Western Massachusetts Regional Recycling Program

Learn about changes effective July 1, 2020, what they will mean for your town or city, and how your community can remain or enroll in the program.
Communities have been given additional time - until February 28, 2020 - to execute new dual stream contracts. The deadline for executing single stream contracts remains January 31, 2020.

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How to enroll Western Massachusetts Regional Recycling Program

Download and print the appropriate contract for your community's recycling collection type (Dual Stream or Single Stream), complete the first page, sign the last page, and mail the executed contract to:

MassDEP Western Regional Office
436 Dwight Street
Springfield, MA 01103

Attn: Steven Ellis

Your community has been given additional time - until February 28, 2020 - to execute a new dual stream contract. The deadline for executing a single stream contract remains January 31, 2020.

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  1. Background Information

    The Western Massachusetts Regional Recycling Program is currently operated by Waste Management Recycle America (WM) under contract with the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). All communities in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties are eligible to participate.

    Following a competitive public bidding process, a selection team has chosen WM to operate the program from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2030, with an option to extend this term for an additional five years.

    Participating communities may continue to deliver recyclables through June 30, 2020. To continue doing so beyond that date - or to newly enroll in the program - communities need to execute new contracts with MassDEP and WM.

    Communities been given additional time - until February 28, 2020 - to execute new dual stream contracts. The deadline for executing single stream contracts remains January 31, 2020.

  2. Terms of New Contracts

    Collection Type

    Contract Term

    Dates Covered

    Dual Stream

    5 Years

    July 1, 2020-
    June 30, 2025

    Single Stream

    3 Years

    July 1, 2020-
    June 30, 2023

    WM may terminate the program(s) if its total contractual commitments do not meet or maintain 17,000 tons per year from dual stream communities, or 15,000 tons per year from single stream communities.

  3. Community Financials

    A participating community's net cost for sending its recyclables to the appropriate processing facility is dependent on two factors:

    1. The processing fee it pays to WM based on its collection type, and
    2. Its share of revenue from the sale of recyclables, based on the current average market value (AMV) per ton, which WM credits back to the community.

    When the AMV is lower than the processing fee, the community will receive 100 percent of the revenue. When the AMV is higher, the community will receive 100 percent of the revenue up to the processing fee and 70 percent of the revenue that exceeds it. WM will issue both processing fee invoices and revenue share credits on a monthly basis.

    Collection
    Type

    Processing
    Fee Per Ton*

    AMV
    Share
    Below
    Fee

    AMV
    Share
    Above
    Fee

    Dual
    Stream

    2020-21: $93.50
    2021-22: $95.84
    2022-23: $98.23

    2023-24: $100.69
    2024-25: $103.21

    100%
    "
    "
    "
    "

    70%
    "
    "
    "
    "

    Single
    Stream

    2020-21: $145.00
    2021-22: $148.63
    2022-23: $152.34

    100%
    "
    "

    70%
    "
    "

    *For the Period July 1-June 30 of the years indicated.

    Average Market Value (AMV) Per Ton:
    Performance Over Time

    Collection Type

    Current
    AMV

    January 2020

    1-Year
    Average

    2018-19

    5-Year
    Average

    2014-19

    10-Year
    Average

    2009-19

    Dual Stream

    $25.59

    $41.62

    $62.89

    $75.45

    Single Stream

    $7.18

    $17.40

    $38.88

    $53.68

    Please note that participating communities will:

    • Be assessed additional fees for loads exceeding 15 percent contamination by weight.
    • Pay annual Public Education Fees of 5¢ per capita to the MRF Advisory Board.
  4. Acceptable Materials

    The following recyclables may be delivered to the program's processing facilities, effective July 1, 2020:

    • Containers: Metal cans, foil, plastic bottles/jars/tubs/jugs, clear plastic hinged containers (clamshells), clear plastic cups, clear plastic egg cartons, gable-top and aseptic cartons, and glass bottles and jars - including labels and caps. 
    • Paper: Clean papers, magazines/catalogs, greeting cards, gift wrap (excluding foils or metallic gift wraps), calendars, paperbacks and phonebooks (including covers), corrugated cardboard, paperboard, and clean pizza boxes - including paper clips and staples. 

    These lists may be expanded or contracted from time to time as determined jointly by MassDEP, WM, and the MRF Advisory Board.

  5. Delivery of Recyclables

    Each participating community is required to annually designate its hauler(s), which must deliver all recyclables collected on the community's behalf to the appropriate Receiving Location.

    Collection Type Receiving Location
    Dual Stream Springfield MRF
    84 Birnie Avenue
    Springfield, MA
    Single Stream WM Automated Materials Handling
    30 Tremont Street
    Springfield, MA

    Receiving hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. In the event of a holiday falling on a weekday, Receiving Locations accept loads on the following Saturday. Receiving Locations are required to turn hauler deliveries around within 30 minutes or less.

    Please note: During the contract, a participating community may switch from Single Stream to Dual Stream collection with notification. A community may switch from Dual Stream to Single Stream only with specific approval.

  6. Other Contract Provisions

    Participating communities:

    • Are provided regional representation on the MRF Advisory Board.
    • Must provide and annually update designated contact person information.
    • Will receive monthly and annual operating reports from WM that provide tonnages received by type, date, and truck; financial transaction and balance summaries; processing fee and revenue share information; and any fee assessments for loads that exceed 15 percent contamination by weight.
    • Will be credited a $5.00 per ton discount for "glass-free" deliveries provided they have MassDEP approval to manage glass locally.
    • May pick up processed glass aggregate from the Springfield MRF and, should the value of the glass be a negative amount, will receive a corresponding credit.
  7. Execute & Submit Your Contract

    Download and print the appropriate contract for your community's recycling collection type (Dual Stream or Single Stream), complete the first page, sign the last page, and mail the executed contract to:

    MassDEP Western Regional Office
    436 Dwight Street
    Springfield, MA 01103

    Attn: Steven Ellis

    Your community has been given additional time - until February 28, 2020 - to execute a new dual stream contract. The deadline for executing a single-stream contract remains January 31, 2020.

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