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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Historic Storm Debris & Brush Cleanup Operation Continues, Transfer Station Open Special Sat. Hours

Hamden Public Works Historic Storm Debris & Brush Cleanup Operation Continues
Transfer Station Open for Special Saturday Hours
in November and December 2020
Hamden – Public Works Director Craig Cesare and Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng are sharing the good news with Hamden Residents, reporting that while operations are still underway, enormously substantial progress has been made in the effort to clear storm debris and brush which littered Hamden’s streets in early fall of 2020.

Hamden Public Works has been engaged in the removal of brush and storm debris from curbside locations throughout Hamden for approximately 2 months, noting the historic amount of fallen trees and limbs which at this point has drawn comparison to the Tornado of 2018. This fall, Hamden once again fell victim to not only intense tropical storms, but also another low-grade tornado, resulting in the enormous amounts of debris seen across Town. These cleanup operations have rolled into the Town’s Annual Leaf & Brush pickup program, which began on November 9th.

The size and scale of these operations has been truly massive, according to Public Works Director Cesare, who spear-headed the cleanup efforts. The Hamden Transfer Station has seen a massive influx of debris, and Public Works personnel have been especially diligent in their efforts to clean up our Town. A short but awesomely powerful video has been filmed and edited by the Office of the Mayor, Public Works, and Arts and Culture Department to showcase exactly how much effort went into ensuring Hamden was cleaned up and debris disposed of properly. Residents wishing to view the video may do so by visiting

Commenting, Director Cesare said, “I would just like to thank Hamden residents for their patience and understanding as we’ve moved to clean up our Town. This is a large-scale operation, and it wouldn’t be possible without the work of our dedicated Public Works staff members and community cooperation.”

Leaves must be placed in paper bags (not plastic) and brush must be bundled and tied with string or twine. Bundles should weigh no more than 50 lbs., exceed no more than four feet in length and contain no pieces in excess of four inches diameter. Bundled brush and bagged leaves shall be placed at the curb and shall not obstruct any fire hydrant, sidewalk, driveway or street. No person or property owner shall rake, place or blow, or cause to be raked, placed or blown, any leaves into any street within the town, from private lands, property or sidewalk. Disposal of root systems, grass clippings and soil are prohibited. 

Director Cesare would like to remind residents of the requirement to bag all of their leaves and yard waste if they wish them to be collected by the Town. Only those residences where all occupants are physically disabled or unable to bag their leaves, and have provided the necessary documentation to the Town, may rake their leaves to the curb.

This greatly speeds up the process and allows all residents to have their leaves and yard waste picked up in a timely manner. Residents whose leaves are placed at the curb un-bagged without having received permission from the Town to do so will NOT receive the service and run the risk of being fined $100 per day. For questions regarding curbside leaf pick-up eligibility documentation, please contact the Town Attorney's Office at (203) 287-7050.

Leaves cannot be picked up from private roads or from roads that have not been accepted into the Town road system. Residents on unaccepted and private roads may bring leaves to the Transfer Station during normal hours, Monday through Friday from 7:30am-11:30am, and 12:30pm-3:00 pm. While normally closed on weekends, Public Works is offering Saturday hours at the Transfer Station on the following dates: November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19 from the hours of 7:30am – 11:30am and 12:30 – 3:30pm. Public Works is able to offer this service at no additional cost, as it will be captured in the already contractual Leaf Overtime expense.

Please contact Public Works at (203) 287-2600 for further information.

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