The purchase of a Transfer Station sticker allows residents to bring their own material for recycling and grants access to other free recycling programs, such as automotive and vegetable oil, bulky rigid plastic, and scrap metal recycling. Free food scrap composting is also available. All residential waste haulers provide curbside recycling in their service package, and several offer curbside food and paper waste composting.
Residents can now purchase transfer stickers online as well as in person at 125 Locust Street.
Recycling reclaims materials in products and reduces the amount of raw resources we extract from the Earth. Most forms of recycling also save energy and natural resources (e.g. water) by more efficiently providing manufacturing needs without costly processes like mining.
Household recycling of paper, cardboard and non-toxic household containers (bottles, tubs, jars, cans, cartons and jugs) is required in Northampton. Which household items are recyclable (Springfield Materials Recycling Facility)
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).
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.
Free Recycling Assistance for Small Businesses
Recycling Works in Massachusetts is a recycling assistance program that helps businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and composting opportunities.
Use their "Find a Recycler" database to locate processors and haulers or contact their hotline to speak to in-house experts. Call (888) 254-5525 or email for more information