Chicopee encouraging residents to recycle with closure of landfill this summer

Hampden County

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Starting this July, Chicopee will no longer be able to use its landfill. 

They knew this was coming. The city is encouraging residents to recycle to offset the cost of waste disposal.

What can you recycle? And what should be thrown away? Knowing the difference can help protect the environment and reduce the money spent on disposing waste.

Marsha Greco of Holyoke told 22News, “People probably would do it, but they hesititate. It wouldn’t hurt to send out flyers once in a while to inform people on what they should throw away and what they shouldn’t.”

There are landfills reaching their maximum capacity across the state and it’s forcing them to close. The one in Chicopee is closing at the end of June and that means changes to how the city disposes of its waste.

Once the landfill closes, Chicopee residents will have pay to get rid of their “bulk waste” at a transfer station in Springfield.

The city is building a recyling center at its DPW yard where residents will be able to drop off bulky recyleables, like mattressses and TV’s.

Chicopee DPW Special Project Advisor, Stanley Kulig, told 22News, “Landfill space is dwindling across this country, so the more we can recycle and reuse the better we off we will be environmentally and certainly financially, because it will certainly cost us less.”

Kulig said the cost of waste disposal has skyrocketed over the past few years, but the city took a proactive approach to ensure it wouldn’t increase property taxes. Kulig also said recycleable textiles like clothing and footwear make up about 10% of all the waste at landfills in Massachusetts. 

He noted that the landfill closure will not impact the city’s weekly curbside trash pick up.

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