Free Watertown Compost Collection Beginning in August

The following announcement was provided by the City of Watertown:

The City of Watertown is excited to announce a new partnership with Black Earth Compost. Watertown residents can sign up for free weekly curbside collection of compostable materials and receive a complimentary 13 gallon bin. Meat, Bones, Dairy, Fruit, Vegetables, Leftovers, Napkins, Coffee Grounds & Filters, and More… ALL COLLECTED FOR FREE CURBSIDE PICKUP


Program begins August 2022

To learn more and sign up, visit:

For additional questions, please email: 

** This program is currently only open to residents that receive city-provided trash and recycling pickup.*

Watertown Public Works Paper Shredding Event Rescheduled

The Watertown Department of Public Works announced that the paper shredding event originally scheduled for June 6 has been rescheduled. The paper shredding was not available that day, as had originally been announced. The City of Watertown provided the following information:

The Department of Public Works is hosting a Shredding Truck on Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 10am-2pm at the Jewish Day School (57 Stanley Ave in Watertown) to help residents dispose of resources in a sustainable way. If you have any questions, please email 

Touch-a-Truck Event Coming to Watertown Public Works

The Watertown Department of Public Works invites the public to a free event where they can get an up-close look at a variety of trucks and vehicles. The DPW sent out the following information:

Touch-A-Truck is on Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Department of Public Works (DPW), located at 124 Orchard St. in Watertown. (Next to Victory Field). Free admission. Look inside and explore some of the coolest vehicles including construction trucks, firetrucks, and recycling trucks.

Residents Can Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste, Pre-registration Required

Watertown residents can dispose of household hazardous waste, such as garden chemicals, batteries, and motor oil over on June 11. The Watertown Department of Public Works provided the following information:

The next Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the Minuteman Household Hazardous Products Regional Facility at the Lexington Compost Facility, 60 Hartwell Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. 

Hazardous Waste Collection requires online pre-registration. Proposed 2022 Hazardous Waste Collection dates are below. The Collection will be between 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Saturday, April 23, 2022Saturday, May 14, 2022Saturday, June 11, 2022Saturday, July 16, 2022Saturday, August 20, 2022Sunday, September 18, 2022Saturday, October 15, 2022Saturday, November 5, 2022

NOTE: Registration is required for all HHW collection dates.

Watertown Residents Can Recycle Styrofoam, Shred Paper at DPW Event

Get rid of your styrofoam, old clothing and shred paper at the upcoming recycling event hosted by the Watertown Department of Public Works. The event will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Day School, 57 Stanley Ave., Watertown, rain or shine. Vendors will include those collecting textiles (HELPSY), Styrofoam (Save That Stuff) and paper shredding (Stericycle). 

Proof of residency must be provided.

Catch Basin Cleaning in Watertown; Rain Barrels Available from DPW

The Watertown Department of Public Works provided the following information:

Beginning the week of May 9, 2022, the City will be cleaning stormwater catch basins throughout the City, utilizing a contractor, BMC Corp. There are about 3,600 catch basins in the City and it will take about a month to clean them all. Catch basins carry stormwater off the streets and into the City’s drainage system, which ultimately flows to the Charles River. The purpose of this work is to remove sediment and oils that accumulate in the catch basins to reduce the risk of flooding and so that these pollutants don’t go into the river. Rain Barrels

DPW has partnered with the Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park, MA to offerrecycled rain barrels at a discounted price to residents as part of its water conservation and stormwater management programs.

“We are thrilled to be offering this simple and inexpensive device to our residents to bring down their water costs and help us protect the Charles River,” says Matthew Shuman, P.E., Watertown City Engineer.

Watertown Calls Snow Emergency, City Facilities Closed Friday

The following announcement was provided by the City of Watertown:

The City of Watertown has announced a sow emergency for Friday, Feb. 25 with a storm expected to drop several inches of snow headed toward the area. Also, City Hall, Library and Senior Center will be closed on Friday due to the storm. The City sent out the following announcement:

The Superintendent of Public Works is declaring a Snow Emergency effective 1:00 AM, Friday, February 25, 2022. Watertown is expecting upwards of 8-inches of snow Friday.