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Next Community Repair Event: September 16

Our June 10 event was a smashing success, so we'll do it all over again on September 16.  Bring a household item that you would love to have working again and our team of volunteer fixers will see what they can do (which is, more often than not, alot). We'll be in the Smith Vocational High School Cafeteria from 1-4 PM.  

Reuse and Recycling Directories Ahoy

There are a number of local and state directories to help you reuse or recycling durable items too good to trash.  Who Takes What is a directory providing options within the greater Northampton area, and the locally produced 2017-2018 Reduce Reuse Recycle guide offers a detailed "What do I do with" listing (see page 10).  The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection offers Donation & Reuse options and a Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory (both of which tend to be Eastern Mass oriented).

The ReCenter is Open for the 2017 Season

Our zero-waste/zero-cost swap shop at the Glendale Road Transfer Station allows people to donate useful household items in good repair, and collect others 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.

New Reduce-Reuse-Recycle Guide

The Reduce Reuse Recycle Guide is a handy year-round resource for anyone interested in reducing their waste footprint through efficient reuse, composting, and recycling. View an online version of the 2017-2018 Guide.  Interested in last year's guide, which featured information about reuse?  Hard copies of both guides may be available at the Department of Public Works.

Don't Toss Textiles!

Massachusetts residents discard over 200 thousand tons of textiles (clothing & accessories, bedding, etc.) annually, but most of that can be reused or recycled.  Clean, dry and odorless textiles--even if worn or torn--are now welcomed at select 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 & Recycling Equipment For Sale

(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 of our neighboring communities offer a guest participation so that Northampton residents may bring material to 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)
2017 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 (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.
Larger loads, pick-up trucks half-full, wagon-type vehicles, and trailers please arrive no later than 11:40 a.m.
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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