Town of West Hartford, CT

What to Recycle?

Please continue to recycle as normal, there are no changes to the recycling program

What to Recycle?

Recycling is collected every other week (bi-weekly). Please refer to the collection schedule.


Plastic Bottles, Jars, Jugs, & Tubs

  • Plastic Bottles and Containers (clean & empty containers with lids and caps ON)

  • Plastic Soda, Water & Drink Bottles

  • Plastic Food & Household Bottles/Jars
    (screw top bottles and jars, ex. ketchup, mayonnaise, detergent, shampoo)

  • Plastic Tubs & Lids
    (ex. yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese)

  • Plastic Produce, Deli & Bakery Containers, Cups, Trays
    (berries/produce containers)

            Please do not include:

  • No plastic bags or plastic utensils. Bring plastic bags back to the grocery store.

  • No black plastic take-out containers

  • No Polystyrene (Styrofoam)

  • No bulky plastics (buckets, crates) or toys

  • No flower pots

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Glass Bottles and Jars

  • Glass bottles and jars (empty containers with caps OFF)

  • All glass colors

            Please do not include:

  • No windows, mirrors, or auto glass

  • No light bulbs (fluorescent bulbs should be disposed of properly)

  • No dishes, ceramics, or Pyrex

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Metal Cans & Aluminum

  • Metal cans and Aluminum (empty containers)

  • Steel, tin, and aluminum cans

  • Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil

            Please do not include:

  • No chains, wires or hangers

  • No aerosol containers

  • No pots and pans

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Paper and Cardboard

  • Magazines & Catalogs

  • All newspapers & inserts

  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.) & paper bags

  • Cardboard – please flatten

  • Empty Pizza boxes

  • Office paper, Junk mail (Staples, paperclips, spirals, & plastic envelope windows are OK)

  • Brown bags

  • Phone books

  • Cartons, empty and replace cap

            Please do not include:

  • No recyclables with food waste

  • No napkins, paper towels, tissues

  • No frozen food boxes

  • No gift wrap

  • No foam padding

The Town of West Hartford maintains a Recycling and Yard Waste Center for residential use.

An annual permit is required to use the Recycling facility. Permits can be purchased online with a credit card or permits can be purchased at Public Works with a check on Wednesdays – Fridays only, from 8AM to 3PM. Day permits are available on an exception basis. Saturday purchases may be done on the following dates only: April 8th, April 29th, May 13th from 7AM to 12PM. 

Permits are for residential use only. Commercial yard waste and clean wood will no longer be accepted at the Town’s recycling center. This includes material brought in by permitted residents with side businesses that generate frequent volumes of yard waste and clean wood material.

Note:  A permit will only be issued to town residents whose vehicle is registered in the town of West Hartford.  All commercial, rental or out of town vehicles will not get granted a permit.

Permitted residents have unlimited access to use the Yard Waste and Recycling Center at no additional charge for recycling opportunities such as mattresses/box springs, e-waste, textiles, yard waste, aggregate waste, single stream recycling, paint, used books, cardboard and metals.

Compost is available for pick up only at the Recycling Center facility. Quantities are limited to bags and barrels for personal yard use. No trucks or pick-up loads allowed. Compost is free and usually available beginning in April dependent on weather.

Leaf Vouchers will no longer be accepted at the Recycling Center.

The Yard Waste & Recycling Center is located at 25 Brixton Street. Telephone number is 860-837-3200. 

Monday – Friday:  8:00AM -3:00PM
Saturday: Open April – December, 7:00AM – 12:00PM. Closed on Saturdays late December – April. 
Closed Sunday

Closed for the following holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. 

Wondering if something is recyclable? Type the name of a waste item at RecycleCT, and we will tell you how to recycle or dispose of it.

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