Letter: Help Keep Dover's Transfer Station a Success

The following is a letter to the editor from Christine Heer, thirteen year veteran volunteer at the transfer station.

Dear Citizens of Dover,

I am writing to ask your help for the continued success of the deposit trailer at the Dover Transfer Station. 

You may know that each month a different Dover/Sherborn sports team or Dover community organization (Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Garden Club, etc.) take turns organizing all the deposit bottles and cans, counting them and then transporting them to Bullards in Medfield to be redeemed.  Bullards counts all the items again and then sends a check to the recycling committee (via the town of Dover) who then sends the check to the organization or team. 

How can the citizens of Dover help?  Please be sure that when you are bringing your deposits into the trailer you are bringing only deposit items.  NO wine bottles (these are recycled with glass) or non-carbonated beverages (these are recycled with glass or plastic) or water bottles (these are recycled with plastic).   Also please be sure you are putting your deposit items in the correct receptacle.  Each deposit bottle is sorted by size and they are displayed above each box.  Cans are also in a separate bin with a can above it to show you where they go.  Beer bottles are separated by color and can be slipped into the cartons provided on the table.  Lastly, please be sure that you do not leave bags of deposits (these sometimes inadvertently contain garbage) as this poses a hazard to all -volunteers and patrons alike. 

Your efforts are greatly appreciated and help to keep the deposit trailer running smoothly and safely.  Many of the volunteers are children and your patience is appreciated as we all do a good turn by recycling.

I would also like to extend a special thank you to all the highway department employees who maintain the transfer station.  Every one of these gentlemen is always available to answer questions and help out when the deposit trailer gets busy.  They routinely check the trailer to be sure full bags are tied and placed in the rear of the trailer and they replace the full bag each time it is needed.  Also, when the beer table gets full they stack the boxes next to the full bags of cans and plastic bottles and replace the beer cartons on the table. 

Volunteers and Dover patrons would not be able to use the deposit trailer safely without this community effort.  Be sure to ask any of the employees if you need help in the deposit trailer or any other area of the transfer station.  “Many hands make light work.”  We are so fortunate to have this resource for our local community groups!


Christine Heer, thirteen year veteran volunteering in the deposit trailer!

ellie herd June 02, 2012 at 12:19 PM
please turn off car engines to avoid 1. accidents. 2. pollution. while recycling your trash.
Deb Shaw June 03, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Thanks Christine, these are good reminders of the details that go into a successful deposit trailer. Some of your advice is common sense, but some of it does answer questions people may have regarding the deposit trailer. It took me years to figure out some of these things you mentioned, so your letter is probably very helpful to newer people.
Douglas Johnston June 05, 2012 at 04:31 AM
+1 to Wade and the crew; when I did the 'deposit run' for the Cub Scouts, he was very helpful letting us know what was and wasn't allowed in the bags for Bullards. And given that in the three hours between my visits on a Saturday, the entire trailer filled up with beer bottles and cans, it was a great help to have them all stacked, bagged and sorted out the way. Thanks again, guys!


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