Transfer Station

Hours Of Operation

  • Tuesdays, open from 7:00am to 12:00pm.
  • Saturdays, open from 8:00am to 12:00pm.
  • A permit is required to dump at the transfer station.

Permits are due yearly by July 1st. Permits cost $40.00 per household ($35.00 for seniors), and can be purchased at the Town Offices. Oversized loads that are brought to the dump may incur extra charges as well, in addition to your annual dump permit. For more information on restrictions, contact the Town Offices or the Highway Department. The Alford Transfer Station is located behind the Town Hall, next to the Highway Department’s garage. See a map and directions. There are also local trash pickup companies, (check your local phone book), but an annual permit is still required for each household in Alford.

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We Recycle, You Should Too

Alford recycles it’s trash. It’s important to abide by the recycling rules. Not doing so costs the town extra money, as the town gets charged by their trash pickup service for improperly recycled items. We pre-sort our trash, and it is sorted further at the trash facilities.

Compactor

The Compactor is for trash bags and food garbage. Bags of shredded paper, packing foam “peanuts”, and chunks of packing foam go in the compactor as well (so that they don’t blow away). Note: Please do not dump yard waste, automotive waste or hazardous materials in the compactor.

Recycler

The Recycler is where all of the common recyclables are dumped. When you are facing the recycling container, there are two compartments. The left-side compartment is where you dump all recyclable glass, bottles, cans and plastics. The right-side compartment is where you dump paper, cardboard, books, and printed paper materials. (Note: Any cardboard or paper that’ soiled with food or wet should go in the compactor. Shredded paper should be bagged and thrown in the compactor as well.)

Open-Top

The Open-Top is where any large refuse should be dumped, including household items, construction materials, metals, plastics, wood, etc. Note that hazardous chemicals such as automotive waste, oil-based paint and solvents, and other items are not allowed.

Hazardous Materials

These materials should not be disposed of at the Alford Transfer Station. There are two different types of household hazardous waste collection days sponsored by the Southern Berkshire Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.

  • Paint and Oil Collections
    • Acceptable materials: Used motor oil, oil-based paint, oil-based stain, and oil-based paint related products (such as paint remover and stripper.) Latex paint and empty paint cans are not accepted. Dried latex paint can be thrown in the trash.
    • Locations: Rotate between two towns: Great Barrington and Lenox.
    • Dates and Times: Call CET at 1-888-577-8448. These collections occur seven times throughout the spring, summer and fall.
  • Comprehensive Collections
    • Acceptable materials include: oil-based paints, stains, varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers/thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid, fuels/gasoline/kerosene, antifreeze, degreasers, driveway sealer, brake fluid/carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes, roofing tar,
      pool chemicals, poisons, insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers, weed killers, moth balls, flea control products, rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry sets, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, rug and upholstery cleaner,
      hobby/artist supplies, mercury thermometers, thermostats, button batteries, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent bulbs. Televisions and computers may be accepted for a fee.
    • Locations: Rotate between three towns: Great Barrington, Stockbridge and Lee.
    • Dates and Times: Call CET at 1-888-577-8448. These collections occur two times throughout the summer and fall.

Additional items may be accepted at future collections. Contact a steering committee member at the Center for Ecological Technology at 1-888-577-8448, or visit the CET web site  for an updated list of acceptable materials and a current schedule of collections.

The Freecycle Network

If you have usable stuff at your house that you want to get rid of, consider Freecycle. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free. See the Freecycle web site.