Dunstable curbside trash collection and recycling program

Over the years, increasing numbers of families in Dunstable have chosen to pay for private curbside pickup of trash and recycling rather than utilize the transfer station. Due to reduced participation, the transfer station was no longer financially sustainable. Rather than raise the transfer station rates, Dunstable will be offering curbside service to transfer station users for a rate similar to past annual transfer station sticker.

Q3: Who manages the new curbside program in Dunstable?
A: The Dunstable Board of Health. To sign up for the service or to purchase overflow bags contact the Board of Health at: 1-978-649-4514. EXT 229 Tues 1-4pm or email
Q4: What is new in curbside program?
A: The contract with GW Shaw’s is to provide current transfer station users with weekly curbside collection of trash and recycling at a price similar to the old transfer station sticker.
Q5: What will the program cost?
A: The cost is $300 per year and will include 2 carts (one for trash and one for recycling.)
Q6: Is there a Senior discount?
A: No.
Q7: What if I can’t afford to pay $300/year?
A: The Board of Health will consider requests for delayed or reduced payment support from any household experiencing financial hardship. Residents should contact the Board of Health to discuss available options.
Q8. What will I get from the new curbside program?
A: Each participating household will receive 2 carts; a 35 gallon for weekly trash and a 64 gallon for weekly recycling. Each week, trash and recycling will be picked up at the curb of each participating household.
Q9. My home has an in-law apartment. Is this considered one household or two?
A. If your family can utilize the 35-gallon cart then it will be one household. If you need another trash cart then you will be considered two households.
Q10: What is a cart?
A: A cart is the large wheeled plastic container or “trash can” with a hinged lid that bags of trash or items for recycling are placed in.
Q11. I’ve noticed that other haulers offer larger carts for trash. Why is this program only offering 35-gallon carts for trash?
A. Dunstable is participating in a state-wide effort to reduce the amount of trash to be disposed of through a variety of measures including increased recycling, composting and good consumer decision making. Less trash is better for our town, our state and the environment as a whole.
Q12: What if I have more trash than will fit in a 35-gallon cart?
A: Overflow bags will be available for an additional fee of $3.00 per bag (which will be available in rolls of 5 for $15.) The fee is to cover the cost for the added disposal and added administration of the bag.
Q13: Where can I purchase the overflow trash stickers?
A: Overflow stickers will be available for purchase at the Town Hall.
Q14: What is a bulk item?
A: Bulk waste items are defined as any item with weight or volume greater than those allowed in the trash cart or in an additional bag marked with an overflow sticker. Bulk items must not be considered hazardous waste or recyclable (metal items, appliances and electronics). Examples of bulk waste items include furniture, carpet, mattresses, baby cribs, etc.
Q15: How do I dispose of bulk items that won’t fit into a bag?
A: Bulk items can be collected at the curb by the hauler for a fee. Residents must make an arrangement with the hauler directly by calling their customer service line. Other possible methods for disposal of bulk items include:
• DONATE items to places such as Savers, Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.
• Dunstable residents may bring bulky items and recyclables to the transfer station in Groton- call ahead to determine any fees that may be charged.
• Pick-up truckloads may go to the scale at the Devens Recycling Center. For more information see
• Participate in the zero waste day in Littleton in the spring and in Shirley in the Fall (see information below)
• Post item on the yahoo group “Groton Free Stuff”. (See information below.)
Q16: How do I dispose of Appliances, Electronics, Metal, and Yard Waste?
A: Many items/materials can be collected at the curb by the hauler for a fee. Residents must make an arrangement with the hauler directly by calling their customer service line. Other possible methods for disposal of these items include:
• DONATE items that can be donated- such as appliances and electronics
• Compost your yard waste and Christmas trees
• Discussing having a bulky waste day at the old transfer station – if interested in volunteering contact the BOH.
• Dunstable residents may appliances and electronics to the Groton transfer station in – call ahead to determine any fees that may be charged.
Q17: Who should I contact if I have questions?
A: You may contact the G.W. Shaw at 1-800-649-7419. 1-603-878-4108

Q20: Can I hire my own hauler and choose not to participate in the town program?
A: Yes. This is a voluntary program being offered to those currently using the transfer station. There is no obligation to participate.
Q21: I don’t currently use the transfer station. I have a private hauler that is charging me much more than $300/year. Can I join the town’s program instead?
A: Yes. all residents are welcome to participate.
Q22: How will the Town deal with illegal dumping?
A: The town will regularly monitor areas that have historically had dumping issues. We encourage residents to report offenders to the Board of Health.
Q23: What can residents do to make this program work?
A: There are many ways that residents can support this program including:
 Participate in the curbside trash and recycle program being offered by the town. The more households that participate, the cheaper the annual rate will be.
 Donate reusable items and take other actions to reduce waste,
 Compost at home your yard and food waste (no meat no dairy)
 Participate in the Tyngsborough/Dunstable Household Hazardous Waste event, no hazards in the trash.
 Think when you shop to reduce waste in first place.
Q24: What is the Littleton June event?:
A: Littleton Sustainability Committee’s Zero Waste Day takes place once a year at the Littleton High School from 9- 1 pm. The next event will be On June 9, 2019. For more info go to:
Q25: What is the Shirley October event?:
A: Shirley runs a Recycle Your Reusables day. They take things that can’t be recycled anywhere else – including old tires, plastic bags, Styrofoam® and electronics (small cost). See the list here: next event is on Oct 20, 2018.
Q26: What is Groton Free Stuff
A: A free Yahoo group where area residents post items they are offering or looking for. This is a great way to have usable items get to area people that need them. See:
Q27. What is the Tyngsboro/Dunstable Hazardous Waste Event?
A: The 2018 Tyngsboro/Dunstable Hazardous Waste Day was Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 9am – 1pm. It is usually held in May. For more information see: