General Refuse & Recycling Policies

The Town publishes these policies so our residents will have maximum access to information about the town. For specific questions, please contact the Recycling Coordinator at 287-7021.

Curbside Refuse Collection Policy:

Holidays : There is no curbside refuse or recycling collection on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Collection for that day and the days of the week following are delayed by one day.  However, if the holiday falls on a weekend day (Saturday or Sunday) the pick-up schedule remains unchanged. The Transfer Station is closed to the public on all State and Federal holidays.

Rules :

  • Refuse must be in plastic trash bags, or trash containers not exceeding 50 gallon capacity, and not weighing over 100 pounds when full.
  • Refuse must be at curb by 6:00 A.M. of pickup day. Do not place refuse at the curb more than 24 hours prior to collection. Remove empty trash barrels within 24 hours after collection.
  • Cardboard boxes, grocery bags, laundry baskets or wastepaper baskets are NOT to be used as refuse containers. Cardboard must be recycled (flatten to less than 3' x 3', tie with string and put out with bin).

Items NOT acceptable for regular refuse pickup:

  • Hazardous waste - including paint, motor oil, pesticides, anti-freeze, cleaning or other chemicals, asbestos, propane tanks.
  • Tree stumps or tree branches larger than 4 inches in diameter. Have them ground up or chipped in place. Other brush can be cut to less than four feet in length and bundled with twine. Call Public Works, 287-2600 or call the Help Desk 287-7676, to get on brush pickup list (separate collection for chipping/recycling). Put on curb away from trash. Brush and hedge clippings can also be taken to the Recycling Center/Transfer Station (for directions, see other side of this flyer).
  • Pesticides - take to Haz Waste Central, 90 Sargent Dr., New Haven. Call 401-2712 for info.
  • Anti-freeze - take to Haz Waste Central, or call local service station to see if they will accept it.
  • Asbestos - contact professional removal company in phone book yellow pages.
  • Car batteries - take to any battery retailer, or to Haz Waste Central.
  • Leaves - must be recycled by packing in brown paper leaf bags. In fall and spring, collection dates are announced in local newspapers by the Director of Public Works. Other times, leaves can be transported to Hamden’s composting site behind the Recycling Center/Transfer Station; or compost them in your own backyard; only put in the woods if it is your property! Small brush (branches with diameter smaller than a thumb) can be put in leaf bags, too.
  • Grass clippings - illegal to dispose of in trash, leave them on the lawn, where they will decompose and act as a natural fertilizer; or mix into your home compost pile.
  • Tires - take to Recycling Center/Transfer Station; limit of four per year per household.
  • Metal Items - small appliances, pots and pans, old tools, lawn mowers (fluids drained), nuts and bolts, engine parts (fluids drained), metal coat hangers, and other metal must be taken to the Recycling Center/Transfer Station and put in the scrap metal recycling dumpster. 
  • Bulk trash - (e.g., furniture, mattresses, rugs, appliances, etc.) - Bulk trash is picked up at the curbside during the entire months of April and October. Click here to see the “Policies and Procedures” link. Residents may take items to Recycling Center/Transfer Station throughout the year.
  • Paint - Oil-based paint should be taken to Haz Waste Central. Latex paint should be allowed to dry out (crack the lid and stir in kitty litter to speed up drying). All empty, and/or dry, cans should be recycled as scrap metal at the Recycling Center/Transfer Station.
  • Heating oil tanks - hire licensed professional to remove it.
  • Propane tanks - take to Eastern Fuel in Hamden, or Agway in North Haven - $5.00 fee. NOT accepted at Recycling Center/Transfer Station. Camp stove-sized tanks may be brought to Haz Waste Central.
  • Motor Oil - take used motor oil (uncontaminated by any other fluids) to Hamden Recycling Center/Transfer Station. If other fluids are mixed in, take to Haz Waste Central.
  • Sand, dirt - return to the Earth!, or put in your compost pile.
  • Computers, TVs, consumer electronics - recycle for free at twice-yearly Electronics Recycling Collection events in the area (watch local newspapers, or call Solid Waste & Recycling Office, 287-7021). Televisions can contain up to five pounds of lead in the glass, as well as possible mercury switches and heavy metals in circuit boards and batteries. Electronics (except TV’s) can also be recycled, for a fee, at Computer Recycling & Refining, 488-0535.
  • Construction/Demolition waste - will take small quantities at Recycling Center/Transfer Station (call first: 387-2435, brought by homeowner only). For large amounts, get a dumpster. Modern Materials, 2895 State St., 287-5424, will accept CLEAN masonry, stone and asphalt.

Curbside Recycling Collection Policy:

  • Recyclables are collected every other week and must be at the curb by 6:00 am of pickup day. Do not place recyclables at the curb more than 24 hours prior to your collection day.
  • Cardboard boxes and plastic bags are NOT to be used as recycling containers. Please use bins, available at Public Works or Recycling Center, and brown paper grocery bags for overflow.
  • Keep a few feet of space between recyclables and refuse containers, so it is easier for the collection crews to know what is what.
  • Follow instructions in Hamden’s recycling guide carefully. The guide is available online here or a printed copy can be picked up at Public Works, Town Clerk’s office, Solid Waste & Recycling Office, and the Miller Library. If a material is not listed as acceptable for recycling in the guide, DO NOT put it out for recycling.

Other Disposal Tips:

  • Rechargeable batteries - recycle at any Radio Shack store.
  • Useable junk - have a tag sale, or donate to a charity.
  • Plastic bags - reuse for shopping, or recycle at local grocery stores. NEVER use plastic bags to bundle newspapers or other recyclables.
  • Phone books - take to special phone book recycling containers at Stop & Shop from Nov. 15 through Jan. 31, or put in curbside recycling with mixed paper (in brown paper bag).
  • Styrofoam peanuts - The UPS Store, 3000 Whitney Ave., accepts them for reuse in packing, as well as Candy Bouquet.
  • Hypodermic syringes - the Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD) advises disposal of them in a clean, empty, one-gallon or smaller plastic bleach bottle. When the bottle is 2/3 full, cap it and discard it in a securely-tied trash bag. This method of disposal is for home use only (ie diabetics) and not for medical practices.

Directions to Hamden Recycling/Transfer Station: South on Dixwell Ave., right onto Arch St., left onto Fitch St., right onto Wintergreen Ave. at light just before pedestrian overpass, gate is 1/2 mile on right. Effective 8/1/08, the Transfer Station is open M-F, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 8AM - 11:45AM. Phone: (203) 387-2435.

HazWaste Central , 90 Sargent Dr., New Haven, CT. Open Saturdays mid-May to the end of October, 9:00 A.M. to noon. For information, call (203) 401-2712 or click HazWaste.

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