Do you think recycling is difficult or confusing? Well, there’s good news — Recycling requirements have changed over the years, making it simpler for you to take part. You no longer have to remove labels or keep track of many other recycling rules. In fact, most items can just be dropped in the bin. Take a look at the video below to learn more about what can be recycled.

Your efforts make a difference! For every pound of recyclables, you reduce carbon emissions by at least 2.2lbs of greenhouse gas emissions. Your community sends its recyclable materials to the Springfield Material Recycling Facility (MRF).

  • Last year the “MRF” collected more than 50,000 tons of recyclables.
  • That included enough paper to save 595,000 trees and enough plastic soda bottles to make 160,000 fleece jackets.
  • Enough energy was saved by recycling aluminum cans to run a refrigerator for 65,500 days.

You have helped make our recycling program a success. With your continued commitment, we will achieve our recycling goals. Keep up the good work and let us know what you do to recycle.

Massachusetts prohibits the disposal of the following items – so recycle them instead!

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Bottles and cans
  • Narrow neck plastics
  • Leaves and yard waste
  • Car batteries
  • TVs and computers and
  • Large home appliances

Be sure to keep these items out of your trash and out of the Massachusetts waste stream by including them in your recycling bin or taking them to your local transfer station.

For more information call 413-445-4556 x10


Do you want donate building materials and household products such as cabinets, windows and doors? Look at the Center for EcoTechnology’s EcoBuilding Bargains Store to learn what we accept.