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Transfer Station Information
Residents may take their household recycling and solid waste to the Town's Transfer Station, located off of Church Street (address and hours are to the right).
A permit is required for entry and must be renewed annually by September 30th. They can be renewed in person or online as an added option. Only Weston residents may use the Town's Transfer Station and no commercial waste is allowed.
The permit application and additional information about the facility can be found below, including a comprehensive list of everything that is accepted for recycling.
Swap Shed Information
Residents can leave their gently used or new items they no longer need or use, and anyone in need of those items can take them free of charge. The The Swap Shed is a valuable resource for the Weston Community. The Swap Shed is run by a group of Weston volunteers, and always welcomes new volunteers. If anyone is interested in volunteering please contact: WestonSwapShed@gmail.com
The Swap Shed is opened from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm- Saturdays (unless coverage is unavailable)
Watch the video below that explores the Swap Shed :
Swap Shed Rules:
- The Swap Shed will collect items that are in usable/working condition only. Some items may not be accepted due to limited space in the shed. No items are to be left outside the swap shed. Items to be left shall be clean and safe to be handled. All items are subject to the Bulky Waste program. DPW Staff & volunteers reserve the right to reject any items for any reason.
- The Department of Public Works will set the hours of operation based on availability of volunteers/staff.
- Older items such as textiles, books, etc. will be recycled to make room for new items as needed. Older items which cannot be recycled will be donated to charity to make room for new items as needed.
- Acceptable items: Books, pots/pans, kitchenware, tableware, dishes, glassware, toys/games/puzzles (with all needed pieces only), tools (hand tools & working power tools), knick knacks, picture frames, skates, bicycles, lamps, sports equipment, fishing equipment, small appliances, stereos & speakers, radios, small non-upholstered furniture, small shelves/cabinets, and shoes in new condition.
- Non-acceptable items: Batteries, tires, mattresses/futons, cribs and crib mattresses, box springs, monitors, televisions, clothing (needs to be placed in clothing donation bins), cushions, stuffed animals, pillows, Christmas trees, catalogs/encyclopedias/magazines, large appliances, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, cooking grills, car seats, paint/varnish/stain/thinners, toilets & toilet seats, sinks & bathtubs, medicine of any type, hazardous materials including gasoline, oils, pesticides or cleaning products, upholstered furniture, wall-to-wall carpeting or rugs, bricks/patio blocks or concrete, demolition debris, doors & windows, lawn mowers, and food items.
MassDEP Mattress and Textile Waste Bans Communications Toolkit
MassDep Mattress and Textile Waste Bans Communications Toolkit
Permit Application, Hazardous Waste & Yard Waste
Pay As You Throw (PAYT)
The Town of Weston Transfer Station utilizes a Pay As You Throw (PAYT) solid waste disposal program. This program encourages increased recycling and reuse opportunities, as well as provide a more equitable approach in how all users of the transfer station dispose of their household garbage. Learn more about how you can purchase or renew a transfer station permit sticker.
The program is outlined in detail under Town Projects. The key points are as follows:
- Access to the Transfer Station will be available for all Weston households with a permit sticker.
- Recycling, yard waste and food scrap composting, textile recycling, and donations remain free
- All household trash that cannot be recycled, repurposed, or donated will need to go into the Weston-specific PAYT trash bag that are available for purchase at local retailers - find more of what you can keep out of the trash bag at WestonMA.gov/RSW
- The PAYT bags will be available in two sizes - 15-gallon ($2) and 30-gallon ($4), both available in rolls of 10.
PAYT Bag Defects and Quality Issues
If residents experience quality issues with the Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) bags they may call the bag vendor's customer service number at: (800) 866-3954. WasteZero will honor all quality issues by immediately shipping a replacement sleeve of bags to the resident.
Residents may also bring the balance of the defective bags to the retailer (grocery store where purchased) or the Department of Public Works (190 Boston Post Road) and receive free replacement bags (there is no need to bring in used/dirty defective bags to receive replacements). Please provide the 'lot number' located on the side of the bags to help the vendor identify manufacturing issues (this facilitates removing defective bags from circulation). Defective bags brought back to the Department of Public Works for an exchange are recycled. ♻️
Formally reporting bag quality issues helps us resolve them efficiently and allows us to get you new bags as soon as possible. Diligent reporting by residents is encouraged and appreciated.
Yard Waste at Transfer Station
- Weston residents may bring their yard waste including grass, leaves, and brush to the Transfer Station off Church Street during normal business hours (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except legal holidays).
- Residents must obtain a current Transfer Station Permit (available at the Treasurer/Collector’s Office in Town Hall) in order to dispose of yard waste at either the Transfer Station or the Composting Facility on Merriam Street.
- Do not dispose of any invasive plant species that have gone to seed or have a live root. Invasive plants threaten the health and ecosystem of the conservation land abutting the brush dump and can seed elsewhere if taken by residents utilizing any of the organic materials. A list of common invasive plants and how to properly remove them can be found on the Mass Audubon website.
- Plastic bags not designed for composting must be emptied of their contents as they interfere with the composting process.
Yard Waste Disposal at the Composting Facility (Brush Dump)
The facility at 60 Merriam Street will be open on the following limited schedule to allow for fall and spring clean-ups:
- Fall of 2022 - from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: October 15, 22, 29 & November 5, 12, 19
- Spring of 2023 - four Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: April 8, 15, 22, 29
When the Brush Dump is open large quantities (pick-ups/trailers) of leaves and brush will not be accepted at the Transfer Station please bring them to the Brush Dump.
Compost is available free of charge to Weston residents at the Transfer Station and Merriam Street site (during above dates), and open business hours, when available.
Reducing household tonnage is a primary goal for the Town of Weston, not just to reduce operational costs but also to the benefit of the environment.
Residents can recycle the following at the Town's Transfer Station:
- All metals
- Brush, leaves, grass, and other yard trimmings
- Cardboard (non-waxed, clean, even pizza boxes) and Mixed paper (junk mail, office paper)
- 5-cent MA deposit containers for soda/beer (aluminum, glass, plastic)
- Electronic components (cords, remotes, accessories, monitors)
- Glass containers and bottles (with lids or corks)
- Printer ink cartridges (not toner)
- Newspaper, glossy magazines, catalogs
- Plastic (no film, wraps or Styrofoam)
- Shoes and textiles (good and bad condition)
- Tin/aluminum cans
- Mercury-containing items (i.e. CFL light bulbs, button batteries, thermostats)
A complete list of what is accepted and not accepted is available in a quick reference chart (PDF). You can refer to the Recyclopedia, below, or the MassDEP Recycling Directory.
Learn more about how you can throw away less, which helps you and helps the environment.
Donation and Bulky Item Collection Areas
To further assist residents with keeping certain items out of the solid waste stream, the following collection areas are provided at the Transfer Station:
- Books, bicycles, textiles, clothing and household goods for various non-profits can be left at the corresponding donation areas
- Televisions, computer monitors, and other electronic/computer components, as well as fluorescent light bulbs and batteries (as mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection)
- Scrap wood, such as broken furniture, doors or cabinets
- Bulky plastic, such as a broken plastic tub
- Scrap metal, such as an old grill, fencing or appliances
Mattress Recycling Update
As part of MassDEP's 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan, the Weston Transfer Station will no longer accept mattresses into the solid waste stream
The town will recycle used mattresses with a fee, starting on November 1st, 2022
Bulky Waste Charges
As of May 2021, the Transfer Station began charging for bulky waste items. Items may be paid for at the Transfer Station or in advance of your trip (debit/credit card payments only).
Some items can be broken down into recyclables, such as upholstered furniture and mattresses (textiles , scrap wood, and scrap metal) and many bulky items can be reused or repurposed rather than going into the trash. Learn more about donating bulky items.