****COLLECTION SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS TREES****
CHRISTMAS TREES WILL BE COLLECTED STARTING TUESDAY JANUARY 4th, 2022 THROUGH JANUARY 28th, 2022. TREES WILL BE COLLECTED ON YOUR RECYCLE DAY. AFTER THIS TIME, CHRISTMAS TREES CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT THE BONDI ISLAND LANDFILL. THE DPW WILL NOT BE PICKING UP TREES AFTER JANUARY 28, 2022.
AS A REMINDER, ALL TREES MUST BE FREE FROM ALL DECORATIONS, INCLUDING LIGHTS, ORNAMENTS, TINSEL AND TREE STANDS.
TREES THAT ARE SNOW COVERED OR BURIED IN SNOW BANKS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE TREES ARE ACCESSABLE TO OUT CREWS.
DO's and DON'Ts for holiday trash and recycling:
Please DO include the following items in your Single Stream recycling mix:
-corrugated cardboard boxes. Flatten and tie in 3’ x3’ bundles, no tape. No waxed cardboard.
-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).
-newspapers/ inserts, magazines/catalogs
-paperbacks & phone books
-junk mail – windowed envelopes are OK.
-white and colored paper, computer paper, shredded paper – place in paper bags.
-all plastic bottles, jars, tubs and plastic microwave trays/containers under 2 gallons in size
-glass bottles/jars, all colors and sizes – Please remove and discard all caps
-aluminum, tin/steel cans and lids and aluminum foil
Please DO NOT include the following items in your recycling mix:
-ribbons, bows, and tinsel.
-packing peanuts and Styrofoam
-paint or aerosol cans or other metal items
-broken or other glass such as light bulbs, window - auto glass, dishes, glasses, Pyrex, ceramics
-no plastic grocery/newspaper bags
-containers over 2 gallons in size, motor oil, chemical or foam containers or flower pots
-used paper plates, cups, napkins, toilet tissue
Department of Public Works Contact Information
For Issues Related to:
Contact 311 or 736-3111
DPW Excavation and Occupancy Permits
Traffic Commission and Board of Public Work Issues
Site Plan Reviews
Other DPW Questions
Due to issues surrounding the Coronavirus, the DPW will be enacting the following immediately.
All mattresses and Box Springs to be picked up as part of the City Bulk Collection Services must be placed in plastic mattress bags. These disposal bags are available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, and through Amazon, as well as other retailers. If the mattresses and box springs are not properly placed in the bags, they will not be picked up. Mattress plastic bags that come with the purchase of a new mattress / box spring can be reused as long as they are 100% sealed with duct tape. This policy will continue indefinitely until rescinded by the Director of the Department of Public Works.
All utilities and contractors must be in good standings with the Engineering Division of DPW, which includes 2019 annual utility or contractor license fee and supporting documents. Please contact Patrick Garrity at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-787-6584 with any questions, as well as to obtain the most current version of the Occupancy Manual.
While the single stream recycling program has doubled the recycling rate of the City, it has not come without some challenges. The biggest challenge facing the program is the putting of non-recyclable items in the blue recycling carts.
Recycling barrels that contain non-recyclable items will be tagged with an orange sticker and not collected. The resident will have to remove the items and put it out on their next collection day.
Hazardous materials and other non-recyclable items placed into recycling containers caused the contamination of 6 loads of recyclable materials in April.
One of the truck loads of recyclable material was contaminated by tar improperly disposed of in the recycling cart. Almost half of the contents of the entire truck were contaminated and had to be hauled to a landfill.
To some it may seem harmless to toss a rogue item into a recycling container. However, we want to make sure people understand that it's far from harmless. The simple act of placing oil or any other non-recyclable material into a recycling container can contaminate an entire load of clean recyclables.
The City will be launching an education campaign to inform residents as to what you can and cannot put in the recycling barrel. The "10 most unwanted list" flyer will be put in the May 28th edition of The Republican and also posted on the City website. This list is comprised of the 10 most commonly found non-recyclable items found in the blue recycling barrel. Flyers will also be available for free at your local library, community center, senior center or by calling customer service at #311.
The City will be utilizing grants from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Springfield MRF Advisory Board in order to fund this outreach initiative.
DPW Pothole Hotline 736-3111
Please be advised that it is every property owner’s responsibility to keep their catch basins clear of leaves and debris. There are approximately 23,000 catch basins in the City and we do not have enough personnel to keep up with the demand of removing leaves and litter from the surface of the catch basins.
Also, please note that clean catch basins are instrumental in the proper drainage of streets, this is extremely important during the winter months when the thawing and refreezing of snow banks occurs. We thank you for your consideration and cooperation in this matter.