Funding announced for Chicopee’s new recycling program

State and local officials attended the meeting.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Chicopee has come up with a plan to recycle its rubbish. The city has no choice since its 75-year-old landfill will be closing in a few months because of a lack of space.

Mayor Kos introduced the 35-gallon containers as part of an automated system to haul recyclable material out of the city. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is giving Chicopee more than $300,000 to help the city implement its new Pay-As-You-Throw program and hire a waste reduction coordinator to help with the program’s compliance.

The funding is part of the $2.38 million in grants announced statewide Wednesday by the MassDEP for it’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program. According to the MassDEP, Pay-As-You-Throw programs are currently operating in 145 communities statewide, covering approximately 20 percent of the total households in Massachusetts.

City Councilor James Tillotson told 22News that people will have to get used to the new system. “It’ll be an adjustment, to be honest about it. There’s no option; we don’t have the landfill. We looked at the city, there’s no place to put one.”

These new collection bins will be distributed to every Chicopee home and business by the spring of next year.