Town Specific Information
Reduce, Reuse and Buy Recycled
Hazardous Waste
Mercury Disposal
Brochures & Guides
School Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
Related Links

Franklin County, Massachusetts 

Programs and Services of the 
Franklin County Solid Waste District

Administrative Assessment-Based Services

  1. Tracking and Reports:  The District tracks the quantity of recyclables, trash, bulky items, and metal shipped under the District’s hauling contracts. This information is necessary for state reports and also helps towns in their budget process. The District completes annual reports required by the MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
  2. Grant Writing:  Each year the District applies for state and federal solid waste management grants on behalf of its member towns. The District has received grants totaling in excess of $900,000 from state and federal sources. Annually, the District applies for and receives over $40,000 in state funds for member towns.
  3. Special Programs:  The District operates three regional permanent collection centers for household hazardous waste in Bernardston, Colrain, and Conway. These sites are open year-round to all District residents. Residents are charged a disposal fee for their waste. The District also coordinates a collection twice yearly for tires, electronics, appliances, and bulky wastes. This collection is held at three sites simultaneously. The District sells backyard compost bins, kitchen compost collectors, and recycling bins. It distributes containers for used oil at no cost to residents.  It operates a free sharps collection program. It collects mercury-containing products at no cost and provides free non-mercury thermometers to residents.
  4. Assistance to Schools and public events: Technical assistance is offered for recycling and composting at schools and public events, such as fairs.  The District loans out event recycling bins.  Assistance is also provided to schools for managing fluorescent lights, electronics, and hazardous materials. 
  5. Operational Review:  District staff will conduct a comprehensive review of a town’s waste management system – transfer station or curbside.  A full assessment of efficiencies and costs will be made.  Assistance will be provided on implementing recommended improvements and going out to bid for services.
  6. Representation at Regional, State, and National Forums:  District staff participate in meetings held by regional, state, and national organizations. District staff provides input on legislation, regulations, new programs, and planning efforts. Always, the intent is to represent the unique needs of and issues facing small, rural towns in western Massachusetts.
Fee-for-Service Programs

The District administers fee-for-services programs that each town can choose to use for an additional administrative fee.  For hauling contracts, District staff develop and distribute bid documents, review bid results, recommend contractors, develop contracts, review monthly bills and expenses, and advocate on behalf of the towns with the contractor.

  1. Recyclables Hauling:  The District administers a contract for hauling recyclables from each town transfer station to the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility. Each town receives revenue per ton of recyclables delivered to the facility.
  2. Waste Hauling & Disposal:  The District administers a contract for hauling and disposing/recycling of trash, bulky wastes, appliances, and scrap metal from town facilities. Towns receive revenue from scrap metal sales.
  3. Sludge Hauling & Disposal:  The District administers a contract for hauling and disposal of sludge from town wastewater treatment facilities. 
  4. Household Hazardous Waste: The District organizes an annual collection for household hazardous waste from residents and businesses. The collection is held at two sites simultaneously. Over 400 households participate annually in this collection.
  5. Transfer station and landfill inspections:  The District is authorized by DEP to conduct the annual transfer station inspection required by regulation. A report is compiled and submitted to DEP and the town. The District is instrumental in resolving compliance issues with DEP-WERO staff in a beneficial way for the town. There is a fee for the inspection service. 

Franklin County Solid Waste Management District
117 Main Street, 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
Staff email addresses  

This website is made possible through a grant from the 
USDA Rural Utilities Service.
FCSWMD is an equal opportunity provider.
Full Equal Opportunity Disclosure Statement.