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DPW Waste and Recycling

The Division of Waste and Recycling strives to integrate the mission and vision of the Department of Public Works by providing high-quality services with outstanding customer service to residents, schools, and businesses in Holyoke. By establishing comprehensive but attainable goals, we along with the citizens of Holyoke will continue to save resources, energy, and landfill space while reducing pollution and trash tonnage.

From household trash to yard waste to hazardous waste, Holyoke is committed to providing services that result in waste handling that is processed and disposed of in a proper and environmentally friendly and economical manner.


What you put in your bins matters. Following is a link to your Smart Recycling Guide (Link)

Recycling or Trash? Recyclopedia: Here’s a link to help determine if it goes In the bin or not In the bin: (Link)

Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling in Massachusetts (Link)


Yard Waste is being picked up curbside. The Yard Waste Facility is closed to public drop-off.


Starting Tuesday June 2nd, bulky waste drop-off will be available at DPW Headquarters on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, and Saturdays following a holiday from 7:00 AM to noon.  Use of the facility will be by appointment only.  No more than six appointments will be scheduled per hour and only one resident will be allowed in each bay at a time.
  • Appointments can be made by calling: 322-5645. If there is no answer, please a leave a message and someone will call you back to schedule an appointment.
  • The Facility is located at 63 Canal Street, however, you must enter from North East Street.
  • Residents will be required to wear a face-mask while at the facility.


Ever wonder how safe your common household items are? Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. Learn ways to properly dispose of them through waste management.  More information can be found from this link to MassDEP’s website concerning Hazardous Waste (Link)

Additional DPW Recycling Center Information – Earth911 provides information on hours, location, and helps you sort out the sometimes confusing world of recycling. (Link)

Frequently asked Trash and Recycling Questions – When will my trash be picked up? Where can I get a Recycling bin? Is there a fee to dump? And many more questions are answered here. (Link)

Curbside Waste Collections (Link). The Department of Public Works collects trash Monday through Friday.  Please call them at 322-5645 to find out the day for the weekly pick up on your street.

Curbside Acceptable/Unacceptable Information (Link) – Trying to figure out what to trash or recycle?  Learn more about which items are acceptable and which items are not.

Yard Waste – Grass clippings, weeds, twigs and branches, oh my! We can help! Yard waste drop off site information (Link) is found here.
Medical Waste Disposal (Link) for Disposal of Needles and Syringes – State Medical Waste Regulations forbid the disposal of Needles, Syringes, and Sharps Containers in household garbage or recycling bins.

The HOTLINE phone number to call is: (413) 650-2679

Electronics Recycling  (Link– Unwanted consumer electronics – cell and smartphones, computers and monitors, televisions, DVDs and MP3 players, pagers, PDAs and other devices – are the fastest-growing category of waste in Massachusetts. Learn about ways you can recycle or reuse these items.

Curbside Recycling (Link) – Earth911 provides information for the residents of Holyoke about our Curbside Recycling Program.

Reduce and Reuse (Link) – The State of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection offers some great tips on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory (Link). Do you have worn clothing, outdated electronics or other items that don’t belong in your household recycling bin? Don’t throw them away. Find out where to recycle, reuse, or repurpose them in Massachusetts by entering the material(s) you want to recycle in the search box.

Recycling Partners (Link– The Springfield Materials Recycling Facility exists to promote recycling and to advise the Department of Environmental Protection and the Materials Recycling Facility about enhancing and sustaining recycling in the region.

Homeowners Oil Spill Cleanup Guide (Link)

Additional Web Resources (Link) – Everything you need to know! Includes information on both recycling and hazardous waste

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