Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do with my trash?
There is no trash pick-up provided by the Town of Dover, although weekly pick-up of food waste can be arranged through the Board of Health.
The Dover Transfer Station is open to all Dover residents with a Transfer Station sticker. Private trash haulers can also be used.
Where/When can I get a Transfer Station sticker?
Stickers are available in the Town Garage Monday-Friday between 12pm and 5pm or you can get them directly at the Transfer Station. The Town Garage is at 2 Dedham Street.
Who has the access to the Dover Transfer Station, where is it and what are the hours?
The Dover Transfer Station is open to all Dover residents (a car sticker is necessary –see question directly above). It is located on Powissett Street and is open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:00am to 3:45pm.
What should I do with food waste?
Food waste is one of the heaviest components of your weekly trash. Since the town pays for incineration by weight, you can help to reduce the town’s disposal costs by removing this item from your trash. In addition, overuse of kitchen disposals can adversely affect the functioning of your septic system. Help feed the pigs and email or call the Board of Health at (508) 785-0032 ext.232 to schedule a free weekly pickup of food waste.
What is the Deposit Trailer?
There is a trailer at the Transfer Station for depositing cans and bottles. The Recycling Committee assigns a local non-profit organization (garden club, school org., girl scouts) to man the trailer and keep the monthly earnings. This is available to all local non-profit groups. Contact Savida Shukla to sign up, 508-785-1161 or
How do I get rid of a mattress or box spring?
The Dover Transfer Station will not accept mattresses or box springs. Twice a year (June and November) there will be designated times that we will have special collection days for these items. Alternatively, residents can bring their mattresses and box springs to Conigliaro Industries, 701 Waverly Street, Framingham and pay a small fee.
How does more efficient lighting reduce pollution?
Small easy changes make a big difference in the environment. For example, if you replace a 75-watt incandescent light bulb with a 20-watt compact fluorescent light bulb you will save, over the bulb’s lifetime, around 550 kilowatt hours or nearly 500 pounds of coal, which translates to 1,300 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide and 20 fewer pounds of sulfur dioxide that will be released into the atmosphere. If you make these changes in your home, and your Sherborn neighbors make these changes in their homes, that is a big difference in Earth’s environment.
What can I do to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
Take action right now at home to help reduce greenhouse emissions. Seal leaks in the basement and attic where leaks are greatest. If you replace your windows, choose ENERGY STAR qualified products for better performance.
Use Green Power. Green power is electricity that is generated from resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and low-impact hydro facilities. Conventional electricity generation, based on the combustion of fossil fuels, is the nation’s single largest industrial source of air pollution.
You can either buy green power or you can take steps to create a greener home, such as installing solar panels.
Be green in the yard. When you use a power mower, make sure it is a mulching mower to reduce grass clippings. Better yet, use an electric mower powered by solar panels. Composting your food and yard waste reduces that amount of garbage you send to landfills, and also reduces your household’s greenhouse emissions.
Shop with a “green” mentality. Look for products with minimal or no packaging. Avoid individually-wrapped portions and disposable products. Favor a high recycled content. Choose products in reusable containers. Bring your own canvas bag so you don’t need paper or plastic. Avoid pump toothpaste which uses too much plastic. Buy quality items that will last a lifetime. You will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but you will also save money in the long run!