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There is no residential trash pick-up provided by the Town of Dover, but there are private haulers that service Dover.
The Dover Transfer Station accepts household trash, food scraps and many recyclables. It is open to all Dover residents with a Transfer Station sticker (no charge) on their car. Stickers are available at the Transfer Station or online.
Stickers are available at the Transfer Station (211 Powisset Street) or online. Detailed instructions and appropriate application forms are available here.
The Dover Transfer Station is open to all Dover residents with a car sticker. It is located on Powisset Street and is open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 am to 3:45 pm
Food waste is one of the heaviest components of your weekly trash. Since the town pays for incineration by weight, you can help to reduce the town’s disposal costs by removing this item from your trash. In addition, overuse of kitchen disposals can adversely affect the functioning of your septic system.
Food waste should be separated from trash and disposed of in the large barrels located next to the compost area at the Transfer Station. This includes bones, shells, corn cobs, tea bags, coffee grounds, and all meats, eggs and fish. All food must be bagged. Residents may use any type of bag - plastic, paper or compostable. The town recommends the use of compostable bags.
Items that are NOT acceptable are recyclables, cooking oil, yard waste, boxes, cups and cartons.
Kitchen countertop containers and 10-gallon garage pails for transport are available for purchase at the Transfer Station. Compostable bags are available at local grocery and hardware stores, Amazon and Target.
The food waste is transported to an anaerobic digester to be converted to biogas. The town’s goal is to turn this waste into a renewable energy source.
The program is available to all residents with a current Transfer Station sticker which is offered for free and can be obtained at the Transfer Station or Town Garage.
The Deposit Shed at the Transfer Station is used to collect deposit cans, and plastic and glass bottles. Prior to the COVID situation, the Recycling Committee assigned a local non-profit organization (garden club, school organization, girl scouts) to man the trailer each month and keep the monthly earnings received by bringing the deposit bottles and cans to a Deposit Center in Medfield. Due to the closing of this redemption centers, the Deposit Shed will now be maintained by the Transfer Station staff and the deposit containers will be delivered to a redemption center by the Dover Highway Department.
Mattresses and box springs are accepted throughout the year effective November 2020. A dedicated collection container has been installed next to the furniture shed for residents to dispose of these. Residents are asked to remove them from their vehicle and deposit them into the container, as far back as possible. Items should not be wet, moldy or bug-ridden.
If transportation to the transfer station is not convenient, residents can deliver mattresses, box springs, and metal bed frames to Conigliaro Industries at 701 Waverly Street, Framingham (508-872-9668). There is a $20 per unit charge and they accept deliveries Monday-Friday 7 am - 4:30 pm Monday- Friday. Contact them to verify current hours and cost.
Residents can also contact non-profits, such as NewLIfe Furniture Bank in Walpole (www.newlifefb.org), that accept metal frames used mattresses and box springs in good condition and will pick-up at home.