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The Swap Shop at the Transfer Station

In 2015, the Swap Shop was launched at the Transfer Station in a small new building just downhill from the main recycling area (near the Red Cross bins).

Anyone with a recycling or trash sticker can use the Swap Shop: gently used items in good condition can be donated at the shop, and items can be picked up — all for free! The purposes of the Swap Shop is to keep more objects out of the trash, and to get perfectly usable items into the hands of those who can use them.

Do you love to visit the Swap Shop? Are you a people person? Will you have a few hours this year to volunteer doing something fun? We are looking for volunteers for the 2017 season.Working at the shop is fun, social, and satisfying! The more volunteers, the more often the shop can be open for business.

To get a volunteer application, please email either Corey York (Acton’s Town Engineer):, or Debby Andell (Green Acton member and volunteer scheduling assistant to Corey York:

Learn more about the Swap Shop Program here:


Transfer Station

Acton’s Transfer Station is a busy compound that deals not only with disposal of trash, but also, with myriad options for recycling and reuse of the material “stuff” in our lives. Features of the  Transfer Station include:

  • a SMART/PAYT (Save Money And Reduce Trash/Pay As You Throw) pricing system for trash disposal, which ties the cost of disposal to the volume of household trash brought to the Transfer Station (TS). The short version: buy an annual TS sticker, purchase Acton trash bags for household trash at many local retailers, and then become a stellar recycler (thereby reducing household trash disposal costs). There are regular, senior, and recycling-only stickers available; all sticker holders have access to all recycling options.
  • recycling of many materials, including paper and cardboard; glass/plastic/metal containers’ batteries’ cell phones; sharps; fluorescent bulbs; motor oil; antifreeze; concrete/bricks/cement; brush/plant debris; scrap metal; white goods; polystyrene (StyrofoamTM) packing; rigid plastic toys, crates, etc.; aseptic cartons; and fireplace/woodstove ash. For a small fee, e-waste, televisions, propane tanks, and even mattresses can be recycled! See the Guide to Recycling at the Town of Acton Transfer Station.
  • the Food Waste Collection program, which accepts virtually any food waste, as well as house plants or flowers, food-soiled paper (plates, paper towels, envelopes, etc.), animal bedding, wine corks, nut shells, wooden popsicle sticks and chopsticks, sawdust, waxed paper and cardboard, and more. Details here.
  • the Swap Shop — the coolest thing ever! Bring clean items that are in good shape/working order to the Swap Shop, and take home whatever you find that you can use! All free! See more on how the Swap Shop works. Note: The Swap Shop operates with volunteer labor; an increase in the number of volunteers could allow the shop to be open on additional days. Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Debby Andell at
  • the bonuses: all TS sticker holders can help themselves to free mulch and compost (limits apply). All Acton residents can purchase discounted home composters, countertop compost buckets, and biodegradable bucket liners at the Highway Department office, 14 Forest Road, Mon.–Fri., 7:30am–3:30pm, or by appointment; 978.929.7740; payment is by cash or check.