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Welcome to North Reading!
The North Reading Department of Public Works is responsible for the maintenance of the municipal infrastructure, including the roads and streets, Town buildings, cemeteries, and the water and stormwater systems in North Reading.  

The DPW Offices are located in Town Hall at 235 North Street.  The primary telephone number for the Department is (978) 664-6060, and this number is staffed during

The DPW Complex (Town Garage) is located at 166 Chestnut Street.

Some helpful information relative to DPW services is summarized below.  Residents are encouraged to visit the appropriate link or contact the DPW for additional information.

Trash Collection
Municipal trash collection is on Tuesday each week.  Should a holiday fall on a Monday or a Tuesday, trash collection is delayed until Wednesday.  Residents should have trash and recycling at the curb by 6:30 a.m.

Trash should be placed in containers, and each container should weigh no more than 50 pounds.  Awkward items, such as old carpeting, that will not fit into containers should be cut into sections no more than 4 feet long and tied or bundled and left at the curb.

Bulky or large items, such as matresses or sofas, will be collected on trash day, with the limit of one large item per week.  Please put these materials out with your other trash.

White goods, televisions and computer monitors will be picked up by the trash contractor, but must be scheduled.  Please contact JRM Hauling at 800-323-4285 to arrange a pickup.  There is a fee for white goods.

North Reading pays for municipal trash collection partially through real estate taxes and partially through fees.  Each single family home is assessed a fee of $56.50 per quarter ($226.00 annually) for trash collection services.  Trash bills are issued on or about March 15th, June 15th, September 15th and December 15th each year.

Recycling is on the same schedule as the trash collection.  North Reading encourages all residents to take part in the recycling efforts. Please refer to the Recycling Information web pages for additional information.

Recycling bins are available through the Department of Public Works.  Please call (978) 664-6060 for details.
North Reading operates a municipal water system supplying virtually all residents of North Reading.  Residents may contact the Water Department through the Department of Public Works or directly at (978) 664-6009.  Residents with water related emergencies when Town Hall is not open are asked to contact the Fire Department at (978) 664-3112.

Water bills are issued quarterly on or about February 15th, May 15th, August 15th, and November 15th each year.

At this time, there is no municipal wastewater collection or treatment system in North Reading.  You have a septic system on your property that handles the wastes generated in your home.

There are specific requirements relative to owning and maintaining a septic system (i.e., what can and cannot go down the drain, how often the tank must be pumped, etc.)  If you have never owned a home with a septic system, you are encouraged to contact the North Reading Board of Health or click here.