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West Hartford Public Works Offers Tips for Placing Barrels at the Curb for Collection

Example of proper barrel placement. Courtesy photo

The West Hartford Department of Public Works is offering a reminder to residents about the proper placement of barrels.


Our partners at Paine’s, Inc. work hard to collect our trash and recycling material in a timely, clean and efficient manner every week. In an effort to comply with trash collection rules and ensure the efficiency of our diligent haulers, here are some reminders on barrel placement and put-out protocol.

  • By 6 a.m., place barrels at the curb with handle facing your home. The lid opening should face the street. This allows barrels to operate as designed during the emptying process.
  • Do not overfill barrels. The lid must be able to close fully.
  • Leave at least 3 feet of space between all barrels.
  • Do not place the barrels too close to vehicles, structures or landscape features that could prevent access to the barrel or cause damage to surrounding property.
  • Do not park cars in a manner that blocks barrels from being serviced.
  • It is against Connecticut law to put yard waste in trash or recycling barrels. If yard waste is found in the barrel, the barrel will not be emptied.
  • Yard Waste barrels, bags and bundles are collected on the same day as your bi-weekly recycling.
  • If you are in the Food Scrap/PAYT Pilot neighborhood, please place food waste container on the ground, lid in locked position, three feet from other barrels.
  • Trash and recycling material are collected by two different trucks. If one barrel is emptied but the other is not, this does not mean your barrel was skipped. The second truck will empty the second barrel on it rounds.
  • Do NOT re-fill barrels or claim to have been skipped or run barrels across the street. This is illegal and adds an extra burden to the workers and cost to the town.

See photo below showing proper barrel placement. Thank you very much.

West Hartford Department of Public Works

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