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Water Use Restriction In Effect

Please be advised a water ban is in effect starting July 15, 2019 until the end of December of 2019. The Town of West Springfield is implementing a water use restriction due to service on the Pease Ave water tank. This water use restriction covers non-essential outside watering; watering will be permitted from 5pm-9am.

For questions please refer to the towns mandatory water use restriction notification.

Recycling and Waste Disposal

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Curbside Trash and Recycling is on normal collection schedule.

Curbside service scheduled 2019 holidays that change your collection to the day after your normal day are as follows:

  New Years Day Tuesday January 1                                                                                    Memorial Day Monday May 27                                                                              Independence Day Thursday July 4                                                                                    Labor Day Monday September 2                                                                                     Thanksgiving Thursday November 28                                                                         Christmas Wednesday 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 non-refundable 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 

        Fall curbside yard waste collection will begin on Friday, October 11, 2019               Please review the 2019 yard waste schedule below and put your yard waste out by 7 am on collection day. Residents will have four (4) fall curbside collections.

Hazardous Waste Collection:  Saturday, November 2, 2019 .                                             Resident's must be registered to attend the event. Call anytime in the month of October to make your appointment. Call (413) 263-3234 to schedule your appointment leave your name, address, telephone number and the town will contact you prior to the event date by phone or mail to confirm your drop off time on event day.

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

Please read through the Town's website or visit the Massachusetts Recycling Facility

If you see me driving in your neighborhood or around your carts please say hello and if you have any questions about where / how to dispose of items I can help you.

              Questions please give me a call (413) 263-3234  Tim O'Grady (W.R.E.C.)


Yard Waste Drop Off

2019  Fall Yard Waste Calendar

 *Pick up scheduled for Fall yard waste collection begins on October 11, 2019 refer to Fall yard waste collection Calendar above.*

K&W 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 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 cart collection service requires'  mandatory participation to avoid interruptions or delay of your cart collection service. Residents need 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 Pick-up

Residents can drop off Bulk items at the Transfer Station, for NO charge or schedule a Bulk Curbside Pick-Up for a $25 non-refundable fee by calling 413-587-0999.

Residents who choose curbside pick-up are now required to pay a $25 non-refundable fee to the hauler at the time the appointment is made. The $25 non-refundable fee is due each time the hauler is scheduled by the Resident to pick up Bulk waste in front of the resident's home. Resident is able to dispose of up to five (5) items at each $25 pick up and can receive the service up to 3 times a year.

Appointments for curbside pick-up will require the resident to pay the $25 non-refundable fee with a Credit Card at the time the appointment is made, payable to the hauler upon the scheduling the appointment of the items from your tree belt. 

Residents with curbside trash and recycling cart service are allowed to annually dispose of 15 items total per year- up to five (5) items during 3 service "events" per year - for example - one "event" can be curbside pick-up and two "events" could be drop off, or any combination for a total of three events annually. *

*However you choose to properly dispose of your Bulky waste items, you only get three (3) total events per year. You get to bring one (1) to five (5) items per event not to exceed a total of fifteen (15) items per year.*

Bulk Drop off at the Transfer Station (138 Palmer Ave)

Drop off of Bulk items for disposal at the Transfer Station is free for three total service events per year of up to 5 items per drop off. "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 lb limit (must be cut down to 4 foot long rolls).

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. 


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"  cost ($3.00 per each) or Overflow Bags (coming soon)  33 gallon blue trash bags (5 bags for $15) 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 the Town Public Works at 413-263-3242 to schedule delivery / pickup of old cart. You will be charged accordingly. 


Recycling Cart

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.


Cardboard Recycling

Resident's who need more capacity for cardboard recycling - we have it at the 430 Westfield Street - Public Works Operation Yard - on the right hand side as you pull in the gate.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection 

Household Hazard Waste Collection

Our collection is on Saturday November 2, 2019 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 Monday September 30, 2019 ~ Wednesday, October 30, 2019 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 10/30/2019. 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.

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 Lights, 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.


2019 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 7:00 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 7:00 am to 1:00 pm. Please - no plastic bags and no trash.

    Spring of 2019 Curbside Yard Waste Collection Schedule 

Collection Day Yard Waste
Collection 1
Yard Waste
Collection 2
Monday Friday, April 12, 2019 Friday, April 26, 2019
Tuesday Saturday, April 13, 2019 Saturday, April 27, 2019
Wednesday Saturday, April 13, 2019 Saturday, April 27, 2019
Thursday Friday, April 19, 2019 Friday, May 3, 2019
Friday Saturday, April 20, 2019 Saturday, May 4, 2019

Fall of 2019 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 11, 2019
Friday
October 25, 2019
Friday
November 8, 2019
Friday
November 22,  2019
Tuesday Saturday
October 12, 2019
Saturday
October 26, 2019
Saturday
November 9, 2019
Saturday
November 23, 2019
Wednesday Saturday
October 12, 2019
Saturday
October 26, 2019
Saturday
November 9, 2019
Saturday
November 23, 2019
Thursday Friday
October 18, 2019
Friday
November 1, 2019
Friday
November 15, 2019
Friday
December 6, 2019
Friday Saturday
October 19, 2019
Saturday
November 2,  2019
Saturday
November 16, 2019
Saturday
December 7,  2019

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@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 reusable, 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 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!


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