Transfer Station Facility

603.539.2558 ~  53 Snow Road, Effingham

Transfer Station Hours December 24, 2023, will be 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

WEDNESDAYS: 8am – 2:30pmWEEKENDS: 8am – 4:30pm
Supervisor:Mark Bussiere
Attendant:Bill Wrable
Attendant:Brad Stuart
Attendant:Joe Boyd

Closed for all federal holidays, including New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day (4th of July), Veteran’s Day, Christmas Day

Effingham Resident-Only Dump Stickers

Dump Stickers $1 CASH @the Dump. Effingham residents only, with Effingham address on auto registration, may acquire dump stickers at the Transfer Station. You may also mail/drop in drop box at town office a copy of vehicle registration with $1 cash or check and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Nonresident Dump Stickers

Nonresidents of Effingham, please contact the Selectman’s Office for Dump Stickers. (603) 539-7770. Thank you.

Scope and Purpose of Ordinance

This Ordinance covers the collection, separation and disposal of all solid waste generated in the Town of Effingham (“Town”) and establishes a revised fee system for the disposal of selected solid wastes at the Transfer Station (“Facility”). 

The purpose of this Ordinance is to:

  1. Ensure efficient and economical disposal of solid wastes.
  2. Ensure compliance with all environmental laws.
  3. Minimize solid waste that must be transferred or disposed of at an approved facility by maximizing recycling.
Permits – Where and how to obtain an annual permit 

Transfer Station Permits: All vehicles entering the Facility are required to display a current transfer station permit following the below guidelines. Permits may be purchased at either of two locations depending upon certain conditions described below upon payment of $1.00. No fee will be required for replacement permits provided the old permit is returned prior to issuance of a replacement permit.


  1. Annual Permits are good for one year: from June 1st to the following May 31st. Beginning June 1 each year, any vehicle arriving without a current sticker applied to the window may be asked by the Attendant to leave without depositing their waste.


  1. Permits ($1.00 each) may be purchased at the Transfer Station with Cash Only under the following conditions:


  • Vehicle operator must produce a valid vehicle registration showing the name and corresponding Effingham physical legal residential address.


Please Note: ALL other permits in this Section 3 below will ONLY be issued at the Board of Selectmen’s Office.


  1. Permits ($1.00 each) may be purchased at theBoard of Selectmen’s Office or the Town can arrange to send you one in the mail.


  • Residents or Taxpayers upon presentation of a current vehicle registration. This may include a registration from a leased vehicle or a vehicle in the name of a trust.  Note: sticker color changes annually.


  • Year-round Tenants renting in Effingham who provide a copy of a current lease agreement or a letter from the landlord verifying residency, presentation of a current vehicle registration and the required fee in accord with this Ordinance, Schedule “A” (Schedule “A”). Note: Sticker color changes annually.  Example is a one-year lease to rent a home or apartment.


  • Memorial Day through Columbus Day – Seasonal/Short-term related family renting/staying in Effingham who provide a copy of a current lease agreement or a letter from the homeowner/taxpayer verifying residency, presentation of a current vehicle registration, and for each taxpayer relative the required fee in accord with Schedule”A.” Note: Sticker color is Red and only valid Memorial Day through Columbus Day.Example: Family and extended related family using a seasonal building throughout the summer season months.


  • Vacant land owner (no building): 1-day pass to dispose of brush in Transfer Station compost area – FREE. Attendant will collect the Town issued one day permit when presented on the day of use.


The Town will work with you:The Town understands that special circumstancesoccasionally come up that do not fit these permit issue guidelines.  Please contact the Board of Selectmen’s Office.  Our staff will be happy to assist you in finding a workable solution.


  1. The permit MUST be permanently affixed to the driver’sside windshield or the driver’s door window and shall be visible at all Stickers display the vehicle license plate number as a means of enforcement. Please Note: Town of Effingham’s Legal Counsel has provided legal guidance regarding this matter. Also, the Transfer Station Attendants have a tool to help you with sticker removal from the window.


  1. If a vehicle to which a permit was affixed is traded or sold, or if the owner wishesto affix a permit to a different vehicle, a new permit will be issued to the vehicle’s ownerprovided the owner continues to be a resident and/or taxpayer of the Town andtheold permit is turned in. A permit issued to one vehicle may NOT be used on another vehicle. 


  1. Effingham residents with commercial vehicles cannot be issued permits without specific approval by the Town. If you have been approved to obtain a permit for a commercial vehicle, it is to be used for the disposal of your household trash only.  Disposal of any commercial trash related to your employment is prohibited.


Please note: Transfer Station permit holders and their passengers are required to conduct themselves in a civil manner. Obscene, slanderous, defamatory, disruptive, profane language, disorderly or violent statements will be not be tolerated. People displaying these types of actions will be asked to leave the Transfer Station without depositing their trash and waste. 

Unacceptable Materials
The following materials will not be accepted at the Facility:
  • Tree trunks, large limbs or logs over 5″ in diameter.


  • Industrial waste including bricks & concrete, asbestos, oil tanks, arts & craft supplies, drain opener, dry-cleaning fluids, epoxies & resins, floor cleaner & polish, oven cleaner, roofing tar, spot remover, unbroken incandescent and florescent bulbs including CFLs, thermometers, coal tar driveway sealer, pesticides, herbicides & weed killers, pool chemicals, rust preventative, radiator cleaners, car waxes & polish, carburetor cleaners & degreasers, oil, automotive grease, antifreeze, paint stripper, paint thinner, oil-based paint, spray paint, stains & varnishes, wood preservative, sealants, except as listed on Schedule”A”.


  • Industries generating solid waste are responsible for legally disposing of these wastes on their own.


  • All Smoke Detectors: Smoke Detectors may NOT be disposed of in any Town trash or demo waste container. Please see a Transfer Station Attendant who will manage the disposal of the detector.


  • Dead animals, pathological waste, medical waste or radioactive waste. NOTE: please see Appendix A regarding disposal of hypodermic needles, syringes lancets and infusion.


  • Sludge, human or animal waste


  • Diapers and cat litter in bags is allowed in household trash


  • Batteries: car, and other power equipment. NOTE: NiCad/rechargeable batteries are recycled as hazardous waste.


  • Stumps, logs, rail road ties


  • Junk cars, engines, chassis, transmissions, axles,


  • Acetylene, oxygenand liquid propane gas (LPG) tanks (examples: gas bottles or gas cylinders, etc.)


  • Boats or parts thereof


  • Explosives such as dynamite, ammunition or flammable liquids like gasoline or gases like propane.


  • Unseparated trash (commingled household trash andrecyclables)


  • All waste and demo materials not generated in the Town of Effingham are considered prohibited and unacceptable (RSA 31:39, RSA 149 M).


  • Any material which in the opinion of the Solid Waste Attendant constitutes a serious hazard to others or the property of the Town.
Other Recycling Options
  • Cell phones: Companies like ecoATM or Best Buy or your phone carrier can help you with recycling and disposal.


  • Unbroken CFL bulbs and rechargeable batteries may be recycled at Lowe’s or Home Depot for free.


  • Hypodermic needles, syringes lancets and infusion sets – See Appendix A of Ordinance for disposal information.
Payment of Fees
  • Permits: Fees for permits are payable by Cash Only. See Ordinance Schedule “A” for applicable disposal fees, pages 9-11.


  • Disposal and Payment Procedures:

For those items that require the payment of an additional fee as set forth on Schedule “A”, the following procedures shall be followed:


  1. The Attendant shall inspect items to be disposed.


  1. The item(s) shall be disposed of in the designated area(s).


  1. The required fee is to be paid at time of and prior to disposal.


  1. The Attendant shall give a validated, numbered receipt upon presentation of payment. The receipt may be requested and inspected by other on-site Attendants prior to any disposal.
Acceptable Materials, Recycling & Separation/Schedule of Fees

Recycling is Mandatory for all persons using the facility.

The following items shall be accepted only if separated and placed in the appropriate containers and/or areas in accord with the procedures set forth below:

Category I – Recycling – No Fee
  • Glass:

Bottles and jars – Must be empty (all contents removed), rinsed out and clean; metal caps & corks removed prior to placing in designated container. Note: Food left in containers will contaminate the entire load.

  1. All color and clear bottles
  2. Window glass
  3. Porcelain sinks, toilets – non-porcelain parts removed
  4. Pyrex dishes
  5. Mirrors
  6. Ceramics – coffee mugs, plates, beer steins, tile, etc.

Not recyclable: vehicle windshields, vehicle headlights, CFL light bulbs, plexiglass, etc.

Please help keep Transfer Station expenses down – If any items other than glass are mixed into the glass container, the Town will get billed extra for our contamination of the entire dumpster.

  • Aluminum, Tin and Steel Cans:

Must be empty (all contents removed), rinsed out and clean.  NOTE: Food left in containers will contaminate the entire load.

Note: Crushing cans would be helpful by reducing storage volume.

  • Cardboard

All corrugated cardboard which is clean, dry and not waxed; includes cardboard dairy and juice containers.

NOTE: No pizza boxes (likely contain food and food stains that contaminate entire load).

  • Paper Grocery Sacks
  • Newspaper:

Can be loose or in a brown paper grocery bag, and must be clean.  Other paper goods including office paper, softcover (not hard cover) books and magazines are acceptable.

  • Plastics:

Must be empty (all contents removed), rinsed and cleaned, all caps removed.  Only recycle numbers #1, #2, #5.  All other plastic containers go in regular Trash. No plastic bags.  NOTE: Food left in containers will contaminate the entire load. 

  • Scrap Metal:

All scrap metal should be free of plastic, rubber, wood or other contaminates. Empty dry latex paint cans with lids removed.

  • All Smoke Detectors:

Smoke detectors may NOT be disposed in any Town trash or demo waste container. Please see a Transfer Station Attendant who will manage the disposal of the detector.

Category I – Non-recycling – No Fee 
  • Household waste:

Shall be deposited in the trash compactor. Along with kitchen and household waste, these additional items should be deposited only in the trash compactor: alkaline batteries, regular light bulbs, gift wrap, carbon paper, waxed or tin foil drink cartons, saran wrap, Tyvek shipping envelopes, blue print paper, dirty paper goods, etc.

  • Textiles:

Usable clothing should be placed in the Planet Aid yellow containers or given to local charity.

  • Clean Wood, Brush, Slash, Clippings and Leaves:

Lawn clippings, garden waste, leaves, twigs, non-pressure treated lumber and tree limbs less than five(5) inches indiameter and five (5) feet long.

  • Certain medical waste:

See Appendix A – NH Department of Environmental Services_Disposal Tips for Household Generated Sharps  (WMD-SW-31  2016).  Please see attendant for disposal assistance.

  • Hard Cover Books:

Hardcover book disposal is in the demo waste dumpsters.

Category II – Fees Required – Cash or Prepaid Coupon only

Acceptable payment at the Transfer Station is CASH ONLY *  

*Coupons may also be purchased for these items at the Selectmen’s Office.

White Goods: A $20 disposal fee will apply to any white goods that contain Freon like air conditioners, freezers and refrigerators, etc. Refrigerators and freezers must have their doors removed prior to acceptance at the Transfer Station.  For all other white goods like stoves, microwaves, clothes dryers, dish & clothes washers, etc., the disposal fee is $10

 Bulky Waste: Placed in the large roll-off containers:

  1. Stuffed chairs 


    Stuffed recliners


    Couches with built-in recliners


    Sofa beds (sofa + mattress) 




    Box springs 


    Rugs (8 feet x 10 feet or larger)


Tires: passenger, wheelbarrow, boat, etc.

Up to 20” (inches) in diameter                                 $4.00   each

Note: No commercial truck tires, no tractor tires.  Tire rims disposed of free if removed from the tire.  6 tire limit per visit.

Asphalt Shingles and Construction Debris/Demolition:

Acceptable items are building materials, including but not limited to: painted, stained or pressure treated wood and asphalt shingles. Unacceptable items are specified in Article VI.A.5.  No commercial trailers.

Demo up to level ½ bed pickup (tire well top or 1 foot)$40
Demo ½ to full bed pickup (top of bed sides or 2 feet)$80
Trailer – 6 ft. wide x 8 ft. long demo up to 1 foot high$40
Trailer – 6 ft. wide x 8 ft. long demo up to 2 feet high$80
Demo in contractor bags, 2nd bag or more$5 per bag
Demo less than a contractor bag full (small amounts)Free


Computers and Televisions:

Computer Monitors $ 10
Televisions & Flat Screen TV’s$ 10


NOTE: Permit holders with loads in excess of one pickup truck bed are required to haul materials in items 4 and 5 above, directly to a commercial landfill such as Turnkey in Rochester.  A convenient alternative would be to purchase a Waste Management Bagster® Bag and have the demo/waste picked up at your location.  For more information, please visit

Category III – Burn Pile Materials

The Town shall accept the following materials for open air burning in accordance with state and local regulations: ‘metal free’ untreated wood and untreated dimensional lumber.

During such times as the State Forest Fire Warden or the Effingham Forest Fire Warden may declare open burning to be unsafe, the Town will not accept any materials described above, until such time as the fire hazard has been lifted.

Category IV – Brush Pile

The Town shall accept the following materials for the brush pile: brush, and slash five (5) inches or less in diameter and five (5) feet or less in length.

Category V – Compost Pile

The Town shall accept the following materials for the compost pile: cut grass, leaves and yard waste.  Residential material only, no commercial contractor compost. Note: Compost is available to permit holders for FREE.

Category VI – Unused Medicines

There are several options for safe disposal in the Lakes Region area:

1.           Proscription Drop Boxes –

2.           LRHHPF Collections –

3.           National Drug Takebag Day (usually spring/fall) –

4.           Contact your local drug store or pharmacy for possible disposal locations.

Safe Medical Needle Disposal
Violation, Penalties and Enforcement 

Use of the Effingham Transfer Station is a taxpayer privilege not a right.  The Transfer Station Attendants, Effingham Police Officers or other law enforcement personnel, when needed, and the Board of Selectmen are empowered to enforce these rules and regulations.  Violation of these rules and regulations may result in a levy of a fine(s) up to and including revocation of Transfer Station privileges,

Attendants may open any and all bags of trash and/or demo for inspection of the contents to ensure conformity with these policy standards and practices.  They are empowered to refuse the dumping of any waste which they deem is in violation of State Laws or Town Policies & Regulations.  

Breaches of the Peace: Any person who purposely causes a breach of the peace, public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creates a risk thereof may be subject to RSA 644:2 Disorderly Conduct. Conduct is a misdemeanor if the offense continues after a request by any person to desist; otherwise, it is a violation.

Criminal Trespass: Any person apprehended inside the facility when it is deemed closed may be charged with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, carrying a fine of up to $1000 and may be placed in the State House of Corrections for up to one year (RSA 635:2).

Criminal Mischief: Any person vandalizing the area may be charged with criminal mischief, a class B felony and may be fined up to $1000 and may be placed in the State House of Corrections for up to one year (RSA 635:2).

Littering: Any person leaving trash outside the gate of the facility or depositing along roads or other public or private property within the Town may be fined at a rate established by State Law.  (RSA 265:102, RSA 147:1-58, RSA 163-B). 

Penalties: Pursuant to the authority of RSA 149-M:17, II, any person convicted of violating any provision of this Ordinance, shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $3,000.00 for each such violation. Any alleged violator may avoid the issuance of a summons and complaint by the voluntary payment of a fine in an amount determined by the Board of Selectmen.  The following is a list of authoritative penalties:

First violation of the Ordinance shall result in a Written Warning;

Second violation of the Ordinance shall result in a fine of $50.00;

Third violation of the Ordinance shall result in a fine of $250.00;

Fourth violation of the Ordinance shall result in a fine of $500.00

Fifth violation of the Ordinance shall result in the maximum fine of $1,000.00

In addition to any other penalty, any person violating any provisions of the Ordinance, may have their right to use the facility suspended or revoked after a notice and hearing before the Board of Selectmen.

All fines and penalties collected shall be payable to the “Town of Effingham” and deposited in the general fund.  A permit will not be renewed until all fines and fees have been paid to the Town.

Upcoming Events


April 12, 2:00 pm

Department Head Meeting; Municipal Bldg 68 School St


April 15, 6:00 pm

Historic District Commission


April 17, 6:00 pm

Historic Town Hall Project Meeting @ Eff Libraryy - Effingham Public Library 30 Townhouse Rd


April 18, 6:30 pm

Plan Board Work session - Municipal Building 68 School St.


May 1, 7:00 pm

ZBA Meeting


May 2, 6:30 pm

Planning Board Mtg - Municipal Office 68 School St.


May 6, 6:30 pm

Conservation Commission - Town Offices 68 School St.


May 12, 2024

Mother's Day


May 13, 6:00 pm

Historic District Commission - Municipal Building 68 School St.


May 15, 6:00 pm

Historic Town Hall Project Meeting @ Eff Libraryy - Effingham Public Library 30 Townhouse Rd


May 16, 6:30 pm

Plan Board Work session - Municipal Building 68 School St.


May 27, 2024

Memorial Day