Public Works

Public Works

Pellet Bag Recycling Event

pellet bag

  On Saturday January 14th, 2017 the Amherst Department of Public Works will hold a free, pellet bag drop-off event at the Amherst Transfer Station (740 Belchertown Road) for Amherst, Pelham and Shutesbury residents.  Ownership of a transfer station permit is NOT needed to participate in this special collection event. 


Other important information:


  • Only wood pellet bags will be recycled.
  • Bags must be empty. Shake out any remaining pellets or cut the bottom of the bag off.
  • Bags must be dry. Wet bags will not be accepted.
  • Please consolidate bags by stacking bags flat and tying with string, or rolling stacks and inserting multiple rolls into a single, empty pellet bag.
  • Public works staff will be on hand to assist with unloading.
  • After the event, bags will be transported to Gold Circuit E-Cycling in Ludlow, MA for further processing.


   Amherst’s Recycling and Refuse Management Committee will hold a second collection event during the 2017 Sustainability Festival in April. Bags accumulated after the January event will be accepted during the Festival if they meet the criteria listed above.

Sand Now Available

Starting December 2nd, 2016, sand will be available at the Public Works Department at 586 South Pleasant Street, and at the Transfer Station on Belchertown Road during operational hours.

The sand is not available in pickup truck or van load amounts. All sand shall be loaded into containers provided by the resident.


To provide oversight and coordination of the functional areas of the Public Works Department, thus, allowing the department to provide the best possible product to the citizens of Amherst and those using the infrastructure of the Town.


The Amherst Public Works Department is responsible for all the Town's infrastructure maintenance and construction. Service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Sewer Issues:
If you are experiencing a sewer issue during Office Hours, please call the Public Works Department at 413-259-3050, ext. 0.  If it is after hours or a holiday. please call the Amherst Police Department at 413-259-3000.

Construction Permits

The Town of Amherst requires permits for all new sewer or water connections as well as driveways, drainage connections, and water or sewer repairs. 

You can now print out the permit and have it completed before you come into the office, just click on the link below.

Town of Amherst Construction and Trench Permit