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Recycling - Solid Waste
Susan Waite
Recycling Coordinator

586 S. Pleasant St.
Amherst, MA 01002

Ph: 413-259-3049
Fx: 413-259-2414

9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday - Thursday
  • Monday - Closed
  • Tuesday - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday - Closed
  • Thursday - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Friday - Closed
  • Saturday - 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday - Closed 

Transfer Station & Recycling Center Information 
      Holiday Closing Information

New Waste Reduction Guide Published
The 2014 Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Guide was distributed in the April 16 Daily Hampshire Gazette and the April 18 Amherst Bulletin.  Additional copies are available in the Transfer Station's scalehouse and at the Department of Public Works on South Pleasant Street.  Here's a on-line version.
Photo of barrels

Order Rain Barrel & Rotating Composters Now!

Both items are made in Vermont from reclaimed plastic food-grade barrels (about 55 gallon), and are offered at a special (below-retail) price.   

The rain barrel has an overflow valve which can be used to direct water away from a building's foundation and a solid brass, garden hose-friendly spigot.  The composter stand is made of rot-resistant white cedar and has a screw-top lid.

Order by May 15 for a mid-to-late May pick-up at the DPW on South Pleasant Street (date to be announced). 

2013-foodtoogood.PNG  Food Waste Collection at Amherst's Transfer Station!
Amend Organics, in collaboration with the Solid Waste Division of Department of Public Works, offers a pay-as-you-throw compostable food waste collection program at the Amherst Transfer Station.  The program will accept all food waste, including material unsuitable for home composting, and is accessible to Transfer Station sticker holders from Amherst, Pelham and Shutesbury.  Residential Transfer Station stickers may be purchased by any residents of the three towns and are valid for 12 months (July 2013 to June 31, 2014). 
More information about the composting program (PDF) 
Acceptable compost material (PDF)
-  Food too good to waste flyer (PDF)
How to get your transfer station sticker

Cell Phone Collection
Cell phones collected at the Transfer Station are donated to the Cell Phones for Soldiers 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.

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 2014 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 Zero Waste!

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.