Recycling Drop Off Site

 The Fitchburg Recycling Drop Off site accepts yard waste, cardboard, scrap metal, white block polystyrene, used motor oil, oil filters, and invasive plant species at the Public Works Maintenance Facility (2373 S. Fish Hatchery Rd).

The facility is open to city of Fitchburg residents during daylight hours only. Surveillance cameras are in place and violators dropping off unacceptable materials will be ticketed.

Acceptable Materials & Instructions

Yard Waste (Non-invasive)

  • Place yard waste in concrete bunker
  • No brush larger than thumb size in diameter
  • Remove from bags
  • Reuse or dispose of empty bags in dumpster near yard waste

Invasive Species

  • Place bagged invasive species in the dumpster marked 'yardwaste bags, invasive plants and empty oil containers'
  • For more information visit the invasive plant species page.

Scrap Metal

  • Remove nonmetal parts including rubber, plastic, and fabric materials.
  • Place in metal only dumpster


  • Please flatten all boxes
  • Place in the cardboard only dumpster
  • Do not leave recycling materials outside of dumpster

Motor Oil

  • Pour into tank
  • Close lid after use
  • Discard empty containers in dumpster labeled

Oil Filters

  • Place filters neatly in drum
  • Close lid after use

White Block Polystyrene

  • Place in white dumpster marked "White Block Polystyrene"
  • Break up as needed to fit
  • No packing peanuts

Prohibited Items

Any item that does not have a designated collection area is prohibited from the Drop-off Site including, but not limited to: 

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Carpet
  • Construction materials
  • Tires
  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Refuse

5 Report Dumping Aluminum Sign 3x2.5 2014-12-01
Yardwaste Only Aluminum Sign 6x4
4 Scrap Metal Only Aluminum Sign 2x2 2014-12-01
Cardboard Sticker 3x2.5 2016-11-02
Oil Filters Only Aluminum Sign 2x2 2015-12-14
Motor Oil Only Aluminum Sign 2016-11-02
YardWaste Bag and Oil Container 3x2 2013-09-17