Recycling & Transfer Station

COVID-19 Status update for RTS 3/24/20

RTS Remains Open for Waste Disposal

Monday, March 23, 2020 – The Recycling and Transfer Station remains open for waste disposal in Needham during the global COVID-19 outbreak with modified operations. Residents and commercial haulers may continue to drop off household waste and recycling during normal business hours. The RTS is also currently accepting yard waste.

Please note the following changes:

  • The Swap Shop is currently closed;
  • The Goodwill trailer is currently closed;
  • Scrap metal, tires, refrigerators, air conditioners, propane tanks, and computer and TVs may not be dropped off for recycling until further notice;
  • The bottle and can shed recycling program is suspended. Bottles and cans may be recycled in the comingle containers for the time being or may be kept at home for the time being until the shed is re-opened;
  • Used napkins, paper towels, tissues, wipes and similar items are not recyclable. They must go in the trash.

Stickers scheduled to expire March 31st for commercial haulers will be automatically extended to April 30, 2020.

Please adhere to social distancing guidelines, including staying 6 feet away from fellow RTS patrons and staff. To minimize interaction, consider dropping items off during off-peak times instead of Saturdays.

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RTS  Hours

Tuesday- Saturday: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Residential RTS stickers are now issued at no charge to Needham residents. Your current grey RTS sticker does not need to be renewed. View additional sticker applications or commercial hauler rates.


The Town of Needham provides residents with recycling and waste disposal services at the town’s transfer station, referred to as the RTS (Recycling and Transfer Station) or more affectionately "The Dump." The RTS is a residential drop-off facility with a two-tier pay-per-throw program. To use the RTS residents must display a current sticker and also purchase special bags for their non-recyclable trash. The bag fees help to cover the costs for operating the RTS. There is no fee for most recycling, so residents save money by recycling more and throwing away less.

Annual Sticker

Only residents or commercial entities whose vehicles have an up-to-date sticker affixed to their vehicle window may enter the RTS. The current (gray) resident sticker does not need to be renewed annually. Commercial stickers need to be renewed by March 31st. View an application and current rates.

Recycling & Safe Disposal

Needham residents who have a current sticker may bring many recyclable items to the RTS for recycling or safe disposal. The more you recycle the more your save! Most of the items are accepted at no additional cost, a few have additional fees. View details.

Yellow Trash Bags

Residents must purchase special Yellow Trash bags to dispose of their non-recyclable trash at the RTS. Bags come in large (30-gallon) and small (15-gallon) sizes and are available at a variety of local stores. For details click here.

Bulky Waste & Clean-Outs

Bulky waste may be disposed of at the transfer station for a fee, larger quantities and clean-outs for $140 per ton. Payment at the RTS scale house is by check or credit card only. Payments can also be mailed or brought to Town Hall where cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Check-in with the office attendant for details.

What We Take

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  • Mixed Paper
  • Corrugated Cardboard Boxes
  • Glass, Metal & Plastic Household Product Containers
  • Non-Recyclable Trash - (Require Yellow PAY bags)


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  • Leaves & Grass
  • Brush & Branches


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  • Furniture, etc.
  • Clean-outs, etc.


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  • Bring items you no longer want or need; take away items you can use. Everything is free. All items must be in good working condition.
  • No drop-off of items after 3 p.m.


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* indicates fee items.

  • Appliances and Freon Items*
  • Automobile Batteries
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Batteries - Rechargeable and Button Batteries
  • Books
  • Cell Phones
  • Clothing and other Textiles - in any condition
  • Computer Monitors (CRTs)*
  • Deposit Bottles / Cans - Carbonated Beverage Containers
  • Electronics
  • Fluorescent Lamps (all sizes)
  • Household Items for donation (small)
  • Medical Sharps
  • Mercury Containing Devices
  • Paint - Third Saturday of the month April to October
  • Plastic - Large rigid plastic items
  • Printer Cartridges
  • Propane Tanks*
  • Scrap Metal
  • Tires*
  • TVs*