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City Departments  

Did you know that Newburyport has a goal of becoming a net zero energy community by 2050? At our  group of exhibit tables, you can learn about current city programs, the net zero goal, our future initiatives and the ways in which you can help us reach our goal.



The Recycling and Solid Waste Division oversees curbside municipal recycling and solid waste pick up, the Colby Farm Lane Recycling  and Yard Waste Centers, and hazardous waste collection and disposal.   Here is the latest report from the Newburyport Waste Stream Task  Force.  The report includes recommendations to address costly market changes to the solid waste and recycling efforts.


Newburyport offers curbside composting with Black Earth Composting.

It is a self-pay subscription per week with Black Earth Composting. Please call 978-290-4610 or email-  What can you compost?  Find out here: What goes in the bin?

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The Newburyport Resiliency Committee is working to analyze, coordinate and develop a plan in conjunction with regional planning efforts to increase community resilience related to sea level rise, storm surge, flooding and extreme weather events throughout the city.


The city is partnering with the Great American Rain Barrel Company to offer rain barrels to residents to help residents manage rising water costs, save vegetation from drought conditions, and help our community protect its aquifers.

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Newburyport’s Energy Advisory Committee consists of citizen volunteers and the City’s Energy Manager and advises the Mayor and her staff on energy-related initiatives.


Have you noticed the many rooftop solar installations in the city? What about the new street lights? Increasing local solar energy production and saving tens of thousands of dollars annually by using LED lighting are some of the past initiatives of the Energy Advisory Committee.


Were you aware that Newburyport is one of the major off-takers of the solar power being produced at the Rabbit Road Solar Farm? You can walk by the solar farm on the Salisbury Rail Trail. 

You’ve already paid for a home energy check up on your electric bill. Save money, improve comfort, and reduce planet-warming emissions related to your home. Over 99% of National Grid customers who had a no-cost home energy assessment and insulation upgrades would recommend this to a family member or friend. Call 855-891-9899 to schedule a home energy check-up today and start saving energy immediately. 


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The Mission of Nourishing the North Shore is to ensure equal access to healthy, local food to all members of greater Newburyport in a manner that builds community, fosters connection, and promotes dignity and self-reliance. From Cooking Classes and VEGOUT Mobile Markets to Gardening Education and School Farm field trips, NNS creates healthy food access and education for everyone, together. Find out how you can participate, volunteer, or both! .  Click here to find program information:   NNS Programs


The mission of the Health Department is to educate, promote, improve and protect the public health and wellbeing of the citizens of the City of Newburyport, while contributing to building a healthy community and environment in which to live. The Health Department is responsible for disease surveillance, food protection and safety, animal health/enforcement, housing and sanitation, nuisance complaints, day camps, environmental health and recreational water quality.


The Newburyport Parks Department manages a wide variety of green spaces from waterfront parks, woodland hiking trails and Victorian fountains, to creative playground settings and playing fields.  Our 26 parks and green spaces can be utilized to host birthday parties and weddings, school outings, a variety of sports leagues and annual community events. We also offer adult recreational activities such as hiking excursions and area clean ups.  Volunteers are one of the cornerstones of Newburyport and perform a variety of tasks, from playground repairs and pitching in at the spring Clean Sweep to organizing annual events.


The Department of Public Services (DPS) consists of four Divisions: Engineering, Highway, Sewer and Water Divisions. 

The Engineering Division provides technical assistance to the DPS and other city departments for all civil engineering-related matters including water, sewer, storm water, roadway, site development, traffic management, and other public works functions.  The DPS will be showcasing resiliency and storm water management  measures the city is undertaking.  (see Resiliency above)

The Highway Division is responsible for maintaining public roadways, public sidewalks, public drain systems, Highland Cemetery, parking lots, and public trash and snow removal.    


The Sewer Division provides wastewater collection, pumping, and treatment services, while simultaneously improving and maintaining the City's infrastructure. The Sewer Division will be showcasing how to handle Fats Oil and Grease in your home and business.  


The Water Division oversees water operations (maintaining the quality of our drinking water and manages the city’s reservoirs, wells, pumping stations, storage tanks) and construction operations for maintaining water mains, hydrants, valves, throughout the City.  The Water Division will be showcasing rain barrels and water conservation kits and reporting on the city’s water quality.