Greening Greenfield invites you to a Community Conversation About Proposed Recycling Changes.
The City of Greenfield’s Public Works Department has applied for an EPA “SWIFR” (Solid Waste Infrastructure Recycling) grant of $2,055,330 and been approved as the only municipality in New England to get this round of funding. This is fabulous news! The grant will pay for desperately needed collection and hauling vehicles, a staff person for public education, and collection carts. Right now, we put recyclable containers and recyclable paper out in separate bins at the curb, known as “dual stream”. As applied for, the grant would also commit the City to change to a “single-stream” recycling program where everything gets mixed together by residents in large carts, goes in one compartment in the collection truck, and then has to be separated later. This costs more money to dump and would mean leaving our state-owned Material Recycling Facility (MRF) in Springfield that WE manage with 64 neighboring towns. We would instead go to an as-yet-to-be-determined facility farther away, run by a for-profit waste company. Before Greenfield takes this giant step away from regional cooperation, Greening Greenfield invites residents to start talking about concerns and options.
Masks strongly requested when not speaking.