Spring Bulky Waste Recycling Day set for Saturday

  • Freon-containing appliances and tires collected at a past “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day. Contributed Photo/Amy Donovan

Staff Report
Published: 5/11/2022 4:05:00 PM

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District will hold its spring “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The three drop-off sites are Mohawk Trail Regional School at 26 Ashfield Road (Route 112), the Northfield Highway Garage at 49 Caldwell Road and the Whately Transfer Station at 73 Christian Lane.

According to a press release from Amy Donovan, program director with the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, residents from any of the district’s 21 member towns 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.

There are charges for most items, the release states. Disposal fees, cash only, will be collected during check-in at each site. A list of prices for the most common items is available at bit.ly/3stJnko. Residents and businesses do not need to register in advance for the collection.

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 the Greenfield Transfer Station. According to the release, Staples stores accept computer equipment (no TVs) free of charge. Various charities and nonprofits accept donations of working electronics, including Salvation Army and Goodwill stores. Residents are advised to always call ahead to ask if they can accept an item.

Clean, dry clothing, shoes and accessories will be accepted for free at the “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day. Textiles must be contained inside a sturdy plastic bag. Curtains, sheets, towels, stuffed animals and books will also be accepted in any condition (except moldy or wet). However, encyclopedias will not be accepted.

Bulky rigid plastics will be collected for a special recycling program at a cost of $5 per load, the release states. 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 bulky rigid plastic recycling program are limited to: 5-gallon pails, plastic lawn furniture, plastic trash barrels, recycling bins, laundry baskets, storage totes and milk crates. Anything else is unacceptable for this recycling program and would have to go in bulky waste (trash). Bulky rigid plastic items must be empty and free of batteries, soil, rocks and liquids before being recycled.

Franklin County Solid Waste Management District residents are from the towns of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell and Whately. “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day collections are not open to residents of non-member towns.


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