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 Harwich Department of Public Works

Through teamwork and interdepartmental cooperation, the Department of Public Works strives to provide the highest quality of public service to the residents, businesses, and visitors of Harwich, in the most cost-efficient manner. These services include snow and ice removal, storm water drainage, construction and maintenance of public roadways, solid waste management, maintenance of Town-owned parks, athletic fields, beaches, cemeteries, public buildings and grounds, as well as the planting and upkeep of the Town's public shade trees.

The Division of Highways and Maintenance is comprised of the following departments:

  • Highway
  • Transfer Station / Recycling
  • Parks and Beaches
  • Cemetery
  • Building Maintenance
  • Forestry
  • Vehicle Maintenance


 Contact the Office Staff

Lincoln Hooper

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1543
273 Queen Anne Road
Harwich, MA

Phone Numbers:
(508) 430-7555 Main
(508) 430-7598 Fax

General Inquiries/comments:
Email Us

 DPW Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
8:30AM - 4:00PM

8:30AM - 12:00PM

Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays




In accordance with Harwich COVID-19 Guidance Document #10, the Town is initiating greatly reduced operational capacity during the peak/surge period between April 11th and April 20th.


Effective Saturday, April 11, 2020:


Department of Public Works

 Please call and leave a voicemail for the department if needed. DPW will be available for emergency roadway issues.  For emergency DPW / roadway issues, the public may call the Harwich Police Department at 508-430-7541.



Transfer Station

The Transfer Station will ONLY be accepting household trash and single stream recycling. 


The Transfer Station will NOT be accepting the following during Peak Week:

  • Construction and Demolition
  • Brush
  • Composting (Leaves/Grass Clippings)
  • Metal

In an effort to provide recycling services to our residents and follow COVID-19 directives (social distancing), we have developed a plan to temporarily transition to Single Stream Recycling where all recycling can be placed in one container. This will allow residents to quickly deposit all of their recycling in one location, making the act of recycling no different than the act of disposing of household trash or debris. There will be signage directing people to deposit all of their recycling materials (glass, plastic, cardboard, newspaper, junk mail and magazines) into the rolloff container staged in the cardboard recycling area. 


This temporary transition to Single Stream recycling is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in an attempt to make recycling as safe and quick as possible.  Once the COVID-19 crisis is over, the Town will be returning to a source separated recycling process that maximizes the return on these commodities.


The Recycling Area will be configured in a manner that helps maintain proper social distancing practices and there will be staff available to answer questions residents may have.  The new configuration will require longer wait times, so please plan accordingly.