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TSARC monthly e-news

From the Transfer Station and Recycling Committee (TSARC) –

NB, all residents should subscribe to get their own emailed copy, as I cannot make it look any near as attractive and high quality as it is in the email I get.

NB #2 – join the TOMCAP forum tonight at 7PM – see below.


Open for the latest Transfer Station and Recycling information


May TSARC Edition      

Need to borrow an unusual item?   You can borrow items for up to 2 weeks from the Medfield Public Library – all you need is a Library Card       FOAM Collection   We are hoping to have another collection in the early fall, please stay tuned for more information. In addition to saving white packing foam, please save clean food trays and egg cartons, all colors are acceptable.   Please save your foam in clear or white plastic bags so they stay clean and dry until our next collection.      

TSARC Recycling Tips    

TIP 37   This is an eye-opening statistic. . .  A study from Arizona State University found that about one-fifth of contact lens wearers flush used contacts down the drain or toilet. That amounts to more than 2 1/2 billion contact lenses down the drain annually.  Seem harmless? Not so much.   Contact lenses are denser than water and sink to the bottom of waterways where they can be harmful to aquatic life. Contact lenses that end up in soil can dry out, become brittle and break down into microplastics where they can be consumed by animals, birds or insects and make their way into the food chain.   Your best bet for disposing of used contacts? Throw them in the trash. Or even better, check with your eye care provider. More and more eye care providers are offering contact lens recycling programs on their own or in conjunction with TerraCycle. They will recycle used contact lenses, foil tops and blister packs to help keep this waste out of the environment.        

TIP 38   It takes a lot of work, energy and resources to make just a single aluminum can – that’s why it’s important to recycle.  And, turning an old can into a new one can happen pretty quickly.   According to the Can Manufacturers Institute, from the time a used aluminum can is put in a recycling bin, it typically takes about 60 days for that can to be made into a brand new one.   Stage 1: Used Can Stage 2: Can is cleaned and melted into a solid block (called an ingot) Stage 3: Aluminum is pressed thin and punched into circles (called “blanks”) Stage 4: “Blanks” are molded into the shape of a can. The top is made separately and attached next. Stage 5: NEW CAN   Aluminum cans are very recyclable – 100% of the can’s materials can be reused but, remember, It all starts with YOU making the earth-friendly decision to recycle!      

Tip 39   I want to tell a joke about fabric . . . . But I’m all out of material!  In reality, recycling textiles is no laughing matter. . . .The textile industry is the second largest polluting industry in the world after oil and gas. And the environmental damage is increasing as the industry grows. Plus, what happens to these products after we no longer want them is just as shocking. More than 83 percent of used textiles are disposed of in the garbage – even though the majority can be donated for reuse or recycling. Drop off unwanted textiles – clothing, bedding, towels, tablecloths, and more – at a nearby clothing collection box (think Transfer Station here) or your favorite local charity or thrift store. AND the clothing and textiles don’t have to be in great condition. If they are stained, ripped, have missing buttons or broken zippers or even giant holes, they can be repurposed.   If they are unable to be sold for reuse locally, they may be baled and sold to export markets, made into industrial wiping cloths, or converted to fiber for insulation, carpet padding for sound-proofing material.   So, the next time you toss a shirt into the trash because it’s time for a fresh one, think again.     Not sure what to do? Go to        

Plastic Bag collection at Transfer Station   Soon we hope to once again collect plastic bags and plastic film at the Transfer Station We will keep you updated      

On-going Organics collection at Transfer Station   Organics (Compostable food items) can be deposited in the green totes on the right hand side of the Tipping floor windows. Compostable bags are ok, but plastic bags, boxes and the like are NOT to be dumped into the green totes.      

Medfield TOMCAP Town of Medfield Climate Action Plan This is your chance to learn about and share input on the plan Medfield asked for at Town Meeting 2021. Your participation is needed!  Experts from the MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council) will be leading this important evening.        

Transfer Station Hours   May Wednesday 9 AM – 4 PM Friday 7:30 AM – 4 PM Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM   June Wednesday 9 AM – 4 PM Friday 7:30 AM – 4 PM Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM    

SWAP AREA IS OPEN! Open 9 AM – 3 PM with no drop-offs after 2:30 PM   This is necessary so the volunteers can clean up everything before the next SWAP day.  We have many items that must be brought inside tents and otherwise secured.   When dropping off items, please put them in the appropriate “departments”.  The volunteers can help you find the correct spot for your treasures.   Please abide by the posted rules.  Only 30 minutes once per day by any individual who is visiting the SWAP.   This is due to the popularity of the SWAP and the limited number of parking spaces available for “shoppers”.   Please contact to volunteer   On-going Collection Trailer We have a trailer at the Transfer Station that will take household goods as well as textiles. Please bag or box all items (especially breakables) as if you were moving them!   The trailer is located just beyond the Gatehouse as you drive into the Transfer Station on the right hand side.   Donations to this trailer benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.      
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Trash survey by Girl Scouts Chloe McCormack & Amelia Meehan

From Girl Scouts Chloe McCormack and Amelia Meehan, Girl Scout Troop 74900,

Survey link  

Transfer Station stickers available

May 01, 2021



You can now use our On-line Service for Transfer Station Permits 2021-2023… Read on

TSARC’s monthly newsletters

I just learned last month that the Medfield Transfer Station and Recycling Committee (TSARC) has its own monthly newsletter, when my neighbor, Dick Scullary, mentioned it and shared with me his newsletter from December.

I emailed TSARC to ask to join, and today I had an exchange of emails with Annette Wells. In addition to putting me on their distribution list, she said it was OK to post about the TSARC monthly newsletter.

One can get on the distribution list by emailing to Annette said that they add people from the transfer station sticker sign up list – Deb has been getting our stickers.

Below is part of what the December newsletter looked like –

TSARC Members Needed     Are you interested in recycling in Medfield?   The Committee is looking for some new members to join us in our quest to serve the town while making good environmental choices.   The Committee typically meets on the 2nd Monday of each month. Currently the meetings are via Zoom.   Please reply to this email if you are interested (or email      
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Transfer Station closed on Easter

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Public Works

Posted on: April 6, 2020

Medfield Transfer Station will be CLOSED SUNDAY April 12, 2020



Thanks to the DPW workers

for adding Sunday openings of the Transfer Station to their work week.  One can only assume that the extra work time must make for a long week and be tiring for them.

An appreciation of our town employees

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An appreciation for a job well done

I have been thinking this morning about the Town of Medfield employees who provide we residents with the services that allow our lives to continue with as much semblance of normalcy as possible at all times, but most especially in these truly unsettling circumstances we are currently experiencing. Our water goes on, public safety continues to serve us, the Transfer Station even added Sunday openings, and all the town government systems continue to function, if behind a digital curtain, all so that we residents can continue our lives.

The town employees are providing essential services, so while they likely share the same unease that envelopes us all, they continue to work their jobs.  I wanted to publicly share with the Town of Medfield employees my sincere appreciation for their efforts  and to thank them.

I am extremely appreciative of what all the town employees are doing now, working under difficult circumstances – I want to let them all know just how much this one resident, one who tries hard to observe closely the functioning of the town government so as to understand it as well as possible, truly appreciates what our team of town employees are accomplishing for we residents.

Transfer Station hours

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Transfer Station

Posted on: December 23, 2019

Transfer Station Holiday Hours

ReUse ReDuce ReCycle

The MTS will be open the following holiday hours:

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 OPEN 9-4

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 CLOSED

Thursday, December 26, 2019 OPEN 9-4

Friday, December 27, 2019 OPEN 9-4

Saturday, December 28, 2019 OPEN 9-4

Wednesday, January 1, 2019 CLOSED 

Friday, January 3, 2020 OPEN 9-4

Saturday, January 4, 2020 OPEN 9-4

Styrofoam collection 1/4/2020, 9-1:30PM

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From Helen Dewey and Erica Reilly – 


Happy Holidays all!  Barb Meyer is organizing another Styrofoam Collection just in time for all of that holiday packaging that will clutter up your house/garage!  No food/beverage foam will be accepted .  Also no peanuts.  Please remove any tape, labels or cardboard and be sure the foam is clean.

We need volunteers to continue with the Styrofoam collections – no volunteers, no collection!  Please consider donating some of your time on Saturday, Jan 4th 9-1:30 weather permitting with Jan 11th as a back-up date.    Helping out with the Styrofoam collection really gives you a sense that you are helping the environment!  If you have resolved to be gentler on the environment in 2020, then start off with a bang and come help!  Click on the Sign Up Genius Link to sign up for whatever time works best for you.

Thanks!  Wishing you and your family a less toxic 2020!

Helen and Erica

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Styrofoam – a day’s haul


Styrofoam Collection Day

Volunteers Hong Le-Bruno, Barbara Myers (shown cleaning a piece of styrofoam), and a third unknown person process some of the seventeen bags of styrofoam that were collected today at the Medfield Transfer Station.  Nancy Irwin and Barbara’s husband Michael Perloff were also assisting.  It will cost the town $600 to recycle the collected styrofoam.

Styrofoam Saturday

From Medfield Green –

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