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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 businesses. 

      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 Director                    

Jonathan Lagreze, Colrain – Chair                

Chris Boutwell, Montague - Vice-Chair        

MA Swedlund, Deerfield – Treasurer            

Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
117 Main St., 2nd Floor
Greenfield, MA 01301
Tel: (413) 772-2438
MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or 1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD)
Fax: (413) 772-3786
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