Department of Public Works


Carl Sestito
Superintendent - Highway, Tree, Park, and Cemetery Divisions
(781) 383-0273 or (781) 383-6709
Contact by EMail

Department Personnel

Contact Information

Department of Public Works Facility
91 Cedar Street
Cohasset, MA 02025

Phone: (781) 383-0273
Fax: (781) 383-4125
Hours: 7:00am - 3:30pm

News and Announcements:



Holiday Hours and other information:

  • In observance of Christmas, the RTF will be closed on Sunday, December 25th.  It will re-open Wednesday, December 28th.

  • The RTF will also be closed on January 1st/New Year's Day.  The RTF will re-open Wednesday, January 4th. 

  • Christmas Trees my be brought to the DPW parking area on December 26th. 

  • Please remove all wires and decorations.  Wrapping paper may be recycled in the newspaper bin.



                   Household Hazardous Waste Collection Information

    • Cohasset co-hosts 1 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection each spring with Scituate.  Anyone with proof of residency in Cohasset or Scituate may attend that event at no charge, without the necessity of an Authorization Form.  Cohasset is also a member of the South Shore Recycling Cooperative.  Verified residents may attend most of the other ten to twelve SSRC HHW collections per year at no charge with an authorization form from the Cohasset DPW.  For HHW collection dates, locations, and more details, please click on the following link:




Description and Mission of the Department of Public Works:


The Department of Public Works (DPW) is a town service organization with an overall Mission to maintain and preserve the Town of Cohasset's property, parks, and open space, along with the public way infrastructure which includes streets, sidewalks, signs, and catch basins.  The DPW works together with various departments of the Town Government to accomplish these maintenance goals. 

Aside from Town wide maintenance and preservation, the DPW is responsible for operating the Recycling Transfer Station in which they explore cost effective and environmentally responsible ways of recycling and disposal of refuse.  The DPW helps protects the environment and maintains public health and safety standards through the management of road conditions and other variables that seasonal changes bring.


  Responsibilities of the Department of Public Works:


The Department of Public Works is responsible, but not limited to, the following:


  • Construction projects

  • Maintenance and repair of streets, sidewalks, and storm drainage systems

  • Maintenance and repair of vehicles and service equipment

  • Maintenance of parks, athletic fields, cemeteries, and off-street parking facilities

  • Sales and records of cemetery lots

  • Transfer of public refuse and recyclables

  • Sales of blue pay-per-throw bags

  • Snow removal and ice control

  • maintenance and/or removal of town owned trees

  • Filling and maintenance of the fuel tank



Cohasset Recycling Transfer Facility:


Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday - 7:30am - 3:30pm


 Map of the Recycling Transfer Facility


  • The Recycling Transfer Facility (RTF) offers various collection areas which accommodates for all refuse and recyclable items, these collection areas are clearly marked to ensure the ease of access and disposal; further instructions on the disposal of specific items can be found at the bottom of this page. 


  • It is recommended that all recyclable and refuse items are pre-sorted and properly organized prior to coming to the RTF to make sure disposal is quick and easy


  • The RTF does not accept asphalt of any kind, cement, or gas


  • The RTF only accepts trash that is in the proper blue "Pay-Per-Throw" trash bags, which can be purchased at the facility itself or at various other locations around town - these locations are listed under the FAQ section.


  • The Boutique is a unique section of the RTF because it operates as a free good-will station which accepts items that are in good working condition in which someone no longer needs but is not yet ready for the trash.  Examples of items that are donated to the Boutique include furniture, toys, books, sporting equipment, etc.



 South Shore Recycling Cooperative:


The South Shore Recycling Cooperative (SSRC) was established in 1998 with an overall goal to reduce quantity, toxicity, and cost of waste disposal.  Currently there are 14 towns around the South Shore that participate in the program.  The SSRC accomplishes their goals by assisting in the following:

  • Managing their solid waste programs efficiently
  • Providing economy of scale through regional procurement of services while allowing participating towns to maintain full control over solid waste management
  • Educating residents about how and why they should manage their waste materials thoughtfully
  • Advocating for funding, sensible laws and regulations that accomplish the goal of minimizing waste and cost, and maximizing recovery at the municipal level.

For more information regarding the SSRC please take some time to visit their site by following the link below:


South Shore Recycling Cooperation



Recycling Transfer Station Fee Schedule and Specific Item Recycling Information: