Recycling Information

Recycling Information

Recycling: Recycling is mandatory in Scituate.  Recyclable items may not be disposed of in the Blue Bags.  Trash and non-recyclable items, including plastic bags, foam plastic, wet and food contaminated items, may not be deposited in the recycling area*.  

Failure to comply with these rules may result in revocation of Transfer Station privileges.

Items to recycle include clean, dry:

Paper (no charge): Paper, newspaper, magazines, phone books, paper bags, catalogues, cereal boxes without wax liners, shoeboxes.

Books (no charge): Books in good condition are handled by Recycle That or can be left for the Friends of the Scituate Library in a designated area in the Recycle Building.

Obsolete books can be disposed of in the paper recycle (remove hard covers).

Corrugated Cardboard (no charge): Flatten heavy boxes. Remove plastic packing.

Rigid plastic containers (no charge): plastic bottles, jars , tubs and lids marked with recycle code #1, 2 or 5. (Please rinse out the containers.)

Other Plastic (a small charge might apply): Other plastic items not bearing the recycle symbol must be disposed in trash or Bulky Waste.

Tin and Aluminum Containers (no charge): Food and beverage cans and containers  (Please rinse out the containers.)

Glass (no charge): Bottles and jars only.  Mixed colors and broken glass is accepted. Recycle metal lids with tin and aluminum containers. (No mirrors, windshield glass, windows, Pyrex, light bulbs or glass tableware.)

Redeemable Bottles and Cans (no charge): Carbonated beverage and beer containers may be left in the Recycle Building where volunteers from local non-profit organizations sort and return them to a redemption center

Metal (no charge): Includes metal shoe racks, coat hangers, pipes and plumbing fixtures, bed frames, metal shelving, lawnmowers, bicycles, etc. Remove fluids.

Clothing and other textiles (no charge): Clean, dry clothing, household linens, belts, purses and shoes in any condition should be placed in the textile containers (Bay State Textiles, Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc.) located near the Recycle Building. For other options, go to MassDEP's Beyond the Bin Directory.

* Exception to the no-bag rule: These items should be contained in plastic bags to keep them dry.

Motor Oil (no charge): Pour used motor oil in the designated waste oil container just outside the Recycle Building. If anything is mixed in, bring to HHW collection.

Oil Filters (no charge): Deposit in designated container outside Recycle Building.

Antifreeze (no charge): Pour into the designated tank outside Recycle Building.  If anything is mixed in, bring to HHW collection.

Car Batteries (no charge): Car and truck batteries should be place in the container just outside the Recycle Building.

Household Batteries (no charge): Rechargeable and Lithium batteries can be left in the tubs located in the Recycle Building.  Single use alkaline batteries may be disposed in the trash.

Fluorescent Lamps (no charge): Place in designated containers in Recycle Building.

Yard Waste (no charge): Drop off yard waste at the "Brush Pile" located at 161 Driftway in designated area. No charge for residents with valid Transfer Station sticker. Facility open seven days a week from 8:00 – 3:30 (except holidays.)

Freon-Charged Appliances ($15 per item): Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers contain Freon gas, which, by law, must be recovered by an approved vendor. You will be directed to the location at the Transfer Station where you may unload these items.

Other Appliances ($10 per item): Toasters, washers, dryers, stoves, and hot water heaters can be recycled as metal scrap.

Tires ($10 per auto, $15 per truck tire): Drop off in designated area.

Propane Tanks ($10 for small tanks[CG1] , $20 for large tanks): Drop off in designated area.  Leave valves closed.

Television: $20 each:  See attendant.

Computers: $20 per set

Furniture ($35 per item or Scale Weight): Drop off in designated area.

Mattress Sets ($35 per mattress, $35 per box springs): Drop off in designated area.

Bulky Waste ($5 for the equivalent of a 30-gallon barrel or $300 per ton) $2.00 min.: Drop off in designated area.

Construction Debris ($300 per ton, 0.15/lb): Drop off in designated area.

Yard Waste and Brush (no charge): Residents in vehicles with valid Transfer Station stickers may dispose of yard waste at the "Go Green!" Brush Pile located at 161 Driftway.

Take-it-or-Leave-it ($5 for the equivalent of a 30-gallon barrel or $300 per ton): All items dropped off at the Take-It-Or-Leave-It must be paid for at the Bulky Waste rate. Any item left must be clean and re-usable. There is no charge to take an item. The Take-It-Or-Leave-It will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Users are expected to help maintain a clean and orderly area.

Hazardous waste cannot be disposed of at the transfer station: The Town conducts periodic hazardous waste collection with the aid of a contractor capable of properly disposing of the material collected. These items include: oil-based paints, solvents, pool chemicals, pesticides, degreasers, mothballs, asbestos, wood preservatives, furniture strippers, ammunition, medical waste, radioactive waste. Visit for additional information.

No Motors, No Fuel Tanks, No Gasoline will be accepted at the Transfer Station.