Springfield Department of Public Works

  • The mission of the City of Springfield Public Works Department is to maintain and preserve the City's public way infrastructure which includes streets, sidewalks, street signs, traffic signals, and catch basins.  The Department explores cost effective and environmentally responsible disposal of waste and recycling.  The Department provides an economically and professionally operated fleet service center to assure the safety of the citizens and employees of Springfield.  Additionally, the Public Works Department protects the environment while maintaining health and safety standards through the management and operation of the City's Storm Drain system.

Springfield DPW reminds residents there will be no rubbish collection on the Thanksgiving Holiday

The Department of Public Works reminds Springfield residents who have municipal trash collection that there will be no collection service on Thursday, November 26th due to the Thanksgiving holiday, this includes: recycling, yard waste and bulk item pick up. 

Collection of rubbish will take place on Saturday, November 28th for residents with Thursday rubbish collection.  Residents who have recycling collection service on November 26th should also place their recyclables and yard waste out on Saturday, November 28, 2015.

Please be aware, yard waste is extremely heavy at this time of year.  If the Thursday yard waste routes are not complete at the end of Saturday, It will be collected on Monday, November 30th, 2015.
Items should be placed out for collection no later than 6:00 a.m., on Saturday, November 28, 2015. The City’s 3-1-1 Call Center will be staffed on Saturday to take resident inquiries regarding collection.

For additional information on solid waste collection residents can call 3-1-1 or from outside the City of Springfield or from a cell phone, (413) 736-3111.

City Continues Push to Keep Trash out of Recycling Barrel

Recycling Barrel's 10 Most Unwanted

While the single stream recycling program has doubled the recycling rate of the City, it has not come without some challenges. The biggest challenge facing the program is the putting of non-recyclable items in the blue recycling carts.

Recycling barrels that contain non-recyclable items will be tagged with an orange sticker and not collected. The resident will have to remove the items and put it out on their next collection day.
Hazardous materials and other non-recyclable items placed into recycling containers caused the contamination of 6 loads of recyclable materials in April.

One of the truck loads of recyclable material was contaminated by tar improperly disposed of in the recycling cart.  Almost half of the contents of the entire truck were contaminated and had to be hauled to a landfill.

To some it may seem harmless to toss a rogue item into a recycling container. However, we want to make sure people understand that it's far from harmless.  The simple act of placing oil or any other non-recyclable material into a recycling container can contaminate an entire load of clean recyclables.

The City will be launching an education campaign to inform residents as to what you can and cannot put in the recycling barrel. The "10 most unwanted list" flyer will be put in the May 28th edition of The Republican and also posted on the City website. This list is comprised of the 10 most commonly found non-recyclable items found in the blue recycling barrel. Flyers will also be available for free at your local library, community center, senior center or by calling customer service at #311.

The City will be utilizing grants from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Springfield MRF Advisory Board in order to fund this outreach initiative.

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Yard Waste Collection

The City of Springfield Department of Public Works will started its curbside yard waste collection program. Yard waste will be collected every other week on your recycling day. Please make sure to put your leaves in paper leaf bags (no plastic bags will be collected). You may also put your leaves in plastic barrels (no greater than 30 gallons) and weighing no more than 40 pounds when full. Branches should be no greater than 3" in diameter and be tied together in manageable bundles.


Chris Cignoli

April 8, 2014 Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will appoint Christopher M. Cignoli as the next Director of the Springfield Department of Public Works (DPW). The announcement comes on the heels of current Director Al Chwaleks notice to Mayor Sarno stating his intention to retire on May 31, 2014.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated: "I have had the opportunity to first work with Director Al Chwalek beginning in 1989 when I was an aide to then Mayor, Mary Hurley. Since taking office as Mayor, Al has been a dedicated and invaluable member of my cabinet. His passion for the City of Springfield was evident everyday he came to work. I will miss his counsel and wealth of experience. I wish him and his wife best wishes as they enter into this new phase of their lives."

Mr. Allan Chwalek, has been a resident of Springfield for sixty-one years. He first started his career with the DPW part-time in 1974 and became a full-time employee in 1977. He has 37 1/2 years with the City, the last seventeen as the Director of the DPW.

Reflecting on his career Mr. Chwalek stated, "Over the many years with the City I have had the pleasure of working with the most talented and dedicated men and women anywhere. Their loyalty and commitment to the residents have made Springfield a better place to live and work." Director Chwalek went on to say, "The most important accomplishment is after many years of budget cuts and layoffs, we have kept the DPW moving forward and provided the residents and businesses of Springfield the highest level of service possible."

In anticipation of Mr. Chwalek's retirement and to allow for a smooth transition, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will appoint current City Engineer Christopher M. Cignoli, as the next Director of the Springfield Department of Public Works. 

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated "Chris is a consummate professional who is battled tested and has played a key role in all of our recovery efforts." Mayor Sarno went on the say "Chris will hit the ground running having been closely involved in all of our major development projects. His mix of private sector experience coupled with his time with the City will serve the residents and businesses of Springfield well."  

Mr. Cignoli has over 30 years of Civil Engineering / Administration experience. Mr. Cignoli initially worked in private practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts as a partner with Purcell Associates (now Alfred Benesch & Co.) for 25 years and has been in his current position as City Engineer in the City of Springfield since January 2010. 

Responding to his appointment by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Mr. Cignoli stated, "I am honored to have the confidence of Mayor Sarno. As one of the most day-to-day visible departments in the City, The Public Works Department provides many services that affect the daily lives of every resident. I am humbled to set out to work to provide a high quality of life for all of the residents and business of Springfield."

In his current capacity Mr. Cignoli oversees all of the City's roadway, drainage and traffic system maintenance, repair and improvements projects, as well as approval of all developments that occur within the City. Mr. Cignoli was appointed as the lead City liaison with FEMA in charge of the debris clean-up following the June 1, 2011 EF-3 tornado that impacted the City, the October 2011 Snowstorm and Super-Storm Nemo, serving as prime contact between the City, FEMA, MEMA and contracted debris removal companies. 

Mr. Cignoli is a lifelong resident of the City of Springfield where he lives with his wife Emilia.  

"Please have your items at the curb by 6:30 am on your Recycling Day for collection."

DPW Pothole Hotline 736-3111


Thank you for your recycling efforts over the past year.  Following are some guidelines for recycling during the holiday and winter months:

Please DO include the following items in your paper recycling mix:

  • 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 calendars

Please DO NOT include the following items in your recycling mix:

  • ribbons, bows, and tinsel
  • packing peanuts and Styrofoam (re-usable, contact your local pack and ship store)
  • holiday lights
  • plastic bags

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