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Transfer Station

General Responsibilities and Duties

The Town of Southampton does not provide curbside pickup for trash removal. The Southampton Highway Department operates the Moosebrook Road Transfer Station, where Transfer Station Permit holders can bring their trash and recycling for disposal. The Transfer Station is located on the site of the former town landfill, which was capped and closed in 1997.

The Transfer Station accepts residential trash, recyclable materials and bulky items from Southampton residents provided the following: Residents must purchase a yearly permit in order to use the Transfer Station. They must also purchase and use Town-approved trash bags for residential trash through our Pay As You Throw (PAYT) program; and additional tipping fees are required for disposal of bulky items such as televisions, mattresses and construction debris (see Fee Schedule).  Permits and PAYT bags are available for purchase at the Transfer Station during days and hours of operation.

Also, all recyclable items must be recycled under current Town bylaw and Massachusetts law. This means that whether trash and recycling are picked up by a private hauler or the resident uses the Transfer Station, residents must comply with these regulations as certified by the Waste Ban Plan for Southampton, and the materials listed below cannot be disposed with rubbish. The Transfer Station Enterprise Fund is funded through the fees collected from the rate-payers who utilize the Transfer Station and is not funded through taxes.

Table 1: Restricted Waste Listed Under Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 19.017

Restricted Material Effective Date of Restriction for Transfer Stations Restriction Does the Southampton Transfer Station accept this material?
Lead Batteries 4/1/2000 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, ask Attendant where to place.
Leaves 4/1/2000 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, there is a dedicated composting area.
Tires 4/1/2000 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal of whole tires only at landfills. Tires must be shredded prior to disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, there is a dedicated tire bin. Tires must be removed from rims (rims can go into the metal dumpster).
White Goods (metal and appliances) 4/1/2000 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, there is a dedicated “metals” dumpster.
Other Yard Waste (organics) 4/1/2000 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, except no branches/wood larger than 1″ diameter will be accepted.
Aluminum Containers 4/1/2000 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, there is a bin dedicated to cans, bottles and recyclable plastic.
Metal or Glass Containers 4/1/2000 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, there is a bin dedicated to cans, bottles and recyclable plastic.
Single Polymer Plastics 4/1/2000 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, there is a bin dedicated to cans, bottles and recyclable plastic.
Recyclable Paper 4/1/2000 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, there is a dedicated paper compactor.
Cathode Ray Tubes 4/1/2000 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, ask Attendant where to place.
Asphalt Pavement, Brick and Concrete 7/1/2006 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. No.
Metal 7/1/2006 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, place in the “metals” dumpster.
Wood 7/1/2006 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, if demolition debris.
Clean Gypsum Wallboard 7/1/2011 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, if demolition debris.
Commercial Organic Waste 10/1/2014 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. No. We do not accept commercial waste.
Mattresses 11/1/2022 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, there is a dedicated storage container.
Textiles 11/1/2022 Ban on disposal or incineration or transfer for disposal at a solid waste disposal facility. Yes, there are dedicated donation bins located near the entrance; as well as at the Police Station parking lot.

 

What We Accept

Household rubbish in Pay As You Throw (PAYT) bags - all Waste Ban items must be removed and cannot be disposed of with rubbish!

Please see the Attendant if you have any question about whether or not an item is accepted or the proper place to dispose of it.  The Transfer Station segregates the following materials so as to keep them out of the waste stream. These include:

Electronic waste (E-waste) - examples of which are computers, televisions, printers.  (see Fee Schedule)

Mattresses and memory foam, furniture cushions, foam pads and box springs.  Wet, dirty or those mattresses with biological hazards such as bodily fluids or ectoparasites will not be accepted.  (see Fee Schedule)

Refrigerant-containing appliances - examples of which are refrigerators, freezers, water coolers, dehumidifiers, air conditioners and chillers.  (see Fee Schedule)

Large metal items - examples of which include but are not limited to barbecue grills, mowers (gasoline and oil MUST be COMPLETELY drained), hot water heaters, washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers.  (see Fee Schedule)

Construction and demolition debris(see Fee Schedule)

Bulky Items which will not fit into PAYT bags.  (see Fee Schedule)

The Southampton Transfer Station accepts the following materials at no charge for valid permit holders:

Paper and Cardboard

  • All paper and cardboard should be dry.
  • Junk mail – plastic windows are okay.
  • Paperboard – cereal boxes, shoe boxes, cracker boxes, clean pizza boxes, etc. Remove plastic liners.
  • Pizza boxes – empty: no food, wax paper liners, etc.
  • Newspapers/inserts
  • Magazines/catalogs
  • Paper bags
  • White and colored office paper
  • Corrugated cardboard – Flatten when possible. Do not tie with string.
  • Paperbacks and phone books
  • NO shredded paper

Commingled Recyclable Containers

  • Remember to rinse containers before recycling.
  • Glass bottles/jars, less than 2.5 gallons – labels, lids, neck rings, etc. are okay.
  • Aluminum, tin/steel cans and lids, and aluminum foil – labels are okay.
  • Milk & juice cartons (tent top), drink boxes – remove straws.
  • Plastic bottles/jars/jugs/tubs. Empty, rinse, and place cap back on the container. No loose caps or lids.
  • Clear plastic hinged containers (clamshells). No clamshells that are black plastic, styrofoam, or compostable.
  • Clear plastic egg cartons, clear plastic cups (crystal clear, printing OK) – place straws and lids in the trash.
  • NO TANGLERS (hoses, cords, Christmas lights, plastic wrap, rope, twine, et cetera)
  • No light bulbs, window or auto glass, dishes, glasses, Pyrex, ceramics.
  • No paint cans.
  • No household metal objects – there is a separate metal dumpster for these.
  • No clothing or textiles – there is a separate bin for clothing and textiles.
  • No plastic bags, containers over 2.5 gallons, motor oil jugs, chemical or Styrofoam containers or flower pots.

Organic yard waste

  • Leaves, twigs, grass clippings, weeds, coffee grounds.
  • Food scraps are okay except meat and dairy.
  • No brush, branches or wood greater than 1” diameter.
  • No dog or cat waste.
  • No plastics or other non-compostable contaminants.

We also accept the following items at no charge:

  • Unbroken fluorescent light tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Unbroken mercury-containing devices (thermometers, thermostats, ballasts)
  • Lead batteries (automotive batteries)
  • Lithium batteries (button batteries, cell phone batteries, computer batteries, uninterrupted power supplies, rechargeable device batteries, et cetera)
  • Oil (less than 5 gallons)
  • Small metal items
  • Usable items may be placed in the FREE-cycling shed (swap shop) at the discretion of the Attendant. No infant items (toys, car seats, high chairs, cribs) accepted.  Do not place anything in the shed without first confirming with the Attendant.
  • Textiles/clothing
  • Books

Please ask the Attendant if you are unsure whether we accept an item or where certain items should be placed.

The Transfer Station continues to modify operating policies and procedures to comply with changing regulatory requirements, public safety and best management practices.

What We Do Not Accept

Among the items we do not accept are antifreeze, gasoline, oil paint, liquid latex paint (must be completely dried out), household chemicals, asphalt, brick, concrete, hazardous (unless specified above) or radioactive materials.  We also reserve the right to reject commercial or similar quantities which exceed our resources to manage such quantities.

Waste Disposal for I-131 Radioiodine Patients
Waste Disposal for Cats Treated with I-131 Radioiodine Therapy

 

Links and Fee Schedule:

FY24 Transfer Station Fee Schedule

 

Compost Bins

Backyard compost bins are available year-round to residents for the subsidized price of $25, we will also periodically announce availability on the official Facebook page for Southampton. Contact the Highway Department (info below) to purchase.  Please follow us on Facebook, and for more information on backyard composting, see this video.

 

Contacting the Transfer Station

Phone: (413) 529-2352 during the days/hours listed below or Highway Department (413) 527-3666 during off hours.

Transfer Station Hours of Operation:
Saturday 7am to 5pm
Wednesday 7am to 5pm

The Southampton Transfer Station is closed on state-recognized holidays on the day that the holiday is observed by MA, or via vote of the Select Board.

Address:  48 Moose Brook Road