Recycling - Do not use plastic bags

WHAT'S NEW IN RECYCLING?      

 

Rigid plastics.  Chicopee now can recycle certain rigid plastics. For a complete list, click on RIGID PLASTICS ACCEPTABLE LIST found below in Documents & Forms.

This is available only to residents receiving curbside recycling pickup by the City.

Those condo residents that are serviced by Waste Management and have Single Stream recycling dumpsters can also participate. All rigid plastic items on the "acceptable list" must be less than 4 feet in any dimension. Items larger than 4 feet must be cut to length or must be thrown away as trash.  

Questions?  Call the DPW at 594-3557.

What MUST be recycled curbside

  • Metal food cans, glass jars, bottles, and plastics labeled #'s 1-7.
  • All paper, including shredded paper and paper bags, magazines, soft cover books, all junk mail with envelopes, Christmas wrapping paper (but not metallic or glitter paper), tissue paper
  • Cardboard boxes (empty, flat and untied). Exclude wax-coated boxes.
  • Gift, cereal, shoe and frozen dinner boxes.
  • HOLIDAY ITEMS: Gift wrap and bags, tissue paper, cardboard and all gift and shoe boxes, catalogs, greeting cards

What CAN NOT be recycled curbside

  • Hangers, styrofoam, plastic/clay flower pots, egg cartons.
  • Pizza boxes or any container with food still inside.
  • Paper plates, napkins, towels, kleenex, toilet paper
  • Small appliances, light bulbs, plastic bags, dishes or glasses.
  • Scrap metal
  • NO tinsel, ribbons, bows, styrofoam packing peanuts.

REMEMBER:

* Always use recycling carts with closed covers for worker's visibility, efficiency, and safety
* Leave room between recycling carts and trash cans
* Recycle boxes - do not put trash in them
* Throw plastic bags away - do not put paper or cans/bottles in them

WHAT CAN BE RECYCLED AT THE CHICOPEE SANITARY LANDFILL'S RESIDENTS ONLY DROP-OFF AREA:  (fee may apply)

  • All of the above
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Refrigerators, A/C's and dehumidifiers
  • Propane Tanks and Helium tanks
  • Scrap metal
  • TV's, computer monitors, and electronics
  • Tires (fee applies) $1 off-rim, $3 with rim with Chicopee I.D.
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and vehicle batteries
  • Grass, leaves, and brush (but not tree stumps or large tree butts)
  • CHRISTMAS TREES

RIGID PLASTICS FOR RECYCLING DISPOSAL IS NOT YET AVAILABLE AT THE LANDFILL AS OF JANUARY 25, 2015.   HOWEVER, IT IS AVAILABLE FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP IN YOUR RECYCLING CART.  REFER TO THE ACCEPTABLE RIGID PLASTICS LIST UNDER  DOCUMENTS & FORMS TO THE RIGHT. REMEMBER, RIGID PLASTICS MUST FIT IN YOUR RECYCLING CART. 

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