By Stephen Saranosky
FRAMINGHAM – Framingham DPW frequently receives questions about what types of refuse and recycling services are available for residents.
This week’s article will provide a brief overview of the division’s operations and the different sanitation options available for residents
What We Do:
The Sanitation Division collects refuse and recycling from approximately 18,000 residents.
More than 130,000 pounds of recycling and waste is transported every day. The Division also operates the Recycling Drop-Off Center, located on Mount Wayte Avenue and the Yard Waste Drop-Off Area on Dudley Road. In effect, the Sanitation Division operates seven days a week.
Sanitation Services Available to You:
Curbside Refuse and Recycling Collection
The Sanitation Division collects over 35,000 refuse and recycling carts weekly. Curbside collection services are only available to residential dwellings with four or fewer units. Apartment complexes are excluded.
Recycling Drop-Off Center (RDC) – 255 Mount Wayte Avenue
Hours of Operation: Thursday 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (recycling only), Friday- Saturday 8:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Center is a convenient way to dispose of your recyclables. The center also accepts items such as mattresses, tires, propane tanks, sofas, appliances, and other bulky items for a nominal fee.
Hard to recycle materials and items such as motor oil, antifreeze, oil filters, and fluorescent lightbulbs are accepted free of charge.
Please Note: The RDC is ONLY available to the permitted residents of Framingham.
To obtain a permit, please visit the RDC or the Public Works’ Colonna Building, 100 Western Ave, during normal operating hours.
Permits are $20 per permit/vehicle.
Yard Waste & Brush Recycling
The Yard Waste Facility is located on Dudley Road. The facility is open seasonally, typically April – December. Hours of Operation: Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Curbside leaf and brush collection: Brush and leaves are collected separately. Curbside collection occurs in the spring and fall.
Please Note: Residents must have a valid recycling permit to use the Yard Waste Facility.
Hazardous Waste Disposal
DPW will typically hold two hazardous waste disposal events each year. These events allow Framingham residents to dispose of their household hazardous waste for free. Items such as but not limited to, household chemicals, fertilizers, oil-based paints, and paint thinners, will be accepted. Our next hazardous waste event is on Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m., 100 Western Ave. Proof of residency will be required. For a full list of accepted items, please visit: Hazardous-Waste-Disposal
Electronics Recycling Day
Normally held in June, with a food or clothing donation a resident can dispose of “anything with a cord” for free. Proof of residency is required.
Clothing and Textile Recycling
Curbside Collection: Recycle your used clothing and textiles, place donations in the “Pink Bag” and leave it next to your recycling cart. Clothing and textiles will be collected on your regular collection day.
Residents can also drop-off their used clothing at the RDC.
A portion of proceeds from clothing and textile donations goes to the Framingham High School Scholarship Fund.
For more information about the City’s sanitation services, please visit: City of Framingham Sanitation
A resident asked: “Are there any plans to include a swap shop at the Recycling Drop Off Center on Mt. Wayte Ave?”
Unfortunately, there are no plans for a swap shop. The RDC is an active facility with space limitations.
Editor’s Note: This is a weekly column by the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Framingham.
Residents can submit questions to Recycling Coordinator Stephen Sarnosky via SOURCE at editor@FraminghamSource.com