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“CLEAN SWEEP” BULKY WASTE RECYCLING DAY

Posted on April 9, 2024


Spring 2024
“Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day

Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is holding the Spring
2024 “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, May 11 from 9
a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: Erving Senior Center at 1
Care Dr (off Rt. 63) (note new site instead of Northfield Highway
Garage
); Mohawk Trail Regional School at 26 Ashfield Rd. (Route 112
South); and Whately Transfer Station at 73 Christian Lane.

Residents from any of the District’s 21 member towns may bring bulky
items such as tires, appliances, scrap metal, furniture, carpeting,
construction debris, computers, televisions, propane gas tanks, and
other large items. Materials will be recycled whenever possible.

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 at: franklincountywastedistrict.org.
The price list will also be provided to participating town halls and
transfer stations. Residents and businesses do not need to pre-register
for the collection.

Mattresses and box springs will not be accepted at this event. There
are 6 regional mattress recycling locations across Franklin County.
These sites are open various hours year-round. See this webpage for
locations, pricing and hours: franklincountywastedistrict.org/mattress-recycling.
If you are unsure if your mattress and box spring can be recycled, call
the District office at 413-772-2438.

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 store for
details.

Clean, dry textiles and books will be accepted for free reuse or
recycling. Textiles must be contained inside a sturdy plastic bag.
Textiles are now banned from the trash in Massachusetts. Textile
recycling accepts 95% of all textiles and shoes, including clothing or
linens that are torn, stained, with missing buttons or broken zippers.
Damaged textiles can be sold to manufacturers that make insulation or
shop rags. Acceptable items include CLEAN & DRY clothing, shoes, and
accessories; plus curtains, 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 separately for a special
recycling program; $5 per load of acceptable items. This special
recycling program only accepts these items: 5-gallon pails, plastic lawn
furniture, plastic trash barrels, recycling bins, laundry baskets,
storage totes, and milk crates. Bulky rigid plastic items must be
empty.

Consider reuse: before sending items for disposal or recycling, see
if someone else can use them. 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.
Or, offer items for reuse on a local “Buy Nothing” Facebook group,
Freecycle group, or local town groups such as NextDoor.

For more information, see franklincountywastedistrict.org,
or contact the District office at info@franklincountywastedistrict.org
or 413-772-2438. MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or
1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD).
The District is an equal opportunity
provider.

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