The Transfer Station is the Town’s solid waste disposal and recycling center. Users of the Transfer Station are required to purchase a Transfer Station Sticker to gain entrance into the facility. The Town of Rockport utilizes a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) solid waste disposal program that allows a resident or business to pay a per-unit fee for disposal of the solid waste that they generate and is an effective mechanism for encouraging real waste reduction at the municipal level. This is done through the purchase of PAYT Bags by residents and businesses. This creates a direct economic incentive to recycle more and to generate less waste in order to minimize the amount of bags needing to be purchased. Pay-as-you-throw bags are available for purchase at the DPW Office in Town Hall, at Ace Hardware, and at Rockport Market.
Disposal of any large bulky item that exceeds thirty (30) inches in any one measurement requires the purchase of a Bulk & Specialty Item Coupon for each item being disposed of. Bulk & Specialty Item Coupons can be purchased at the DPW office at Town Hall or online here. Bulk Item Coupons must be given to the Transfer Station Attendant prior to disposing of the item(s) in the solid waste trailers. For a list of Bulk & Specialty item fees click here. Please note that construction demo materials such as wood, asphalt, brick and concrete have disposal volume limits. If you have a large volume of these materials please seek alternate places to dispose of them. An available option is the Essex County Recycling Center in Gloucester. A list of acceptable materials and their fees is available here.
Mercury Recovery Program
Mercury is an element that can be harmful to human health and the environment if not managed properly. The town is collecting mercury devices, such as Thermostats, Thermometers, Mercury Switches, and Button Cell Batteries. We will exchange your mercury thermometers for a new digital thermometer (while supplies last). You can bring these devices to Town Hall during normal operating hours. This Program is sponsored by Wheelabrator Saugus JVC.