® ONEday contact lenses and blister packs, as well as lenses and packs from other Baush + Lomb brands. While there aren’t any places in Newburyport, drop off locations are north and south of us. If someone would like to volunteer willing to do transport, we are happy to collect at the Newburyport Recycling Center on First Saturdays.