The Department of Public Works operates two transfer stations to collect trash and recyclable material from Northampton residents. Purchase of a $45.00 annual transfer station permit allows residents the low-cost option of transporting their own household waste and recycling weekly to the Locust Street Transfer Station. Permits grant access to additional services (pdf) at both transfer stations for a 12-month period (July 1 through June 30).  Disposal fees and operating hours (pdf). Transfer station permits may be purchased online via UniBank. Permits may also be paid for by cash or check, made out to the City of Northampton, at 125 Locust Street.  There is a lockbox at the Administration Building door or you can speak with a gatekeeper for assistance.  Means-based discounts (pdf) and caregiver access passes (pdf) are available; please contact 413-587-1570 x4306 for assistance with this special applications.

Household Trash

The do-it-yourself household trash disposal option offered at the Locust Street Transfer Station requires that residents place their household trash inside pre-paid, blue SMART (Save Money and Reduce Trash) bags. The bags are available in three sizes (pdf), and may be purchased at participating SMART trash bag retailers (pdf). Hazardous household waste and yard waste should not be placed inside blue SMART bags.

Food Waste

Household-generated food scraps and food-soiled paper waste (pdf) are collected at The Locust Street Transfer Station at no charge for permit holders.  The material is processed locally and becomes a nutrient-rich soil amendment.  For residents who wish to compost fruit and vegetable scraps in their backyard, we make two varieties of compost bins available at wholesale cost. Learn more about Compost.

Bulky Waste

Bulky waste (pdf) (such as furniture, appliances, and construction debris) and recyclable bulky plastic (pdf) are collected at the Glendale Road Transfer Station. Disposal fees (pdf) may apply.

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Please direct any questions to or 413-587-1570.

Locust Street Transfer Station photo