Recycling

The Division operates six recycling drop-off centers in the County. Residents are allowed to bring glass, aluminum and bi-metal cans,plastic, newspaper, and magazines and corrugated cardboard to the centers. County personnel collect the material and transport it to various nearby recyclers. Of the approximately 73,300 tons of waste disposed of in Dorchester in 2005, 27.4% of the waste was recycled.
This included

  • waste oil,
  • paper,
  • plastics,
  • glass,
  • metals,
  • white goods (appliances),
  • excavated soil,
  • compost materials including crab chum and agricultural products,
  • tires, and
  • wood materials that can be converted to compost.The minimum required by State law is 15%. The bulk of the recycling material was the agricultural waste at the composting site.