Town of West Hartford, CT

Program Details

Connecticut Is Facing a Trash Crisis:
  • Waste disposal capacity in the US is shrinking.

  • The New England region is expected to lose 40% of its trash disposal capacity in the next 5 years and up to 100% by 2040.

  • The MIRA incinerator in Hartford, is no longer burning trash; this facility was relied on by West Hartford and 34 neighboring communities, leaving us without a disposal site.

  • Siting a new incinerator or landfill in our Town is not a good option financially or environmentally.

  • The alternative of trucking CT trash up to 600 miles out of state is expensive and not sustainable. We need a new approach.

We Need Everybody to Reduce Their Waste:
  • Food scraps make up 20% of the waste we currently throw away and can easily be converted to energy and compost right here in Connecticut.

  • Removing food waste from the trash and converting those scraps into clean, renewable energy can save us money.

West Hartford Is Leading the Way Towards a Solution:
  • West Hartford extended the duration of its current pilot program and is working to expand the program to the full town.  In June, Town Council will consider expanding the pilot to all of West Hartford for one year, starting in the fall of 2024.

Here's How You Can Participate:
  • If you are in the Morley pilot-area continue to use the designated orange and green bags and place them in your curbside bins.

  • Recycling of paper & cardboard and bottles & cans will continue as usual.

  • Residents should tie and close each of the orange and green bags and place out for collection each week in your designated cart.

  • The green food scraps bags will be collected and brought to a facility so that the food scraps can be captured and converted to green energy, saving it from the trash.

  • Learn more at the links at the top of the page!

More Information

For more information, please contact the West Hartford Department of Public Works.

The DPW is open from 7:30 am 3:30 pm


17 Brixton St.
West Hartford CT 06110