- Public Works
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- Amherst Transfer Station & Recycling Center
Amherst Transfer Station & Recycling Center
AboutThe Town of Amherst operates a Transfer Station and Recycling Center, which serves as a collection point for trash and recyclable items for authorized residents of Amherst, Pelham, and Shutesbury. All items accumulated at the Transfer Station are moved to other locations.
The Amherst Transfer Station and Recycling Center is open year-round on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Station is closed on all major holidays. On rare occasions, the station will close the day immediately prior to, or following, a major holiday. When this occurs, closure notices will be posted under News and Announcements on the front page of the town website, on the entry page of the town's recycling website, in Town Hall, at the Department of Public Works office and at the Transfer Station, for at least a week prior to the closing date.
Use of the Transfer Station requires the purchase of an annual Vehicle Sticker. The Vehicle Sticker fee contributes to the costs of transporting recycling and waste and the many Transfer Station services.
Disposal / Recycling Fees
Certain materials require an additional fee to cover a portion of the disposal or recycling cost. Fees are payable by cash or check at the Transfer Station Office at the time of drop-off. Click here for a complete list of fees.
Kitchen Scrap composting
The Amherst Transfer Station offers a food scrap composting program. The program accepts small amounts of green waste from residents with a valid transfer station sticker. Commercial food scraps are not accepted. Click here for our composting guidelines. Greenwaste
ORGANIC YARD WASTE
Leaves, grass clippings and “non woody” prunings may be dropped off at the Transfer Station for no fee. Woody prunings and debris from trees, shrubs and bushes less than 12 inches in diameter and 6 feet in length may be recycled for a small fee. A current Transfer Station sticker is required for both.
Transfer Station Services
The Transfer Station offers a number of services and programs. Fees may apply and some services may be seasonal. Click here for a printable list Transfer Station Services Transfer Station Services.
Products for Sale (cash or check only)
Prepaid Trash Bags
- 33 gallon, blue, 3mil Town of Amherst trash bags - $30 for roll of 10
Backyard Composting Units
- Earth Machine home composting unit - $35 with valid sticker - $60 without sticker
Curbside Recycling Bins
- 14 gallon blue recycle bins - $8
- 1.9 gallon kitchen compost container - $5
60 gallon, industrial plastic, rainwater collector - $65 for Amherst residents/$75 for non-residents - OUT OF STOCK
Sharps/Safe Needle Collection Containers
- 2 1/2 qt. container. Returnable to the Amherst Transfer Station $5