Hazardous and Special Waste Collections

Hazardous Household Waste Collection

Products containing lead, mercury, petroleum products, pesticides, herbicides, and some acids should NOT be poured on the ground, down the drain, or placed in household trash. To facilitate the safe disposal of these items, Amherst offers an annual collection event each summer or fall. Although Vehicle Stickers are not required for participation, pre-registration is required to ensure appropriate control and containment of the hazardous waste collected.
This year's event was held on August 15, 2020.

Amherst residents may also participate in household hazardous waste collections in neighboring communities at their own expense. To participate, identify the event you would like to participate in and contact Steve Telega (telegas@amherstma.gov) about registering. A private, regional, year-round household hazardous material collection center is also available in Westfield, Massachusetts (pick-up service available).

Safe Needle Disposal Program

Amherst residents may purchase “sharps” containers (for needles, etc.) at the Transfer Station. The fee is $5 per 2 1/2 quart container that includes the disposal of the filled container with a licensed medical waste hauler. Simply return your filled container to the Transfer Station.

Curbside Leaf Removal

The Department of Public Works conducts an annual autumn curbside pick-up of bagged leaves. Leaves must be bagged using the Town-approved, 30-gallon biodegradable paper bag. Loose leaves and leaves in non-approved bags will not be picked up. Bags are available at local hardware stores, garden stores and some grocery stores. Watch for additional information in local newspapers and on the Town website. Loose leaves are also accepted at the Transfer Station at no charge if you have a current Vehicle Sticker.