Holiday Recycling Reminders
Did you know that the average
American family can create as many as 10 extra bags of trash around the
holidays? We want to spread the good news that gift wrap, gift bags, gift
tissue paper, boxes, cards and other holiday waste IS recyclable! We also would
like to remind people that holiday lights, Styrofoam peanuts, ribbons and bows
are not recyclable.
Please do include the following items in
your paper recycling mix:
- corrugated cardboard boxes
- paperboard gift boxes
- greeting cards (except those with foil,
metallic inks, or glitter)
- wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue wrap
(except those with foil, metallic inks, or glitter)
- paper shopping bags (any type of handle
- catalogs and calendars
TIP: Keep a recycle bin or paper bag near gift
wrapping and unwrapping.
Please do not
include the following items in your recycling mix:
- ribbons, bows, and tinsel (reusable from year
- packing peanuts and Styrofoam (accepted for
reuse at Greenfield UPS Store)
- holiday lights (WtE scrap metal recycler in
Greenfield pays for light strings)
- plastic bags (clean, dry plastic bags marked
#2 or #4 recyclable at some retailers)
- blister packaging (formed plastic package
used to hold toys and electronics)
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
As a resident of New Salem you have access to at least six Household Hazardous Waste collection events each year
· Pre-registration is required
· To see the complete list of collection event dates, times and locations, go to http://www.franklincountywastedistrict.org/HHWreciprocal.html
New Kitchen Compost Pails Available at Transfer Station!
The Franklin County Solid Waste District recently purchased a large number of “Sure-Close” kitchen compost pails. These 1.9-gallon pails are meant to collect food waste in the kitchen, and the materials then emptied into backyard or municipal compost bins. The lid latches securely and can be made to stay open for ease of use. The vented lid has pinholes that act as a filter (but with no expensive or hard-to-find filter); moisture can pass through the lid, which reduces odors.
New Salem was among 15 district towns received varying amounts of pails: Bernardston, Colrain, Conway, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Orange, Montague, New Salem, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Wendell, and Whately. They are available free at our transfer station while supplies last. The kitchen pails are also offered for sale to District residents for $5 at the District Office, 50 Miles St., Greenfield; call 413-772-2438 for hours or more info. Earth Machine outdoor compost bins are also for sale for $45 at the District office
These municipal compost programs are available free to permit holders at the transfer stations in Leverett, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, and Whately. The majority of this purchase was funded by Mass DEP’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) small-scale initiatives grant. The grant requires that funded items contain 35% recycled content; therefore these pails are an avocado green color to mask any color variations in the recycled product. The District previously offered a beige version of the same pail. District Towns also received a total of 44 Earth Machine compost bins, funded by the SMRP grant. For more information, please call (413) 772-2438.
Representative Needed for Franklin County Technical School District Committee
The Town of New Salem is looking for someone to represent the Town on the Franklin County Technical School District Committee. If you are interested in serving your town in this capacity, please call the Town Moderator, Calvin Layton at 978-544-7892 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Transfer Station Hours
The Transfer Station is open on Saturdays from 8:00am-4:00pm
New Electronic Waste Collection Program
The Solid Waste District has partnered with MRM and Electronic Recyclers to offer towns a new electronic waste program. New Salem has an agreement with the Wendell Transfer Station allowing us to bring TVs to their landfill for a fee depending on the size of the TV. However, Wendell can NOT charge you for the following brands of electronics, so you can dispose of them FREE! Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Quasar, Sharp, Toshiba, Technics, and Vizio.
District, 413-772-2438, ), or the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) Recycling Hotline at 888-888-0784 ext. 2293.
Personnel Board Looking for New Member
The New Salem Personnel Board is looking for a new member. Personnel Board Search
The Selectboard is looking for people to fill the following Board/Committee vacancies. Please contact the Town Coordinator, Nancy Aldrich, at 978-544-6437 if you are interested in serving:
Energy Committee - 1 vacancy
Website Committee - 2 vacancies
Cultural Council - 1 vacancy