The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is holding its Fall “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: Mohawk Trail Regional School at 26 Ashfield Rd. (Route 112 South); Northfield Highway Garage at 49 Caldwell Rd; and Whately Transfer Station at 73 Christian Lane.
Residents from any District town (including Hawley) 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. There are charges for most items. Disposal fees, cash only, will be collected during check-in at each site. A complete list of prices for the most common items is at: https://franklincountywastedistrict.org/p/70/Clean-Sweep-Bulky-Waste-Collection.
The price list is also available at the Town Office. Residents and businesses do not need to pre-register for the collection. Electronics are accepted at the event, but residents are also encouraged to recycle computer equipment and televisions at their town’s transfer station, or at Greenfield Transfer Station. Staples stores accept computer equipment (no TVs) free of charge: call your local store for details. Clean, dry textiles and books are accepted for free at this collection. 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, and accessories; plus curtains, 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.
Bulky Rigid Plastics will be collected separately for a special recycling program; $5 per load. Acceptable items for this special recycling program are limited to these items only: 5-gallon pails, plastic lawn furniture, plastic trash barrels, recycling bins, laundry baskets, storage totes, and milk crates. Bulky rigid plastic items must be empty and free of batteries, soil, rocks, and liquids. For more information, contact the District office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-772- 2438. MA Relay for the hearing impaired: 711 or 1-800-439-2370 (TTY/TDD).