Skip to main content

Residential Trash Pickup, Pay As You Throw & Recycling

The City of Malden's residential trash and recycling pickup is based on a Pay As You Throw (PAYT) system.  

  • Trash must be placed on the curb in front of your residence on your designated trash day in a City-issued PAYT trash bag that can be purchased at any of these locations. There is no limit to the number of bags that can be put out per week but all bags must be City-issued PAYT trash bags. 
  • Recycling is picked up weekly on the same day as your trash collection and must be placed in a City-issued recycling bin or in a receptacle such as a standard trash barrel with a special recycling label sticker that can be stuck on the receptacle. Residents are encouraged to recycle as much accepted recycling material* as possible at no charge for pickup.  
    *Accepted Recycling Material Plastic (number 1-7), Glass, Metal or aluminum cans, Cardboard*, Newspaper*, Paper* , *Cardboard, newspaper and paper must be separated from other recyclables.  
  • Yard Waste is picked up seasonally from Spring through Fall on the same day as your trash collection.
  • Exceptions to normal curbside pickup such as electronics, white goods, bulk items and more can be found using our Waste Wizard below.

Learn more about Malden's solid waste collection program including trash, recycling, yard waste, hazardous waste and more.

Get custom reminders so you never miss another collection


Report any issues such as missed pickups


Use the Waste Wizard search tool below to discover how to dispose of just about any household waste.

Recycling bins may be purchased from the Department of Public Works for $5 each. Damaged bins may be turned in for free replacement.

Under the PAYT program, recyclables and yard waste will continue to be collected at no additional cost. (Recyclables are picked up weekly; yard waste pick-up is on a seasonal schedule).

Proper Recycling Procedures

Please please keep these tips in mind to avoid having your recycling rejected.

  • Download a quick reference flyer on proper recycling procedures.
  • Malden is a dual stream community which means mixed paper, including cardboard goes into one bin and Co-mingled including bottles, cans and plastics go in another.
  • Plastic grocery bags are NOT recyclable in Malden’s curbside program and may not be used as a recycling container.
  • Recycling items cannot have food debris on them when recycled.  This includes grease on pizza boxes, sauce in jars, residual food in cans, etc.  Clean items only are allowed in the bins.
  • You can purchase an extra blue bin from the DPW for $5 but we recommend converting a plastic container that has a larger capacity
    • You may convert most any plastic container such as a spare barrel into a recycling bin by affixing one of our free stickers to the side.

The PAYT program is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection because those who recycle more will pay less to dispose of their trash. Under the PAYT program, all Malden residents, not just homeowners, who use the City’s trash service, will be charged the same. Since the inception of the PAYT program, Malden's recycling tonnage has increased by 75%.