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Recycling & Disposal Info
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Before you toss an item into the trash, think about this:
There are environmental and economic benefits to REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!
Reducing the amount of goods we consume so that we purchase only what we truly need not only saves us money, but it lowers our burden on the environment. The less we use, the less we throw away- which ensures that there will be adequate resources for our future generations. Measure your Eco-Footprint here.
Reusing or repurposing items can be a great way to keeps goods from ending up in the landfill. Remember ‘hand-me-downs’ as a kid? Same idea. And the expression ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ still holds true today! Give your items a new life either in your own home or to someone in need! Check out FreeCycle, Bikes not Bombs, Salvation Army, and other organizations for opportunities to reuse.
Recycling is beneficial to the environment. When we recycle material we reduce the need to harvest natural resources like trees, or fossil fuels for the production of new materials. In turn, this reduction saves energy as it takes less energy to manufacture products from recycled material than virgin natural resources.
When we recycle material instead of throwing it away, we are conserving landfill space for true trash. Recycling helps to increase the capacity of landfills thus extending their working life.
There are also economic benefits to recycling. In Massachusetts, as in other parts of the country, it is much more expensive to dispose of material as trash than it is to recycle them. We end up saving money by reducing, reusing, and recycling materials where possible. Additionally, reusing and recycling creates jobs in Massachusetts*.
List of items banned from landfills per Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
* Massachusetts DEP Buying Recycled: Myths and Tips fact sheet
News and Upcoming Events
2013 Recycling & Holiday Calendar is available.
Leafe and Yard Waste site ope for the season
at 185 Guelphwood Rd (DPW) NO PLASTIC BAGS
Curbside Leaf and Yard collection
April 22nd - June 1st 2013 NO PLASTIC BAGS
Earth Day Event
Saturday April 20th 9am-1pm Town Common (Rain Date April 27th)
Southbridge Receives Recycling Award!
Do not put in trash. Bring to Preventative Health Nurse.
Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), thermostats and button cell batteries contain mercury.
Do not put in trash. Read more.
Sustainability Committee Seeks One More Member.
FREE Home Energy Assessment with Mass Save. There's no obligation. Learn about energy-saving improvements and rebates. Visit MassSave.com or call 866-527-SAVE.
Year end rates 2012 24.99% vs 2011 18.01%
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Household Hazardous Waste Events are held quarterly on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM at Casella Waste Services Facility, 165 Barefoot Rd., Southbridge, MA on the following dates:
Dates are subject to change.