Household trash is collected at curbside on a weekly schedule. Recyclables are collected at curbside on the same day as your trash with paper and containers collected on alternating weeks. While Longmeadow’s waste reduction program limits the amount of trash which may be disposed of at curbside, there is no limit on the amount of recyclable material which will be picked up. Please see the "Curbside Regulations" below for more information.
Trash is collected weekly and must be placed curbside by 7:00AM on your scheduled collection day.
Trash must be placed in a Town-issued cart with the lid fully closed.
A maximum of 40 pounds is allowed per household. Trash in excess of the cart capacity may be disposed of in blue Town approved trash bags available at local retail stores for $2.00/bag (sold in rolls of 5).
Excess trash not in Town approved bags will not be picked up.
All trash must be bagged.
The following items may not be included with curbside trash. They may be accepted at the Town’s Recycling and Yard Waste Center. Fees may apply.
Leaves and yard waste.
CRTs (TVs, computer monitors)
Bulk items such as furniture and appliances
* In the case if financial hardship related to this program, please contact the DPW at 413-567-3400.
Recyclables are collected curbside on the same day as your trash. Paper and containers are collected on alternating weeks (refer to the calendar above).
Recyclables must be placed curbside with your trash by 7:00AM.
Recyclable material must be placed in recycling bins or clearly marked barrels. 14 gallon and 18 gallon bins are available at the DPW.
There is no limit on the amount of recyclables that will be collected. Barrels/bins should not exceed 40 pounds each.
The Town recycles the following curbside (SEE "What do I do with..." below for a more detailed list):
Cardboard - no larger than 3’ x 3’ and should be broken down
RECYCLABLES IN PLASTIC BAGS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
Trash that does not conform to regulations will be tagged and left curbside.
Town trash collection will usually be delayed on day following Christmas, New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Memorial day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day (see calendar above for exact dates).
For more information, please call the DPW at 567-3400.
Helpful hints to navigating LISA (that’s her name)
When asked the reason for their call, the resident should say one of the following that best matches their needs.
“schedule a bulk pickup”
“know the ETA/pickup status”
“report a missed pickup”
The system will then attempt to match their phone number with an account on file. Since this will not be applicable, the residents will be told “I don’t recognize the phone number from which you are calling”
Then it will ask for their Customer ID or address. The resident should say “ I don’t have it”
Then the system will ask if they are calling for business or residential service at which point the resident should say “residential” and they will be connected with a representative.
In some cases (because this is a system that is learning on its own) #3 and #4 may have to be repeated by the resident.
In August, 2018 the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced a groundbreaking, statewide recycling education initiative to reduce contamination in recycling by asking residents to “do their part and recycle smart.”
The cornerstone of this initiative is a new website called RecycleSmartMA.org that features the “Smart Recycling Guide.” The website includes the “Recyclopedia” search tool*, where residents can search for hundreds of items (from paper bags to pizza boxes) to find out how to properly manage them.
*Although this tool quite useful, it is not 100% compatible with the Western Mass Recycling Program and what is currently acceptable at the Springfield MRF. Please feel free to confirm on the Springfield MRF website or with DPW at 567-3400