Franklin County bulky waste recycling day May 18

Staff Report
Published: 5/13/2019 4:55:28 PM

The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its spring “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The three drop-off sites are: Mohawk Trail Regional School (temporary location for May collection only) at 26 Ashfield Road (Route 112) in Buckland, Northfield Highway Garage at 49 Caldwell Road, and 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.

Residents and businesses do not need to pre-register 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:, and is available 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 also encouraged to recycle computer equipment and televisions at their town’s transfer station or at the 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. 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.

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. Acceptable items for this special bulky rigid plastic recycling program: 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.

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.

For information, contact the district office at or 413-772-2438. MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or 1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD).

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Greenfield, MA 01302-1367
Phone: (413) 772-0261
Fax: (413) 772-2906


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