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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Which neighborhoods are allowed to use Clear Plastic Bags for Recycling?
    The following neighborhoods are being served by the recycling bag program: Back Bay Chinatown Mission Hill South End Bay Village Downtown North End West End Beacon Hill East Boston Roxbury Charlestown Fenway South Boston
  • Is there a limit to the amount of materials I can recycle?
    No. The City encourages residents to recycle as much as they can. Learn more at
  • What if my local retailer doesn't carry the bags?
    If you can’t find the official City of Boston clear plastic recycling bags at a store near you, feel free to contact us in one of three ways: 1. Visit our website at 2. Call the City at 617-635-4500 3. E-mail us at Or you may use a clear bag that meets the following specifications: 15-gallon or 30-gallon in size Minimum thickness of 0.85 millimeters
  • What are the advantages of the City's Recycling Bags?
    The City’s new recycling bags provide a number of advantages for residents. Bags… Can be stored easily, taking up little room in your home or apartment. With drawstrings, reduce litter by preventing paper and other items from being blown out of the recycling container. Are lighter than recycling bins, and so are more easy to use. Allow you to add more recycling capacity any time you need it.
  • Why is recycling important?
    Recycling benefits Boston both economically and environmentally. Economically For every ton of bottles, cans, and plastic containers that residents recycle (rather than throw away in the trash), the City saves $80. That means that a 1% change in the City’s recycling rate would save more than $200,000 each year. Your efforts in the Recycle More program help the City reduce its costs, preserve services, and make important investments in our neighborhoods. Environmentally Recycling helps conserve the planet’s natural resources, including oil, water, trees, air, and minerals.
  • What if I have a quality issue with a bag?
    Contact WasteZero Customer Service at 1-800-866-3954 for a replacement bag. When calling, please provide the 7-9 digit code stamped on the bag.
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On February 4, 2014, the Hanson Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to approve a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) program and authorize Town Administrator Ronald San Angelo to sign the contract between the town and WasteZero.

Beginning July 1, 2014, residents must place all their trash in the new Hanson official orange trash bags before disposing at the transfer station.  Trash not placed in the designated orange bags will not be accepted.

The Hanson orange trash bags are conveniently available in the following sizes and quantities at retail outlets throughout Hanson:

  • Small, 15-gallon PAYT bags are sold in packages of eight.

  • Large, 30-gallon PAYT bags are sold in packages of five.


The PAYT bags are for solid waste only and not recyclable items.  The PAYT program allows the Town of Hanson to increase recycling and reduce the amount of trash generated, resulting in savings for Hanson.  These savings may allow the town to allocate funds to higher priority services.  PAYT also creates a far more fair and efficient trash collection program for everyone.  Residents who recycle will no longer subsidize trash collection for their neighbors who may not recycle.

Remember, by recycling more, you’ll produce less trash, which means you’ll use fewer trash bags.  The PAYT program lets you take control of your waste disposal costs!  Also, when residents throw away less and recycle more, the environment is better preserved as landfills last longer, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, millions of BTUs of energy are saved, and natural resources last longer.


More Information

For more information, please contact the Hanson Board of Health

Open Hours

Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 8am to 5pm

Tuesday from 8am to 8pm

Friday from 8am to 12pm

Transfer Station is open

Monday, Tuesday & Friday – 8:45am – 4:45pm

Closed for lunch 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Saturday & Sunday  - 8:45am – 4:45pm

Closed Wednesday & Thursday


Town of Hanson

Board of Health
Town Hall

542 Liberty Street, 2nd Floor

Hanson, MA 02341

781-293-3138, ext. 122

Transfer Station

201 Franklin St, Route 27

Hanson MA 02341


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