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Christmas and New Year’s Trash Collection, Schedule Changes in West Hartford

West Hartford Town Hall. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Trash and recycling will not have any changes this year, but Town Hall and other Town of West Hartford facilities have adjusted hours due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.


The Town of West Hartford wishes you and your family a Happy Holiday season!  Due to the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, there are a few changes in hours of operation.


Since Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on a Saturday, the collection of trash and recyclable material will remain on schedule with no delays.


Municipal offices will be closed in observance of the two holidays on Friday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 31.

All libraries will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23 and Thursday, Dec. 30. All libraries will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25, as well as Friday, Dec. 31 and Saturday, Jan. 1.

The Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) recreational facilities will have limited hours for the holidays as well. The reservoirs located at 1420 Farmington Avenue and off Route 44/Albany Avenue will close at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Those facilities will be closed on Christmas Day but will be open on New Year’s Day.


West Hartford Public Schools will have its holiday break from Friday, Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, 2022. Students will return to school on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.


The Yard Waste and Recycling Center will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The Yard Waste and Recycling Center will close on Saturdays beginning Dec. 25, 2021. Saturday hours will resume on Saturday, April 2, 2022.


West Hartford will be offering a post-holiday cardboard and electronics recycling event on December 27, 28, and 29, 2021, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., for residents only (no commercial/business waste). The event will take place at the Yard Waste and Recycling Center, 25 Brixton Street. Follow signs.

The town will waive the usual permit fee for these three days only and for only the two types of materials.

The Department of Public Works encourages residents to drop-off extra holiday cardboard and boxes, as well as electronics, to support the town’s ongoing effort to reduce waste and promote recycling in our community. DPW and Take 2 Inc., a Waterbury-based electronics recycler, will be onsite to collect material, free of charge.

Please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Break down and fold cardboard boxes flat.
  • Empty boxes of all Styrofoam, plastic bags and plastic film. Discard at home. Styrofoam is trash.
  • Holiday string lights are e-waste and will be collected (they are not allowed in curbside recycling)
  • E-Waste includes phones, cameras, electric cords, TVs, computers, hair dryers, toasters and more.
  • No air conditioners, dehumidifiers or mini-refrigerators please.

Cardboard is recycled into new, much needed products like boxes and tissue paper.

Thank you for helping the Town meet its goals to reduce trash and increase recycling!


The Veterans Memorial Skating Rink will be closed for Christmas Day but will be open on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Looking for something fun to do? Check out all the public skating sessions!


Dec. 24: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Dec. 25: closed
Dec. 31: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jan. 1: closed

The Recreation Pool (warm pool) will be closed Dec. 20-22 for required maintenance. During this time, the pool will be partially drained so deep cleaning can occur and fresh water can be pumped back in. Thank you for your understanding and patience!


While Rockledge Golf Course has closed for the season, the Golf Shop is open for holiday gift shopping including gift certificates, gift cards, golf clubs, apparel, and much more, through Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walking trails on the golf course are now open! Dogs must be leashed.

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