Trash, Recycling, & Compost


CURBSIDE TRASH & RECYCLING

Greenfield offers weekly pay-as-you-throw residential curbside trash collection and every-other-week, free recycling pick-up. See the Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule to find out when your trash and recycling is picked up; your street determines when your pick-up happens. 

HOW PAY-AS-YOU-THROW WORKS

  • Residents can use any color, type, or brand of bag they wish. The important thing is the size, which determines which trash sticker is required.
  • Bags are to be drawn closed and the sticker is to be placed around the “neck” of the bag.
  • The trash stickers clearly state the size and weight limits and are color-coded for bag size. If someone attempts to use a large bag (30-33 gallons) and only puts the $2, 13-gallon sticker on it, the collectors will not collect the bag. In fairness to all, this policy is strictly enforced.
  • Bags larger than 33 gallons and contractor bags will not be collected.
  • No bag, regardless of size, will be collected if it weighs over 30 pounds. In order to prevent injury to DPW staff, the 30-pound weight limit must be observed, as the collectors make 450-550 stops per day.
  • All bags must be at the curbside by 7 a.m. on the day indicated for your street.
PREPAID BAG & STICKER PRICES

Size Price Marker
8 Gallon Bag (10 pack)** $10.00 Bag
13 Gallon $2.00 Pink Sticker
33 Gallon $3.00 Yellow Sticker

Trash stickers are available at the following locations:

  • Big Y - 237 Mohawk Trail
  • Country Mart - 49 Main Street
  • Cumberland Farms - 317 Federal Street
  • Foster’s - 70 Allen Street
  • Greenfield Farmer’s Cooperative Exchange - 269 High Street
  • Green Fields Market - 144 Main Street
  • Hamshaw Lumber - 1123 Bernardston Road
  • New Inkwell News - 78 Federal Street
  • Ruggeri’s Package Store - 126 Deerfield Street
  • Ryan & Casey Liquors - 55 Main Street
  • Sandri’s Stop Smart - 295 Federal Street
  • Sandri’s Stop Smart - 416 Federal Street
  • Stop and Shop - 89 French King Highway
  • Stop and Shop Gas Station - Bernardston Road
  • Z's Corner - 4 Mill Street
  • City Hall Customer Service Center - City Hall, 14 Court Square, Room 105
** The 8 gallon bags are available at Foster's and Stop and Shop in packs of 10, and at the City Hall Customer Service Center, 14 Court Sq., Room 105, or the DPW Office at 189 Wells St, either singly or in packs of 10.

Pay-as-you-throw provides residents an opportunity to save money on their trash bills and promotes:

  • Increased fairness, as residents pay only for the amount of trash they generate. Households generating less trash pay less than households that generate more.
  • Increased recycling and composting, because as residents come to understand that trash disposal costs more than recycling, they are more likely to recycle and compost. Implementation of a pay-as-you-throw program, in conjunction with a curbside recycling program, increases a community's recycling rate.
  • Decreased solid waste because the program decreases a community's residential trash generation rate.
  • Improved environmental quality, because by diverting waste from disposal, the program extends the life of landfills, decreases air pollution from trash incinerators, and reduces the need for new disposal facilities. As communities turn to reuse, recycling, and composting, natural resources, such as land, air, and water, are protected and preserved.

RECYCLING, COMPOSTING, & RAIN COLLECTION

Greenfield offers bi-weekly pick up of dual stream recycling, which means mixed paper, including cardboard, goes into one bin and glass bottles, cans, and plastics go in another. It is very important to keep the paper products, such as junk mail, newspapers, boxboard, and cardboard separate from plastics, glass, tin, and aluminum items. Recycling can also be taken to the transfer station; this service is free with a Transfer Station sticker.   What is recyclable (eight different languages)

To see what can be recycled, please check out the 2024 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, the Beyond the Bin website (information available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese, French, and Haitian Creole), and also the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility on how to recycle or dispose of items.

Recycling Bins

Recycling bins may be purchased at the Department of Public Works Office, 189 Wells St. or the Greenfield Transfer Station, located at 86 Cumberland Road. The bins are $4. Please remember when you're filling them, recycling bins cannot weigh more than 30 pounds.

Home Composting

Greenfield supports composting with two easy options: composting at home in your backyard or bringing your food waste to the Transfer Station.

The Earth Machine Composter

If you’re interested in composting at home, The Earth Machine Composter is available for $25 at the Transfer Station, located at 86 Cumberland Rd. You can learn more about home composting here.
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Sure-Close Food Scrap Collection Containers

These 1.9 gallon containers feature a vented lid which allows moisture to evaporate, reducing odor-causing bacteria; an easy clean surface; latch closure; interlocking seal, and removal lid. These wonderful containers are only $4 and can be purchased at the Transfer Station, 86 Cumberland Rd. or the Department of Public Works Office located at 189 Wells St.
Sure Close recycling container

Composting at the Transfer Station

You can find information on composting at the Transfer Station here.

Rain Collection

The Department of Public Works also sells rain barrels to help conserve water. The 60-gallon barrels are available to residents for purchase at the discounted price of $89 at the department office at 189 Wells St.

Rain barrels provide an alternate source of water, particularly during droughts, and can reduce residential water bills by up to 40%. Use of rain barrels also helps the City manage its water resources by reducing runoff, cutting water demand, and saving energy at the treatment plant.

The rain barrels are made from 100% repurposed materials and can be set up in as little as five minutes. They include a hose connection to serve as an easy water source for plants and gardens and a filter screen to keep mosquitoes and debris out.

More information on the rain barrel program is available by calling the Department of Public Works at 413-772-1528.

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BULKY CURBSIDE COLLECTION

Items included in this collection: plus a $13.00 fee per stop:
    • Sofas - $15 regular / $35 sleeper sofa
    • Overstuffed chairs - $15
    • Mattresses or box springs - $25 each
    • Televisions - $25 regular / $30 console TV
    • Stoves, dryers, or washing machine - $10
    • Refrigerators or air conditioners - $20
  • Items not included in this collection:
    • Demolition materials
    • Brush
    • Automobile Parts
    • Chemicals
Bulky curbside collection is by appointment only every other Friday and will run from April 5th through October 25th, 2024. The Greenfield resident will need to call 413-772-1528 to give a list of items to be collected and at that time the DPW will give the resident a scheduled date for curbside collection of the approved items and the total cost, which must be pre-paid and is non-refundable.