2019 Annual Town Report
The Solid Waste
District was formed in 1989 to help Franklin County towns manage all aspects of
their solid waste – recyclables, organics, hazardous waste, wastewater
treatment sludge, and trash. We continue
to provide assistance to twenty-one member towns through administrative
support, professional consultation, trainings, and outreach to residents and
A review of
recycling tonnage for 2019 shows a decrease in recycling tonnage compared to
2018. District residents recycled just over
2,700 tons of paper and containers. The
recyclables were processed at the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility and
sold for reuse at domestic and international mills. Towns continued to be paid $6 per ton of
recyclables through calendar year 2019.
In 2019, the
District sponsored spring and fall “Clean Sweep” collections for bulky items,
electronics, tires, appliances, and anything too big to fit into a trash
bag. Over 66 tons of material were
recycled or disposed of from the two collections. A total of 664 households participated in
these collection events. That is 6% more
participation than in 2018.
We held our
annual household hazardous waste collection in September 2019. This event allows residents to properly
dispose of toxic cleaners, automotive products, pesticides, and other toxic
products. A total of 380 households
participated in this event. 44% of
participants were using the collection for the first time.
We applied for
and received grants from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental
Protection worth $123,000 for District towns.
Some grant funding is a result of a town’s successful waste management
infrastructure. Other grants include
equipment to make town transfer stations more efficient.
If you have
questions about District programs, call us at 413-772-2438 (MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or
1-800-439-2370 TTY/TDD), visit our website at
www.franklincountywastedistrict.org or visit us at 117 Main St., 2nd Floor in Greenfield.
Jan Ameen - Executive
Jonathan Lagreze, Colrain – Chair
Chris Boutwell, Montague - Vice-Chair
MA Swedlund, Deerfield – Treasurer
County Solid Waste Management
117 Main St., 2nd Floor
Relay for the hearing impaired:
711 or 1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD)
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