Pay-As-You-Throw  - Littleton Transfer Station

UPDATED - On December 6, 2010, the Board of Selectmen voted to reconstitute the Solid Waste Options Steering Committee established on September 21, 2009 as the "Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Implementation Committee," to expand the membership thereon from six to nine members by increasing the number of citizens at-large from two to five; and to invite applications therefor. 

Pay-As-You-Throw is a fee-based trash disposal system which takes effect at the Littleton Transfer Station on October 1, 2010. Residents purchase special bags at local businesses and use those bags to dispose of their trash. The annual sticker rate is reduced to cover only the cost of operations of the transfer station. This program allows residents to better control their trash disposal expenses. As with other utilities, residents will only be responsible for paying for the trash they produce. Recycling of most non-bulky materials is free. It is expected that residents will recycle a greater portion of their waste which will have at least these benefits: reduced cost to individual residents and families for waste disposal; reduced waste being placed into landfills.

The Board of Selectmen voted on November 15, 2010 to accept a Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) grant of up to $10,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for Pay-As-You-Throw start-up funds for the Town of Littleton, and affirm the community’s commitment to operate the Unit-based Pricing Program for a minimum of two years. November 8, 2010 Special Town Meeting voters had rejected a petitioned article to rescind the Pay-As-You-Throw system, by a margin of 70 in favor of rescinding and 141 opposed.

Read the flyer with information about how the new Pay-As-You-Throw System works at the Littleton Transfer Station, effective October 1, 2010. See the postcard mailed out to all Littleton residencesThe Board of Selectmen voted to implement the “pay-as-you-throw” a/k/a “pay-per- bag” option for solid waste disposal by adopting amendments to the Transfer Station Regulations at a public hearing held on July 12, 2010.  Read the flyer. Read the postcard.

See presentation recommended by the Solid Waste Options Steering Committee. Read more about expanding recycling in Littleton as part of this program.

Read more about Pay-As-You-Throw in Massachusetts.  Where Does It All Go?  Read more about it.

The Town By-laws adopted by Town Meeting provide in Town Code Chapter 181, Littleton Transfer Station, that "The Board of Selectmen shall have the power and duty to establish rules, regulations and fees necessary for the operation of the Littleton Transfer Station." The Board of Selectmen adopted "Pay-As-You-Throw" for the Littleton Transfer Station pursuant to that authority.

If you have any questions, please call 978-540-2670 or email

Littleton Transfer Station Spectacle Pond Road
Littleton, MA 01460
Phone: (978) 540-2671
Hours of Operation

Tuesday and Thursday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

Transfer Station Brochure and Fees 2010-2011
Regulations of Town Transfer Station
Recycling in Littleton 
Recycling Guide
Hazardous Waste Collection - Twice yearly the North Central Regional Solid Waste Cooperative holds a hazardous and bulky waste collection day. Please click on the link for further information on upcoming events.


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