Recycling & Disposal Facility

The Recycling and Disposal Facility's (RDF) 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 88 acre facility is open 7 days a week, excluding holidays, for use by Town of Wellesley residents with a valid RDF Permit Sticker only.

Permit Stickers


Green Permit stickers expired September 1, 2016. Please visit the scale office for an application, or use this application (PDF) to get a Blue Permit Sticker.


New Facility


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 Rs" diversion method, which stands for "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."

Processing Materials


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.

Holiday Closures

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Patriot's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

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