Bulky Waste

A broken freezer, a broken chair, or an old ratty couch are examples of bulky waste that have become increasingly expensive to dispose of at the Transfer Station. An old dresser or armoire, an old mattress or bedframe, a computer monitor or TV, and old books and a bookshelf are a few examples of bulky items that can be repurposed or donated.

Climate change, and our increasing awareness that the planet’s capacity to absorb waste is finite, are forcing us to reconsider our current approach to trash. Any bulky item that is usable can find a good home with an organization that offers used goods to those who need them or they can be given away or sold through one of many social media or mobile app avenues. When those reusable goods find another home, there is less solid waste getting hauled away, less expenses that need to be covered by permit fees and taxes, and best of all there is reduced material getting burned up in the incinerator (polluting the atmosphere and creating toxic ash in the process).

Bulky Waste Charges

The purpose of charging for bulky waste is to help cover the cost of running the Transfer Station while taking an equitable approach to those costs. Several of our neighboring town such as Action, Arlington, Concord, Newton, Sudbury, Wayland, and Wellesley all charge for bulky waste disposal, too. And these municipalities have found that charging for bulky waste is not just about finances, the fees also encourage people to look for alternatives to trashing their large items.

The costs to haul away solid waste and recycling are increasing and the disposal of bulkier items is expensive. Currently, taxpayers are subsidizing the cost of disposing large bulky waste. The best way to reduce bulky waste and keep costs down for the user, and therefore the cost of running the Transfer Station, is to charge for it at the individual level.

Fee Schedule and Online Payment

As of May 1, 2021, certain large items, which are outlined on the Items and Fee Structure document below, will need to be paid for either in advance online or onsite with a Transfer Station attendant before they can be thrown away. Only credit/debit cards are accepted.

What Constitutes a Bulky Item?

To help gauge what is considered a bulky item, if the item is larger than what will fit inside a tall kitchen (13 gal.) garbage bag, it is a bulky item subject to the fees as outlined.

Keep in mind that some items can be broken down into smaller pieces and placed with regular recycling, such as upholstered furniture (textiles, scrap metal, smaller wood scraps). Can the bulky item be broken down into smaller pieces for a decreased price? Check for a plastic recycling symbol on a large plastic item and if it has one then the piece can be broken down further and placed in the plastic recycling hopper. Of course, if the item still has life to it, donate or sell it rather than disposing of it. See below for organizations accepting donations - even old mattresses can be taken away and recycled.

Organizations Accepting Donations

Books/CDs/DVDs

More Than Words (books and clothing)
56 Felton Street, Waltham
781-314-9330
(Bins at Transfer Station)

Friends of the Weston Public Library
Used Book Sale (also audio books, CDs, DVDs)
86 School Street
donation bins are located in the parking lot when Library is open

Computers/Electronics

Clean Out Your Office
Email: sales@cleanoutyouroffice.com
978-263-1072

Raw Material Recovery
461 West Broadway, Gardner
978-730-8266

Surplus Technology Solutions
8 Post Office Square, Suite 3R, Acton
617-835-3208

Household Furnishings - Large

Fresh Start Furniture Bank
16 Brent Drive, Hudson
508-485-2080

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
310 Pond Street, Ashland
508-380-1196
or
1580 VFW Parkway, W. Roxbury
617-317-1170

Household Goods, Inc.
530 Main Street, Acton
978-635-1710

Project Just Because
109 South Street, Hopkinton
508-435-6511

Trophies and Medals

Lamb Awards & Engraving
800-877-1448
internet[at]lambawards.com
Accepts old/unwanted trophies, plaques, medals to make new and keep out of the solid waste stream.

Medals 4 Mettle
www.medals4mettle.org
Takes earned marathon, half-marathon, and triathlon medals (adults and children) to repurpose as awards to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own to continue to live.


Household Furnishings - Small

Goodwill

Savers
222A East Main Street, Marlborough
508- 485-5191
or
500 Cochituate Rd., Framingham
508-875-0225

Sister Thrift
370 Pleasant Street, Watertown
617-923-1168
or
1251 Worcester Rd., Framingham
508-872-0649

Vietnam Veterans of America

Mattresses

Green Mattress

Sports Equipment

Bikes not Bombs
284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain
617-522-0222

Play it again Sports
108 River St., Waltham
781-609-2506

Other Avenues of Disposal

Wayland-Weston Freecycle  - trade it out with a neighbor

Weston (MA) Community Sale Stuff - Facebook group of Weston-only residents. Also look for regional "Curb Alert" Facebook groups where people will place a notice on the page of items they are giving away and someone will come get them

Facebook Marketplace - sell your items, which is a great avenue for old furniture or yard equipment, even some demo materials like pavers or cabinets

State Recycling Information