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West Hartford Public Works to Hold Open House and Paper Shredding Event

West Hartford Department of Public Works will hold an open house on May 21, 2022. West Hartford DPW photo (we-ha.com file photo)

Special events during the Public Works Open House will include paper shredding, big trucks, recycling tips, and a food drive.


West Hartford’s Department of Public Works will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  at its facility at 17 Brixton Street, in observance of National Public Works Week.

At the event, children can sit in big trucks, while adults safely shred confidential papers and get all their questions answered.

Attendees can enter a free drawing for five yards of landscaping mulch of their choice from Supreme Forest Products, West Hartford’s Recycling Center operators. The mulch will be delivered free of charge. Public Works will also have a free drawing for a bulky and metal waste pick-up.

Valley Green Shredding (in cooperation with Covanta Energy) will hold a free residential paper shredding event for West Hartford residents from 8 a.m. to noon nearby on the Oakwood extension. Confidential papers can be disposed of properly and safely. This event is for residents only, no businesses.

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Please note that the paper shredding event must be accessed through the Oakwood Avenue entrance to Public Works, not the main Brixton Street entrance. If coming from New Park Road turn down Oakwood Avenue and drive just past Brixton Street and follow signs to the paper shred event.

  • Event is for West Hartford Residents only. Please bring ID.
  • Limit is TWO copy paper boxes or equivalent (around 15x12x10)
  • No plastic bags
  • When truck is full, the event will end

Please bring sensitive documents only. Before coming, kindly take the time to separate out junk mail and other non-sensitive paper and envelopes that can be recycled in curbside blue bin. This is a very popular event and we want to accommodate all residents.

Thank you for participating and ensuring that your sensitive documents not only get safely shredded, but also recycled.

Attendees to the open house and paper shredding are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the West Hartford Food Pantry to help a neighbor in need.

West Hartford DPW is joining 34 other communities in Connecticut to Fill-A-Public Works Truck with food and household goods in support of local community food banks.

Instituted in 1960, National Public Works Week calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The week of May 15-21, 2022 seeks to bring awareness to the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.

West Hartford’s Department of Public Works is a critical municipal service that is responsible for maintaining the quality of life that we’ve come to enjoy. DPW is the agency that fixes the pothole on your street, removes your trash and recyclables, educates you on the newest item to recycle, collects your twigs and leaf bags, removes snow and makes streets safe for driving, paves your neighborhood school’s parking lot, sweeps your street, changes the burnt out street light, maintains the cemeteries, cuts the grass at all the schools and town facilities, and operates the municipal parking lots.

For more information call 860-561-8100.

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