Chicopee signs trash disposal agreement for once landfill closes - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Chicopee signs trash disposal agreement for once landfill closes

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CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Chicopee officials have signed a new agreement for trash removal in the city at more than double the current cost.

The new agreement will begin at the end of the year, when the Chicopee landfill is capped.

The city currently pays $36 a ton to dispose of waste.

Under the new agreement, the rates go up to $73 per ton in fiscal year and will increase each year of the agreement:

  • $73/ton - fiscal year 2019
  • $75/ton - fiscal year 2020
  • $76/ton - fiscal year 2021
  • $79/ton - fiscal year 2022

City officials noted that this agreement won't impact current curbside trash, recycling, and yard waste pickup.

"The effort of our residents to increase recycling has been great and will help offset some of the doubling of costs the City will be absorbing. As the year winds down, we will remind residents of their options." said Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos in a statement.

The landfill will remain open for resident drop-off services until it closes on December 29.

The DPW recycling center will begin operating in January and will accept:

  • Mattresses and Box Springs (for a $20 fee)
  • TVs and Monitors (for a $10 fee)
  • Textiles
  • Block Styrofoam (No Packing Peanuts)
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic Pellet Bags
  • Books
  • Rigid Plastics
  • Universal Waste (batteries, light bulbs)
  • Used Paint
  • Propane Tanks
  • Scrap Metal
  • Yard Waste and Brush
  • Single Stream Recyclables

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