Recycling and Waste Disposal

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Curbside Trash and Recycling is on it's normal schedule.

Curbside service scheduled 2018 holidays that change your collection to the day after your normal day are as follows:

  • Memorial Day Monday May 28
  • Independence Day Wednesday July 4
  • Labor Day Monday September 3
  • Thanksgiving Thursday November 22
  • Christmas Tuesday December 25

Occasionally, especially during weather events it is possible for drivers to miss picking up your cart that has been placed at the curb at the proper time. If your cart has not been picked up please call Republic Services at 413-557-6700 and tell them your address and which cart was missed so they can make plans to pick it up.


Schedule a Bulk Pick-Up

To Schedule a Bulk Pick-up call 413-587-0999 - there is a flat rate fee of $25 for this service payable by credit card to the Contractor at the time you make the appointment.


Waste Reduction Enforcement Coordinator

The MassDEP is providing the Town with Grant money to help fund the efforts of our "Waste Reduction Enforcement Coordinator" or "WREC". Perhaps you have seen our WREC out checking carts for compliance and providing education to people on how to handle waste.

Our WREC's name is Tim O'Grady and he is currently driving a silver ford focus. Tim can be reached at 413-263-3234 or togrady@townofwestspringfield.org.

If you see him around your carts please say hello and if you have any questions about where / how to dispose of items Tim will help you.

Thank you for your recycling and composting efforts over the past year!!

Call (413) 263-3242 with questions or further information.

If you have any questions about recycling, please read through the Town's website or visit the Massachusetts Recycling Facility website.


Yard Waste Drop Off

2018 FALL Yard Waste Collection 

K&W Transfer Station at 138 Palmer Avenue is open Monday - Friday 7:00am to 4:30pm and Saturday 7:00am to 1:00pm throughout the year with the exception of the following five days during which they are closed.

  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November)
  • Christmas Day
  • Memorial Day (Monday Holiday)
  • Independence Day - July 4th
  • Labor Day (Monday Holiday)

The goal of this page is to provide information on how we can recycle confidently so that valuable materials are diverted from landfills back into manufacturing. We can boost recycling participation and material quality at the same time by following the information provided here.

Thank You for reading and if you have any suggestions or questions please email Rob Colson at rcolson@townofwestspringfield.org.

Remember: Residential curbside trash and recycling service is a privilege that requires residents to understand and adhere to our regulations. Please find and read them in the document attached below titled: Recycling & Solid Waste Ordinance and Regulations. Any person in violation of these Regulations will be subject to a $100.00 fine. Each day shall constitute a separate violation.

Lids of your trash and recycling carts must be closed. Do not compact the material inside the cart. Breakdown your cardboard items.


Bulky Rigid Plastics Recycling

Thanks to the MassDEP funded project - you can now recycle your Bulky Rigid Plastics by bringing them to the Transfer Station at 138 Palmer Avenue. Your items will be placed into a dedicated container by the transfer station workers. The scale attendant will direct you. Please check the Bulky Rigid Plastic Recycling guide provided below for eligible items that we can divert from the waste stream by making this effort. There is no cost for Residents.


Bulk Pick-up

Change - All curbside pick-ups now require the Resident to pay a $25 fee to the hauler at the time the appointment is made. The $25 fee is due each time the hauler is scheduled by the Resident to pick up Bulk Waste in front of the Resident's home. The Resident is able to dispose of one to five each items at each $25 pick-up and can receive this service up to 3 times per year.

Appointments for curbside pick-up made on and after May 23, 2018 will require the Resident to pay the $25 fee with a credit card at the time the appointment is made.

Residents with curbside trash and recycling cart service can bring items that don't fit in the cart, known as "Bulk" to the Transfer Station at 138 Palmer Avenue. Or, those Residents can schedule a "Bulk Pick-up" for a $25 fee payable to the hauler upon scheduling of the appointment of the items from their tree belt by calling 413-587-0999.

Residents are allowed to annually dispose of a total of 15 items per year - 5 items during 3 service "events" through the drop off or curbside ($25 fee) pick up. Residents are allowed 3 (three) service "events" per year - for example - one "event" can be curbside and two "events" could be drop off, or any combination for a total of three.

Drop off at the Transfer Station is free for three drop offs per year of up to 5 items per drop off. The scheduled curbside tree belt pickups also allow up to five items to be picked up, three times per year. "Bulk" items include mattresses (a bed's frame and headboards count as one item, the box spring as one item, the mattress as one item), furniture (each separate piece of furniture is considered one item, so a table with 4 chairs is 5 items), metal appliances - (note that all freon must be removed by a licensed technician and have their verification sticker on the appliance for it to be picked up); carpet / area rugs 50# limit (must be cut down to 4 foot long rolls).


Bag Tags

The lid of your carts must be closed / in contact with the cart when placed at the curb for pick-up. Residents with curbside trash and recycling cart service that need intermittent additional trash capacity can purchase yellow stickers know as "Bag Tags" from Big Y and Stop & Shop Supermarkets in Westfield on Route 20, West Springfield; Rocky's Ace Hardware in Agawam; from the Collector's office in Town Hall. or from the Senior Center at 128 Park Street. The "Bag Tags" cost $3.00 per each and can be attached to any 30 gallon (or smaller) trash bag and placed out with your carts on collection day.


Extra Trash Cart

If you need long term permanent extra trash cart capacity, you will pay for it with a credit card. There are two options; Option one is you can up-size / replace your current 64 gallon cart with a 96 gallon cart at an annual cost to you of $60.00 per year.Option two is you can get an extra 64 gallon cart at an annual cost to you of $100.00 per year.

The procedure to order either cart capacity increase is as follows: Resident calls Republic Services at 413-557-6737 to schedule delivery / pickup of old cart. You must give them your credit card number / pay for it prior to delivery.


Recycling Cart

Do not put trash or any type of plastic bag in your recycling cart. Trash (or any item that does not belong in the recycling cart) contaminates the recycling stream and needs to be picked out by hand at the recycling facility. Plastic bags in your recycle cart jam the recycling facility machinery making it inoperable. Please recycle plastic grocery bags at your retail store. Remember not all recyclable items can go in your cart - please refer to the extensive information provided below to inform you on what can and cannot go in the cart. The lid of your carts must be closed / in contact with the cart when placed at the curb for pick-up. Cardboard boxes must be broken down into approximately 2 feet x 2 feet pieces so they fit in the cart and so they fit in the recycling truck more efficiently. A closed lid keeps the material dry and insures a higher quality material for the recycling process.


Cardboard Recycling

If you need more capacity for cardboard recycling - we have it at the 430 Westfield Street - Dpw Yard - on the right hand side as you pull in the gate.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Our collection is on November 3, 2018 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the DPW yard located on 430 Westfield Street. You can drop off your items by appointment only. Please call 413-263-3234 no later than November 1, 2018 to schedule your drop off time and let us know what items you will bring. Please leave a message with the time (we book in ten minute intervals, 9:00, 9:10, 9:20, etc) you wish to drop off, your name, address, phone number and list of items. Someone will call you back to confirm your appointment. We also Reciprocate with 10 other Cities and Towns, please find the attached list at the end of this page.

At this years Household Hazardous Waste collection day Mass Save will be there collecting dehumidifiers at no cost, AND offering you a $30 rebate for your old unit! All you have to do is bring your old, working dehumidifier to this event and fill out a rebate form.

Drop Off at the Town Yard located at 430 Westfield Street Monday – Friday from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm - is only for Single Stream Recyclables, Cardboard, Textiles and Scrap Metal (scrap metal appliances include toasters, dishwashers, dryers, clothes washers and stoves without the glass cook top. We will not accept refrigerators or air conditioners.

Starting July 2, 2018 the Town Yard will no longer accept Fluorescent Lights, Propane Tanks or Electronics such as computers, TV’s, stereos, wires & Cables, printers, appliances such as refrigerators, fans (anything with a plug) etc.

After that time Residents will need to dispose of these items through the retailer and manufacturer funded "take back coalition program". Or they can pay as they throw at disposal facilities including the Transfer Station located at 138 Palmer Avenue, West Springfield.


Yard Waste

See schedule listed below for spring and fall curbside pickup schedule and drop off at the 138 Palmer Avenue Transfer Station - run by K&W Materials & Recycling Monday - Friday 7:00am to 3:30pm and Saturday 7:00am to 1:00pm. Please - no plastic bags and no trash.

Spring of 2018 Curbside Yard Waste Collection Schedule

Collection Day Yard Waste
Collection 1
Yard Waste
Collection 2
Monday Friday April 13, 2018 Friday April 27, 2018
Tuesday Saturday April 14, 2018 Saturday April 28, 2018
Wednesday Saturday April 14, 2018 Saturday April 28, 2018
Thursday Friday April 20, 2018 Friday May 4, 2018
Friday Saturday April 21, 2018 Saturday May 5, 2018

Fall of 2018 Curbside Yard Waste Collection Schedule

Collection Day Yard Waste
Collection 1
Yard Waste
Collection 2
Yard Waste
Collection 3
Yard Waste
Collection 4
Monday Friday
October 12, 2018
Friday
October 26, 2018
Friday
November 9, 2018
Friday
December 7, 2018
Tuesday Saturday
October 13, 2018
Saturday
October 27, 2018
Saturday
November 10, 2018
Saturday
December 8, 2018
Wednesday Saturday
October 13, 2018
Saturday
October 27, 2018
Saturday
November 10, 2018
Saturday
December 1, 2018
Thursday Friday
October 19, 2018
Friday
November 2, 2018
Friday
November 16, 2018
Friday
November 30, 2018
Friday Saturday
October 20, 2018
Saturday
November 3, 2018
Saturday
November 17, 2018
Saturday
December 1, 2018

Compost

Compost is for sale at the 138 Palmer Avenue Transfer Station - run by K&W Materials & Recycling


Backyard Compost Bins

Backyard Compost Bins for food and yard waste - Note we are currently sold out of our bins. We are in the process of ordering more. If you would like to obtain a Compost Bin - please email Rob Colson at rcolson@townofwestspringfield.org with your contact information and he will get back to you.


Western Massachusetts Recycling Reminder

Yes Please Do include the following items in your recycling cart:) -corrugated cardboard boxes; paperboard gift boxes; greeting cards (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter); gift wrap; gift bags; tissue wrap (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter); paper shopping bags (any type of handle is okay); catalogs and calendar

No Please Do Not include the following items in your recycling mix: ribbons, bows and tinsel; packing peanuts and Styrofoam (these are re-usable, contact your local pack and ship store to recycle them);holiday lights; blister packaging (formed plastic package used to hold toys and electronics);plastic bags (clean, dry plastic bags marked #2 or #4 are recyclable at some retailers); photographs

Please go to the MassDEP Beyond The Bin Recycling Directory for waste disposal solutions not found on our website.


Waste Reduction: On Plastic Pollution, What Can You Do?

Plastic pollution has been in the news a lot lately. You’ve probably read about the “great garbage patch” in the Pacific Ocean, and how it’s getting bigger (it is now 617,763 square miles, or about three times the size of France). Or maybe you’ve seen photos of beaches strewn with garbage, children swimming through garbage, or animals with plastic caught around their necks. It can be heartbreaking to see what we’re doing to our planet, and not know what we can do about it. The good news is that as more media attention focuses on this issue, the more people are doing to try to solve the problem.

We know that plastics never decompose in the environment, and we have learned that they can break down into tiny pieces called microplastics, which have been found in remote areas of oceans, as well as in freshwater and even bottled water. They are ingested by fish and ocean mammals, and humans as well. Some of the microplastics polluting the ocean are a result of our washing synthetic clothing, like fleece. Plastic microbeads that are used in some facial scrubs, toothpaste, and other personal care products also wash into the ocean, and are ingested by wildlife.

Life is busy, and plastic products are convenient. They seem to be everywhere! But there are simple steps you can take to reduce plastic pollution, and steps businesses and governments can take as well.

What You Can Do at Home

  1. Reduce your use of single-use and non-recyclable plastics (bags, cups, bottles, straws). Use reusable or compostable items instead
  2. Buy items with less or no plastic packaging.
  3. Buy plastic products made with recycled plastic and recycle as much plastic as you can.
  4. Avoid microfiber pollution that results from washing synthetics such as fleece by not buying them or using a product that catches it, such as a washing machine filter or the “Guppy Friend”.
  5. Stop buying products with plastic microbeads. Use the guide.

Advocate for bans on single-use plastics, and for businesses to make products and packaging that are recyclable, reusable, repairable, or biodegradable.

Support groups working to combat plastic pollution, such as:

  • Plastic Pollution Coalition
  • Plastic Oceans Foundation
  • Plastic Ocean Project
  • Ocean Conservancy
  • The Lonely Whale
  • As You Sow

What Businesses Can Do

Many companies are starting to make their products more sustainable. Dunkin’ Donuts recently agreed to phase out Styrofoam cups and make their cups recyclable by 2020. Starbucks has committed $10 million to designing and producing recyclable and compostable cups. McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and others have also committed to using more sustainable packaging. Some companies have begun using plastic ocean trash to make products through the “Nextwave” initiative. These companies include Dell, Method, Adidas, GM, Proctor and Gamble, and Trek Bicycles.

There are also promising new technologies to reduce plastic use and pollution, such as packaging and products made from plant materials or fungi, which decompose, as well as processes for converting plastics, including ocean waste, back into fuel products.

All possible solutions and a global effort will be needed to tackle a problem of this magnitude, but everything you can do to reduce your plastic use, recycle, and buy responsibly makes a difference!

11/15/17 News Release by MassDEP

“The Commonwealth has an aggressive goal of reducing the waste stream by 50 percent by 2020" . . . . . . . . .“By encouraging recycling, we can save money on waste disposal costs, cut greenhouse gas emissions, create renewable energy, and stimulate the economy.”


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