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Medication Collection

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the Office of the Harwinton Resident Trooper will participate in the D.E.A.'s National Take-Back Day from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Collection will take place at our office in Town Hall. This initiative provides our residents the opportunity to dispose of medications* for proper destruction. The program is anonymous.

*Syringes and fluids are not accepted.

Thank you, Harwinton Resident Troopers


Free Emergency Cell Phones are available at Town Hall

Harwinton has become involved with a non profit organization called Seure the Call ( to be able to provide free cell phones that can call 911 in an emergency.  There is no direct service to these phones for regular calling or texting.  All cell phones have the ability to make emergency 911 calls even when there is no provider for regular calling.  Secure the Call collects old phones and cleans all personal information off of them and then sends them out to their partner organizations, which we are now one of.  If anyone is in need of an emergency cell phone, please call 860-485-2784 ext.1121 and I can help you.  

Effective July 1, 2017 the Tip Fee will be $68/ton.


Mattresses can be brought to the Town's Collections in May and October.  They must be clean, dry, and free from bedbugs.  Also mattresses from Harwinton Residents only can be taken to the following location:

Cherry Hill Construction, Frost Bridge Associates

753 Frost Bridge Road

Watertown, CT 06795

Drop off hours:

M-F: 7:30-3:30

Saturday: 8-11



-mattresses and box springs only (no futons, loose mattress pads or mattress foam toppers, fold out sofa beds,  or child/juvenile products)

-must be clean, dry, not twisted or broken, & no bed bug infestations (they will be rejected if they do not meet recyclability criteria)

-resident must show id proving Harwinton residency

-stop in office first so you can be directed to the container


Residents are encouraged, as required by state law and local ordinance, to recycle as much as possible to take the weight out of the garbage, conserve natural resources, and keep town costs down.

What you may recycle at Curbside


What you may not Recycle at Curbside

Paper - Newspaper, Junk mail, magazines, cataloges, envelopes, school paper, office paper   Plastic Bags - Bring to grocery store
Cardboard & Boxes - Flattened to save space in the container   Broken Glass
Paperbags   Pizza Boxes - only the ones with food stuck on it.  Clean boxes can be recycled
Phone Books   Ice Cream Boxes
Paper Egg Cartons - NO Styrofoam containers   Frozen Food Packages/boxes
Empty Glass Jars & Bottles - NO BROKEN GLASS.  You do not have to remove the containers, you just have to rinse them out.  Once rinsed, put covers back on them   Garbage
Aluminum Cans - Rinse cans, do not squash them   Polystyrene or Styrofoam Materials - e.g. tarps, cups, egg cartons, plastic sheathing
Aluminum Foil - clean only   Plastic Wrap
Steel & Metal Cans - This includes empty aerosol cans, rinsed when possible.  No need to take labels off   Motor Oil or Fluid Containers
Plastic Containers 3 gallons or less - clean and labeled #1-#7 in the small triangle on the bottom of the container.   Fuel Containers
    Hazardous Chemical Containers
    Plastic Toys or sporting goods
    Compact Discs, DVD's, VHS Tapes
    Light Bulbs
    Pots & Pans
    Plastic or Metal Hangers
    Plastic Containers larger than 3 gallons
    Plastic Flower pots
    Plastic Kiddie Pools
    Plastic Pails
    Mirrors, Windows, Plate or Pyrex Glass
    Ceramic Dinnerware



PLEASE NOTE: Effective immediately, the Town Garage can no longer accept ANY oil contaminated with gas or other fluids. PLEASE keep oil in a separate container. Gasoline, brake fluids, etc. are hazardous waste and must be recycled at an HHW collection site.Do NOT mix in the same container as oil. Contaminated oil now carries a hefty price to be cleaned for re-use. PLEASE keep it clean. Thank you


There is no “dump site” or municipally contracted trash removal in Harwinton. Each household pays a hauler of their choice to pick up trash and recyclables from curbside. (There are currently 4 permitted haulers in Harwinton. Call me for names). The hauler transports this waste to the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority’s (CRRA) transfer station in Torrington. It is then transported to its Hartford facility where the garbage is properly disposed and/or burned in their trash-to-energy facility ( ).

The recyclables are sorted and processed for sale. Harwinton is charged a per-ton “tip fee” for garbage disposal, $68 for 2017-2018 fiscal year. Residents pay 2 separate fees for trash removal: hauler services and “tip fee.” You pay the permitted hauler of your choice for the pick up charge.  This pays to transport your refuse to a MIRA facility.  The secoond charge is the "tip fee".  This charge is per ton and set by MIRA.  It pays to actually process, and/or store refuse or ash from the trash to energy plant.  There is no fee charged for transporting and processing recyclables. These include: newspaper, catalogs, magazines, glossy paper, office paper, junk mail, brown paper bags, corrugated cardboard, glass and aluminum beverage containers, aluminum foil and foil containers, #1 – #7 plastic containers, milk and juice cartons, gray boxboard (for eg., cereal , pasta, tissue, and gift boxes). In addition, large plastic containers (tubs, pails, etc) and plastic toys are accepted. Remove non-plastic parts and the items must be made to fit inside the recycling can.


Rechargeable batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs (cfl’s) are collected at the Town Garage, along with oil, antifreeze, and vehicle batteries (First Sat. every month 9-11 AM except Oct.) Cfl’s may also be dropped off at the Town Clerk’s window during Town Hall hours. Bulky waste has been added to the scrap metal collection dates.

Recycling calendars are bulk mailed to all residents once a year, offering detailed information about town-sponsored collections and other information.  All recycling events are posted on the main page calendar of this web site. Click on the underlined dates of each month.

Educational outreach is scheduled annually around Earth Day and America Recycles Day.

Recycling questions can be directed to 485-9051 (Tuesday 8:30 AM-3:30 PM, Thursday 8:30 AM-3:30PM ) or email

Did you know: Aluminum is America's most recycled material? It is the most abundant metal on Earth

Terri Christenson - Recycling Coordinator


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Terri Christenson Recycling Coordinator 860-485-2784
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