No ‘Clean Sweep’ Bulky Waste Recycling Day planned this fall

  • Amy Donovan of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District examines waste brought by a visitor to the Northfield Highway Department during the “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day in May 2017. While the Clean Sweep event will not be held this fall, there are other local options for recycling bulky waste. Staff File Photo/Matt Burkhartt

Staff Report
Published: 10/18/2021 3:06:59 PM

Due to pandemic-related concerns, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day will not take place this fall.

According to Amy Donovan, program director with the waste management district, Franklin County residents can take most items that are collected at Clean Sweep to the Greenfield Transfer Station at 86 Cumberland Road, which is open to non-residents for a $5 fee per load, plus specific disposal fees per item. For hours and pricing, visit bit.ly/2YVptCW.

Additionally, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s website has town-specific information on the district’s 17 transfer stations, which remain open to residents for proper disposal of many items. Permits may be required. For town-specific information, visit franklincountywastedistrict.org.

Donovan encourages residents of Franklin County towns to recycle computer equipment and televisions at their own town’s transfer station, if an electronic waste collection program is available there, or at the Greenfield Transfer Station.

In addition, Staples stores accept computer equipment free of charge. Best Buy stores also accept computer-related equipment for free, and accept TVs for a fee. Various charities and nonprofits accept donations of working electronics, including local Salvation Army and Goodwill stores.

Donovan encourages residents to call ahead to make sure a store can accept your equipment on the day you plan to visit. Reusable items may also be offered for free on an online sharing group, such as freecycle.org or a Facebook group.

Used building materials (in good condition) can be donated for reuse at the following locations. Donovan advises to call prior to delivery to confirm that your materials will be accepted, or to arrange for free pickup. Deconstruction services may be offered, and items might be tax-deductible.

■EcoBuilding Bargains, 83 Warwick St. in Springfield (413-788-6900; ecobuildingbargains.org)

■Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore: 301 East Main St. in Westfield (413-642-8990; habitatspringfield.org/restore)

Questions about proper disposal of bulky waste, recyclables, hazardous wastes, yard waste or food waste can be directed to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District at 413-772-2438 (leave a message with your phone number and town of residence), or info@franklincountywastedistrict.org.


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