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Under Contractual Obligations, the City of Holyoke’s Contract with COVANTA Energy (Link) dictates acceptable waste items we can collect curbside from residential homes. The contract also mandates what is unacceptable waste in accordance with Federal, State and local laws. The following information is provided for clarification.

Acceptable Waste:

Acceptable waste shall mean all solid waste, garbage bags, trash, rubbish & refuse that is normally disposed of by or collected from residential, commercial & institutional establishments & certain types of industrial, construction or demolition waste. Except that acceptable waste does not include the categories of unacceptable waste described below & material banned from disposal by regulation 310 CMR 19.017. (Link)

Unacceptable Waste:

Any waste defined as hazardous in 40 CFR 261.3 (Link) or in any successor regulation or by the US Environmental Protection Agency or classified as toxic substance or toxic waste or prohibited from the disposal at the facility as designated by any local, state or federal agency having jurisdiction over the facility. This includes mercury bearing “Universal Wastes” such as fluorescent lamps, thermostats, and batteries. Hazardous waste materials regulated under 42U.S.C. sections 6921-6925 (Link) & regulations adopted there under, or any Federal, state or local law. “Hazardous substances” defined in 42 U.S.C. 6901 (Link) & any regulations promulgated there under. Massachusetts state regulation 310 CMR 19.017 (Link) prohibits the disposal or transfer for disposal of the following materials.

We do not collect curbside any of these items:

  • Lead Batteries
  • Leaves
  • Other Yard Waste
  • Tires
  • White Goods (Appliances)
  • Aluminum Containers
  • Metal or Glass Containers
  • Single Polymer Plastics
  • Glass containers
  • Recyclable paper
  • Cathode Ray Tubes
  • Asphalt Pavement, Brick and Concrete
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Clean Gypsum Wallboard (Sheetrock)
  • Insulation
  • Plaster Shingles Fuel (kerosene, gas & wax)
  • Oil sludge & waste oil
  • Human Waste
  • Animal Waste
  • Pathological infectious waste

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