Solid Waste Division

The Solid Waste Division consists of 3 employees who oversee the collection and disposal of Town refuse. Services include assisting residents deposit trash and recyclables into proper containers; hauling trash and recyclables to disposal sites; manage stockpiles of compost and mulch for residents use; and assist with winter snow plowing.

Southwick continues to promote recycling in order to reduce operating costs and meet goals established in MassDEP’s 2030 Solid Waste Master Plan by reducing our annual solid waste disposal by at least 30% from 2020 to 2030 and a reduction of at least 90% by 2050. 

The following table summarizes the volume (measured in tons) of recyclables the Town collected from 2015 to 2021:

Trash & Recycables (measured in tons)
2015
2016
2017
2018
201920202021
General Trash2,2012,2662,3102,2102,0242,2592202
Paper244239253258270276262
Bottles and Cans154131162170183186175
Rigid Plastic**n/a112391517.518
Wood Recycling***n/an/an/an/a267369.5259
Scrap Metal70139168188150193152
Electronics & Appliances9404031313131
Mattresses & Boxsprings77913131312.5
Tires5662439.5
Textiles222689.2510.65
Books1111111
Lamps & Batteries1112221.5
Waste Oil & Antifreeze1516961
Finished Compost*100100100100100100100
Wood Chips*80808080808080
Total Tonnage2,8753,0283,1563,0763,1573,546.253315.15
Recyclable Tonnage6747628468661,1331,287.251113.15
Recyclables to total waste stream23.2%25.17%26.81%28.16%35.89%36.29%33.57%

*Estimated

** Rigid Plastic recycling started in March 2016

***Wood recycling started in April 2019

Use the following link to a directory of vendors that accept unique or hard-to-handle items that many municipalities do not accept: https://recyclesearch.com/profile/ma

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Staff Contacts

Name Title
Randal Brown, P.E. DPW Director
Richard Bosak DPW Supervisor
Christie Myette DPW Office Manager
Jake Kearin Foreman
Gary Turcotte Heavy Equipment Operator
Geoff Gagnon Heavy Equipment Operator