What if I have a large event at my house and generate more trash than can fit in the cart?

Overflow bags will be available, both to assist with the transition to automated trash pick-up and to address unusually high trash-producing events, such as parties and holidays. Each household will receive 2 bags upon the initial distribution of carts, and thereafter, bags will be available for sale at a cost of $10 for a package of 5 bags. Overflow bags are available at Methuen City Hall 41 Pleasant Street, Nevins Memorial Library 305 Broadway, Methuen Senior Activity Center 77 Lowell Street, Methuen Transfer Station 50 Huntington Avenue, and at the following locations throughout the city:

  • Market Basket (186 Haverhill Street)
  • Market Basket (70 Pleasant Valley St)
  • Howe St Superette(163 Howe Street)
  • Galloway's Convenience Store (176 Pelham Street)
  • Caribbean Supermarket (4 Broadway)
  • White Eagle Pantry (319 Merrimack Street)

Extra trash carts will be available to households at an annual fee of $100.

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1. What is automated collection and why is it coming to Methuen?
2. Why are trash limits so important?
3. Who will be getting the carts?
4. Do I have to put trash and recyclables in my new carts?
5. What if I have a large event at my house and generate more trash than can fit in the cart?
6. What if I’m senior citizen or someone who cannot maneuver the larger carts. Are smaller carts than the 64-gallon trash cart or the 95-gallon recycle carts available?
7. What materials can be placed in the recycle cart?
8. Won’t this cart system just generate even more illegal dumping?
9. What if my cart is stolen or damaged?
10. What do I do with my large bulky items like old couches or furniture?
11. How do I dispose of my old mattress?
12. What do I do with old clothing?
13. How can I find other options for disposition, donation or re-use?
14. How many carts will a multi-family structure receive?
15. How will pick-up be accomplished on narrow streets?