Please be advised that the Department of Public Works started the spring season collection of yard waste on Tuesday, March 30.
The DPW will pick up yard and leaf waste at the curb from Springfield residents on alternating weeks, the same day that recycling is set out. Yard waste and leaves should be placed loosely in a 32 gallon barrel with handles 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.
Residents will still be able to drop off their yard waste at the City of Springfield Landfill during regular operating hours, which includes Saturday’s from 7am to 12pm.
Be advised that yard waste paper bags that have been at the curb since December of last year will not be picked up and should be re-bagged.
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Due to issues surrounding the Coronavirus, the DPW will be enacting the following immediately.
All mattresses and Box Springs to be picked up as part of the City Bulk Collection Services must be placed in plastic mattress bags. These disposal bags are available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, and through Amazon, as well as other retailers. If the mattresses and box springs are not properly placed in the bags, they will not be picked up. Mattress plastic bags that come with the purchase of a new mattress / box spring can be reused as long as they are 100% sealed with duct tape. This policy will continue indefinitely until rescinded by the Director of the Department of Public Works.
All utilities and contractors must be in good standings with the Engineering Division of DPW, which includes 2019 annual utility or contractor license fee and supporting documents. Please contact Patrick Garrity at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-787-6584 with any questions, as well as to obtain the most current version of the Occupancy Manual.
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.
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.