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Please Read: Yard Waste Pick Up (Includes Leaves)

Due to an unfortunate and inaccurate news report last night, we are reminding our residents that yard waste including leaves and small branches are collected on your regularly scheduled recycling day. Items must be placed by the curb no later than 6:30 am.

Additional details: 

Yard Waste

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

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

Yard waste from City households is delivered to the Springfield Regional Compost Site on Bondi's Island. Over 14,000 tons of yard waste is collected each year from Springfield residents. The material takes between 6 months to a year to decompose enough to be called compost. Over 600 tons of finished compost is delivered to parks around the City in early spring for use by residents. The rest is sold as a soil amendment for various uses.

The DPW picks up yard and leaf waste at the curb from Springfield residents on alternating weeks, the same day that recycling is set out. Curbside collection occurs during the months of April through December. Yard waste and leaves should be placed loosely in a barrel or in special paper thirty (30) gallon capacity leaf bags. These bags can be purchased at local grocery or hardware stores.  Yard waste is defined as : grass clippings, weeds, hedge clippings, garden waste, as well as twigs and brush. Twigs and brush should not be longer than two (2) feet in length and one-half (1/2) inch in diameter. Bags and barrels shall not weigh more than 40 lbs. when full.

The DPW will also pick up branches. Branches can be no wider than 3" in diameter and no longer than 4' and must be tied for pickup in manageable sized bundles. Logs and Stumps are not collected but may be brought to the drop off site for a fee.

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


Residents from Springfield and Agawam can bring yard and leaf waste to the Bondi's Island drop-off at no charge. The hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 3:15 PM. In addition the drop-off is open during the fall leaf season on Saturdays from 7:00 am to 12:00 PM. Please call 787-7840 for more info.

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