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


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. For details see below or click here.

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
See brief summary below. Click Here for details and how to properly prepare materials.
View a map of the RTS.

Click here for details.

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

Click Here 
for details.

  • Leaves & Grass
  • Brush & Branches 

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for details and pricing.
  • 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 - October
    • Plastic - Large rigid plastic items
    • Printer Cartridges
    • Propane Tanks*
    • Scrap Metal
    • Tires*
    • TVs*

Greg Smith
Superintendent Recycling and Solid Waste Division

Matthew DeMarrais
Assistant Superintendent Recycling and Solid Waste Division
Ph: 781-727-9981

Submit Inquiry

Recycling Transfer Station (RTS)
1421 Central Ave.
Needham, MA  02492

Ph: 781-455-7568
Fx: 781-449-9173


Tuesday - Saturday
7:30 AM - 4 PM

Sundays in November
10:00 AM - 4 PM for leaves only

Re-Use-It Swap Shop Hours
Tuesday - Friday
7:30 AM - 3 PM

Saturday until 4 PM. - No drop-off after 3 PM

Re-use-it area closed on Paint Saturdays (third Saturday, April - October)