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Refuse Control /  Refuse Control

Yardwaste Collection

Yardwaste collection begins on April 1st and runs through November 30th annually. Please see our Yardwaste Regulations page for more information.

Starting April 1 residents can put out yard compost materials on their regular collection day. The material must be properly bundled and or packaged for pickup.

Leaves, small trimmings and other yard waste should be put in containers, paper yard waste bags or bundled for collection (NO YARDWASTE IN PLASTIC BAGS) on a weekly basis and will be collected by Modern Disposal.

In addition, the Amherst Highway Department’s brush pickup crews will be out picking up large brush piles by appointment; please call 631-7117 to schedule your address for service. Please have brush, logs and stumps out for pickup before you call. Any material placed out MUST be free of any dirt or soil.

The Town Highway will only collect large unmanageable piles of logs, brush (cut to less than 8 feet in length), and tree stumps. No mixed piles containing lumber, concrete, railroad ties or non-organic materials will be collected.


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 (refuse@amherst.ny.us) 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


Recycling Guidelines

Modern Disposal Recycling Guidelines

Collection Information

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, there will be NO DELAY for the Christmas Holiday this year. Weekly refuse and recyclable collection will occur on regular pick up both December 24th and December 27th.


Totes Program

Please call the Refuse Control Office at (716) 631-7119 or email refuse@amherst.ny.us 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. Amherst community videos.

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  • 5583 Main Street
  • Williamsville, NY 14221