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Christmas and New Year’s Trash Delays and Other Schedule Changes in West Hartford

West Hartford Town Hall. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Trash and recycling will be delayed by one day for residents in all collection areas, and Town Hall and other Town of West Hartford facilities have adjusted hours due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

By Ronni Newton

Christmas and New Year’s are federal holidays and will be observed on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

Pickup of trash, recycling, and metal will be changed for the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.

Trash, recycling, and metal collections that typically take place on Monday and Tuesday will be done on the regular scheduled collection days, but Wednesday’s trash, recycling, and metal collections for both weeks will be done on Thursday, and all other pick-ups will take place one day later.

Christmas week is a “B” week for recycling and New Year’s week is an “A” week.

Please check the website www.painesinc.com or call Paine’s, Inc. at 860-844-3000 with any questions.

Yard Waste and Recycling

Beginning Dec. 28, 2019, the Yard Waste and Recycling Center will be closed on Saturdays. Saturday hours will resume on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

All town facilities, libraries, schools, and the Recycling Center will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24, Wednesday, Dec. 25, Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 1.

West Hartford’s Department of Public Works will once again hold a special post-holiday cardboard and recycling event, scheduled for the rear parking lot of the DPW facility at 17 Brixton St. on Saturday, Dec. 28, from 8 a.m.-noon. If there is a major snowstorm, Public Works will reschedule the event for Saturday, Jan. 4, from 8 a.m.-noon.

The cardboard and electronics recycling event is open to West Hartford residents only, and is part of the town’s efforts to reduce waste and promote recycling in the community. Take 2, Inc., a Waterbury-based electronics recycling, will be on-site with Public Works to collect eligible items.

Residents dropping off cardboard and boxes are asked to bring only clean cardboard, break down or collapse boxes, remove all non-cardboard material (like styrofoam, wrapping paper, tape, packing material, and plastic), and please not leave material on the ground outside the dumpster.

Eligible electronics for the recycling event include desktop and laptop computers, printers, fax machines, monitors, TVs, cellphones, tablets, video games, game consoles, VCR/DVD Machines, remote controls, keyboards, and small appliances.

Public Works notes that the following items cannot be recycled at the facility: smoke detectors, ballasts, propane tanks, paint, household hazardous waste, and any appliances that contain freon such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and dehumidifiers.

Closings and changes in hours at town faclilities

All town facilities, libraries, schools, and the Recycling Center will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1.

The libraries (all three branches) will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Elmwood Community Center, the West Hartford Senior Center, and the Elmwood Senior Center will close at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 4:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Town Hall hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) will be unchanged on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Veteran’s Memorial Skating Rink and Cornerstone Aquatics Center will be closed on Christmas Day, and Cornerstone will also be closed on New Year’s Day.

Veteran’s Memorial Rink will be open for public skating:

  • Monday, Dec. 23 and Tuesday, Dec. 24: 12:10-1:10 p.m., 1:20-2:35 p.m., 2:45-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 27: 12:10-1:10 p.m., 1:20-2:35 p.m., 2:45-4 p.m., 4:10-5:25 p.m., 5:35-6:50 p.m., 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 28: 3:15-4:45 p.m., 5-6:30 p.m., 8-9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 29: 1:30-3 p.m., 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 30: 12:10-1:10 p.m., 1:20-2:35 p.m., 2:45-4 p.m., 4:10-5:25 p.m., 5:35-6:50 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 31: 12:10-1:10 p.m., 1:20-2:35 p.m., 2:45-4 p.m.4:10-5:25 p.m., 5:35-6:50 p.m., 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 1: 12:10-1:10 p.m., 1:20-2:35 p.m., 2:45-4 p.m., 4:10-5:25 p.m.

Cornerstone will be open on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 from 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Golf Shop at Rockledge will be open on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 23 and 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for holiday gift shopping including gift certificates, golf clubs, apparel, and more. Gift certificates for golf are also available at the Town Hall lobby. 

West Hartford Public Schools will have its holiday break from Dec. 23-Jan. 1. Students will return to school on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

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