Wareham Municipal Maintenance Department now accepting leaves, compost

Apr 15, 2018

The compost pile located at the Marion landfill has been closed until further notice. Due to the closure, the Town of Wareham Municipal Maintenance Department, located at 95 Charge Pond Road, will be temporarily accepting compostable leaves and yard waste.

Residents must have a current Wareham transfer station sticker. Vehicles without a transfer station sticker may purchase a one-day transfer station pass.

The department will accept leaves and yard waste on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Compost regulations:

  • Clean leaves and grass clippings only, any mixed trash, branches or non-compostable materials will be refused
  • All compostable products must be removed from plastic bags
  • Biodegradable paper compost bags are permissible
  • Commercial haulers are prohibited

Brush regulations:

The department continues to accept brush that meets the following criteria.

  • Brush shall be no more than 3” in diameter
  • Brush shall be cut into 3’ lengths
  • Stumps and logs prohibited
  • Commercial haulers are prohibited

Wareham resident permits and one-day transfer station passes may be purchased at the Department of Natural Resources office in the Multi-Service Center, 48 Marion Road, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A vehicle registration and proof of residency is required. For more information, call 508-291-3100 ext. 3180.

Comments (4)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 08, 2018 23:18

Once a month?  Only once a month?  If I can't make it on one of those Saturdays I'm S.O.L, waist deep in 60 days of yard waste...and I care about how my yard looks.  Wareham yards aren't regularly featured in Better Homes and Gardens to begin with.  This ought to really make crappy yards look crappier!  Anything that complicates getting rid of the waste will decrease the likelihood of some yards being cleaned.


On the other hand, maybe the yard waste will build up and cover the unregistered cars & boats, furniture, tires, construction debris, engine blocks, washing machines, and other things normally kept in the front yards of the houses around here!




Posted by: bob | Apr 09, 2018 14:10

WBS,and I'm sure our town inspection enforcement officer will be out there writing violations ...Ha ..Ha...Ha......

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 09, 2018 15:27

Bob - The eyesore factor needs to be fairly high to warrant a violation around here.  I've spoken to the enforcer.  He explained that there is growing list that is a mile long.  Resources to enforce and penalties are both minimal.  The biggest offenders with the biggest eyesores tend to know the loopholes as well.  Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.  One man's trash is another man's treasure.  You get the drift...

Posted by: Curiouscat | Apr 09, 2018 17:32

Unfortunately there probably will be a lot of dumping on the sides of the roads but hopefully once the problem with CMW is resolved the two transfer stations will go back to accepting leaves and grass clippings.  Until then, thanks to the town for making this exception.  I'm sure due to budget constraints that is a key factor why they can't extend the days they can accept  yard waste.  Let's not look a gift horse in the mouth.

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