Waste & Recycling

1. Overview

The Waste & Recycling Division works each day towards the safe and sanitary collection of waste and recyclables that result in a clean and healthy Hartford community.

This page is designed to help you better understand the rules and regulations around waste and recycling collection in the City.  We will begin by checking your property eligibility and share the City's rules and regulations around trash, recycling, and bulky waste collection.  

Please also take note of the parking restrictions on your street as it pertains to sanitation days. Please see streets approved for parking on sanitation day.

2. Property Eligibility

The City of Hartford, Department of Public Works, collect trash and recycling from the following properties

  • Single family home
  • Multifamily 6 units or less
  • Condo association of 6 units or less

All others, please contact your management company or landlord for assistance

If you are unsure of your property eligibility, you can check by entering your street address in the top right of the map below and clicking on dot that appears.


3. Trash Collection Rules Including Parking

Once you have determined your property eligibility, here are some things to keep in mind.

  1. The City of Hartford only services trash placed in City issued trash bins unless other arrangements have been made
  2. Trash and recycling bins are to be placed curbside after 4pm the day before collection day.  See previous section to confirm collection day.
  3.  Once trash is collected, remove trash bins from the curb within 24 hours after collection.
  4. Trash collection can be delayed by one day due to City Holiday schedule.  Learn More
  5. Parking is prohibited on most streets on trash collection day. 

As part of a citywide pilot program, please see proposed parking zones during trash collection days.  Please note that the same rules apply when trash is delayed due to a City holiday.

Monday Route

Sanitation Safe Parking Zones:

 Franklin Ave: Preston St to Maple Ave
 Maple Ave
 Wethersfield Ave: Preston St to Wethersfield Townline

Monday Sanitation Parking Location  

Tuesday Route

Sanitation Safe Parking Zones:

Broad St: Vernon St to New Britain Ave   Maple Ave
Chandler St: Broadview St to Sherbrooke St   Waterford St
Fairfield St: New Britain Ave to Freeman St 


Tuesday Sanitation Parking Location

Wednesday Route

Sanitation Safe Parking Zones:

Allen Pl Farmington Ave: Prospect to Sisson Ave Regent St
Bartholomew St Hamilton St Rodney St
Broad St: Park St to Allen Pl Newton St Saybrooke St
Capital Ave: Prospect to Arbor St Orange St Ward St: Affleck to Washington St
Capitol Ave: Park Terr to Lawrence St Park St: Park Terr to Washington St Warrenton Ave: Prospect Ave to Rodney St
Evergreen Ave: Farmington Ave to Warrenton Ave Park St: Prospect Ave to Orange St Wilson St

Sanitation Wednesday Parking Location

Thursday Route

Sanitation Safe Parking Zones:

Atwood St: Asylum Ave to Ashley St Gillett St Palm St: Durham St to Simpson St
Blue Hills Ave: Durham St to Sharon St Girard Ave: Elizabeth St to Sherman St Salisbury St: Litchfield St to Manchester St
Coventry St Huntington St: Asylum Ave to Collins St Sherman St: Girard Ave to Lorraine St
Elizabeth St: N. Beacon to Whitney St Imlay St Tremont St
Farmington Ave: Prospect to Sisson Ave Lyme St: Westminster St to Cornwall St Whitney St: Asylum Ave to Elizabeth St
Fern St: Prospect St to Oxford St

Sanitation Thursday Parking Location

Friday Route

Sanitation Safe Parking Zones:

Barbour St: Capen St to Tower Ave Albany Ave
Capen St: Garden St to Main St Battles St
Vine St: Love Lane to Albany Ave


Friday Sanitation Parking Location


4. Recycling Collection Rules and Approved Items List

HARTFORD RECYCLES! It works because of YOU!

With the Single-stream recycling program, you no longer need to separate your recyclables from each other.

Connecticut now has a universal list of what belongs in your recycling bin and what doesn’t. All items should be EMPTY, RINSED, CLEAN and OPEN. Do not SHRED, BOX, BAG or BUNDLE items.

Here's a chart to help you recycle like a pro!

 Yes! Please Recycle    No! Please Trash


Pizza Box


Newspaper Stack

Junk Mail
Office paper
Cardboard boxes
Pizza boxes
Food cartons
Beverage cartons

Ice Cream Carton

Styrofoam food containers

Gift wraps & gift bags
Ice cream containers
Paper cups (hot & cold)
Shredded paper
Take-out food containers
Tissue paper

 GLASS  Empty Glass Bottles

Beverage bottles & jars
Food bottles & jars

   Ceramic Plates

Ceramic mugs & plates
Drinking glasses

 METAL  Metal can  Aluminum foil

Cans & bottles
Foil containers
Metal can and bottle lids
Food related aerosol containers

   Paint can  Aerosol containers (cleaners, pesticides, deodorizers)

Paint cans
Pots & pans
Small pieces of scrap metals

 PLASTIC  Plastic Bottles Plastic bottles

Plastic containers, tubs & lids
Plastic one-use cups (no lids, no straws)

   Plastic Bag

Loose bottle caps
Plastic bags & wraps
Plastic plates, bowls & utensils
Prescription bottles
Coffee containers
Styrofoam cups & containers Packaging peanuts
Water filters


Single Stream Recycling

For more information visit Recycle CT Logo

5. Bulky Waste Collection Rules


Bulky waste are large solid waste items such as appliances, electronics, small bundles of tree branches, tires, furniture, mattresses and other items too large to fit reasonably in standard-issued collection containers.  Bulky waste does not include any hazardous or toxic materials.

How to Schedule a Collection
  1. Call: Residents must call Hartford 311 at (860) 757-9311 to schedule a collection
  2. Place Items Curbside: Bulk items must be placed curbside after 4PM THE NIGHT BEFORE the scheduled pickup.
  3. Residents with additional items for disposal can schedule additional collections at a cost of $75 per collection, or obtain a $10 permit (max 4 visits) and transport items to the transfer station directly.

Do's and Don'ts of Bulky Waste Disposal

  1. Determine if you are eligible


    • Occupant, owner or tenant of a single family home
    • Occupant, owner or tenant of a multifamily with 6 or fewer units


    • Commercial Property
    • Apartment Complex
    • Multifamily with more than 6 units
  2. Call Hartford 311 at (860) 757-9311 to schedule a collection schedule a collection.
    • Provide a list of items for collection 
    • The next available collection date will be provided. Please confirm collection date prior to disconnecting.
  3. Place approved items curbside AFTER 4 PM the night before or BEFORE 7 AM on collection date as scheduled.
  • Items should not be placed in roadways or blocking sidewalks.


  1. Do not place items curbside without first scheduling a collection.  Doing so can result in fines.
  2. Do not place more than the maximum of five (5) allowed items curbside for collection. Additional items will not be collected.
  3. Do not place items different than the ones specified with DPW curbside for collection. Items not listed will not be collected. 

    Residents with additional items for disposal can schedule additional collections at a cost of $75 per collection, or obtain a $10 permit (max 4 visits) and transport items to the transfer station directly.

The fine for placing bulk items curbside WITHOUT a scheduled pick-up is $99

6. Yard Waste Disposal (Leaf Bags, Tree limbs, Branches and Other Brush Debris)

The Leaf Collection Program is designed to allow residents to dispose of fallen leaves prior to the first heavy snowfall.  During the Program, residents are asked to identify the disposal options that work best for their household as listed below and follow the zone schedule for collection.

For more detailed information on yard waste disposal, please see the Leaf Collection Section 

7. City Observed Holidays Impacting Trash Collection

Below is the list of citywide holidays that can result in the delay of trash collection. 

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • Washington's Birthday
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

 For more information please contact Hartford 311 at (860) 757-9311.

8. Reasons Why Your Trash Was Not Picked Up

  • Trash Bins not issued by the City of Hartford
  • Trash Bins placed out items that the garbage company doesn’t accept such as construction materials or hazardous waste
  • Trash Bins was over the weight limit
  • Something was blocking the garbage truck from servicing your container
  • Trash Bins were set out after the truck went by your house. DPW ask that you roll your trash bins to the curb after 4 pm the night before the day of collection or before 7 am the day of collection.

If none of the above is true, please call Hartford 311 at (860) 757-9311 for assistance in getting your trash collected

If you receive a red Waste & Recycling Notice, a trash violation occurred at the property. The notice will list the violation/infraction using a number system. 

The violations are as follows:

  • Infraction #10 - hazardous waste left on the curb
  • Infraction #26 - bins left on the curb 24 hours after collection

A DPW Inspector may send a follow-up letter and can fine your property if the problem continues.

9. Reasons Why the Garbage Truck Didn’t Come

  • Holiday week – the observance of certain holidays may result in trash collection being delayed by one day.
  • Weather delay - If the weather presents a danger to the garbage collectors, services will often be delayed
  • Property Not-serviceable – if you live in an apartment complex or multifamily with more than 6 units, your property is not services by the City of Hartford.  Please contact management
  • Human Error – Sometimes we make mistakes and may miss your property unintentionally. Please call Hartford 311 at (860) 757-9311 if this happens.

10. Hartford Area Private Waste Haulers

143 Murphy Road
Hartford, CT

25 Norton Place
Plainville, CT

80 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT 06547


54 Floydville Road
East Granby, CT 06026


PO Box 307
Simsbury, CT 06070-0307


860-746-3200 / 800-998-2984
15 Mullen Road
Enfield, CT

33 Mucko Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002