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West Hartford Spring Yard Waste Collection Begins April 8

All leaves and other yard waste, other than bundled branches, must be placed in 30-gallon biodegradable bags. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The first round of the West Hartford Department of Public Works Spring Yard Waste Collection is scheduled to begin the week of April 8, 2019.


The Department of Public Works is conducting its Spring Yard Waste Collection over a three-month period to give residents the most opportunity to recycle yard waste instead of disposing of these items into the waste stream. The collection schedule is:

  • April 8-12
  • May 6-10
  • June 3-7

“Yard Waste” is defined as leaves, pine needles, pine cones, acorns, twigs, dead plant matter, and thatch. Place yard waste into a 30-gallon paper biodegradable bags and put the bags at the curb by 6 a.m. on your trash collection day.

Bundle branches under 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length with organic string, twine or rope. Branches exceeding these dimensions will not be collected. Lay bundles next to bags. Bags and bundles cannot weigh over 60 pounds. Material must be manageable for our collection crews.

Unacceptable items include yard waste placed in plastic bags, trash cans, cardboard boxes, bundles tied with wire or in other containers. Paper leaf bags containing branches, trash, grass, soil, rocks, bulky, or metal items will not be collected.

Who is eligible for curbside spring yard waste collection?

Only residential properties receiving West Hartford refuse and recycling collection.

Presenting Spring Yard Waste for collection:

  • Residents should place their 30-gallon biodegradable paper bags at the curb by 6 a.m. on their refuse collection day.
  • Branches and brush up to 4 inches in diameter and up to 4 feet in length will be accepted only if they are bundled with organic twine.
  • Bundles tied with wire, nylon, or plastic twine will not be collected. These materials are problematic to the grinding equipment.
  • Yard waste bags contaminated with soil, rocks, or grass clippings will be marked with an ‘X’ and will no longer be eligible for curbside collection.
  • Bags and bundled material must be 4 feet or less in length and weigh no more than 60 pounds.

Yard Waste & Recycling Center Hours & Services:

The Yard Waste & Recycling Center is open for unlimited residential use with an annual permit on Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is also open Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Services include:

  • High quality mulch, wood chips, screened topsoil and compost, stone aggregate, pavers, and garden bed timbers for sale by Supreme Forest Products
  • Electronics recycling – TVs, computers, cellphones
  • Textile recycling – linens, clothes, shoes, curtains
  • Yard waste disposal – brush, leaves in biodegradable bags
  • Dirt, concrete, and stones disposal (free of metal)
  • Mattress and box spring disposal
  • Used motor oil, antifreeze, and car battery disposal
  • Rigid plastics recycling (for example Lil’ Tykes playhouse, seesaws, etc.)
  • Household recyclables – plastics, glass, cardboard, boxboard, paper, and metal containers

Use of the Yard Waste & Recycling Center requires an annual fee-based permit which may be purchased on-line at or in person at the Recycling Center, Supreme Forest Products, located at 25 Brixton St. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Department of Public Works between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 860-561-8100 or visit www.westhartfordct.gov/publicworks.

For more information, visit Spring Yard Waste Collection webpage.

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