Greenfield DPW explains reason for increased waste fees

Franklin County

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – In the Franklin county town of Greenfield, residents will now pay for the recycling of their unwanted items.

Greenfield Department of Public Works employees pick up recyclable items left at curbside on a residential street. Up until recently, China would buy all the recycled items America could export. But now, China refuses to accept any further tonnage.

Marlo Warner, Greenfield Director of Public Works talked about how China has refused to accept recyclables from the US.

“It’s nationally reported, coming out of China, that a lot of it was rejected due to contamination of the actual recycling, I have not heard any other reasons,” Warner told 22News.

Greenfield residents Kevin and Maggie Sweeney say it’s worth paying an extra $52 a year to cover the cost of the DPW picking up their recyclables since the recycling practice is so vital.

“This is a matter out of control of local governments and their decisions not to impact this to other destinations can be found in the future. But in the interim is we’ll pay the cost,” Kevin said.

It’s not just Greenfield, every western Massachusetts community faces having to pass on the costs of recycling to its residents until a more welcoming country accepting many tons of American recyclables.

Recycling will now cost you depending on where you live in Massachusetts

Last Friday, Mayor Roxann Wedegartner announced increase in recycling costs.

On July 1, 2020, the following new fees will apply:

  • Greenfield trash bags and trash stickers: mini bag $1.00, small sticker $1.75, and large sticker $2.50 (increase from $.50, $1.25, and $2.00 respectively)
  • Annual fee for transfer station resident entry sticker: $20 (increase from $5)
  • Transfer station disposal of bagged trash $2.50 (increase from $2)

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