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New Organics Recycling Initiative

Town of Amherst Highway Superintendent Patrick Lucey and the Amherst Office of Refuse Control our excited to announce the Town of Amherst Organics Recycling Initiative. Beginning on November 4th, 2019, The Highway Department located at 1042 North Forest Road will have 3 organic recycling totes on site where residents may bring their compostable food scraps, 7 days per week, from 7am to 3:30pm. Residents can call or email ( the Office of Refuse Control with any questions or concerns at 716-631-7119.

Food Scrap Recycling Program Resumed (6/1/2020)

Information & Acceptable Materials

Amherst Recycles “CLEAN”

The Town of Amherst, in partnership with Modern Disposal is instituting new recycling guidelines. These are in response to the recycling crisis affecting the entire nation after China and other Asian countries began limiting the amount of recyclable materials being imported into their countries. The Town developed the acronym “CLEAN” to help educate residents on the forthcoming changes. The Town of Amherst and its residents recycle more than 20,000 tons of material per year which includes curbside recycling, yard compost, and metal goods.

CLEAN Recycling Information


Public access to the CJ Krantz compost facility will close for the season on November 20th, 2020. If you have any material after that date, please call the Office of Refuse Control at 631-7119 for further assistance. Thank you.

Holiday Pickup Schedule

Normal weekly refuse and recyclable collection will occur with the holiday exceptions below. If your collection falls on or follows any of these days, your pick up will be delayed one day with Friday's pick up done on Saturday.

  • Fri., Jan 1, 2021 (New Year’s Day)
  • Mon., May 31, 2021 (Memorial Day)
  • Mon., Sept 6, 2021 (Labor Day)
  • Thu., Nov 25, 2021 (Thanksgiving Day)

Please note, July 5th, 2021 (The recognized Independence Day holiday), will be REGULAR SCHEDULE PICK-UP this year

Yardwaste Collection

Yardwaste collection begins on April 1st and runs through November 30th annually.

Yardwaste Regulations

Totes Program

Please call the Refuse Control Office at (716) 631-7119 or email to order a replacement tote or recycling tote (if broken).

Local Law 5-2007 Use of Totes for Solid Waste Disposal

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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