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The annual permit fee is $20 per household, due by January 1 each year.

The WRATS accepts household trash and all kinds of Bulky items for disposal. (See fee schedule show on the right)

The WRATS accepts at no charge household recyclables such as paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, aluminum products, milk cartons, etc.

The WRATS supports the Wendell Free Store which is the place where people can leave at no charge such reusable things as puzzles, games, toys, household items that someone is done with but the items are still useable.

There is also a Salvation Army drop off box where people can deposit serviceable clothing and other items.

As a resident of Wendell you have access to at least six Household Hazardous Waste collection events each year:

We have for Sale

  • Compost Bins (yard size) $25 for Wendell residents and $45 for non-residents

  • Compost Bins (Kitchen size) $5.00

  • Recycling Bins $8.00

Download the WRATS brochure: WRATS BROCHURE.pdf.


Franklin County Solid Waste Management District

Franklin County Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Franklin County Solid Waste Management District Super Sites (for hazardous waste collection)

Recycling Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Franklin County Solid Waste District is planning to hold the 2021 household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, September 25th at GCC's Main Campus and the Orange Transfer Station.

Residents and businesses must pre-register by September 17th. Online pre-registration for the 2021 collection will begin in mid-August, at: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/hazwasteday.html. Mail-in registration forms will be available in late August at town transfer stations and in local newspapers.

Participants will be assigned an appointment time to bring wastes to the collection; an appointment time and instructions will be provided by mail after registration is processed.

The collection is free for residents of most of the District's 21 member towns. Businesses may participate but must pay for disposal costs. For business registration information, call (413) 772-2438.

This collection provides an opportunity to dispose of hazardous items that should not be put in the trash, such as leftover oil-based paints, stains, thinners, pesticides, herbicides, pool chemicals, motor oil, antifreeze, household cleaners, and other household chemicals. A more complete list of acceptable items is at: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/hazwasteday.html.

Batteries and mercury-containing items such as fluorescent light bulbs, thermometers, and thermostats will not be accepted at this collection. These items, which may contain mercury or heavy metals, should never be put in trash or recycling. Fluorescent bulbs, including compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), some types of batteries, and mercury items are accepted at municipal transfer stations. Handle carefully and hand to attendant. In addition, fluorescent light bulbs are accepted at Lowe's Stores (all types of fluorescents), and Home Depot (CFLs only).

As the collection date approaches, please check the District's website for up-to-date Covid protocols. For more information visit: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org or contact the District at , (413) 772-2438. MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or 1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD). The District is an equal opportunity provider.

Updated Change In Procedures - January 2021

Due to the continuing concerns over Covid 19 virus, and concern for the welfare of the WRATS attendants, there will be a temporary change in the services available at the WRATS. The Road Commission requests that all persons at the WRATS continue to wear their protective masks.

The WRATS will take any of the usual items in the cardboard/paper compactor, the trash compactor, and the open-top container for construction debris, as well as the metal recycling and the garbage cans. Please note that the attendants will be asked not to take any cash; any fees due are to be placed in the receptacle at the front of the office.

Thank you for any inconvenience this temporary policy may cause, and your understanding that it is intended to minimize any risk to the attendants. For those of you who have been keeping up with the news from the medical experts, these changes are consistent with the larger efforts to minimize the spread of the virus. The town thanks you for your assistance in this effort.

Wendell Road Commission

Going to WRATS? Please wear a mask!

The CDC recently issued guidance advising everyone to wear masks when going out in public. This should include going to WRATS. The crew manning WRATS work very hard to allow the safe disposal of trash and recyclables for the citizens of Wendell during this difficult time. They deserve a safe working environment as well.

The Wendell Road Commission and the Wendell Board of Health require those using the services of WRATS to follow the protocol of wearing masks or other facial covering when they go there. As of Saturday, April 18th those without facial coverings will be turned away from the WRATS. Please give our WRATS workers the same consideration that you receive from them. We must continue to protect ourselves and each other, which our residents have been doing so well. We are all in this together.

Hazardous waste registration debacle/deletion

If you registered for the household hazardous waste collection between August 11th and August 17th your registration information has been lost and you need to register again.

Compost Bins Available (cheap)

Wendell residents can purchase an Earth Machine backyard compost bin at a subsidized price of $25. The subsidized compost bin can be purchased at the WRATS or at the Solid Waste District office. Visit The District's Composting page for information on backyard composting and the District’s office location. The town encourages all residents to remove organic material from the trash and bring it to the transfer station collection program and/or use a backyard compost bin. Approximately 25% of household trash is organic material that can be diverted to a compost collection or compost bin.

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