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Recycling and Disposal Facility
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Gordon Martin
RDF Superintendent
169 Great Plain Avenue
Wellesley, MA 02482
781-235-7600 x3340
Monday - Wednesday: 7:00 am - 12 noon
Thursday and Friday: 7:00 am - 3:45 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am - 4:45 pm
Closed Sundays except for leaf drop-off days. Complete list below.
Please note the RDF is closed on
state holidays.
The Reusables Area is open.
The RDF is only open to Wellesley residents with a valid RDF Permit.
Fall 2015 Leaf Drop-off Sundays
The RDF will be open on the following Sundays in the fall: October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.
Please see this notice for additional information.

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.

Recyclemobile_small.jpgConstruction 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.

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Wellesley Town Hall  525 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482
Phone: (781) 431-1019
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