Items Accepted

Materials Accepted at the Transfer Station

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)
  • Cartons (shelf-stable, i.e., soup broth and refrigerated i.e, milk, juice)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Propane Tanks
  • 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)

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, click here.

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, click here. Alkaline (AA, C, D, etc.) batteries can be thrown in the trash.