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Pittsfield Among Western Mass. Communities Facing Big Hike In Recycling Costs In 2020

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In 2020, communities across Western Massachusetts will have to pay for recycling costs for the first time. Ricardo Morales is the Acting Commissioner of Public Services and Utilities in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the seat of Berkshire County. He says the sudden spike in municipal costs – which could be as high as $168,000 a year – is the direct result of national tariff policy changes. Morales spoke with WAMC about why the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility – also known as the “MRF” – is changing its decades-old contract with Pittsfield and the rest of Western Massachusetts.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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