On Saturday January 13th, 2018 the Amherst Department of Public Works is holding a free, pellet bag drop-off event. Between the hours of 8am and 2pm, residents of Amherst, Pelham and Shutesbury will be allowed to bring used wood pellet bags to the Amherst Transfer Station at 740 Belchertown Road. Residents will not need to display a Transfer Station Sticker to participate. D.P.W. staff will be on hand to assist unloading.
Bags must be: Wood Pellet bags only- No other form of bag will be accepted.
Empty- Shake all pellets out of the bags or cut the bottoms out.
Dry- Wet bags will not be accepted.
Consolidated- Cut the tops off a few bags and stuff them full or stack bags on top of each other and tie with string.
All pellet bags collected at the event will then be transported to Gold Circuit E-Cycling in Palmer MA for recycling.
Amherst’s Recycling and Refuse Management Committee will be holding a similar event at the annual Sustainability Festival in April 2018. Any bags accumulated after the January event may be brought to the RRMC event in April with similar restrictions as above.
Participants agree to purchase and use only prepaid bags for trash. There is no cost for disposal of recyclable paper and mixed containers. Conscientious recycling can significantly reduce the amount of trash generated, reducing dependency on (and cost of) prepaid trash bags.
Purchase of a Vehicle Sticker for the Transfer Station is required
Amherst Transfer Station accepts clean, white, “block” & “preformed” Styrofoam for recycling, which is collected by Gold Circuit E-Cycling. Styrofoam must be free of any tape or labels and should be placed in the appropriate bin located near the book shed. If possible, please break down any pieces larger than 36 inches prior to bringing them in. This program is in addition to our already successful Styrofoam “packing peanut” re-use program. If you wish to recycle packing peanuts place them in a tightly closed bag or box and turn them in to an attendant. You must hold a current Transfer Station vehicle sticker to participate in both these programs. Vehicle Stickers may be purchased in the Transfer Station Office Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 8am – 2pm.