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Bulky waste recycling Oct. 20

  • Bulky waste FILE PHOTO


Staff Report
Friday, October 12, 2018

Franklin County Solid Waste District’s fall Clean Sweep bulky waste recycling day will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are Buckland Recreation Facility at 66 Ashfield Road (Route 112 south); Northfield Highway Garage, 49 Caldwell Road; and Whately Transfer Station, 73 Christian Lane.

Residents from any district town may bring bulky items, including tires, appliances, scrap metal, furniture, mattresses, carpeting, construction debris, computers, televisions, propane gas tanks, and other large items. Materials will be recycled whenever possible.

Residents and businesses do not need to register for the collection. However, there are charges for most items. Cash-only disposal fees will be collected during check-in at each site. A complete list of prices for the most common items is online at: www.franklincountywastedistrict.org or at the district office at 50 Miles St. in Greenfield. The price list has also been provided to participating town halls and transfer stations.

Electronics are accepted at the event, but residents are encouraged to recycle computer equipment and televisions at their town’s transfer station or at Greenfield Transfer Station. Staples stores accept computer equipment (no TVs) free of charge. Call your local store for details. Various charities and non-profits accept donations of working electronics, including local Salvation Army and Goodwill stores. Always call ahead to ask if they can accept your item.

Clean, dry textiles and books are accepted for free at this collection. Textiles must be contained inside a sturdy plastic bag — 95 percent of all textiles can be recycled or reused; clothing or linens that are torn, stained, with missing buttons or broken zippers can be recycled into insulation. Acceptable items include clean and dry clothing, shoes, bras, purses, curtains, pillows, comforters, sheets, towels and stuffed animals in any condition (except moldy or wet). Books can be in any condition except moldy or wet, and can be hardcover or paperback. No encyclopedias.

Bulky rigid plastics will be collected for a special recycling program at $5 per load. Plastic items larger than 2.5 gallons are too bulky to be processed with regular household recycling, but some items can be collected separately and recycled. Acceptable items for the special bulky rigid plastic recycling program are 5-gallon pails, plastic lawn furniture, plastic trash barrels, recycling bins, laundry baskets, storage totes and milk crates.

Unacceptable items for bulky rigid plastic recycling include toys of any type, clothes hangers, plastic shelving and kiddie pools, and plastic plant pots and nursery trays, Styrofoam, PVC pipe/tubing, vinyl siding, fencing, toolboxes, hoses of any kind, pesticide/chemical containers and plastic bags and films.

Bulky rigid plastic items must be empty and free of batteries, soil, rocks and liquids before being recycled.

The district consists of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell and Whately.

For more information, contact the district office at info@franklincountywastedistrict.org or 413-772-2438; MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or 800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD).