Yard Waste

Curbside collection of yard waste occurs in the spring and fall.  The spring yard waste curbside collection occurs during the first two full weeks in May on your regular trash collection day.  The fall yard waste curbside collection occurs in November on Mondays depending on your regular trash collection day.  Please refer to the annual Residential Recycling and Trash Collection Guide or the MyWaste App for schedule specifics. 

Year-round there is a composting area located at the Recycling Center on West Street, where residents can dispose of their yard waste:
  • All vehicles using the yard waste facility must display a resident sticker or a one time permission slip as provided for below. Proof of residency is required. 
  • Residency sticker may be obtained at the Recycling Center and one time permission slips can be obtained at the Department of Public Works.
  • Passenger cars, cars with trailers and pickup trucks without trailers will be allowed unlimited use of the facility (no dump trucks allowed).
  • A resident can use company-owned, rental or borrowed trucks, including those registered in another town to dispose of Natick generated yard waste with a one time issued permission slip.  Permission slips must be obtained from the DPW prior to the disposal date. Each permission slip will be valid for one calendar week unless otherwise approved by the DPW.
  • Logs 8 feet or smaller in length will be accepted. Lumber, stumps and fencing will not be accepted. See attendant for additional directions and information.
Backyard Composting
Backyard composting is a simple way to produce fertilizer for your lawn and garden, while dramatically reducing your weekly household waste.

  • Compost pile can include organic materials such as table scraps, vegetable trimmings, coffee grounds, egg shells, and fruit rinds, as well as lawn clippings and leaves, all break down to form earthy-smelling soil enrichment.
  • Avoid composting meat, bones, fatty foods such as cheese, grease or cooking oil, dog feces, cat litter diseased plants. Put these in the trash instead.
The Town of Natick has home composting bins for sale. They are lightweight, easy to assemble, and rodent proof. Each comes with composting instructions. They are made of 100% recycled detergent bottles and hold one cubic yard of material. They are available at the DPW, 75 West Street, during normal business hours.

 Bin Type Description  Cost
The Brave New Composters Made from 100% re-innovative style bin that will decompose materials in 3 - 6 months. $48.00
 Earth Machine A more traditional style bin made of recycled plastic $40.00

Christmas Tree Removal
Christmas Trees will be picked up during the first two full weeks of January on your trash day. They must be bare (i.e. no decorations, no lights, and not in a plastic bag) and placed at curbside.

Mowing Techniques and Tips

  • Any mower can recycle grass clippings; simply remove the grass catcher
  • If the grass gets too high, mow over the clippings a second time
  • Keep mower blades sharp
  • Keep your grass mowed to 2 1/2" to 3" tall
  • Mow when the grass is dry
  • Do not remove more than 1/3 of the grass in a single mowing
  • If you following these tips, you will have a healthy lawn and will never need to bag grass clippings again