Happy Holidays! Thank you for your recycling efforts over the past year. Following are some guidelines for recycling during the holiday months and all year long:
Please DO include the following items in your paper recycling mix:
ü wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper (except those with metallic inks, glitter, or foil)
ü corrugated cardboard boxes, paperboard gift boxes
ü paper shopping bags (any type of handle is okay)
ü paper greeting cards (not with metallic inks, glitter, or foil; remove batteries)
ü catalogs, calendars and magazines
Please DO NOT include the following items in your household recycling:
ý ribbons, bows, and tinsel (reusable from year to year)
ý holiday light strings (recycle in scrap metal dumpsters at transfer stations and at scrap metal dealers)
ý packing peanuts, Styrofoam™, bubble wrap, inflatable “air pillow” packaging (clean, dry packing materials accepted for reuse at “pack n’ ship” stores.)
ý plastic bags, plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap, air pillows (recycle at grocery stores along with clean, dry plastic bags marked #2 or #4 https://nextrex.com/view/educate#materials1)
ý molded plastic packaging from items like toys and electronics
ý glossy photograph cards, paper envelopes with bubble wrap inside, ornaments, decorations
Lists are not all-inclusive. More info: springfieldmrf.org
This PDF has a QR code to a multi language recycling guide to help you make the correct choices. click here...
Inefficient older equipment if recycled responsibly, not only ensures that it’s disposed of properly, it can also help to conserve energy and earn you money. Find out how click here…
For more information on recycling refrigerators/freezers and a possible $75 rebate plus "Contactless Pickup" click here...
"COMPOSTING IS EASY AND HELPS REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES - Earth Machine Compost Bin Purchase Incentive is available to HRMC member-Towns. Place your order by calling HRMC at 413-685-5498 or by emailing HRMC at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: name, full address, and phone number. The deadline for pre-order is extended to April 15, 2023 end of day. For more information click here...
The new state rule (Massachusetts State Regulation 310.CMR.19.017) requires mattresses to be kept out of the trash so they can be recycled.
Bring discarded mattresses to Williamsburg Transfer Station
27 Mountain Street, Haydenville, MA
Open: Wed and Sat 9 AM – 4 PM
Program takes effect on November 1, 2022. Open to all 10 member Towns. Mattresses and box spring will be recycled with the contracted processor, Raw Materials Recovery, Inc.
For a PDF flyer click here...
Springfield Materials Recycling Facility Advisory Board
The Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (SMRF) Advisory Board has released Me and My Bin, an engaging new video about household recycling, to serve as an antidote to the misinformation that has arisen since the U.S. recycling market fell in 2018. Me and My Bin is available at SpringfieldMRF.org and on YouTube. The six minute video, produced by Boston-based The Rendon Group, helps viewers understand what actually happens to the materials we place in household recycling bins. In the guise of following an empty peanut butter jar as it leaves a home, the video playfully explains what happens at a recycling processing facility. To read the full Press Release click here...
OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COMPOSTING
An in-depth webinar, “Turn Garbage Into Gold Composting at Home” is available at: Turn Garbage Into Gold
Additionally, a video entitled, “Home Composting; Turning Your Spoils to Soil” is available for streaming at: Turning Your Spoils to Soil
The Hilltown Resource Management Cooperative (HRMC) is a unique, regional municipally-funded organization that was created in 1989 by a group of concerned residents. Since its inception, the HRMC has assisted its member Towns with the following efforts: local and regional recycling programs, cost efficient solid waste management programs, promoting waste reduction programs, promoting sustainability outreach programs, and supporting sustainability projects in the Hilltown communities of Western Massachusetts.
The Hilltown Resource Management Cooperative (HRMC) is comprised of ten member Towns in western Massachusetts. The HRMC is governed by a Board consisting of two representatives from each of its member Towns. The HRMC is managed by a contract Administrator that reports to the Board. Each member Town pays an annual assessment that covers the operating expenses of the HRMC. ...more