Springfield Department of Public Works

  • The mission of the City of Springfield Public Works Department is to maintain and preserve the City's public way infrastructure which includes streets, sidewalks, street signs, traffic signals, and catch basins.  The Department explores cost effective and environmentally responsible disposal of waste and recycling.  The Department provides an economically and professionally operated fleet service center to assure the safety of the citizens and employees of Springfield.  Additionally, the Public Works Department protects the environment while maintaining health and safety standards through the management and operation of the City's Storm Drain system.

Spring Hazardous Waste Collection Depot

Location: Grochmal Ave., Indian Orchard

Time: 8:00-Noon by Appointment Only 787-7840

May 9th
May 30th

DPW will also have 3 additional dates in the fall.

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Yard Waste Collection Begins April 7th

The City of Springfield Department of Public Works will start its curbside yard waste collection program. Yard waste will be collected every other week on your recycling day. Please make sure to put your leaves in paper leaf bags (no plastic bags will be collected). You may also put your leaves in plastic barrels (no greater than 30 gallons) and weighing no more than 40 pounds when full. Branches should be no greater than 3" in diameter and be tied together in manageable bundles.


June 18, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Starting Tuesday, July 1, 2014 the Department of Public Works will begin compliance checks to educate residents on what is allowable in their recycling barrel. Those found to be out of compliance will be issued fines after two warning stickers have been given; $50 fines will be given to those who continually put trash in their recycling barrel.

 DPW director Chris Cignoli said "We have experienced a slight increase in the contamination of our recycling; we need to address this issue before it becomes a problem."

 The City is allowed a certain amount of contamination in the recycling that is brought to the processing facility. If contamination exceeds that amount then the City is subject to fines. Grants from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Springfield MRF Advisory Board will be utilized in order to educate the citizens as to what is and is not recyclable.

 The City of Springfield has one of the most successful recycling programs in the state. However, it only takes a few bad barrels to contaminate an entire truck full of recycling.

 Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, "We are proud of the efforts of our citizens to nearly double our recycling rate. However, we need to make sure what we put in our blue barrels is recyclable. This is not only good for the environment but for the bottom line of the city budget too."

 An educational flyer will be sent out through the Republican newspaper on June 26th and will also be posted on the City website. Flyers will also be available for free at your local library, community center, senior center or by calling the 3-1-1 Call Center by dialing 3-1-1 from your landline or (413) 736-3111 from a cell phone or from outside the city.


Chris Cignoli

April 8, 2014 Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will appoint Christopher M. Cignoli as the next Director of the Springfield Department of Public Works (DPW). The announcement comes on the heels of current Director Al Chwaleks notice to Mayor Sarno stating his intention to retire on May 31, 2014.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated: "I have had the opportunity to first work with Director Al Chwalek beginning in 1989 when I was an aide to then Mayor, Mary Hurley. Since taking office as Mayor, Al has been a dedicated and invaluable member of my cabinet. His passion for the City of Springfield was evident everyday he came to work. I will miss his counsel and wealth of experience. I wish him and his wife best wishes as they enter into this new phase of their lives."

Mr. Allan Chwalek, has been a resident of Springfield for sixty-one years. He first started his career with the DPW part-time in 1974 and became a full-time employee in 1977. He has 37 1/2 years with the City, the last seventeen as the Director of the DPW.

Reflecting on his career Mr. Chwalek stated, "Over the many years with the City I have had the pleasure of working with the most talented and dedicated men and women anywhere. Their loyalty and commitment to the residents have made Springfield a better place to live and work." Director Chwalek went on to say, "The most important accomplishment is after many years of budget cuts and layoffs, we have kept the DPW moving forward and provided the residents and businesses of Springfield the highest level of service possible."

In anticipation of Mr. Chwalek's retirement and to allow for a smooth transition, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will appoint current City Engineer Christopher M. Cignoli, as the next Director of the Springfield Department of Public Works. 

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated "Chris is a consummate professional who is battled tested and has played a key role in all of our recovery efforts." Mayor Sarno went on the say "Chris will hit the ground running having been closely involved in all of our major development projects. His mix of private sector experience coupled with his time with the City will serve the residents and businesses of Springfield well."  

Mr. Cignoli has over 30 years of Civil Engineering / Administration experience. Mr. Cignoli initially worked in private practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts as a partner with Purcell Associates (now Alfred Benesch & Co.) for 25 years and has been in his current position as City Engineer in the City of Springfield since January 2010. 

Responding to his appointment by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Mr. Cignoli stated, "I am honored to have the confidence of Mayor Sarno. As one of the most day-to-day visible departments in the City, The Public Works Department provides many services that affect the daily lives of every resident. I am humbled to set out to work to provide a high quality of life for all of the residents and business of Springfield."

In his current capacity Mr. Cignoli oversees all of the City's roadway, drainage and traffic system maintenance, repair and improvements projects, as well as approval of all developments that occur within the City. Mr. Cignoli was appointed as the lead City liaison with FEMA in charge of the debris clean-up following the June 1, 2011 EF-3 tornado that impacted the City, the October 2011 Snowstorm and Super-Storm Nemo, serving as prime contact between the City, FEMA, MEMA and contracted debris removal companies. 

Mr. Cignoli is a lifelong resident of the City of Springfield where he lives with his wife Emilia.  

Project Updates

"On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, City Engineer Christopher Cignoli presented the status of various City Projects to the East Forest Park Civic Association."

Infrastructure Presentation

"Please have your items at the curb by 6:30 am on your Recycling Day for collection."

DPW Pothole Hotline 736-3111


Thank you for your recycling efforts over the past year.  Following are some guidelines for recycling during the holiday and winter months:

Please DO include the following items in your paper recycling mix:

  • corrugated cardboard boxes
  • paperboard gift boxes
  • greeting cards (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
  • gift wrap, gift bags, tissue wrap (except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
  • paper shopping bags (any type of handle is okay)
  • catalogs and calendars

Please DO NOT include the following items in your recycling mix:

  • ribbons, bows, and tinsel
  • packing peanuts and Styrofoam (re-usable, contact your local pack and ship store)
  • holiday lights
  • plastic bags

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