Under Massachusetts General Law and state and local regulations, the Board of Health is held responsible for disease prevention and control, and health and environmental protection.

The Board of Health serves as the local arm of both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

To fulfill its duties, the Board of Health develops, implements and enforces health policies, oversees inspections to maintain minimum standards for sanitation in housing, food service and septic system installation, and assures that the basic health needs of the community are being met.

Some of the areas the Board of Health is responsible for are: 
  • Disease Control
  • Housing Sanitation
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Solid Waste Disposal
  • Septage & Garbage Disposal
  • Nuisances
  • Food Protection
  • Swimming Pool & Beach Sanitation
  • Recreational Camps for Children
  • Smoking Regulations
  • Private Drinking Water & Irrigation Wells
  • Massage Therapy
  • Keeping of Animals
  • Vaccine Distribution 

Fee Schedule

Town of Goshen 

Transfer Station & Recycling Center 

Rules and Regulations June 1, 2017



 Sat.  8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. 

Closed on Legal Holidays 





1.    Transfer Station Recycling Sticker: available from the transfer station attendant
        Residential Vehicle Sticker                                   $ 30.00
        Senior Vehicle Sticker                                           $ 15.00
        Seasonal Vehicle Sticker                                      $ 15.00

2.    The Town of Goshen uses a “residents only” ticket, pay-per-bag system for household waste disposal. Tickets can be purchased from the attendant.  


Ticket Prices: 

10 tickets @ $2.00/each = $20; Seniors 15 tickets @ $1.50 each = $22.50 

Pay-per-bag Fees 

30 Gallon (Residents)                                       2.00

30 Gallon (Senior Citizens)                               1.50 

Larger Loads  

½ Full Pick-up Truck                                       $ 30.00 

You must speak with attendant prior to disposal. Attendant may add additional fees as needed.

3.Miscellaneous Large Item Disposal 

Mattresses & Box Springs (All Sizes)                $ 40.00 

Note: Residents can save $15.00 per mattress if they want to bring a DRY mattress directly to the Williamsburg Transfer Station.  Cost is $25.00/mattress (any size) made payable by check to “Town of Williamsburg”.  The Williamsburg Transfer Station is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Williamsburg has a mattress-recycling program. Save $$$ and help the environment! 


Couches (2 or more seats)                                $ 15.00 

Small Couch/Loveseat                                       $ 10.00 

Sleeper Sofa                                                       $ 25.00 

Stuffed Chairs                                                     $ 10.00 

Recliner Chairs                                                   $ 15.00 

Miscellaneous Large Items                                $ 10.00 

Miscellaneous Small Items                                $   5.00 

Toilets, Tubs, Sinks                                            $ 15.00 

Cabinets, scrap lumber, doors                          $   5.00 

Prices for unlisted items determined by attendant.  Place items in the proper open top box at site. 


4.    Large Metal Item Recycling Fees 

Washing Machines                                              $ 15.00 

Microwaves and Other Metal Appliances            $   5.00 

Dryers and  Stoves                                              $ 15.00 

Water Tanks                                                         $ 10.00 

Lawn Mowers/Snow blowers / Roto Tillers           $ 15.00 (gas & oil removed) 

Wood stoves (Cleaned out), Other Metal Items    $ 10.00 

Prices for unlisted items determined by attendant.  No charge for small appliances or metal items. 


5.    Electronics Recycling - Please do not take units apart before recycling 

Television Sets (up to 27”)                                5.00 

Large Screen TVs & Consoles                        $ 20.00 

Computer Screens, Printers, and CPU’s          5.00 

LED/LCD/Plasma Screens                              $ 10.00 


6.    Tire Recycling Program 

Passenger Tires                                               $   5.00 

Passenger Tire with Rim                                  $ 10.00 

Motorcycle Tires                                               $   2.00 

Truck Tire (over 18 – 25 inches)                      $ 10.00 

Truck Tire with Rim                                          $ 20.00 

Larger Tires are priced by the attendant 


7.    Propane Tank and Fire Extinguisher Recycling 

lb. and 20 lb. Propane Gas Grill Tanks Recycling $  FREE

Household Fire Extinguisher Recycling                              FREE


8.    Universal Waste Recycling (see attendant) 

Rechargeable batteries, button and lithium batteries, fluorescent and compact lights (spirals); mercury containing devices – thermometers, thermostats, and ballasts containing PCBs are recycled through an HRMC program. Please bag each rechargeable battery in its own zip lock bag.

Alkaline, Carbon zinc, and zinc chloride batteries (all sizes:  AAA, AA, C, D, 9- Volt and lantern) can go in the bagged trash.  No Charge. 


9.    Household Hazardous Waste (HHW): the HRMC holds an annual HHW collection each fall and offers Goshen residents the opportunity to participate in at least six other HHW collection events in the region.  Pre-registration is required for all events.  For more information contact HRMC.

10.    Recycling of Paper and Containers (No Charge - place in proper container).  The Board of Health has adopted a goal of 50%.  Please do your part to help attain that goal.  Please do not place recycling in plastic bags.

Please recycle these paper items:
  • Clean papers
  • Magazines / catalogs
  • Greeting cards
  • Gift wrap
  • Gift tissue paper (no foils or metallic)
  • Phone books (covers OK)
  • Shredded paper (in paper bags)
  • Cardboard
  • Paperboard
  • Clean pizza boxes
  • Paper clips, staples, and metal spirals are OK)

Please recycle these containers:
  • Rinsed metal cans
  • Foil
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, jars, tubs, jugs
  • Clear plastic hinged containers (clamshells)
  • Empty aerosol cans (health, beauty, food only)
  • Labels and caps on bottles are OK

Do not recycle these items:

  • Eyeglasses (often collected at Banks and Offices
  • Sunglasses
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic tubes
  • Flower pots
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Plastic hangers
  • Metal posts and pans (place in metals container)
  • Ceramic items
  • Plastic bags (return to grocery store)
  • Plastic utensils
  • Black plastic food trays
  • Small plastic vitamin or pill containers

Do not recycle any container larger than 2.5 gallons or any plastic container that previously held a hazardous waste.

Do not recycle any cords as these tangle in the machinery at the MRF, causing machines to shut down and posing a threat to the safety of MRF workers.


Blue Recycle Bins are available from the attendant at site. Clothing May be left in the Salvation Army Box.  Books may be recycled in the book bin. 


Questions? Contact the Goshen Recycling Coordinator at (413) 272-8008 or the HRMC at (413) 685-5498 or by email at: hrmc@hrmc-ma.org

Contact Info

 Meeting Times  Monthly, 1st Monday at 7pm
 Meeting Location  Conference Room, Town Offices
 Contact  Elizabeth Bell-Perkins (Chair)
 Phone (Office)  413-268-8236 X110
Phone (Home)  
 E-mail Address  healthboard@goshen-ma.us
 Mailing Address : 40 Main Street
 Goshen MA 01032


 Elizabeth Bell-Perkins Chair2019
 Michael Kurland Member2021

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