Welcome to Waltham!

Located in Middlesex County just 10 miles west of Boston, Waltham is home to just over 62,000 residents. It was incorporated a town in 1738 and further incorporated a city in 1884. Administration is via a mayoral system and City Council. Waltham is also home to Brandeis University and Bentley University.

The City of Waltham has been frequently called "watch city" because of its association with the watch industry. Waltham Watch Company opened its factory in Waltham in 1854 and was the first company to make watches on an assembly line. The company produced over 35 million watches, clocks and instruments before it closed in 1957. Explore below and see everything you need to know and all that this wonderful city has to offer! New to the City or have a question? Start here!

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Ways to Stay Informed in Waltham

Citywide Alerts:

  • Make sure you sign up for our CodeRED citywide urgent alert notification system! CodeRED will send out urgent alerts via phone, text, or email. The system is used to notify residents in specific geographic locations of snow emergencies, parking bans, and missing persons, just to name a few. You can also text the word Waltham to 99411 to enroll. Translation to Spanish, Portuguese, and French is now available. If you're unsure if you're in the system or not, sign up anyways (it will automatically eliminate any duplicates)
  • During the Winters in Waltham, a "Snow Emergency / Parking Ban" may be declared when significant snowfall is expected. When a Snow Emergency / Parking Ban is in effect, there is NO on street parking. All vehicles must be removed from all roadways or they are subject to tow. Residents may park in School & municipal parking lots, however when the ban is lifted, vehicles must be removed from School lots within 2 hours and Municipal lots withing 24 hours. All Winter related alerts & information will be posted to our Winter Weather Alert Center. Snow Emergencies / Parking Bans will also be communicated through our CodeRED system.

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Understanding City Workings 

Trash & Recycling Collection

  • EZ Disposal & Recycling is our dedicated pick-up vendor. Trash and recycling is collected weekly in Waltham. Trash must be placed in a bin with a lid & all recycling needs to fit in your recycling cart with the lid closed. NO plastic bags! Pick-ups are delayed a day for major holidays or snowstorms. See our Recycling, Trash, Hazardous Products, and Yard Waste Brochure for a full outline and pick-up calendar, and find your trash & recycling schedule here. You can report missed pick-ups to Public Works at 781-314-3855.
  • See our Disposal Index for an overview of how to dispose of common items
  • EZ Disposal and Recycling collects Yard Waste every other week. Collection alternates according to your address. Find your Yard Waste pick up schedule here
  • EZ Disposal & Recycling will collect TV & Computer monitors, and major appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, washers, dryers, and metal cabinets by appointment only. Call them at 781-233-2211 to schedule a pick-up.
  • Residents can take their household hazardous waste products to the Minuteman Household Hazardous Waste facility in Lexington MA, one weekend day per month. See page 2 of our brochure for more

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Opening a Business in Waltham

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