Municipal Solid Waste

The Municipal Solid Waste Department consists of six people who strive to pick up all the trash and recycling, helping to keep our City beautiful.

 

Sanitation:

On July 5, 2016 the Sanitation Collection was changed to a five (5) day a week pickup (Monday thru Friday). The City is divided into five (5) sections with each section collected one day per week. Trash will not be collected on City Holidays; it will be collected on the following day unless your pickup day is Friday, in this case your trash will be picked up on Thursday. Please note for Thanksgiving Day and the Day after Thanksgiving, if these are your pickup days, Thursday Thanksgiving Day will be picked up on Wednesday and Friday the Day-After Thanksgiving Day will be picked up on the following Monday.

Trash is to be placed in covered metal or heavy plastic containers, not larger than thirty-five (35) gallons or weighing when filled, more than seventy-five (75) pounds. Semi-automated carts or toters may also be used if pre-approved by the Public Works Department.

 

Recycling:

On July 5, 2016 the Recycling Collection Schedule was changed to a four (4) day a week pickup (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). The City is divided into four (4) sections with each section collected one day per week. Recycling will not be collected on City Holidays; it will be collected on the following day unless your pickup day is Friday, in this case your recycling will be picked up on Thursday. Please note for Thanksgiving Day and the Day after Thanksgiving, if these are your pickup days, Thursday Thanksgiving Day will be picked up on Wednesday and Friday the Day-After Thanksgiving Day will be picked up on the following Monday.

The City of Groton uses Single Stream (also known as “fully commingled) recycling. This refers to a collection system that mixes all recyclable paper fibers and containers together in a bin at the curb and in the collection truck. With Single Stream recycling, you and your neighbors no longer have to sort glass, plastic, paper and metal within your recycling bin. Just mix all your recyclables together – they will be sorted once they’re delivered to the recycling center.

If you have any questions on pickup day or any other questions related to recycling, please call the Highway Department at 860.446.4127.

Please have your trash and recycling out by the curb by 7:00 AM. During Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day), please have your trash and recycling out by the curb by 6:00 AM.

 

Bulky Waste:

The New Bulky Waste Collection Policy went into effect on July 1, 2016. There will be fees charged for all bulky waste items as follows:

  • Mattresses and box springs (limited to the number allowed by the City), $25.00
  • Furniture (all metal, other than springs must be removed), $20.00
  • Small appliances (microwave, toaster, etc.), $5.00
  • Piles of brush up to 8′ x 4′ x 4′, $15.00
  • Large appliances (without Freon), $30.00
  • Appliances with Freon, $35.00
  • One pick-up of other miscellaneous items not more than 8′ x 8′ x 8′, $35.00

 

We will be picking up bulky waste items on Wednesdays. Payments for bulky waste are Non-Refundable and must be paid one-week before pickup. One week noticed is required for all bulky waste pickups.

 

Sharps (Needles/Syringes):

Sharps used at home are not regulated as biomedical waste. However, throwing them in the household trash or flushing them down the toilet presents serious risks for both you and others who may come in contact with such items. Improper disposal of sharps can lead to:

  • Needle-stick injuries that cause infection and spread disease;
  • Injuries to curious children, waste haulers, recycling workers, and animals; or
  • Needles washing up on our beaches and riverbanks.

 

The DEEP recommends checking with your supplier (i.e. your physician, local hospital, or pharmacy) to see if they are willing to accept properly packaged used sharps. Some companies even offer mail-back disposal services to their customers.

To properly dispose of sharps:

  • Seal them in rigid, puncture-resistant containers that you can’t see through (i.e. bleach or detergent bottles, coffee cans, etc.);
  • Label the containers “Do Not Recycle;” and
  • Reinforce containers with heavy-duty tape before throwing them in your household trash.

 

DO NOT:

  • Throw loose needles in the trash;
  • Flush needles down the toilet;
  • Place needles in soda bottles, cans, or glass containers; or
  • Put sharps containers in the recycling bin.