New post-dump program in Northampton starts April 15
The Department of Public Works will implement its new post-dump solid waste management program on Monday, April 15.
The new plan calls for the Glendale Road transfer station to be open Saturdays only, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., to collect only hard-to-manage waste materials such as refrigerators, mattresses, tires and other bulky items. These items will continue to be collected using a fee system.
The Glendale station will also open for residential leaf and yard waste disposal on 18 Saturdays throughout the year for residents only. Commercial yard waste will no longer be accepted.
Residents who have used Glendale Road to dispose of trash and recycling will no longer be able to do so. Instead, they’ll have to visit the Locust Street transfer station. The station will continue to be open Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to bottles, cans, paper and cardboard, the station will continue to accept small scrap metal, used oil, antifreeze and batteries, among other items.
The plan calls for a 50-percent increase in the price of blue bags for residents who use the city’s pay-as-you-throw system. That means a typical 35-gallon bag would go from $2 to $3, with medium-sized bags rising from $1 to $1.50 and small bags from 50 cents to 75 cents.
The plan also allows for food waste composting and leaf and yard waste disposal for free with the purchase of a vehicle permit. The fee for vehicle permits will remain unchanged at $25 a year.
The DPW has not set a date for the landfill’s closing, though the city’s permit expires at the end of June. Once the landfill is full, the city will contract with Waste Management of Massachusetts to haul the trash and other bulky waste to a landfill in Chicopee.
— CHAD CAIN