Ayer Transfer Station: Materials Accepted

The following can be recycled at the Transfer Station:

  • Aluminum foil and pie plates aluminum, tin and steel cans and lids
  • Beer bottles
  • Bottle caps (put in with steel cans)
  • Brown paper bags
  • Car batteries (see fee schedule on Transfer Station page)
  • Cell phones. Place in plastic bag in collection box in the Universal Waste Shed.
  • Christmas trees
  • Clothes, shoes and small toys (place in bags and drop in Planet Aid collection box).
  • Corrugated cardboard (please flatten)
  • Fluorescent bulbs, thermometers, thermostats (leave in Universal Waste Shed)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Motor oil
  • Newspaper
  • Paper (including junk mail, cereal boxes, magazines, etc.). Don't bother to remove staples or cellophane "windows."
  • Plastic containers labeled #1 - #7
  • Rechargeable batteries (no larger than 2 lbs). Place in plastic bag in collection box in the Universal Waste Shed.
  • Scrap metal
  • Tires (see fee schedule on Transfer Station page)
  • Wood fire ashes
  • Yard waste, including leaves, grass and small branches (no stumps)
  • Furniture (see fee schedule on Transfer Station page) books and other household items that are in good condition may be left in the Swap Shed.
  • Tires (see fee schedule on Transfer Station page)

Bulk Items

Residents with a valid transfer station sticker will be required to buy and affix bulk item tags prior to the disposal of the following items (see fee schedule on Transfer Station page).

  • Air conditioners
  • Automobile batteries
  • Computer monitors
  • Empty propane tanks
  • Furniture, upholstered
  • Furniture, wooden
  • Mattress/box springs
  • Microwaves
  • Refrigerators
  • Rugs
  • Stoves
  • Televisions
  • Washers/dryers
  • Water heaters

Mercury-containing materials

Mercury is toxic and you should not throw materials containing it in the trash. Instead, please drop off fluorescent light bulbs, silent light switches, button batteries, thermostats and thermometers in the Universal Waste Shed at the Transfer Station. There is a permanent thermometer exchange at the Ayer Council on Aging (18 Pond Street Rear), Monday to Friday from 9am-2:30pm. For more information, visit Keep Mercury From Rising.

Rechargeable batteries and cell phones

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation recycles the following types of batteries: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead* (Pb) AND any cell phones. Place your batteries or cell phones in a plastic bag provided in the collection box in the Universal Waste Shed at the Transfer Station. DO NOT leave any batteries that weigh over two pounds. Check those batteries to see if they are labeled with recycling information. For more information, visit Call2Recycle. Alkaline (AA, C, D, etc.) batteries can be thrown in the trash.