Department of Public Works

SPRINGFIELD’S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS REMINDS RESIDENTS ABOUT CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION

The Department of Public Works reminds Springfield residents who have Christmas trees for disposal, to place them on the curb on their normal recycling day.

The Solid Waste Division will collect them starting January 15, 2019 and end January 25, 2019.  After that time, Springfield residents can bring the Christmas trees to the Bondi Island Landfill and dispose of them at no charge.

As a reminder, all trees MUST be free of any decorative lights, ornaments, decorations or tree stands.

Trees MUST NOT be placed in any bags or boxes.  Please lay trees on their side.  Please do not tie them up with anything.

Items should be placed out for collection no later than 6:00 a.m., on the day of collection.

 

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 Single Stream recycling mix:
-corrugated cardboard boxes. Flatten and tie in 3’ x3’ bundles, no tape.  No waxed cardboard.
-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).
-newspapers/ inserts, magazines/catalogs
-paperbacks & phone books
-junk mail –windowed envelopes are OK.
-white and colored paper, computer paper, shredded paper –place in paper bags.
-all plastic bottles, jars, tubs and plastic microwave trays/containers under 2 gallons in size
-glass bottles/jars, all colors and sizes – Please remove and discard all caps
-aluminum, tin/steel cans and lids and aluminum foil

 

Please DO NOT include the following items in your recycling mix:
-ribbons, bows, and tinsel.
-packing peanuts and Styrofoam
-holiday lights
-paint or aerosol cansor other metal items
-broken or other glass such as lightbulbs, window - auto glass, dishes,glasses, Pyrex, ceramics
-no plastic grocery/newspaper bags
-containers over 2 gallons in size, motor oil,chemical or foam containers or flower pots
-pizza boxes
-batteries
-used paper plates, cups, napkins, toilet tissue

 

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

Yard Waste Pickup

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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City Continues Push to Keep Trash out of Recycling Barrel


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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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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