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)
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)
Another handy reference is the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" guide that is available online: R-R-R-2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit www.franklincountywastedistrict.org.