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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Refuse must be placed in plastic bags, or trash containers not exceeding 32 gallon capacity and not weighing over 100 pounds when full. Refuse must be at the 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 and cut to no larger than 3'x3' and put out with recycling bin).
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!