Changes to Trash & Recycling Collection Effective July 1, 2020
The year 2020 has brought many changes to all our lives. Effective July 1, 2020, there will be major changes to the Town of Gill’s curbside trash and recycling collection program. Please take note of the following:
Starting with July 2, 2020, Gill’s collection will take place on THURSDAYS. A calendar of collection dates and holiday schedules is available here: Curbside Collection Calendar. Please save the calendar for easy reference during July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.the next 12 months. The CodeRED notification system will continue to be used to announce holiday schedule changes. (Sign up using the link on the home page.)
Trash will continue to be collected every week. However, the type of recyclables you put out each week will alternate. For example, trash and paper/cardboard will be collected one week, and trash and plastic/glass/metal containers will be collected the next. The calendar (Curbside Collection Calendar) shows which weeks are for paper/cardboard and which weeks are for plastic/glass/metal containers.
Casella Waste Systems, located in Holyoke, MA, is the Town’s new contractor for collecting and hauling trash and recyclables. If you need to contact Casella about a missed collection or for any other reason, please call 1-800-CASELLA (1-800-227-3552).
Due to rising costs for trash disposal, each bag of trash must have a Gill Trash Sticker attached around the neck of the bag. This includes trash bags placed in a trashcan. EACH BAG IN THE TRASHCAN MUST HAVE A TRASH STICKER. The drivers have been instructed to not collect any bag that does not have a Gill Trash Sticker affixed to the bag.
Under the new 65-town contract with the Springfield MRF, where recyclables go to be sorted, baled, and sold:
Shredded paper and aerosol cans will no longer be accepted.
As of July 1st, shredded paper will no longer be acceptable in the town’s paper recycling program. After July 1st residents can bring confidential documents to area businesses (e.g. copy shops, office supply, shipping stores, and local banks) for secure shredding. Many local banks sponsor free spring and fall shredding events. The material generated from commercial shredding operations is taken directly to local paper mills. The alternative to shredding through a business or event, is disposal as trash.
On July 1st, aerosol cans will no longer be accepted in the town’s container recycling program. After July 1st all aerosol cans must be disposed of in the trash.
Clear plastic cups and clear plastic egg cartons will be considered acceptable.
As of July 1st, clear plastic cups will be acceptable in the town’s container recycling program. Lids and straws must be removed and placed in the trash.
Other plastic cups, such as polystyrene (#6 plastic), colored “keg” cups, and opaque (cloudy) plastic cups, are not acceptable for recycling and must go in the trash. If a clear cup is labeled “compostable,” it should not go in with recyclables because it is not accepted at the MRF.
As of July 1st, clear plastic egg cartons will be acceptable in the town’s container recycling program. Paper and Styrofoam egg cartons are not accepted at the MRF.
Trash and recycling must be placed curbside by 7 AM. Casella Waste Systems picks up both trash and recycling on Thursday mornings. If a pickup date is affected by a holiday, the replacement date will be announced on the Town's website and Facebook page, and as a general notice using the CodeRED notification system. A Curbside Collection Calendar is available in the Files section below, and shows the schedule for any holidays.
If there is a problem with your rubbish or recycling pickup, please call Casella Waste Systems directly at (800) 227-3552 as soon as possible. If you do not get satisfaction or feel further discussion is warranted, please call the Selectboard's office at 863-9347 and we'll be glad to assist.
Trash stickers are available for $3.00 each at the Upinngil Farm Stand, The Spirit Shoppe, The Mill, and Town Hall. Scotty's (on the hill in Turners Falls) also sells trash stickers.
Gill residents may also use the Greenfield transfer station for a user fee of $5 per delivery. There is also a per item charge. Visit the Greenfield Transfer Station's website for the current fee schedule: Greenfield Transfer Station.
Recycling Bins & Kitchen Compost Pails
The Town often has plastic recycling bins and kitchen compost pails available at no cost to new Gill residents and residents whose bin has reached the end of its useful life. There is a limit of one recycling bin and one compost pail per address. The availability of these items will be announced in the Gill Newsletter, but feel free to call the Selectboard's office at 863-9347 to find out if we have any on hand.
Another handy reference is the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" guide that is available online: R-R-R-2021
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
As a resident of Gill you have access to at least six Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events each year. (As a member of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, there are reciprocal agreements that allow Gill residents to participate in collections held in other Pioneer Valley towns.)
Pre-registration is required for all HHW collection events.
To see the complete list of collection event dates, times and locations, click on this link: HHW Collections.
Bulky Items - Companies Offering Pickup & Disposal
If you have bulky items (mattresses, upholstered furniture, wood furniture, toilets, sinks, and carpet) that you are unable to transport to the Spring and Fall regional collection events (see Regional Services above), there are local companies that you can hire to come pick up and properly dispose of the items.
You will be contracting directly with the company, and will be responsible for paying any pickup and disposal fees that are charged. This is NOT a service provided by the Town of Gill. You are making a private arrangement with a private company to perform a service, and the Town does not control the fees that are charged.
This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all companies that may provide this service, and does not constitute any endorsement or recommendation by the Town of Gill. Companies are listed alphabetically.
Don Bascomb, 413-625-8386
Gelinas Waste Co. 978-544-6511
There are many charitable organizations that accept donations of working or repairable vehicles. There are also local businesses and individuals that will provide “junk auto” removal services. Instead of letting your unwanted vehicle rust in your driveway or backyard, turn it into a resource that provides money to a nonprofit organization or gets recycled into new steel products. For more information on options for proper disposal of an unwanted vehicle, visit the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District's website page: Junk Autos
Wood Pellet Bag Recycling Program
The program for residents to recycle empty wood pellet bags was discontinued in 2019 due to the loss of end markets for the bags.
Residents are encouraged to contact their pellet supplier and request the supplier take pellet bags back and figure out recycling, or at least pay for disposal of the empty bags.
Alternatively, some companies offer bulk delivery of wood pellets, which would eliminate altogether the use of plastic bags.
Sharps Disposal Program
The Solid Waste District provides free one quart or one gallon sharps boxes to Gill residents who use needles and lancets. Once a sharps box is full, you can bring it to one of eight Franklin County locations, and pick up an empty sharps box to take home. There is no charge for use of the program. You may use whichever collection site is most convenient for you.
Safe disposal of sharps protects recycling and trash collection workers, as well as family members of sharps users. Help us prevent unintended needle sticks – use our sharps collection program from now on.
You can now bring your unwanted medications to any participating police station in the Franklin County area during operating hours. Place them in the green MEDRETURN Box. This helps to keep drugs out of the environment and helps to keep them from being misused.