Important Paint Program Change
Residents are instructed to follow one procedure for latex and acrylic paints and to bring all other paint and paint-products to the fall hazardous household waste collection. Details.
Cell Phone Collection
Cell phones collected at the Transfer Station are donated to the Cell Phones for Soilders non-profit program. A collection bin for this program is also available at the Amherst VFW at 457 Main Street. Cell phones collected at the Amherst Senior Center are donated to an aging-related non-profit.
Discounted Rain Barrels Available
A limited number of rain barrels are available at the discounted price. Contact Susan (contact info above) to arrange purchase.
New Food Waste Pilot at Transfer Station!
An organics recycling program will debut at the Amherst Transfer Station on Saturday, May 11. Amend Organics, in collaboration with the Solid Waste Division of Department of Public Works, will pilot a pay-as-you-throw compostable food waste collection program. The program will accept all food waste, including material unsuitable for home composting, and is accessible only to Transfer Station sticker holders from Amherst, Pelham and Shutesbury. Residential Transfer Station stickers are valid for 12 months from July 1 to June 31 and are available at a prorated price through June. More information Acceptable material
Permanent Unwanted Drug Collection Box Installed
The Amherst Police Station at 111 Main Street in Amherst is now home to a Medreturn Box, a permanent safe disposal site for prescription, non-prescription and veterinary medications with no questions asked. Medicines can remain in the original containers. Those with privacy concerns may ink out personal information on the label. No liquids, syringes, IV equipment or chemotherapy drugs will be accepted. Similar programs are in effect at area police stations including those in Belchertown, Hadley, South Hadley, and Northampton. Program brochure
Receive Email Alerts and Reminders about Waste and Recycling
If you would like notification about waste and recycling-related news and events, sign up for one of the waste-related options of the Town's "Notify Me" feature. Residents and stakeholders who have signed up will receive email or text messages when related information is released.
Disposable Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Food Container Ban
A town-wide ban prohibiting food establishments and town facility users from dispensing prepared food in disposable food containers made from expanded polystyrene (commonly referred to as Styrofoam®) will take effect on January 1, 2014. More information.
Take-Back Program for Discarded Electronics
Consumers may now drop off TVs, Monitors, DVD players, audio and video cables, cell phones and other items at Best Buy (Hadley) free of charge, regardless of where the item was purchased. CRT TV screens can be as large as 32 inches and flat panels screens can be as large as 60 inches. This is a significant move toward manufacturers and retailers accepting end-of-life disposal responsibility (and costs) for the products from which they derive profits. Best Buy works only with certified third-party electronics recycling companies. More information
Valuable Information in 2013 Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Guide
Access an on-line copy of the annual Gazette/Bulletin/Recorder newspaper Earth Day insert. It's a handy guide to help you reduce your trash, reuse valuable items and recycle everything you can here in the Pioneer Valley. This year's theme is composting!
CVS Offers Expired Medicine Disposal Option
A new CVS Pharmacy program allows customers to mail unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication to a Texas facility for proper disposal. The postage-paid envelopes cost $3.99 each. Controlled substances are excluded from the program. More about CVS program. Alternative Instructions for disposal of unwanted medication.
Plastic Bag Recycling
Plastic bags cannot be placed in normal household recycling bins because they cause major litter problems and clog sorting machinery. The good news is that several area grocery stores serve as plastic bag recycling collection sites. Learn more about plastic bag recycling, including types of bags to save and avoid.
To operate a solid waste transfer and recycling facility and to promote programs that are viable alternatives to landfilling.
Recycling & Refuse Management Committee
The charge of the Recycling and Refuse Management Committee is to develop and maintain a comprehensive, long-term solid waste plan for the Town. Archived agendas and minutes from the Committee are available on-line.