Cost effective trash removal & solid waste management services for Springfield, MA
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Since our founding, the Waste Focus Mission has been to provide our clients with the most cost effective solid waste management and trash removal services available in any given marketplace. It is also our mission ensure that all services provided are: matched to our clients’ needs; reliably delivered; and compliant with all applicable federal, state and local laws/regulations.
Did you know?
In a lifetime, the average American will throw away 600 times his/her adult weight in garbage. This means that a 150-lb. adult will leave a legacy of 90,000 lbs of trash for his/her children.
More than 56 percent of the paper consumed in the U.S. during 2007 was recovered for recycling — an all-time high. This impressive figure equals nearly 360 pounds of paper for each man, woman, and child in America including Springfield, MA
Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles every year. If every American household recycled just one out of every ten HDPE bottles they used, we’d keep 200 million pounds of the plastic out of landfills every year.
If you had a 15-year-old tree and made it into paper grocery bags, you’d get about 700 of them. A supermarket could use all of them in under an hour. This means in one year, one supermarket goes through 60,500,000 paper bags.
Automated Rubbish Collection in Springfield, MA
Rubbish is collected at the curb on a weekly basis in wheeled carts that are distributed to each household. Carts must be placed on the tree belt by 6:30 am on your scheduled collection day. No trash is allowed outside the cart without a bulk sticker (see Bulk Waste on the springfield-ma.gov website). The rubbish collection crew will service your household with a specially designed DPW vehicle that contains a mechanical arm that picks up your cart and deposits the rubbish into the truck. Your cart should be placed on the tree belt facing the street so it is accessible for the mechanical arm that picks up the carts. Please avoid obstructions that make your cart inaccessible. (Mailboxes, telephone poles, etc.)
Residents are allowed one rubbish cart per household and must recycle using the blue recycling boxes. Because the collection carts and recycling boxes are property of the City of Springfield, they must be left at the residence in the event the occupant moves away. All city rubbish is taken to a waste to energy facility on Bondi’s Island. (For more info call (413) 736-3111).
Please Do NOT:
- Place appliances, TV’s or hazardous waste in the carts
- Overfill the carts (The lid must be within 1 foot of closing)
- Set the carts in snow banks or on top of snow banks
- Place recyclables or yard waste in the carts
- Put building materials (asphalt, brick or concrete) in the carts
To report damaged or stolen carts please call (413) 736-3111.
The Springfield DPW asks that you assist our collection crews in the recycling of your cardboard by doing the following:
- Break down and flatten your cardboard boxes
- Stack your flattened cardboard in a small box or tie up your stacks of cardboard into no larger than 3’x 3′ x 6″ size using heavy string or twine. (Please do not use any Tape, including Duct Tape)
- For larger cardboard boxes (i.e. appliances or tv’s) please flatten and fold each piece. Do not put smaller pieces of cardboard inside larger boxes.
Your assistance ensures the health and safety of our collection crews. (For more info please call 736-3111)
Springfield Continues Push to Keep Trash out of Recycling Barrel
While the single-stream recycling program has doubled the recycling rate of the City of Springfield, it has not come without some challenges: the biggest of which is the placing of non-recyclable items in the blue recycling carts.
Recycling bins that contain non-recyclable items will be tagged with an orange sticker and will not be collected. Residents will have to remove the non-recyclable items and put them out on their next collection day.
Hazardous materials and other non-recyclable items placed into recycling bins caused the contamination of 6 loads of recyclable materials in April.
One of the truck loads of recyclable material was contaminated by improperly disposed of tar in the recycling cart. Almost half of the contents of the truckload were contaminated and had to be hauled to a landfill.
To some, it may seem harmless to toss a random item into a recycling container. But this is not the case. The simple act of placing oil or any other non-recyclable material into a recycling bin can contaminate an entire load of clean recyclables.
The City of Springfield will be launching an education campaign to inform residents as to what you can and cannot put in the recycling bin. The “10 Most Unwanted List” flyer was put in the May 28th edition of The Republican and was also posted on the City of Springfield website. This list is comprised of the 10 most commonly found non-recyclable items found in the blue recycling barrel. Flyers may also be available for free at your local library, community center, senior center or by calling customer service at #311.
The City of Springfield will be utilizing grants from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Springfield MRF Advisory Board in order to fund this outreach initiative.
Some of the most common items found are yard waste, food and clothes.
Single Stream Recycling Dos and Don’ts
DO Recycle These Items (Sorting Needed!):
- Aluminum Cans/Foil and Pie Pans
- Boxboard (cereal and cracker boxes, etc.)
- Brown Paper Bags
- *Cardboard (tear in small sections)
- Glass bottles and jars, all colors (labels are OK)
- Junk Mail
- Magazines and Catalogs
- Newspapers and Inserts
- Office and School Papers (all colors)
- Plastic milk, juice cartons
- Plastic bottles, jars and tubs (please remove caps from plastic bottles)
- Plastic Containers (#1-#7)
- Tin & Steel Cans (rinsed)
No! Do not recycle these items
- Construction materials
- Dinnerware or ceramics
- Dirt, wood, grass or yard waste
- Egg cartons
- Food waste
- Hard cover books
- Hazardous chemical containers
- Light bulbs (all types)
- Medicine or pill bottles
- Motor oil
- Plastic bags
- Soiled or dirty containers
- Styrofoam containers or peanuts
- Used paper plates/towels/napkins
- Window glass
- Wrapping paper
Thank You for Recycling!
*Please Note: Trash and recycling containers should be placed on the tree belt, not in the road, to better facilitate both street sweeping and snow plowing operations.