Swap Shop

The Swap Shop at Acton's Transfer Station and Recycling Center allows residents to give away or adopt gently used items. The Swap Shop is open seasonally and generally opens in the Spring and closes in the Fall.

Click here for a breakdown of the fees associated with using Acton's Transfer Station and Recycling Center and the Swap Shop.

Hours of Operation

The Swap Shop hours of operation shall be determined by the Acton Highway Department and posted at the facility.  The Swap Shop operations will be open from the Spring through the Fall months.  The hours of operation will be dependent upon the availability of the volunteers to oversee the program.


All items shall be dropped off in the facility and deemed acceptable by the attendant.  All other items left outside of the building and/or not approved by the attendant shall be rejected and residents are required to take the item back with them.   


If the Swap Shop is collecting more items than it can handle, the staff and attendant have the discretion of refusing items.   

What to bring to the Swap Shop

Acceptable Items

- Items must be clean, dry and in good working condition
  • Household items (glasses, silverware, pots & pans, folding chairs, etc…)
  • Toys, games, puzzles (not broken or missing pieces)
  • Tools (garden, mechanical, etc…)
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment (bird feeders, hand tools)
  • Sports equipment
  • Baby/Child equipment

Non Acceptable Items

  • Child safety equipment, car seats
  • Large and/or upholstered furniture
  • Electronics, televisions
  • Appliances
  • Freon Items
  • Clothing, Shoes, Bedding (linens or pillows)
  • Lawnmowers, Snow blowers, other motorized equipment
  • Mattresses
  • Carpets
  • Books
  • Household hazardous materials (paints, varnishes, etc…)
  • Demolition/Construction materials
  • Food
  • Anything broken or missing parts

Items Not Listed

The acceptability of any item that is not specifically identified under the Acceptable or Non‐Acceptable Items will be determined by the Staff.

The Decision of the Staff is Final

Any complaints shall be submitted to the Highway Department by mail or email:

Acton Highway Department
14 Forest Road
Acton, MA 01720


All complaints must include the following written information:
  • Name, address
  • Contact info (telephone number or email)
  • Explanation of incident and parties involved
Print these Swap Shop Rules and Regulations.

Additional Re-Use and Collection Resources