Holiday trash pickup, recycling information for Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield residents may have to wait a few more days before they can get rid of trash left over from the holidays. If you typically take your trash out on Friday, you will have to wait until Saturday this week- though that does not include your Christmas tree.

The Solid Waste Division of the Springfield Department of Public Works will start picking up trees on Tuesday. The effort will continue all month long, which means you have two opportunities to get rid of your tree, one for each time the recycling truck goes by.

Deputy DPW Director Greg Superneau told 22News that if you want to get rid of your tree, there are a few guidelines you need to follow.

“What we’re asking residents to do is to remove all of the lights, any types of trim, leave the trees bare and on their side, on their recycling day,” Superneau said.

Superneau told 22News that the city has different recycling guidelines in the winter. Here is a look at what you can, and what you cannot recycle, at this time of year:

DO Recycle:

  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Paperboard gift boxes
  • Greeting cards
  • Gift wrap/gift bags
  • Paper shopping bags
  • Newspapers/inserts/magazines/catalogs
  • Paperbacks and phone books
  • Junk mail
  • White and colored paper, computer paper, shredded paper
  • Plastic bottles, jars, tubs, and plastic microwave trays/containers smaller than 2 gallons
  • Glass bottles/jars, all colors and sizes
  • Aluminum, tin/steel cans and lids, aluminum foil

DO NOT Recycle:

  • Ribbons, bows, and tinsel
  • Packing peanuts and Styrofoam
  • Holiday lights
  • Paint or aerosol cans or other metal items
  • Broken glass
  • Plastic grocery/newspaper bags
  • Containers more than 2 gallons in size, motor oil, chemical or foam containers or flower pots
  • Pizza boxes
  • Batteries
  • Used paper plates, cups, napkins, or toilet tissue

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