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  • 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.

Yard Waste Pickup season is here!!

The Department of Public Works started Spring Yard Waste collection on Tuesday April 3rd.  The Solid Waste Division reminds residents to place yard waste curbside on their recycling day.

Paper leaf bag bags should be thirty (30) gallon capacity; Bags and containers should not weigh more than 40 lbs.  The City of Springfield cannot collect yard waste in plastic bags.

Hedge clippings, garden waste, as well as twigs and brush should not be longer than two (2) feet in length and one-half (1/2) inch in diameter and should be loosely bundled together.

For additional information on collection days residents can call 3-1-1 or (413) 736-3111.

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Free Compost Available To City Residents

The City's Department of Public Works is once again offering free compost material to the residents of Springfield.

The material, which is made from the composted leaf and yard waste collected by the Public Works department, will be available for pick-up beginning May 22, until supplies are depleted at the Blunt Park parking lot next to the shed.

Pick up is permitted 7 days a week from 7:30 am to 7 p.m., or until the supply is depleted.

Public Works will have approximately 600 tons of the compost material delivered to this location. The compost can be used in gardens or on lawns as a nutrient rich soil amendment.

Only residents of Springfield are eligible for the free compost. The compost is not available for commercial vendors.

25 Gallon Limit!!

 For any questions please call the City of Springfield’s 311 Call Center by dialing 3-1-1, or (413) 736-3111 from a cell phone or from outside the city.

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


DPW Pothole Hotline 736-3111

Clearing your Catch Basin Helps Everyone!

 Please be advised that it is every property owner’s responsibility to keep their catch basins clear of leaves and debris.  There are approximately 23,000 catch basins in the City and we do not have enough personnel to keep up with the demand of removing leaves and litter from the surface of the catch basins. 

Also, please note that clean catch basins are instrumental in the proper drainage of streets, this is extremely important during the winter months when the thawing and refreezing of snow banks occurs.  We thank you for your consideration and cooperation in this matter. 








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