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Earth Day Cleanup....It's happening!!!
Good Morning Harwintonites. We WILL be doing a town-wide roadside litter cleanup this Sunday April 22nd from 12:00 - 3:00 PM.
We have a sign up sheet and bags and gloves for all participants.
I will be handing out bags and gloves at 2 different times
Friday from 10:00 - 11:00 AM at the Town Hall AND starting at 11:30 at Town Hall.
Bags can be left on the street you are cleaning up as we will be driving around collecting bags on all streets that are registered with the sign up sheet at 3:00 PM. If you want to bring your bags back to Town Hall we have been provided a dumpster by the Albreada Refuse and Sweeping Company. Thanks for your help in this effort to all the volunteers and to Albreada for providing the Dumpster. If you have any questions, please call 860-485-2784 today before 2:00 PM, tomorrow between 10:00 - 11:00 AM You can also reach me on my cell phone 860-997-6159.
The weather looks to be seasonal and sunny. Lets get this town pretty again!!


SHRED - IT event will be May 19th at the Town Hall from 9:00 AM - 12: PM

2018 New Recycling Guidelines

  Please check the site RecycleCT! to see updated recycling rules for Harwinton and the State of Connecticut.  

We will be having a town sponsored shredding event in the Spring.  When the date has been set we will announce it here.

Simple Recycle will be coming to Harwinton this Spring

What is Simple Recycle? A new way to recycle textiles and some other items.  This article below describes the program.  We will announce more information as we get closer to kick-off.

How One Company is Capitalizing on its Free Curbside Textiles Collection Model

To help divert textiles from landfill, Solon, Ohio-based Simple Recycling is collecting textiles curbside for free.

Arlene Karidis | Jan 04, 2018

Textiles are among the fastest-growing segment of the residential waste stream, with 85 percent of the material getting landfilled, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. And to help divert this accumulating waste, Solon, Ohio-based Simple Recycling is collecting textiles curbside for free.

Through its program, the company is covering the cost of material and other related expenses and collecting what can be reused in its original condition as well as what must be broken down and recycled.

“We focus on simplicity and convenience by offering pickups based on current curbside schedules for other materials,” says Sonny Wilkins, vice president of municipal relations at Simple Recycling. “Residents just put out a recycling bag that we provide, and we collect it.”

The company currently offers its collection program in seven states, mainly in the Mid-South, Midwest and Northeast, and its newest customers are three Connecticut municipalities. The new program in Connecticut involves more than 100,000 homes in the New Britain-Bristol-West Hartford area. And in November 2017, the first full month of running the program, the company collected almost 18,000 pounds of textiles in New Britain alone.

“While it is too early to tell how effective Simple Recycling will be in decreasing textiles that will go into our landfill, numbers will inevitably improve, leading to lower tipping fees and more environmentally friendly landfill sites,” says Paul Amarone, special project manager for the Office of Mayor Erin Stewart, City of New Britain. “Our residents can use the service as they please, whether it’s every other week or three times a year. As long as the volume stays up enough to see a difference both environmentally and financially, we hope for this partnership to continue for years.”

For the program, New Britain residents place their pink Simple Recycling bag next to their normal recycling bin for collection. If residents need additional bags, they can call the number on the bag and receive the bags at no charge.

On average, the company receives half a pound to a pound of material per household a month.

“We are collecting a lot of material, and there is a market,” says Wilkins, who receives a per pound rate on what the partners accept.

Once the material is collected it’s brought to a local warehouse, weighed and placed onto a trailer.  When the trailer is full it’s sent to Simple Recycling’s thrift store partners who pull out what can be sold in their retail stores. What’s left comes back to Simple Recycling to be sent to international exporters that deal with textiles.

Thrift shops take 10 to 20 percent of the material and the exporters take 50 to 60 percent. The remainder, which can’t be sold in its original form, goes to recyclers/processors that break down the material to make insulation and carpet padding.

The key to keeping the service free and sustainable is liquidating fast and route density.

“The program is expensive to run,” says Wilkins. “I have drivers gas, labor, etc., so we need volume, and we need to be sure we don’t have a warehouse full of material just sitting there.”

The company did a mailer campaign with each of the three Connecticut municipalities prior to launch, followed by a second mailer one week before launch. For the campaign, municipalities provided an address list and Simple Recycling paid for and conducted the mailing.

The implementation process has been a fairly turnkey operation.  Simple Recycling does all of the operational implementation and most of the public relations, while the cities supplement the public information efforts.

“Having a turnkey process was important to us for two reasons,” says Mark Mehall, superintendent of solid waste operations for the city of Bristol. “One, Bristol does not have to expand extra funds to implement the program.  Two, we do not have to expand any additional operational resources.”

Simple Recycling launched curbside textiles collections four years ago, beginning in Southeast Michigan.

“We tested the concept, and once we realized it worked we began focusing on branching out where it made sense,” says Wilkins. “For instance, the Northeast is recycling conscious so once we had markets established, we ventured further in that direction, first to the Boston area. That worked well, and then we went a little south to the Hartford region.”

Wilkins projects curbside textiles collection will become common within three to five years.

“Charities run programs where [potential donors] receive something in the mail, a call or e-mail that requires residents to remember or take action to have material collected,” comments Wilkins. “In our program if residents happen to have unwanted textiles, they just put them in a separate bag from the rest of their waste and it goes to the curb the same day.”


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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