On Saturday January 5, 12, 19, and 26 of 2019 the Amherst Department of Public Works is holding free, pellet bag drop-off events. 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.
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 2019. Any bags accumulated after the January event may be brought to the RRMC event in April with similar restrictions as above.
To operate a solid waste transfer and recycling facility and to promote programs that are viable alternatives to landfilling.
Special Student Information
Students with a valid student I.D. can bring items into the Transfer Station without a sticker, they just need to pay for what they drop off- in most cases (see Special Student Information for more details). See Fee Schedule.
Please note the hours for the Transfer Station are: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The Pay-As-You-Throw program is available to Amherst residents who generate a small quantity of trash and recycling and are willing to transport it to the Amherst Transfer Station and Recycling Center as needed.
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
Plastic Bag Recycling
Plastic bags cannot be placed in household recycling bins because they clog sorting machinery. However you CAN return them clean and dry to many retailers for recycling, including Stop and Shop, Big Y, Whole Foods, Lowe's, and Wal-Mart. The Amherst Transfer Station does not accept plastic bags for recycling. All of the types of plastic bags and film shown below can be recycled:
Styrofoam Recycling Program
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.
Free composting is available to Amherst, Pelham & Shutesbury residents who hold a current Transfer Station vehicle sticker. Compost collection totes are located in the recycling section of the Transfer Station near the Cardboard chute. Alternative Recycling Systems, a locally based compost service provider, collects the compost. Simply dump your compost directly into a tote, or use a biodegradable compost bag (available at local retailers). Do Not leave your compost in a traditional plastic bag. Handy home compost collection pails may be purchased in the Transfer Station office for a discount rate of $5.
This program is for residential use only.
Transfer Station vehicle stickers permit access to many services including: free household recycling, access to the book shed and swap shop and inexpensive household trash disposal. They may be purchased in the Transfer Station Office Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 8am – 2pm.
Please see attached links for more information on what you can and cannot compost at the Transfer Station, as well as more information about Alternative Recycling Systems.
The annual Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Guide was distributed in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Amherst Bulletin in Spring 2018. The Guide will help you reduce your trash, reuse valuable items and recycle everything you can here in the Pioneer Valley. Copies are available in the Transfer Station's scalehouse and at the Department of Public Works on South Pleasant Street. Get the guide today!
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.