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Recycling and Waste Disposal

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Recycling is picked up every other week. What week is my recycling picked up? 

 Monday July 6th, 2020 is a "B" Week. 

Monday July 13th, 2020 is a "A" Week.

Click here to see a complete list of streets and what week recycling is picked up.

K&W Materials & Recycling, LLC West Springfield Transfer Station (138 Palmer Ave)- Click HERE for their price list. 

Recycle Cart- CHANGES As of 7-1-2020: shredded paper is not recyclable in your cart, please put it in the trash. We can now recycle clean and dry clear (only CLEAR ones) plastic cups (WITHOUT the lid or straw). Put Straws and all cup lids in the trash.  Egg Cartons - only clear plastic are recyclable - all other egg cartons go in the trash. “Gable top” cartons such as milk, juice, and soup also go in the trash. 

Placing the wrong, and / or dirty, wet items in your recycle cart contaminates one ton of a recycle truckload which costs the Town $225/ton and is a fineable offense to the resident.

Common problem items found in recycle carts that are NOT allowed include: garbage; food; liquid; electronics; rope; hose; chains; scrap metal; plastic bags; Styrofoam; pots; pans; dishes; clothing; greasy pizza box bottoms; shredded paper; paper towels, plates & cups; non-clear plastic cups. 

Curbside Trash and Recycling is running on schedule -click here for the Yard Waste curbside collection schedule 

Monday, September 7, 2020 is our next holiday. Monday 9/7/2020's trash and recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday's will be picked up on Wednesday, . . . and Friday's will be picked up on Saturday.

Curbside service scheduled holidays that change your collection to the day after your normal collection day.  This delay occurs only six (6) times  a year the rest of the time is on normal schedule. The only holidays that delay your collection are as follows.

  New Years Day, Memorial Day July 4th** , Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas 

** July 4th, 2020 was on a Saturday and no Holiday was observed by our Trash Hauler so there was no delay in trash / recycle pickup. 

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.

Questions? - please contact DPW at 413-263-3242

 Go Green!  

If you see Tim O'Grady -our Waste Recycling Enforcement Coordinator in your neighborhood around your carts please say hello and if you have any questions about where or how to dispose of items Tim will help you. 

Remember: Residential curbside trash and recycling cart collection service requires   Residents to understand and adhere to our regulations this will ensure waste materials are disposed in an environmentally responsible manner and assist in compliance with state established waste bans. Please find and review them in the document attached below titled: Recycling & Solid Waste Ordinance and Regulations. 

Lids of your trash and recycling carts must be closed. Do not compact the material inside the cart. Breakdown your cardboard items. No yard waste in carts.


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 Item Disposal 

Note - Starting July 1, 2020 Residents disposing of a mattress or box-spring at the Transfer Station are required to pay K&W a $25 fee for each king size mattress/box-spring (so $50 if you have one of each) and a $20 fee for each Queen size and smaller mattress/box-spring that are disposed of at the transfer station or is picked up curbside. Mattress / box-spring will not be counted as one of your fifteen items that can be dropped off.

Bulk Drop off at the K&W Materials & Recycling, LLC West Springfield Transfer Station (138 Palmer Ave) or Picked up at the curb in front of your house

If you have curbside trash and recycling cart service bulk items disposal is available to you for free for three (3) total service events per year of up to 5 items per event. Residents cannot "carry over" their service events and they cannot use  other Resident's service events.  Service  events are tracked together so for example you can have one pickup event and 2 drop off events for your 3 events. The year runs from July 1 - June 30.  

 "Bulk" items include things like a bed's frame and headboard which count 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 lb limit (must be cut down to 4 foot long rolls).

Bulk Drop Off-

When you drop off at the Transfer Station you will need identification to prove residency when you drop off the items. All regulations apply for drop off of bulk items at the transfer station.

Bulk Picked up at in front of your house at the curb - effective July 1, 2020

Residents must call 413-587-0999 for an appointment and there is a nonrefundable charge of seventy five ($75) due at the time of the call with a credit card

 

Extra Trash and or Recycling Capacity Options

Overflow Bags

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 Town of West Springfield 33 gallon overflow bags at a cost of $15.00 for a package of five bags 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. Place your official overflow bag on the ground next to your cart or on top of your closed cart.

 Extra trash / recycling cart or up-sized trash cart - click here for application.

Extra Trash Carts

If you need long term permanent extra trash cart capacity, you will pay for it with a check or money order made out to the Town of West Springfield. There are three options; Option one (1) 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 (2) is you can get an extra 64 gallon cart at an annual cost to you of $100.00 per year. Option three (3) additional cart plus up-size 64 gallon to 96 gallon annual cost is $160.00 per year. Please call town public works for details.

The procedure to order either cart capacity increase is as follows: Resident fills out the form and brings it with a check for payment to Town Hall second floor DPW office. Please call 413-263-3242 with questions about payment of the extra cart fee and schedule delivery / pickup of old cart. You will be charged accordingly. 

Extra Recycling Carts

Recycle Cart- CHANGES As of 7-1-2020: shredded paper is not recyclable in your cart, please put it in the trash. We can now recycle clean and dry clear (only CLEAR ones) plastic cups (WITHOUT the lid or straw). Put Straws and all cup lids in the trash.  Egg Cartons - only clear plastic are recyclable - all other egg cartons go in the trash. “Gable top” cartons such as milk, juice, and soup also go in the trash. 

Placing the wrong, and / or dirty, wet items in your recycle cart contaminates one ton of a recycle truckload which costs the Town $225/ton and is a fineable offense to the resident.

Common problem items found in recycle carts that are NOT allowed include: garbage; food; liquid; electronics; rope; hose; chains; scrap metal; plastic bags; Styrofoam; pots; pans; dishes; clothing; greasy pizza box bottoms; shredded paper; paper towels, plates & cups; non-clear plastic cups. 

Many people are generating a lot of cardboard these days due to on-line shopping. If you need long term permanent extra recycling cart capacity, you will pay for it with a check or money order made out to the Town of West Springfield. Option one (1) get an additional 96 gallon recycling cart for an annual fee of $60.00 per year.

Do not put trash or any type of plastic bag or plastic wrap 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.

There is a $65 fee anytime you discontinue an existing extra recycling or trash cart or anytime you do not respond to our requests and the extra cart is removed from your tree-belt.


GLASS BOTTLES 

Glass is heavy and expensive to recycle and / or dispose of.  Please help to save Town Funding by making an effort to reduce your consumption / disposal of glass containers. Please bring any 5 cent bottles back to the redemption center. 

THE COST TO RECYCLE GLASS IN YOUR CART -  STARTING JULY 1, 2020 -

At our current rate - the cost to recycle glass that is being put in our curbside recycling carts   WILL BE ABOUT $75,000.00 PER YEAR FOR THE ENTIRE TOWN.  - THAT IS A $75,000 INCREASE TO OUR BUDGET.

Annually we recycle about 400 tons of glass in our recycling carts - our total recycling tonnage for the year is about 2,100 tons - so glass by weight is about 20% of our recycling tonnage.

Please reduce glass container consumption, choose plastic, or metal and / or return all $0.05 bottles to redemption centers.

 2020 Hazardous Waste Collection day is tentatively set as Saturday October 10, 2020. 

Below are Reciprocal events you can attend-you can only attend one event
DATE COMMUNITY CONTACT PHONE TIME LOCATION
Pre-registration is required at all events.
5/2/2020 Chicopee Barry Brouillard 413-594-3557 9AM-Noon 115 Baskin Dr/DPW
5/9/2020 South Hadley/Granby Kevin Quesnel (South Hadley) Jeanne Crosby (Granby) 413-538-5033 (Kevin) 413-467-7174 (Jeanne) 9 AM-Noon 10 Industrial Drive
5/16/2020 Northampton Susan Waite 413-587-1059 9AM-Noon Smith Vocational High School
TBD Amherst Steve Telega 413-259-3049 9AM-Noon To Be Determined
9127/2020 Agawam Tracy DeMaio 413-821-0624 9AM-Noon DPW Yard (1000 Suffield Street)
9/26/2020 Greenfield (FCSWMD Towns) Jan Ameen 413-772-2438 9AM-Noon Greenfield Community College
9/26/2020 Orange (FCSWMD Towns) Jan Ameen 413-772-2438 9AM-Noon Orange Transfer Station
10/10/2020 Chicopee Barry Brouillard 413-594-3557 9AM-Noon 115 Baskin Dr/DPW
10/24/2020 Westhampton (HRMC Towns) Kathleen Casey 413-685-5498 9AM-Noon Westhampton DPW
10/10/2020 West Springfield Rob Colson 413-263-3246 9AM-Noon 430 Westfield St., West Springfield

If you can't make our event we reciprocate with the above surrounding Towns.  You can only attend one HHW collection event and it is for household amounts, not businesses / truck loads.

Our collection is tentatively scheduled for Saturday October, 10 2020 from 9:00am ~ 12:00pm at the DPW yard located at 430 Westfield Street. You can drop off your items by appointment only. Please call Public Works at 413-263-3234 Beginning Wednesday, September 2, 2020 ~ Tuesday, October 6, 2020 which is the last day to register your appointment.    Call anytime please speak slowly and clearly ~ with your name, address, phone number,  Give us a brief list of items you will be dropping off use the chart on the Hazardous Waste Notice above. Choose the hour you are available to drop off your Hazardous waste items (9am, 10am, 11am).  The Town will assign appointment times every ten minutes  on the hour you selected for your hazardous drop off collection day.  The town will confirm your appointment by telephone or mail. The Town will accommodate drop off times in order we receive the calls so please call us at your earliest convenience during the  registration period. WE will not accept appointments after 10/06/2020. So please leave a message if your call is not answered so you can be placed on the appointment  list prior to the end of  the last day of appointment registration.  Review the acceptable waste items you can bring on collection day by clicking on the above Highlighted list (Household Hazardous Waste Collection). The town Reciprocates the list with 10 other Cities and Towns, please find the attached list at the end of this page. Only acceptable waste items are allowed to be dropped off.

 

Town DPW Yard Status 

WE DO NOT ACCEPT ELECTRONICS OF ANY KIND SUCH AS TVs; COMPUTERS / MONITORS; AND STEREOS.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT FLOURESCENT LIGHTS OR PROPANE TANKS.  ANYONE CAUGHT DUMPING UNWANTED ITEMS IN OUR YARD IS COMMITTING ILLEGAL DUMPING AND SUBJECT TO FINES AND PENALTIES. THERE ARE SIGNS IN PLACE THAT SAY WHAT CAN BE BROUGHT TO OUR YARD.

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 includes toasters, dishwashers, dryers, clothes washers and stoves without the glass cook top. The Town will not accept appliances, TVs, electronics, microwaves, refrigerators and air conditioners or anything with Freon.

The town yard no longer accepts fluorescent bulbs, propane tanks or electronics such as computers, TV’s, stereos, microwaves, wires & cables, printers, fans (anything with a plug) etc. Appliances such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, can be disposed of at the transfer station for a fee.

 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 DISPOSAL 

Curbside Yard Waste Collection Schedule

RULES FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP OF YARD WASTE 

  • Yard waste on curb by 7:00 AM – earliest is 3:00 pm the day before the collection.
  • Yard waste must be in brown paper bags or loose in barrels- NO PLASTIC BAGS.
  • Loose brush/ branches must be bundled or tied and cannot exceed 4” across and 4’ in length.
  • Tightly packed barrels or bags weighing more than forty (40) pounds will not be collected.
  • No yard waste in regular trash or recycling barrels.
  • Yard waste not picked up on scheduled day will be picked up during the following week. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Should you have any questions, please contact the DPW 413-263-3242 

Spring 2020 Yard Waste Collection Schedule

If your trash collection day is on:

Yard Waste Collection 1

Yard Waste Collection 2

Monday

Friday

May 1, 2020

Friday

May 15, 2020

Tuesday

Saturday

May 2, 2020

Saturday

May 16, 2020

Wednesday

Saturday

May 2, 2020

Saturday

May 16, 2020

Thursday

Friday

May 8, 2020

Friday

May 22, 2020

Friday

Saturday

May 9, 2020

Saturday

May 23, 2020


Fall of 2020 Curbside Yard Waste Collection Schedule -not yet decided
Collection Day Yard Waste
Collection 1
Yard Waste
Collection 2
Yard Waste
Collection 3
Yard Waste
Collection 4
Monday Friday
October 
Friday
October 
Friday
November
Friday
November
Tuesday Saturday
October
Saturday
October
Saturday
November
Saturday
November
Wednesday Saturday
October
Saturday
October
Saturday
November
Saturday
November
Thursday Friday
October
Friday
November
Friday
November
Friday
December 
Friday Saturday
October
Saturday
November
Saturday
November
Saturday
December

 

Yard Waste Drop Off - is open year round at

K&W Materials & Recycling LLC Transfer Station at 138 Palmer Avenue is open Monday - Friday 7:00am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 7:00am to 1:00 pm throughout the year with the exception of the following six 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) 
  • New Years Day

Please - no plastic bags and no trash.


Compost

Compost is for sale at the 138 Palmer Avenue Transfer Station - operated 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@tows.org with your contact information and he will get back to you.


Recyclable or not? -

Please click here to find out from the Massachusetts Recycle Smart webpage's "Smart Recycling List"   

 

Textiles - and other times not found on our website

please click here to find out how to dispose of various waste ban items including textiles

Please dispose of your unwanted Textile items at one of the various Textile Containers around town, including the one at our Dpw yard on 430 Westfield Street Salvation Army Textile Bin.

 


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 design and produce 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!

The Town appreciates all the residents that recycle properly to ensure that waste materials are disposed in an environmentally responsible manner and assist  in compliance with state established waste bans. GO Green!

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@tows.org.


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