What’s the procedure for a “self-hauler” using the Transfer Station?

The Town does not provide curbside collection of garbage or recyclables.  Residents may arrange for collection with a private carter, but many avoid the cost of collection and bring their waste to the Transfer Station themselves.   The facility has a resident drop-off area where “self-haulers” deposit their waste and recyclables in designated bunkers.  There is a bunker for household garbage (in the Town yellow garbage bags), and bunkers for each category of recyclables, i.e., 1) mixed paper and cardboard; 2) mixed metal and plastic containers (#s 1 and 2 plastics ONLY); and 3) glass bottles.   Self-haulers must have a resident disposal permit on their vehicle (available from the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall in Southold) OR pay a single entry fee of $5 per trip (not required for those dropping off recyclables only).  Those with bulky items that cannot be bagged, as well as construction debris and yard waste must go to the weigh scales where vehicles are weighed in, directed to the appropriate dumping area, then weighed out and charged fees based on the weight of the debris disposed.  Attendants and scale operators are available for assistance and instructions.  The Transfer Station is open 7:00 am – 5:00 pm 7 days a week (closed Holidays).

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1. I just moved here and learned that the Town does not provide garbage collection. How do I dispose of my household garbage?
2. What’s the procedure for a “self-hauler” using the Transfer Station?
3. What are the disposal fees charged for waste brought to the Transfer Station?
4. What is the Town’s “yellow bag” garbage program all about?
5. Where can I buy “Town bags”?
6. How do I dispose of paint and chemicals?
7. I am moving and have unused household chemicals to dispose. What do I do?
8. How do I get a residential disposal permit for my vehicle?
9. When are commercial disposal permits required and how do I get one?
10. I don’t have a disposal sticker on my vehicle – can I still bring stuff to the transfer station?
11. My vehicle with the disposal permit is in the shop for repairs – do I have to pay the “single entry” fee if I use a substitute vehicle to bring my garbage to the Transfer Station?
12. I rented a U-Haul truck to bring a bunch of stuff for disposal. Will I be charged the single-entry fee for a commercial vehicle?
13. I need to borrow a friend’s pickup truck to haul a large piece of furniture to the Transfer Station, but it doesn’t have a disposal permit – can I use the permit for my vehicle for the truck?
14. How do I dispose of a freezer, de-humidifier, refrigerator, air-conditioner, or other refrigerant appliance?
15. How do I dispose of electronic waste such as a TV, VCR, computer monitor, computer processor, laptop, cell phone, wiring, etc.?
16. Where does the garbage accepted at the Transfer Station go?
17. Where do the recyclables brought to the Transfer Station go?
18. How do I dispose of yard waste (i.e., brush and leaves)?
19. What about free disposal of brush and branches?
20. What happens to the yard waste disposed at the compost site?
21. I want to cut back on chemical fertilizers on my lawn and gardens - is compost a good substitute?
22. How can I get compost or woodchip mulch from the compost site?
23. How much does the compost and mulch cost?
24. Do residents get any compost or mulch for free?
25. How do I dispose of grass?
26. Why isn’t grass accepted as yard waste at the compost facility?
27. How do I dispose of tires? And what about the rims?
28. How do I dispose of used syringes (a.k.a. “sharps”)?
29. How are dead animals removed and disposed?
30. Does the Town offer a paper-shredding service?
31. How do I dispose of used clothing and fabric?
32. What can I do with items I no longer need but which I think are still useable and should not be thrown out?
33. How do I dispose of asbestos waste?
34. How do I dispose of waste oil?
35. How do I dispose of gasoline?
36. How do I dispose of cooking oil?
37. I need a weight ticket for the Department of Motor Vehicles for a trailer I made – can I get that from the Transfer Station?
38. I need to dispose of an old boat – can I get help to remove this from my trailer?
39. Some tree limbs came down in my yard due to high wind – can I bring them to the compost site for free?
40. Can I get wood for my stove from the compost site?