Trash & Recycling


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, 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

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.

To see what can be recycled, please check out the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Brochure.

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.

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.



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Composting at the Transfer Station

The Transfer Station makes it easy to drop off your compostable materials:

DO bring:

  • Meat, fish, bones, dairy, eggs, and eggshells
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, rice, and pasta
  • Tea bags, coffee grounds, and paper filters
  • Soiled or waxed cardboard
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper plates and cups (no lids or straws)
  • Small wooden fruit crates

DO NOT bring:

  • Plastic bags, wrappers, or plastic wrap (recycle this at local stores)
  • Liquids
  • Plastic utensils
  • Styrofoam, plastic cups, or plates
  • Pet wastes or bedding
  • Trash
  • Plastic, metal, or glass (recycle this!)

Composter

The Earth Machine Composter is available for $25.00 at the Greenfield Transfer Station located off of Wisdom Way.

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