Chicopee signs new disposal agreement as closure of landfill nears

Hampden County

Chicopee will cap its landfill at the end of the year, when the city will start shipping its trash out of town, at more than twice the cost.

On Wednesday, Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos announced that the city has signed a disposal agreement for trash-removal for when the landfill closes December 29.

“The effort of our residents to increase recycling has been great and will help offset some of the doubling of costs the City will be absorbing. As the year winds down, we will remind residents of their options.” Mayor Kos stated in a news release to 22News.

The city currently pays $36 per ton to dispose of waste.

Under the new agreement the city will pay $73 per ton in fiscal 2019; increasing to $79 per ton by fiscal 2022.

Full cost:

FY 2019: $73 per ton
FY 2020: $75 per ton
FY 2021: $76 per ton
FY 2022: $79 per ton

Chicopee residents must still pre-register with the Chicopee DPW by calling 413-594-3557 if they have not done so, and the existing permit system remains in place.

Beginning in January 2019, residents will have the option to bring certain recyclable materials to the new Recycling Center at the Chicopee DPW.

Here is a list of recyclables they’ll accept:
• Mattresses and Box Springs**
• TVs and Monitors**
• Textiles
• Block Styrofoam (No Packing Peanuts)
• Cardboard
• Plastic Pellet Bags
• Books
• Rigid Plastics
• Universal Waste (batteries, light bulbs)
• Used Paint
• Propane Tanks
• Scrap Metal
• Yard Waste and Brush
• Single Stream Recyclables

Note: Fee Charged
Mattress and Box Springs – $20
TVs and Monitors – $10

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