Contact Information

Hanson Board of Health
542 Liberty Street
Hanson, MA 02341
(781) 293-3138 Ext. 122
Fax: (781) 294-0884

Town of Hanson

On February 4, 2014, the Hanson Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to approve a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) program and authorize Town Administrator Ronald San Angelo to sign the contract between the town and WasteZero.

Beginning July 1, 2014, residents must place all their trash in the new Hanson official orange trash bags before disposing at the transfer station.  Trash not placed in the designated orange bags will not be accepted.

The Hanson orange trash bags are conveniently available in the following sizes and quantities at retail outlets throughout Hanson:

  • Small, 15-gallon PAYT bags are sold in packages of eight.
  • Large, 30-gallon PAYT bags are sold in packages of five.

Each package is $10.00, and no sales tax will be charged.

The PAYT bags are for solid waste only and not recyclable items.  The new PAYT program will allow the Town of Hanson to increase recycling and reduce the amount of trash generated, resulting in savings for Hanson.  These savings may allow the town to allocate funds to higher priority services.  PAYT will also create a far more fair and efficient trash collection program for everyone.  Residents who recycle will no longer subsidize trash collection for their neighbors who may not recycle.

Remember, by recycling more, you’ll produce less trash, which means you’ll use fewer trash bags.  The new PAYT program lets you take control of your waste disposal costs!  Also, when residents throw away less and recycle more, the environment is better preserved as landfills last longer, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, millions of BTUs of energy are saved, and natural resources last longer.

Some of the information on this web page can also be accessed by calling 1-855-774-3622. Basic information, including the list of stores where bags are available, is only a phone call away.


Where do I buy the bags?

Hanson’s official PAYT bags are available in the following sizes and quantities. Each package is $10.00 and no sales tax will be charged.

  • Small, 15-gallon PAYT bags are sold in packages of eight.
  • Large, 30-gallon PAYT bags are sold in packages of five.

The following are participating stores:

Store NameStreet AddressCity, StatePhone Number
14-58 Liquors470 Liberty Street Hanson, MA(781) 293-1458
Ace Hardware1361 Main Street Hanson, MA(781) 293-6344
Cumberland Farms 2 Main Street Hanson, MA(781) 293-9379
CVS Pharmacy 471 Liberty Street Hanson, MA(781) 293-3545
Hanson Grain 968 West Washington Street Hanson, MA(781) 447-6621
Myettes General Store 156 Liberty Street Hanson, MA(781) 293-0210
Shaw's Supermarket476 Liberty StreetHanson, MA(781) 293-3008
Stop & Shop375 Centre AvenueAbington, MA(781) 871-0020
Stop & Shop341 Plymouth StreetHalifax, MA(781) 293-5786
Stop & Shop 24 Mattakeesett StreetPembroke, MA(781) 293-1262
Stop & Shop 475 Bedford StreetWhitman, MA(781) 447-7817
Tedeschi Food Shops12 Monponsett Street Hanson, MA(781) 293-3529
Village Mini Mart911 Main StreetHanson, MA(781) 294-1612

A map of the above store locations may also be found here: Participating stores map


Trash Collection Rules and Guidelines


No bags are required for recyclables.

General Rules

  • Only orange Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) bags will be accepted for household trash.
  • Stickers remain the property of the Town of Hanson.
  • Any violation of these rules may result in the loss of stickers.
  • Hazardous wastes/products and business waste are prohibited.
  • All scrap metal and other recyclables are the property of the Town.  Picking is prohibited.

Bulk Items

The transfer station serves as a drop off center for bulky items.  Residents may drop off such items during normal operating hours.  There are associated fees and a limit to the number of items that can be dropped off.

Bulk item tickets must be purchased online via the Board of Health website or at Town Hall.  You must have a valid transfer station sticker to purchase a bulky item ticket.
Mattresses, box springs, and the like must be cut up small enough to fit into the mouth of the compactor prior to disposal at the transfer station.

Bulky Items

  • Microwave $10.00
  • Dehumidifier $10.00
  • Refrigerator $10.00
  • Air Conditioner $10.00
  • Other Appliances $10.00
  • Other Bulky items (e.g. rugs, mattress, box springs) $10.00
  • 3 or more bulky items $30.00

CRT’s and Televisions

  • Computers $10.00
  • Monitors $10.00
  • Television $10.00
  • 19″ to 37″ $15.00
  • 38″ or larger $20.00


  • Car Tires $2.00/ea
  • Truck Tires $5.00/ea



What can I recycle?


For the convenience of residents who hold transfer station usage stickers we have at the transfer station marked bins for glass, metal and plastic containers, and for newspapers. Following is a list of acceptable materials. As the program develops, it may be expanded to include more items. Please pay particular attention to the instructions on the preparation of materials. It is especially important that all containers be rinsed free of food, cleaning chemicals, etc. This will help maintain the cleanliness of the recycling site and protect the health of the workers who will be handling the materials. Proper preparation of the recyclables increases their marketability, which in turn will help ensure the long-term success of the program. Glass, plastic, and metal cans may be commingled (mixed). Please crush plastic.

REMEMBER: Adding materials not on the accepted list will do more harm than good!




  • Clean, Dry Paper & Newspaper
  • Newspaper Inserts
  • Computer Print Out
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Phone Books & Paperback Books
  • Cardboard
  • Junk Mail

Metal Cans

  • Steel Cans
  • Tin Cans
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Plates and Trays

Plastic Containers
(The symbols for #1 and #2 plastic are found on the bottom of recyclable containers – PLEASE CRUSH PLASTIC CONTAINERS)

  • Soda Bottles (#1)
  • Liquor Bottles (#1)
  • Detergent Bottles (#2)
  • Milk Jugs (#2)
  • #3,4,5,6,7 Containers
  • Yogurt Containers
  • Magazine Tubs

Glass Containers

  • Clear Bottles and Jars
  • Green Bottles and Jars
  • Brown Bottles and Jars

Not Recyclable


  • Mylar
  • Tyvek
  • Foil Paper
  • Wax Cardboard
  • Napkins
  • Paper Cups
  • Paper Plates

Metal Cans

  • Paint Cans
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Flammable Substance Containers

Plastic Containers

  • Eating Utensils
  • Film Bags
  • Polystyrene
  • Juice Packs
  • Milk Cartons

Glass Containers

  • Rings, Caps & Lids
  • Mirrors
  • Plate Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Statuettes
  • Dinnerware, China
  • Decorated Bottles
  • Light Bulbs and Tubes



Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the Town of Hanson Board of Health?

Call (781) 293-3138 ext. 122 or log on to http://www.hanson-ma.gov for general questions regarding recycling and rubbish disposal.

Is there a limit to the amount of materials I can recycle?

No. The town encourages residents to recycle as much as they can. The more you recycle, the fewer bags you will need to purchase and the more money you save.

How does this program work?

Simply buy orange, town-approved bags at retail stores throughout the town, and dispose of your trash in these bags as you normally would. Only the trash you put in these bags will be accepted at the transfer station.

What is PAYT?

“PAYT” stands for Pay-As-You-Throw. The Pay-As-You-Throw system is one in which residents pay a basic fee to cover the fixed costs of trash management and also a user fee for the amount used—much like the way we use and pay for electricity, water, or gas. Hanson’s PAYT program is based on a pay-per-bag basis.

How is this program good for Hanson?

In general, Hanson’s PAYT program may bring municipal, residential, and environmental benefits. The town benefits from savings in reduced tipping fees. Residents may benefit because A) the program is more equitable. Without a PAYT program, every household, regardless of size, pays the same. With a PAYT program, people who generate less trash will pay less by using fewer bags, and people who generate more trash will pay more by using more bags. It encourages people to recycle. And B) with the choice of how much they want to recycle, residents now have more control of their trash disposal costs. Finally, environmental benefits come from a slowdown in the growth of landfills, as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and water and soil contamination.

What about large families?

If large families buy more than smaller families, they will have more to throw away and will have to buy more trash bags. This program will give them a chance, and a new incentive, to lower their costs by recycling everything they can.

Isn’t PAYT a hardship on low-income households?

To the contrary, pay-as-you-throw gives low-income residents the opportunity to control their expenses for solid waste disposal—an opportunity that they did not have in the past.

Do apartments and multifamily dwellings participate in pay-as-you-throw?

Hanson’s single-family homes and multi-family dwellings that include up to 2 units participate in Hanson’s PAYT program; dwellings with 3 or more units do not participate.


More Information

The Board of Health’s hours are as follows:

Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Town Hall
542 Liberty Street, Second Floor
Hanson, MA 02341

Phone: 781-293-3138 Ext. 122

The transfer station’s hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:45 am – 4:45 pm
Closed for lunch  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Saturday: 8:45 am – 4:45 pm

201 Franklin Street Route 27
Hanson, MA 02341

Phone: 781-293-6619