Recycling Program - Please click HERE for New Automated Recycling Program Information

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Welcome to the Town of Hamden's recycling program! Recycling conserves natural resources, reduces pollution, saves energy and saves tax dollars! While it costs Hamden taxpayers $65 for every ton of refuse disposal, there is no charge for recycling disposal. Click here for more energy saving facts.


Hamden Recycling Center / Transfer Station

231 Wintergreen Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518 (NOTE: if using GPS, program in New Haven, or you will end up in the wrong location)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 3 pm and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 8am - 11:45am
Directions: Go South on Dixwell Avenue, take a right onto Arch Street, a left onto Fitch Street, take a right at the light onto Wintergreen Avenue (just before the pedestrian overpass), transfer station is about 1/2 mile down on the right.

Recycling Policy

Residents may place any recyclable item (not refuse) together in their recycling bin for curbside pickup. Keep a few feet of space between recyclables and refuse containers; the separation makes it easier and quicker for the collection crews. You can combine your paper recycling with your glass food and beverage containers, metal food and beverage containers, juice/milk cartons and plastic containers (numbers one through seven). Be sure containers are empty and rinsed, then place in bin loose.


Recycling Schedule

Hamden residents may put out their recyclables every other week on the night before their refuse pick-up day (recycling and refuse can be collected as early as 6:00 a.m. so residents are encouraged to place their recycling bins and trash receptacles out curbside the evening prior to collection to avoid missing this service). One day delay in trash and recycling pickup will occur only during the holidays weeks of Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. However, when the holiday's listed occur on a Saturday or Sunday, there will be no delay in solid waste and recycling collection.

    HazWaste Central

    Household hazardous waste comes from everyday products used in the home, garage, yard or garden. By definition, they are corrosive, flammable, toxic or reactive. Residents of Hamden may dispose of these household hazardous waste products for free at HazWaste Central in New Haven.

    • Oil-based paints and paint-related products are among the items accepted.  Latex paint, however, is not considered to be a hazardous material and therefore not accepted at HazWaste Central.  You may dry out your latex paint (either by leaving the lid off or adding cat litter, sand or paint hardener) and dispose of it in your regular curbside refuse. 
    • For hours of operation, directions and for a list of accepted items, please visit the HazWaste website or call (203) 401-2712.

    Empty Containers

    Empty containers which once held hazardous chemicals should be disposed of with your regular refuse (not recycling), however, they must be completely empty. If they are not empty, bring to HazWaste Central.

    Grass Clippings

    It is illegal to dispose of grass clippings in your trash, leave them on the lawn, where they will decompose and act as a natural fertilizer; or mix into your home compost pile. Another recommendation is to use a mulching lawnmower blade, so clippings will decompose quickly and act as a fertilizer.

    Proper Electronics Disposal Options

    • Hamden residents may recycle their electronics and appliances at the Transfer Station, located at 231 Wintergreen Avenue.  The State of CT now requires electronics manufacturers to pay for the proper transportation and disposal of "covered electronics" (i.e. televisions, computers, monitors and printers).  
    • Click HERE for a complete list of electronics accepted at the Transfer Station along with other disposal options.
    • For further information, contact Pamela Roach, Hamden's Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator, at (203) 287-7021 or


    Leaves and Small Brush

    During spring and fall collection seasons (schedule determined by Public Works), pack in paper leaf bags and put at the curb. Small brush (branches with diameter smaller than a thumb) can be put into leaf bags. Bring to the Recycling/Transfer Station other times of the year. Larger brush should be cut to 4 feet in length and less than 4 inches in diameter. Christmas trees are collected curbside for chipping in January and February.

    Residents bringing brush and leaves to the transfer station shall not dump brush/leaves in any bag (paper or plastic). Residents should empty the brush and leaves out of the bag and bring their bags home with them.


    Refuse Collection

    Information About Your Automated Carts

    To guarantee pickup, please have your carts out before 6AM on your pickup day. The carts are the property of the Town of Hamden and must be left at your home if you move. Please write your address only (in permanent ink) in the designated location on your cart lids for identification. Do not write your name on the carts, they have been assigned to your address only.   Only Town of Hamden issued automated carts can be used. You may keep old recycling bins and trash cans for other uses in your home, bring them to the Hamden Transfer Station located at 231 Wintergreen Avenue, or you may put them out during the April and/or October bulk trash pickup.

    How to Load Your Carts

    You are receiving one recycling cart and one trash cart. Please do not mix trash and recycling together. Please recycle everything you can (see list on reverse side of this page and on your recycling cart lid). Take care not to overfill your cart as materials may become lodged inside. Place your bagged household trash in the green trash cart. Place all recyclables (paper, bottles and cans, cardboard and other recyclables) in your blue recycling cart. All recyclable containers should be empty, rinsed and placed in the cart.

    Please remember that plastic bags are not recyclable and cannot be placed in the recycling cart. Carts cannot be lined with plastic bags.

    Where to Place Carts for Curbside Collection (Rear yard pickup locations will remain the same.)

    Place cart at the curb with the arrows and lid opening toward the street. All trash and recycling MUST be placed in the provided carts. Any trash bags or recycling placed outside of the carts will be left behind. Make sure the lids are closed. This will keep animals, rain, snow and ice out. For ease of automated pickup, please place your carts no closer than 3 feet apart of each other and away from obstacles such as mailboxes, utility poles, fire hydrants, parked cars or under trees.

    What Should I Do After Collection

    Take care not to store carts close to a furnace, fireplace, grill or other source of excessive heat.


    • Overfill the cart – make sure the lid closes
    • Store cart near heat
    • Put hazardous waste, paint cans, solvents, or dead animals in the cart
    • Put hot coals or ashes in the cart

    Bulk Waste Policy

    Residents of Hamden are allowed to put out bulk trash curbside during the months of April and October of each year. Residents must not put bulk waste during the prior month, i.e. not in September for October pickup, not in March for April pickup. For a list of acceptable items, please see attached Bulk Waste Policy. If it is usable Bulk Trash, you may want to consider having a tag sale, donating it to a charity, Urbanminers in Hamden, Salvation Army, Good Will, SAVERS or placing an ad in the local paper (many do not charge) - see

    Don't Throw It Away!

    Additional Links


    Hamden Government Center • 2750 Dixwell Avenue • Hamden, CT 06518 • 203.287.7000