First Automated Recycling Outreach Transition Meeting Set for Tuesday, June 25 @ 6 PM


GREENFIELD – The City of Greenfield will be hosting its first of several Automated Recycling Outreach Transition Meetings on Tuesday, June 25 @ 6:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the John Zon Community Center and includes remote access via Zoom. It will also be recorded and posted on GCTV for viewing at a later date.

The city’s transition from a manual, dual-stream recycling method to automated, single-stream recycling collection is thanks to a $2.05 million grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded in September 2023. The grant is part of the EPA’s Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling grant program, known as SWIFR.

“We are thrilled to begin the public outreach process on our transition to automated recycling,” said DPW Director Marlo Warner. “I am grateful to all of the talented individuals on our SWIFR team who have and continue to assist with this project.”

In conjunction with the first outreach meeting, the City of Greenfield recently published an Automated Recycling Transition webpage on the city website. The webpage was designed as a comprehensive resource regarding the recycling transition, including a question-and-answer section, supporting documentation and a meeting archive.

You can view the webpage at: https://greenfield-ma.gov/residents/automated_recycling_transition_/index.php

The webpage can also be found under the “Residents” navigation menu or the quick link on the front page entitled “Automated Recycling Transition.”

The city’s transition to automated recycling will provide a multi-faceted benefit to the community, including:

  • New DPW recycling collection vehicles will replace the department’s aging fleet that is often in a state of disrepair.
  • The new vehicles substantially reduce carbon emissions and idling, while their larger size will double the DPW’s current fleet efficiency.
  • The Greenfield Transfer Station will receive processing area upgrades to improve collection efficiency.
  • Automated vehicles create a safer work environment for recycling collection workers. DPW staff will no longer be exposed to hazardous conditions during collections. Instead, they will collect the recycling inside their vehicles via an automated control system.
  • A new, city-issued recycling bin will be provided to residents and community stakeholders. The carts can hold up to five times more recyclable materials.

The following Automated Recycling Outreach meetings will take place on Monday, September 9, Tuesday, October 8 and Tuesday, December 10. Each takes place at the John Zon Community Center and begins at 6:00 p.m.

To join the meeting via Zoom, please use the following information:

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https://greenfield-ma-gov.zoom.us/j/98666749974?pwd=EHViPG2G7abnHCcz0ATOrr4xauVqAp.1

Meeting ID: 986 6674 9974

Passcode: 918869

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