Trash and Recycling Regulations

Amherst Trash & Recycling Requirements

All residential, commercial, or multifamily property owners, managers, or tenants in Amherst are required to:
  1. Contract with a licensed waste hauler for at least weekly refuse collection except when a variance has been approved
  2. Separate recyclables from trash, so that refuse contains no more than 5% recyclable materials by volume.
  3. Exclude other waste ban items from trash such as organic yard waste, appliances, and tires.
  4. Develop and maintain a recycling plan for disposal of recyclable material banned from landfills
  5. Be responsible for the proper disposal of hazardous wastes and any other material needing special treatment
 Local regulations also prohibit private (curbside) haulers from accepting trash containing more than 5% (by volume) of recyclable paper or containers. This means that if your household trash contains more than 5% of recyclable paper or containers, your waste hauler will not pick it up until it is separated properly.

For detailed information, see the Amherst Board of Health Regulations for Refuse Collection and Mandatory Recycling.

Single Use Plastic Bag Ban

 Amherst Town Meeting members passed a Single Use Plastic Bag Prohibition Bylaw on May 2, 2016 which went into effect on January 1, 2017. The ban prohibits restaurants and retail establishments from using thin film single-use plastic bags with a thickness of 3 mils (thousandths of an inch) or less in exchange for other recyclable or multiple use bags.  Town staff completed a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to assist business and restaurant owners with this transition.

Additional Trash and Recycling Disposal Information