Conway

  • Town of Conway Massachusetts
  • 32 Main Street
  • 413-369-4235
  • Contact Us

Transfer Station

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Contact

(413) 369-4727

Office Hours

  • Saturday 9:00 – 5:00
  • Sunday 8:00 – 1:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 – 6:00

The Transfer Station is located at 186 Old Cricket Hill Road and is open to receive trash and recyclables on the days listed above.

Your Transfer Station Attendants:

  • Brian Aldrich
  • Fredric Brown
  • Jeff Clairemont
  • Thomas Eaton
  • Tim Fisk
  • Troy Lucier

Transfer Station Regulations state that the use of the transfer station is limited to Conway residents who have purchased and display a special permit sticker on their vehicle. Payment for the permits is done both through the online payment option on the Town’s website and at the transfer station and are $10. Print out your receipt and take it to the transfer station during normal working hours where the gate attendants will give you your sticker.

The transfer station is now managed under the Selectboard by the Town Administrator townadmin@conwayma.gov or (413) 369-4235 x3. Conway is part of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District (FCSWMD) which is responsible for our hauling and disposal contracts.

The State of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has instituted Waste Bans, which are materials which are not allowed to be disposed of in the trash. These bans were instituted beginning in 1990 and are updated as the need arises. The newest waste bans are for mattresses, textiles and food waste produced in quantities over a half ton per week. Here is a quick fact sheet on these bans.

The town manages many different materials at our transfer station; please click on the pictures below to find out more about how to properly dispose of these items.

Appliances

Appliances (white goods) – $12.00
Includes stoves, refrigerators (with doors removed), dishwashers, washers, dryers, hot water heaters, air conditioners, humidifiers with cooling coils.Many of these applliances contain freon which must be properly evacuated before they can be recycled.

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Batteries

Proper Disposal of Household Batteries

Most batteries should not be put in the trash. Free recycling and disposal is available at the transfer station. Please give batteries to the transfer station attendants.
There are many different types of batteries and some contain mercury and other heavy metals. Batteries can release mercury, cadmium or other heavy metals into the air and water, ultimately entering the food chain and posing health threats to people and the environment. Please read below for disposal instructions for specific battery types; they can be given to the transfer station attendants.

Rechargeable batteries are found in those electronics and appliances that can be recharged, such as ipods; cell phones; cordless phones; laptop computers; power tools; some toys; some digital cameras; and rechargeable toothbrushes, razors, flashlights, and handheld vacuum cleaners. In addition, rechargeable batteries that can be recharged with a battery recharger should also be recycled. Cell phones should also be recycled in this manner. Rechargeable batteries and cell phones contain heavy metals and should never be thrown away; they should always be recycled. Our transfer station has a special “Call 2 Recycle” box for rechargeable batteries and cell phones. The specific batteries accepted in these boxes are: Nickel-cadmium (Ni-cad), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn), Lithium Ion batteries (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead (Pb). These abbreviations are printed on rechargeable batteries. The boxes for free rechargeable battery recycling are also available at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Radio Shack.

Alkaline batteries are the most common household batteries. They are available in many sizes and shapes such as AAA, AA, C, D and 9 volt. Alkaline batteries manufactured since 1994 do not contain mercury or other hazardous materials. Conway residents should bring alkaline batteries to our transfer station and give them to the attendant. All batteries should be checked carefully before disposal, as some non-alkaline batteries resemble alkalines.

If you would like to cut down on the number of alkaline batteries you are using, you could purchase an inexpensive battery charger and some compatible rechargeable batteries. These batteries can be used and recharged over and over again, but remember to recycle them in a battery box when they cannot be charged anymore.

Carbon Zinc and Zinc Chloride batteries may be disposed of in the same manner as alkaline batteries; see above.

Lithium batteries are used many applications but most often in cameras. The word “lithium” is printed on the battery. Be sure to check all batteries; some lithium batteries, such as the AA size or short and fat lithium batteries used in cameras, resemble alkaline batteries, but should be recycled properly with button batteries. See below.

Lithium-ion batteries are different from Lithium batteries, and must be disposed of differently. See info under "Rechargeable batteries" above.

Button batteries are the small round silver batteries found in watches, clocks, calculators, hearing aids, toys, remote car locks, flameless “flicker candles,” electric fence dog collars, singing greeting cards and singing balloons. Many button batteries contain mercury; therefore, button batteries must be disposed of properly. Give button and lithium batteries to your town’s transfer station attendant or, if your town doesn’t have a transfer station, place in the collection can at town hall.

Lead Acid batteries from cars, trucks, golf carts, motorcycles, etc. must be recycled by law and recycling programs, some for cash or credit back, are available at auto supply stores, local scrap metal recyclers, and at some transfer stations. Lead acid batteries are also accepted at household hazardous waste collections.

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Bulky Waste

  • Mattresses and Box Springs
    Each mattress and box spring – $25.00

In addition to the above list…

YES NO
Bulky Waste *Chairs, sofas, tables *Bookcases and shelves *Mattresses and box springs (fee applies)

*Bed frames· Remove nails and sharp items

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*Construction or demolition debris *Bricks, cement, sheet rock,shingles *House siding, plywood, windows *Glass *Wood longer than 4 feet

Compost

Compost is back at the transfer station! It will be the same as before, with 64 gallon carts lined with compostable bags, which will then be hauled away weekly to Martin’s Farm in Greenfield.

Please click HERE for information on what may be put into the compost carts.

Backyard composting:

Conway residents can now purchase a backyard compost bin at reduced cost! Conway residents can purchase an Earth Machine backyard compost bin at a subsidized price of $25. The subsidized compost bin can only be purchased at the Solid Waste District office. Visit Franklin County Solid Waste Management District for information on backyard composting and the District’s office location. The town encourages all residents to remove organic material from the trash and bring it to the transfer station collection program and/or use a backyard compost bin. Approximately 25% of household trash is organic material that can be diverted to a compost collection or compost bin.

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Conway Mall Swap Shop

The Conway Mall

The Mall’s hours of operation is seasonal. The Mall is open the first Sunday in April through the third Sunday in November. Weather permitting, it will be open the first Sunday in February and March for your shopping convenience.

Donations are taken from its opening through the first Sunday in November. They can be left on the table or in its vicinity. Please remember all items should be clean and in usable condition. The Mall is set up for the following types of donations: Clothing of all ages and genders (in season), books, bedding and household goods and footwear. The Mall offers a space where you can also post larger items or items not accepted on-site. The Mall cannot take any electronic donations such as TVs, iPads or items that would normally go into the Electronics cage.

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Electronics

Electronics
All CRTs, TVs, monitors, laptops – $10.00
Large console CRTs in cabinets – $15.00
Large screen TVs (greater than 36”) – $20.00
All other electronics – No Charge

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Fluorescents

Limited Hazardous Waste Collection — first Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hazardous waste collection is provided for limited types of household hazardous waste, such as automotive products (used motor oil, oil filters, transmission fluid, anti-freeze); mercury-containing devices (fluorescent lamps, button batteries, fever thermometers and thermostats); oil-based paints, thinners, lacquers, and other paint-related items; rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries; and fluorescent lamp ballasts.

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Grease, Fats & Oils

Residents are now also able to properly dispose of their vegetable and animal fats in a 55 gallon drum, which will be located next to the compost carts. Western Mass Rendering is the company recycling our fats & grease. This is an excellent way to keep fats and oils out of our septic systems while helping to recycle and create new products such as biofuel. It is important NOT to put any motor or other automotive oil into this container; doing so will cost the town money. If you have some automotive oils to dispose of, please see our helpful transfer station attendants.

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Household Hazardous Waste

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2022
GCC MAIN CAMPUS AND ORANGE TRANSFER STATION
PRE–REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY SEPTEMBER 16th
Register online at: franklincountywastedistrict.org

Limited Hazardous Waste Collection — first Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hazardous waste collection is provided for limited types of household hazardous waste, such as automotive products (used motor oil, oil filters, transmission fluid, anti-freeze); mercury-containing devices (fluorescent lamps, button batteries, fever thermometers and thermostats); oil-based paints, thinners, lacquers, and other paint-related items; rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries; and fluorescent lamp ballasts.

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Mattresses

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has instituted a waste ban on mattresses beginning November 1, 2022. What this means is that all mattresses in Massachusetts must now be recycled as opposed to being thrown out in the bulky bin for disposal. There are some exceptions for mattresses that are not suitable for recycling. Those will be allowed for disposal in the bulky bin for $45 a piece. The transfer station attendants will need to approve and record the disposal of any ruined mattresses.

Please read this press release from the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, and for more information, please visit their website.

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Plastic Bags

Recyclables

The Town of Conway has a contract with the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility to take our paper, cardboard, and glass, plastic and metal containers.

Click here for the “YES and NO” of what can go in recycling boxes

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Scrap Metal

Textiles

Beginning November 1, 2022 per the MassDEP waste ban, textiles are no longer allowed to be discarded in the trash, UNLESS they are wet, moldy or oily. The transfer station has a Salvation Army collection box where old clothing and other textiles may be deposited - after seeing if they can be used in the Conway Mall of course!!

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Tires

Tires
Regular sizes up to 17” – $2.00
Mounted – $5.00
Large sizes above 17” – $5.00
Semi truck tires – $20.00
Tractor tires, large – $20.00
Bicycle, wheelbarrow, etc. – $2.00
Any above, if mounted, additional – $5.00

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Waste Motor Oil

Limited Hazardous Waste Collection — first Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hazardous waste collection is provided for limited types of household hazardous waste, such as automotive products (used motor oil, oil filters, transmission fluid, anti-freeze); mercury-containing devices (fluorescent lamps, button batteries, fever thermometers and thermostats); oil-based paints, thinners, lacquers, and other paint-related items; rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries; and fluorescent lamp ballasts.

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What Do I Do With?

The newest edition of the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle guide was published April 20, 2022, in the Recorder! Check it out for yourself, it is chock-full of valuable information and tips on reducing trash. If there is an item you need to find out how to dispose and our transfer station does not handle it, check out the 'What Do I Do With' section of the RRR guide.

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