Steps to a cleaner environment

Tips on keeping your neighborhood clean
New Bedford can be a rainy, windy city.  So even when you don’t go to the beach your trash does.  It gets carried by wind and rain into the storm drains and much of it ends up in the ocean…the Acushnet River, Clarks Cove…our beaches!

What can YOU do about it?

  • Dispose of your trash responsibly
  • Put trash out on your designated trash day in tied trash bags and place it in your covered barrel.
    This will keep trash in the barrel, out of your neighborhood and out of our waterways. Overfilling and not putting lid down on your trash barrel can result in birds and rodents breaking into bags dispersing trash all over the streets and sidewalks where you live.  Trash goes into the gutter, towards the storm drains and eventually, into our waterways endangering the lives of marine mammals.
    Plus, you could get a fine!
  • Clean up Your Little Part of the World
    If you see trash, pick it up! Dispose of it in the nearest receptacle, even if that means carrying it with you for a few steps.
    Organize your own neighborhood cleanup.  Just ask a few neighbors to pitch in.  You’ll feel good about yourselves.
    Adopt-An-Area Simply decide to keep an area clean.  Set some guidelines for yourself and maintain that area on a regular basis.

See trash on the street, illegal dumping, graffiti or other quality of life issues?

  • Download SeeClickFix to your Smartphone.  It’s super easy to use and you can report issues easily right from your phone.  Issues get reported to multiple City Departments and you can follow the issue (or not) until it is resolved.


Thanks for recycling, New Bedford!

Recycle all clean paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, jugs and jars. Empty and rinse containers. Do not bag recyclables. No plastic bags or food in recycling.

Return clean & dry plastic bags, and the over-wrap from multi-packs of water bottles, to the grocery stores. Look for plastic bag collection bins near the entrance or exit of the store.

Skip the Straw!
And remember New Bedford Recycling does NOT RECYCLE straws in blue bins so -skip the straw altogether!

For more recycling information, call (508) 979-1493.

Just Do It!
It’s not rocket science, just good sense.

And of course…Please Don’t Litter!

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