Mattress drop-off at the city garage, 1 Collis St., has been discontinued because of public safety concerns. To dispose of mattresses moving forward, residents must buy mattress bags from the Department of Public Works and put them out for pickup on their weekly curbside collection day. The bags cost $20 each for the first two and $35 each after that. They are payable by cash or check and are available in the public works office on the third floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.
Please note that mattress pickup will end Oct. 1, 2023, and resume April 1, 2024.
Sand, stone, mortar, conduit, gypsum blocks, lumber, molding, bathroom fixtures, asphalt, plasterboard, plaster, trees, tree stumps, or other refuse from building, remodeling, landscaping or excavating are not accepted. A resident or contractor must provide a dumpster at their expense for this type of removal.
Brush is picked up in the 1st and 3rd weeks of each month. Brush must be cut into 3-to-6-foot lengths and tied in small bundles, no more than 70 pounds. Untied brush can be brought to the compost site, 1 Kimberly Ave. Logs and stumps are prohibited.
The 2023 pickup schedule for leaf bags is April 15-June 1 and Oct. 1-Dec. 15. Place curbside for pickup, or bring to the compost site, 1 Kimberly Ave. Must be in biodegradable paper bags only. Plastic bags are prohibited. Leaves and grass clippings must be in separate bags. Leaves or grass clippings packed in trash cans will not be accepted. See the 2023 Garbage Schedule.
When putting out Christmas trees for curbside pickup, do not place them in plastic bags or stands. Lights must also be removed from Christmas trees. Plastic bags and other items can become tangled in the machine that grinds the trees into compost. Christmas trees will be picked up in January and February only. Residents needing a pickup after Feb. 28 will be charged a $25 fee. Christmas trees can also be brought to the compost site, 1 Kimberly Ave.
Call the Highway Department at 203-937-3644 or 203-937-3585 to have metals — including household appliances, also known as white goods, and toilets — picked up on your regular trash day. Arrangements can usually be made to have your old appliances removed when new ones are delivered. Appliance doors must be removed.
Many landfills, recycling centers and scrap metal dealers cannot recycle unwanted propane tanks because of the residual propane inside. However, most propane exchange companies, including Blue Rhino, will take and recycle them at no cost to you. Simply leave your empty tank beside a propane exchange display. For information, click here. Propane tanks can also be brought to Taylor Rental, 304 Boston Post Road, Orange, for a fee of $10.60 per tank.
Dry the paint (cat box filler can help), take off the lid and put it out with your regular trash pickup. Oil-based paints go to HazWaste Central, 90 Sargent Drive, New Haven. See the 2023 HazWaste Central Schedule.