Residential Collection


We strongly suggest that you sign up for our collection reminder automated system. You will have the option of receiving a text, phone call or email to remind you about weekly collections, special collections, service notices or disruptions and many more.  

Pay as You Throw (PAYT) Pickup System

The City of Malden's residential trash and recycling pickup is based on a Pay As You Throw (PAYT) system. Residents can choose between purchasing our blue PAYT bags or by purchasing an annual sticker known as a Trash Tag which permits residents to use standard household garbage bags inside the black City-issued cart.

Trash (Black Carts)

Trash must be placed on the curb in front of your residence on your designated trash day in your City-issued black trash cart.  The trash must be bagged in a City-issued blue PAYT trash bag that can be purchased at a variety of locations OR by utilizing a Trash Tag which permits you to use standard store-bought household trash bags. . 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.

Yard Waste

Yard Waste is picked up seasonally from Spring through Fall on the same day as your trash collection at no additional cost.


Residents can drop off textiles either by using our drop-off bins located at any of the Malden Public schools or textiles can be picked up at your home by utilizing our textile pickup service.

Curbside Recycling (Blue Carts)

  1. Overview
  2. Recycling Procedures

Recycling is picked up weekly on the same day as your trash collection and must be placed in a blue City-issued wheeled recycling cart 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.

Other Materials

Exceptions to normal curbside pickup, such as electronics, white goods, bulk items, and more, can be found using our Waste Wizard.