Getting rid of yard waste safely and legally

Open burning is not allowed this time of the year

Getting rid of yard waste safely and legally
It’s a lot of work, and it has to be done. 22News is working for you with information you need to know about getting rid of yard waste.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s time to clean up all these fallen leaves, but there are two things for you to keep in mind. It’s illegal to burn them, and different towns have different rules.

Fall’s beautiful colors have come and gone, and now, it’s time to clean up the leaves on your lawn. Luisa Cabana of Wilbraham said, “Next Friday, my son’s coming home, and it’s going to be clean-up day. We blow them all in to one bit, tarp it, and we just take it to the dump.”

Yard waste clean-up procedures can vary from town to town. In Springfield, homeowners must place all the leaves in approved paper bags. Then from April through December, on your recycling day, the Department of Public Works crews will come pick up your yard waste.

Chicopee also requires homeowners to properly bag fallen leaves for collection by the city. Chicopee Deputy Fire Chief Dean Desmarais told 22News, “It’s every other week. That yard waste can properly be packaged and put out for pick up right at the tree belt.”

In East Longmeadow, you can bring your yard waste to the Knowlton Transfer Station if you have the required sticker, but no matter where you live, burning the leaves is not an option this time of year.

Open Burning Season in Massachusetts lasts from January 15th through May 1st. You’ll need to obtain a permit for opening burning. Also, open burning is never allowed in Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield and West Springfield.

If you’re unclear on your town’s rules on yard waste, check with your Department of Public Works.

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