Trash Cart Program
This fall, every household in Longmeadow will receive a new, FREE 35-gallon trash cart! Please continue to check back for more information.
After much anticipation, Longmeadow DPW and the Recycling Commission are pleased to announce that each household will receive a new, free, 35-gallon wheeled trash cart beginning the week of October 28th. These carts have been primarily funded by a grant received from MassDEP. Residents can expect to receive delivery of their new cart one day following their normal trash collection. For example, if your trash and recycling are normally picked up on a Monday, your cart will be delivered Tuesday and so on.
The trash cart will be a black 35-gallon wheeled cart with a lid. The carts will have the Town of Longmeadow stamped on the sides, a serial number, and RFID chip. Once carts are distributed, trash will only be collected from these new carts with the lids completely closed. The weight limitation as described in the Town’s trash regulations will remain the same; 40 pounds per household. Any excess trash must be placed in a Town overflow trash (blue) bag which can be purchased at most local retailers.
Residents are encouraged to find an alternate use for their current trash barrel such as: using as a recycling container or for yard waste. If you no longer wish to keep your old trash barrel, the Town will be offering a recycling program a few weeks after the new trash cart is distributed. More information about recycling your old barrel will follow on on this page or you can call 567-3400.
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Thirteen years ago, Longmeadow adopted a Waste Reduction Program with goals of decreasing trash, increasing recycling and reducing costs. By limiting the amount of trash collected to 35-gallons each week and charging for excess trash (blue bags), the program provides an incentive to increase waste diversion and recycling, and provides a more equitable system for sharing costs. Households that generate more trash pay more.
This program has been extremely successful in accomplishing our goals. In the years since its implementation, however, many residents have replaced their barrels, often with larger barrels, exceeding the programs defined trash limits. This has resulted in increased trash amounts, decreased recycling totals, inefficiencies in trash collection and inequities in shared costs. We know from the experience of other communities that the use of uniform wheeled trash carts is a simple way to impact all of these issues for the better. With that being said, Longmeadow DPW alongside Longmeadow Recycling Commission will be distributing Toter © 35-gallon wheeled carts to all households this fall.
Please review the Q&A document below to help answer any questions or concerns you may have. More information will follow as distribution approaches. As always, please call DPW if you have any questions at 413-567-3400.
Longmeadow DPW and Longmeadow Recycling Commission