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The Recorder – Greenfield partners with local charities for textile recycling

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GREENFIELD — Thanks to a new partnership, locals will have a place to dispose of unwanted textiles, while benefiting a local charity and reducing the amount of litter in the area.

“I think this is a win-win situation for everyone here in Franklin County,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County director of development Ericka Almeida.

Working with the Greenfield Department of Public Works and Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Hartsprings Foundation – which was created specifically to support Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies – will collect used clothing on the second and fourth Saturdays of every months from 9 a.m. at 1 p.m. at the Chapman/Davis municipal parking lot. The foundation will then weigh the items for sale at Savers Co., with proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County.

“There will always be clothes to recycle,” Almeida said. “It’s an amazing way to reduce the trash you have, recycle what can be recycled, and support a youth-serving program right here in Franklin County.”

Textiles can include fabrics, shoes, handbags, bedding, curtains, towels and other linens, she noted.

Almeida said Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for ways to increase the amount of donations it receives and also help the city where its employees live and work. When she read about Massachusetts’ solid waste master plan, which aims to eliminate 100 percent of textiles from the city’s waste stream by 2030, she reached out to the city looking for a site to collection.

“We’re reducing our impact on the environment, and we’re impacting the amount of money we get because there’s less fuel and less resources being used,” she said. “We think we’re probably going to pull between 7,500 and 10,000 pounds of fabric a month from the waste stream for the county, specifically Greenfield, every month.”

Like Almeida, Public Works Department Director Marlo Warner II called the Big Brothers Big Sisters partnership a “win-win.”

“Textiles are something that people don’t have room for, so I think it will be a good recycling program,” he said. “Right now…people are putting it in a trash bag.”

Nationally, textiles represent almost 6% of all municipal solid waste. In Greenfield, that’s about 214 tons a year, according to a city press release.

“This effort benefits a great cause and diverts items from the city’s waste stream at a time when disposal costs are skyrocketing,” Warner said. “It’s a great way to help Big Brothers Big Sisters and work towards our goal of a more sustainable Greenfield.”

Starting May 31, the posted price for a 33-gallon trash bag in Greenfield will increase by 50 cents to $3 and the posted price for a 13-gallon trash bag will increase by 25 cents to $2, depending on the city. This increase follows the cancellation of the city’s waste management contract with Community Eco Power, after the company filed for bankruptcy.

Following the cancellation of that contract, the city had to enter into a bridge contract to dispose of its solid waste at $8.40 more per ton than under its contract with Community Eco Power, Warner explained. As part of the bridge contract with USA Hauling & Recycling, the city’s tipping fee was reduced from $81.60 to $90 per ton. Greenfield produces an average of 71 tonnes of waste per week. The waste contract and other growing expenses necessitated the increase in sticker prices.

Prior to this increase, prices had not increased since 2020.

“In theory…if residents don’t throw textiles in the trash bag, it saves them on trash,” Warner said. “This should save the taxpayer on vignette fees, if they have somewhere to dispose of the textiles.”

Disposal costs for certain items at Greenfield Transfer Station are also increasing. The price list is available online at bit.ly/DPWList. The cost of vehicle stickers to enter the transfer station does not change and will remain at $20.

The Ministry of Public Works is currently seeking the best price for a long-term contract which will take effect on July 1.