Get a jump on spring cleaning: Bulky Waste Recycling Day scheduled for May 5

  • Amy Donovan of the Franklin County Solid Waste District examines waste brought by a visitor to the Northfield Highway Department during the Franklin County Waste District’s Bulky Waste Recycling Day last year. RECORDER FILE PHOTO

For the Recorder
Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its spring “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation Facility at 66 Ashfield Road (Route 112 South), the Northfield Highway Garage at 49 Caldwell Road, and the Whately Transfer Station at 73 Christian Lane.

Residents from any district town may bring bulky items such as tires, appliances, scrap metal, furniture, mattresses, carpeting, construction debris, computers, televisions, propane gas tanks, and other large items. Materials will be recycled whenever possible; disposal fees apply for most items.

Bulky rigid plastics will be collected for a special recycling program; $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. Due to a change in the program, the list of “yes” items was reduced last fall. Acceptable items: 5-gallon pails, plastic lawn furniture, plastic trash barrels, recycling bins, laundry baskets, storage totes, and milk crates. Items that are now on the “no” list include: toys of any type, clothes hangers, plastic shelving and kiddie pools, and plastic plant pots and nursery trays.

Unacceptable items for bulky rigid plastic recycling also include Styrofoam, PVC pipe/tubing, vinyl siding, fencing, toolboxes, hoses of any kind, pesticide/chemical containers, and plastic bags and films. All bulky rigid plastic items must be empty and free of batteries, soil, rocks and liquids.

Clean, dry textiles and books will be accepted for free. Textiles must be contained inside a sturdy plastic bag. Ninety-five 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; plus 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.

Electronics are accepted at the event, but residents are also 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 the Greenfield store at 413-775-0293 for more information. Various charities and nonprofits accept donations of working electronics, including local Salvation Army and Goodwill stores. Always call ahead to ask if they can accept your item.

Residents and businesses from the towns of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell and Whately do not need to register in advance for the collection. However, there are charges for most items. Disposal fees, cash only, will be collected during check-in at each site. A complete list of prices for the most common items is online at: bit.ly/2HPEZWQ, and has been provided to participating town halls, town transfer stations, and the district office at 50 Miles St. in Greenfield.

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). The District is an equal opportunity provider.