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Harvard DPW
47 Depot Road
Harvard, MA 01451


Town of Harvard, MA

Official Town of Harvard Trash Bag Information

Official Town of Harvard trash bags are available at the following locations:

Store NameStreet AddressTown
Donelan's Supermarket236 Great RoadLittleton
Harvard General Store1 Still River RoadHarvard
Harvard Outdoor Power Supply289 Ayer RoadHarvard
Moore's Lumber and Hardware22 West Main StreetAyer
Roche Brothers387 Massachusetts AveActon
Shop N Save22 Fitchburg RoadAyer
Toreku Tractor4 Littleton RdAyer
Westward Orchards178 Massachusetts AveHarvard
(coming soon) Market Basket129 Parker StMaynard

Pricing for the official Town of Harvard trash bags

  • Small official Town of Harvard bags (15-gallon) cost $5 for a roll of 5.
  • Large official Town of Harvard bags (33-gallon) cost $10 for a roll of 5.

Note: For Seniors Only, the free, official Town of Harvard trash bags will only be available during the month of June at the Harvard Town Hall.


Transfer Station Rules and Regulations*

Beginning July 1, 2019, all regular household trash must be bagged in official Town of Harvard trash bags before being disposed of at the transfer station. Items not in designated bags will not be accepted.  No exceptions will be made.

For the complete list of Harvard’s Transfer Station Rules and Regulations, please click here.

The punch card system will still be in place for the following items:

  • Residential Bulky Waste (Large items such as Lawn furniture, Toys, Rugs, Padding, Carpets and Residential Remodeling debris)
  • Sofas, Mattresses, Box Springs, Toilets
  • Tires
  • Appliances, Computers Monitors, TVs
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Propane Tanks

Punch Cards can be purchased at Town Hall or by mail only, at this time. Please see the fee schedule here.

Household Hazardous Waste may be disposed of at the Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center

Syringes and Sharps
You may obtain a sharps medical container from Nashoba Associated BOH, please call 978-772-3335 or visit www.nashoba.org, under public health “hot topics”

Prescription Medicines

  • Deposit 24/7 at Police Department.
  • No liquids.
  • No sharps.
  • Do not put down the drain.

*Last updated May 2019


What Can I Recycle?

Recycling will reduce your cost, since there is no additional fee to recycle the items listed below. The more you recycle, the less trash you have to put into the official Town of Harvard SMART bags, and the more money you’ll save and you save the Town.

Please note: Recyclables should not be placed in the official Town of Harvard trash bags, and they should not be placed in the waste compactors.

The chart below shows major categories of what can and cannot be recycled. Remember, the more you recycle, the more you save!

For additional information, see

Please recycle:

MixedPaper Cardboard
Plastic Bottles and Jars (clean and empty containers with lids and caps ON, rinsed when possible, 2 gallons or less)
Metal cans and Aluminum (clean and empty containers, rinsed when possible, bunch up clean foil)
Glass bottles and jars (clean and empty containers with caps OFF)

Paper and Cardboard
  • Plastic Soda, Water & Drink Bottles

  • Plastic Food & Household Bottles/Jars
    (screw top bottles and jars, ex. ketchup, mayonnaise, detergent, shampoo)

  • Plastic Tubs & Lids
    (ex. yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese

  • Plastic Produce, Deli & Bakery Containers, Cups, Trays (take-out containers, berries/produce containers)

  • Steel, tin, and aluminum cans

  • Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil (please bunch)

  • Please place large metal items in the scrap metal container
  • All glass colors

  • Magazines & Catalogs

  • All newspapers & inserts

  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.) & paper bags

  • Cardboard – please flatten

  • Pizza boxes – greasy ok, remove food

  • Office paper, Junk mail (Staples, paperclips, spirals, & plastic envelope windows are OK)

  • Brown Bags

  • Phone books

Please do not include:

  • No plastic bags or plastic utensils

  • No polystyrene (Styrofoam)

  • No bulky plastics (buckets, crates) or toys

  • No flower pots

  • No chains, wires or hangers

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

  • No windows or mirrors

  • No light bulbs (fluorescent bulbs should be disposed of properly)

  • No dishes, ceramics, or Pyrex

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

  • No recyclables with food waste

  • No napkins, paper towels, or tissues

  • No frozen food boxes

  • No gift wrap

  • No books (please use book bin)

  • No foam padding

Items which require special handling:

  • Automotive and similar lead acid batteries are recycled at the “attendant’s shack”
  • Books and Textiles are recycled at the drop off bin
  • Electronics are recycled at the “attendant’s shack”
  • Fluorescent bulbs are recycled at the “attendant’s shack”
  • Mercury containing items are recycled at the “attendant’s shack”
  • Scrap metal is recycled in the “scrap metal pile”

The Transfer Station also accepts the following materials for recycling:

  • Books
  • Scrap Metal
  • Textiles

Click here for a downloadable flyer


Introducing the SMART program

On July 1, 2019, the Town of Harvard converted its residential waste collection program to the new SMART (Save Money and Reduce Trash) waste reduction program.  With this program, residential trash is only accepted when residents place it in the official Town of Harvard trash bags.

Why make this change?  For many very good reasons.

  • Residents can save money. With the new, more equitable SMART program, residents pay only for the garbage they throw away.
  • Harvard saves. Since there will be less trash generated, Harvard will pay less to dispose of it.  These savings—which can be substantial—will be rerouted back into the community.
  • The environment is better preserved: When residents throw away less, recycle more, and “lighten the load” in any number of other ways, landfills last longer, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, millions of BTUs of energy are saved, and natural resources last longer.

Remember, by recycling more you’ll produce less trash, which means you’ll use fewer trash bags. The new SMART program lets you take control of your waste disposal costs!

For additional information such as: meeting agendas, minutes, documents, and members, please visit the Transfer Station Committee Website


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I contact the Transfer Station?

Please call 978-456-4130 or visit www.harvard.ma.us/transfer-station for questions regarding recycling and trash disposal.

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

Learn more at RecycleSmartMA.org

How does this program work?

Simply buy the official Town of Harvard trash bags at retail stores throughout the Town, and dispose of your trash in these bags as you normally would. Regular trash will only be accepted in these bags.

How is this program good for the Town of Harvard?

In general, Harvard's SMART program may bring municipal, residential, and environmental benefits.
• Residents may benefit in a number of ways.
– The program is more equitable. With the new program, people who generate less trash will pay less by using fewer bags, and it entices people to recycle more.
– As recycling expands so do the recycling and reuse industries, thus expanding employment and providing additional job opportunities in this field.
• Environmental benefits result from a decrease in the pace of the growth of landfill space, as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions and water and soil contamination.
• Municipalities benefit from savings in reduced tipping fees and possibly from earnings from recycling revenue.

Why do these bags cost more than the bags I'm currently using?

The official Town of Harvard trash bags cover the cost of transport and disposal of the waste.

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 gives them a chance and an incentive to lower their costs by recycling everything they can.

What is SMART?

“SMART” stands for Save Money And Reduce Trash. The SMART system splits the cost to dispose of waste into two components. The fees collected through the purchase of the sticker funds the fixed operational costs of the Transfer Station Facility, including recycling. The fees collected through the sale of the official Town of Harvard trash bags funds the disposal costs of the waste. This system ties the cost paid by the residents to the waste they generate, and is much more equitable.

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

To the contrary, SMART gives low-income residents the opportunity to control their expenses for solid waste disposal.


Thank You for Recycling