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SOLID WASTE

THANKSGIVING WEEK TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION - ON SATURDAY, NOV 26

During the Thanksgiving week only, Gill's trash and recycling collection will be on SATURDAY, November 26th. Please have your items to the curb by 7:00 AM on Saturday, November 26th.



"CLEAN SWEEP" BULKY WASTE COLLECTION

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is holding its fall "Clean Sweep" bulky waste collection on Saturday, October 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Rec on Rt. 112 in Buckland, the Northfield Highway Garage at 49 Caldwell Road off Rt. 142, and the Whately Transfer Station at 73 Christian Lane off Rt. 10.

Residents from any District town, including Gill, may bring bulky items such as tires, appliances, scrap metal, furniture, mattresses, carpeting, construction debris, computers, televisions, propane gas tanks, and other large items. Materials will be recycled whenever possible; disposal fees apply for most items.

Bulky Rigid Plastics will be collected for a special recycling program; $5 per load. Plastic items larger than 2.5 gallons are too bulky to be processed with municipal recycling, but can be collected separately. Acceptable items include 5-gallon pails, plastic lawn furniture, plastic trash barrels and recycling bins, laundry baskets, large plastic toys (no electronics), storage totes, milk crates and plastic pet carriers. Large yard toys (no batteries), plastic shelving and kiddie pools (rigid, not inflatable) will be accepted as long as they measure less than 4 feet in any direction. If longer than 4 feet, residents will have to dismantle or cut these items into smaller pieces before bringing them to the collection. Empty and clean rigid plastic plant pots and nursery trays will be accepted, but not the crinkly type, like some 6-packs of seedlings come in. All bulky rigid plastic items must be empty, rinsed if needed, and free of batteries, soil, rocks, and liquids.

Unacceptable items for bulky rigid plastic recycling include Styrofoam, PVC pipe/tubing, vinyl siding, fencing, toolboxes, hoses of any kind, pesticide/chemical containers, and plastic bags and films.

Clean, dry textiles and books will be accepted for free. Textiles must be contained inside a sturdy plastic bag. 95% of all textiles can be recycled or reused; clothing or linens that are torn, stained, with missing buttons or broken zippers can be recycled into insulation. Acceptable items include CLEAN & DRY clothing, shoes, bras, purses; plus curtains, pillows, comforters, sheets, towels and stuffed animals in any condition (except moldy or wet). Books can be in any condition except moldy or wet, and can be hardcover or paperback. No encyclopedias.

Residents do not need to pre-register for the bulky waste collection. However, there are charges for disposal. Disposal fees, in cash only, will be collected at each site. A complete list of prices for the most common items will be available at town halls, town transfer stations, the District office at 50 Miles Street in Greenfield, and online at: Clean Sweep Day. Businesses may participate.

TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTION
Trash and recycling must be placed curbside by 7 a.m. Alternative Recycling Systems picks up both trash and recycling on Friday mornings. Pickup will only be affected by a holiday if the holiday falls on a Friday. In that case, the replacement date will be announced. If there is a problem with your rubbish or recycling pickup, please call Alternative Recycling Systems directly at (413) 587-4005 as soon as possible. If you do not get satisfaction or feel further discussion is warranted, please call the Selectboard's office at 863-9347 and we'll be glad to assist.

Trash stickers are available for $3.00 each at the Upinngil Farm Stand, Wagon Wheel Restaurant, The Spirit Shoppe, and Town Hall. Scotty's (on the hill in Turners Falls) also sells trash stickers.

Gill residents may also use the Greenfield transfer station for a user fee of $5 per delivery. There is also a per item charge. Visit the Greenfield Transfer Station's website for the current fee schedule: Greenfield Transfer Station (opens in a new browser window)

Regional Services
Gill is also a member of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, which holds several regional events each year to assist residents in disposing of hazardous waste, bulky items, etc. Visit their website if you have any questions on how to dispose of any item at any time throughout the year. They publish an excellent and very complete guide: What do I do with...? (links open in new windows)

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
As a resident of Gill you have access to at least six Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events each year. (Gill belongs to the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, which has reciprocal agreements that allow our residents to participate in collections held in other Pioneer Valley towns.)

Pre-registration is required for all HHW collection events.

To see the complete list of collection event dates, times and locations, click on this link: HHW Collections (link opens in new window).

Bulky Items - Companies Offering Pickup & Disposal
If you have bulky items (mattresses, upholstered furniture, wood furniture, toilets, sinks, and carpet) that you are unable to transport to the Spring and Fall regional collection events (see Regional Services above), there are local companies that you can hire to come pick up and properly dispose of the items.

You will be contracting directly with the company, and will be responsible for paying any pickup and disposal fees that are charged. This is NOT a service provided by the Town of Gill. You are making a private arrangement with a private company to perform a service, and the Town does not control the fees that are charged.

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all companies that may provide this service, and does not constitute any endorsement or recommendation by the Town of Gill. Companies are listed alphabetically.

Alternative Recycling, 413-587-4005 (link opens in new window).
M&M Removal, 413-773-7384 (link opens in new window).




NEW Wood Pellet Bag Recycling Program
The Franklin County Solid Waste District has coordinated a new program for residents to recycle empty wood pellet bags. Using grant funds from MassDEP and a state Community Innovation Challenge Grant, the District has purchased and distributed small sheds to collect and recycle wood pellet bags.

This is a pilot program and can only accept pellet bags - no other plastic bag or plastic film product. Bags must be dry and empty. It's very important for participants to follow the guidelines so that all material can be recycled and not rejected by the end market.

These sheds are currently available for town residents using the following transfer stations: Bernardston, Buckland, Deerfield, Northfield, Warwick, and Wendell. The Conway and Rowe Transfer Stations are collecting pellet bags separately but do not have a shed for them; hand to attendant. Beginning in November, town residents using the Charlemont/Shelburne, Montague, and Orange Transfer Stations will have pellet bag recycling sheds on site. The program is free to residents.

In collaboration with the Greenfield DPW, the District has used grant funds to purchase a large storage trailer for pellet bags. Residents in any Franklin County town may deliver pellet bags to the Greenfield Transfer Station during normal operating hours. There is no fee.

For more information contact the Solid Waste District at 413-772-2438 (Mass Relay for the hearing impaired: 711), email info@franklincountywastedistrict.org. or visit www.franklincountywastedistrict.org.