Reuse and Recycling Rally November 5
From 9am-Noon on Saturday, November 5, we'll collect pumpkins, bulky rigid plastic, and large chunk Styrofoam for recycling and bicycles for reuse.  Residents will also be able to bring the equivalent of two curbside recycling bins of personal documents for secure document shredding compliments of ProShred of Wilbraham.  For important details visit the link above in the Coming Events box.

The ReCenter Swap Shop Closes October 30!

Saturday, October 29 is your last opportunity to visit the ReCenter this season.  It will open again in April 2017.  We had another terrific season--thank you to all who made it possible!  Our zero-waste/zero-cost swap shop allows people to donate useful household items in good repair, and collect other free of charge!  For details visit the Reuse tab (below).   Interested in volunteering?  Email Susan. "Like" our Facebook page and/or request to join our email notification list to keep updated.

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Guide

The 2016 Reduce Reuse Recycle Guide was published in the Hampshire Gazette in April 2016.  The annual Guide is a handy year-round resource for anyone interested in reducing their waste footprint.  Hard copies are available from the DPW office.  View an online version via this link

Don't Toss Textiles!

Massachusetts residents discard over 200 thousand tons of textiles (clothing & accessories, bedding, etc.) annually.  Because only 15% of that amount is currently recovered for reuse or recycling, and 95% of the discards can be reused or repurposed, change is afoot!  Clean, dry and odorless textiles--even if worn or torn--are now welcomed at many clothing donation sites.  To learn about local sites that welcome all textile donations, Email us after reviewing the Fact Sheet and List of Acceptable Items

For additional details, visit the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's Textile Recovery webpage.

Compost Aides & Recycling Bins Available at Wholesale Prices


  1. Waste
  2. Recycle
  3. Reuse
  4. Compost
The Department of Public Works operates two transfer stations to collect waste and recyclable material from Northampton residents.  Because city solid waste services do not receive tax-funding, station operating expenses are paid via access sticker and disposal fees.  Sticker purchase grants access to both transfer stations for one year, and gives residents the low-cost option of transporting their own waste and recycling to a common collection spot.  A sticker also grants access to many recycling and hard-to-manage waste collection programs.  Policies, fees, and materials accepted at Northampton stations

Participants using the do-it-yourself  household trash disposal option must place their trash inside pre-paid, blue SMART (Save Money and Reduce Trash) bags, which are available from participating SMART trash bag retailers.  Please contact Deb Laizer with questions.

Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) Disposal
A citywide HHW collection event is held for residents annually in mid May. Preregistration is required, and arrangements may be made for small business participation. Contact us in April or during the first week of May to preregister.

Some Pioneer Valley communities offer a reciprocal guest arrangement, which allows Northampton residents to participate in other collection events at cost.  There is also a permanent HHW handling facility in Westfield, MA which accepts material year-round, and offers a pick-up service (link below).
Which household materials are considered hazardous (partial list)
Pioneer Valley Reciprocal HHW events (list)
NEDT Household Hazardous Products Collection Center (Westfield, MA)

Locust Street Transfer Station
125 Locust St, Northampton, MA 01060
Hours: Monday - Saturday 7am - 4pm
Closed Sundays and major holidays

The Locust Street Transfer Station is the only location which accepts household trash and common recyclables (e.g., paper, cardboard, bottles & cans).  All household trash must be inside of pre-paid, blue SMART bags (list of retailers below). The Station also collects compostable food scraps/non-recyclable paper, small scrap metal items, used automotive and vegetable oils, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries, vehicle batteries, used books, textiles/clothing, shoes and accessories. 

Glendale Road Transfer Station
170 Glendale Rd, off Route 66, Northampton, MA 01062
Hours: Wednesdays 8am  -Noon and Saturdays 7am - Noon.
Please note: Expanded hours took effect on April 1, 2014
Closed on major holidays

The Glendale Road Transfer Station accepts bulky waste (mattresses, tires, large metal items, appliances, bulky rigid plastics, electronics, and propane tanks), mercury waste (light bulbs, thermostats, etc.), leaves and grass clippings (no brush).

Glendale Road Gate 2
A special leaf and yard waste collection area is open seasonally on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month between April 1st and November 30th from 7AM to 3:45PM   for large loads of yard waste, brush, and leaves.  This area is accessed from Glendale Road through Gate 2, North of the main entrance to the Glendale Road Transfer Station.

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