Town Offices And Library Closed, Trash/Recycling Delayed A Day For Holiday; Tips On Holiday Recycling

Photo: Trash and recycling delayed a day

With Christmas falling on a Sunday, federal and state law says that today, Monday, Dec. 26 – yes, Boxing Day – will be observed as the holiday.

And while many retailers and other businesses will be open for post-Christmas sales and returns, federal, state and local government will be closed including the Belmont Town Hall and all town offices and departments. The Belmont Public Library will be closed as will the two US Postal Service offices on Trapelo Road and Concord Avenue.

Due to the holiday, trash and recycling will be delayed by one day. So if your pickup day is Monday, cool your jets for a day and haul those carts out on Tuesday.

Holiday Recycling

With the holidays coming up, it is very important to know what gets recycled around your house. Now is the best time to do your part, according to the Department of Public Works.

What holiday items DO belong in the blue recycling bins?

  • CLEAN plastic jars, jugs, and bottles but nothing over five gallons.
  • CLEAN metal food cans, and tin foil
  • CLEAN glass bottles or other containers
  • Flattened cardboard WITHOUT plastic covering
  • Wrapping paper and holiday cards WITHOUT foil or glitter

What holiday items DO NOT belong in the blue recycling bins?

  • Ribbons or bows
  • Batteries
  • Christmas lights, string lights, bulbs
  • Clothing
  • Plastic packaging, toys, bags, wrap or film
  • Food or liquid
  • Electronics. Does it need a sticker
  • Christmas trees
  • Metals

Clothes should be donated, not be thrown away. There are plenty of textile bins located around Belmont that you can use to donate your clothes. If the textile bin is full, please do not leave bags of clothes outside of the container. Make sure the textiles aren’t wet, moldy or have any hazardous waste on them. Learn more by going to this link: Textile Recycling


With Christmas falling on Sunday, under federal and state law the holiday period is being extended to Monday, Dec. 26 (Boxing Day). While businesses are open for post-Christmas sales and returns, federal, state and local government offices will remain closed for the holiday on Monday. The Belmont Public Library will also stay closed. The USPS offices on Concord Avenue and Trapelo Road will open on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

The extended holiday also means that curbside trash and recycling will be pushed back a day. So Monday pickup reverts to Tuesday in the collection universe, and Tuesday to Wednesday, etc.