RDF open Sundays, starting April 2nd
Reusables Area reopens Saturday, April 8, weather permitting
Household Hazardous Products Collection Day
Document Shredding and Destruction Event
Sunday, May 7th 9am - 3pm
at the RDF
Click here for a list of acceptable and unacceptable items
Look for new signs going up around town and at the RDF with a reminder to bring a reusable bag whenever you shop. At the
request of the NRC, the Board of Selectmen has designated January as "Bring Your Own Bag Month," as the town's new bag bylaw kicks in.”
|The RDF is no longer recycling plastic bags. This article in The Wellesley Townsman by Raina McManus and Lise Olney of the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission summarizes the key reasons for this difficult decision.
Thanks to everyone who attended our public workshop on April 16 at the DPW
"Garbology 101: Talking Trash with the Recycling & Disposal Facility"
For those who missed it, the presentation is available here.
The presentation was sponsored by the Department of Public Works, Natural Resources Commission and Sustainable Energy Committee. The workshop is the first step in a collaborative process to identify initiatives to further improve solid waste management in Wellesley.
The RDF's objective is to operate and maintain recycling, disposal, and refuse collection systems in an effective and efficient manner in order to protect the public health, prevent pollution, and conserve energy and natural resources.
The Recycling and Disposal Facility (RDF) is located at 169 Great Plain Avenue (Route 135). The 88 acre facility is open 6 days a week for use by Town of Wellesley residents with a valid RDF Permit Sticker only. The application for an RDF Permit Sticker may be downloaded above and submitted by mail or in person to the RDF.
Construction of a new recycling facility was completed in December 1997 and includes a baler for recycled paper, cardboard and plastics. The benefits of the new facility include cost savings and revenue enhancement, along with the elimination of long traffic lines at the various residential drop-off areas. This has furthered Wellesley's leadership role in municipal recycling. The solid waste management strategy utilized by the RDF is the "3 R's"
diversion method, which stands for "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."
All materials are processed in an environmentally, operationally and financially sound method. The grinding of residential and commercial brush and the composting of leaves and grass clippings are also done on-site to further the Town's waste stream diversion rate. The expansions of the Book Exchange, Yard Waste and Metal Drop-off areas have reduced traffic queues and improved residential participation in recycling. The Book Exchange continues to be a very popular area.