DECEMBER 28, 2020
NEW DPW NOTICES:
1. Yard Waste Collection will continue through this week and we will finish for the season on Saturday, January 2, 2021. As of this coming Saturday we will be caught up with collections throughout the City.
2. We will begin collection of Christmas Trees on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 and will continue through Friday, January 29, 2021. Trees will be collected on your recycling day collection. Each address will have two opportunities to have your trees collected. Trees must have all decorations removed and must be placed in an accessible location on your tree belt—not wrapped in any plastic bags. If there is any snow it is the resident’s responsibility to dig out trees from the snow to allow for collection. There will be no collection of trees after January 29, so please review the collection schedule to ensure that you do not miss your last collection date.
While performing trash removal over the last two weeks, the DPW has encountered “hot loads” of radiation based contaminated material located within trash pick-up on our Thursday route. The contaminated waste has tripped the radiation sensors at our disposal facility on Thursday, October 29th and again on Thursday, November 5th. We were not allowed to dispose of the trash and the trash truck had to be treated for contamination. Addressing these issues have cost the City in excess of $5,000.
If you, a member of your family or a pet are being treated with radiation treatment for chemotherapy or leukemia for an illness, please do not dispose of contaminated waste in with your trash. Please contact your doctor or veterinarian for disposal guidelines.
The DPW has narrowed down to the area of contamination to be between Bay St. to State St., from Cambridge St., to Westminster St. This includes the following streets. Cambridge St., Montrose St., Mapledell St., Hunter Place, Andrew St., Gerard Ave., Marion St., Bowles St., Burr St., McNight St., and Sherman St.
Please be advised that members of the DPW will be performing in field inspection on Thursday to determine the origin of the material.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Effective May 27, 2020, the Department of Public Works Facility on Tapley Street will be open on a “by appointment basis” until further notice. Contact information for making appoints is as follows:
Department of Public Works Contact Information
For Issues Related to:
Contact 311 or 736-3111
DPW Excavation and Occupancy Permits
Traffic Commission and Board of Public Work Issues
Site Plan Reviews
Other DPW Questions
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.
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.
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.