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.
City Continues Push to Keep Trash out of Recycling Barrel
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.
Yard Waste Collection
The Department of Public Works will start Spring Yard Waste collection on Tuesday April 5th. The Solid Waste Division reminds residents to place yard waste curbside on their recycling day.
Paper leaf bag bags should be thirty (30) gallon capacity; Bags and containers should not weigh more than 40 lbs. The City of Springfield cannot collect yard waste in plastic bags.
Hedge clippings, garden waste, as well as twigs and brush should not be longer than two (2) feet in length and one-half (1/2) inch in diameter and should be loosely bundled together.
For additional information on collection days residents can call 3-1-1 or (413) 736-3111.
DPW Pothole Hotline 736-3111
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS RECYCLING REMINDER
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