Town of Danbury

Mom & Pop Drop Off and Recycling Center
City of Danbury 

 

Location:
307 White St., Danbury

 

Hours:
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Permit
Required
Free to Danbury Residents (proof of residency required)
Permit fee is $5.00 for non-residents

 

 

Where to get permit:
At the site: Mom & Pop Drop Off & Recycling Center
307 White St., Danbury

 


Payment accepted at TS:

Cash & Coupon Book

A permit is required to use the Mom & Pop Drop Off and Recycle Center
Permits must be visible on the driver’s side windshield.
Permits are free to Danbury residents, proof of residency required.
Permit fee is $5.00 for non-residents.
Permits are good for one year starting July 1st.

 

Permit Replacement:
If you buy a new vehicle or have your windshield replaced, remove your old permit and bring to the MOM & POP office for replacement.
No replacements will be given without the old permit.

 

Household Waste

  • Household waste and recycling must be generated at the home of the person hauling it to the
    transfer station.
  • Household waste MUST be bagged and NOT contain recyclables or electronics.
  • Mixed recycling is accepted in a bag or in a bin.

 

Commercial vehicles or vehicles with loose garbage cannot use the MOM & POP.
Bulky waste, construction and demolition material is NOT accepted at the MOM & POP, but is accepted at the Oak Ridge Waste.
Please call (203) 743-0405 for pricing.

 

Recycling Required by Law
Please remember that recycling is mandatory in CT for everyone. Legally we cannot accept trash that contains any of the mandatory recyclables above or electronics. Thank you for your cooperation and for helping the environment!

 

Year-Round Recycling Truck Program

Danbury Residents may drop-off single stream recycling between the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Mondays:
    War Memorial parking lot in Rogers Park
  • Tuesdays:
    Richter Park on Aunt Hack Road
  • Wednesdays:
    Police Athletic League parking lot on Hayestown Avenue
  • Thursdays:
    King Street Volunteer Fire House on South King Street
  • Fridays:
    Mill Plain Green in front of 65 Mill Plain Road

Click on a item below for instructions on disposal. 
Can’t find what you’re looking for?  Call or email HRRA at info@hrra.org or 203.775.4539
Click here to visit CT DEEP’s page “What To Do With…” for additional information.
To view the town of Danbury’s website click here.

The Transfer Station observes the following holidays and is closed: 
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Ammunition/Fireworks

Not Accepted

 

Do not put ammunition in the trash! People who want to dispose of old or excess ammunition should call their local police/public safety department or state police to surrender the ammunition. It will either be used by the department or disposed of properly.

Antifreeze

Not Accepted

 

Antifreeze can pollute groundwater, surface water and drinking water supplies if dumped, spilled or leaked, and is harmful to pets, marine and aquatic life. You can bring your used antifreeze to a household hazardous waste collection event or facility. Check the schedule for an upcoming event.
DEEP also has special guidance on the management of used antifreeze for Auto Centers and Marinas.

 

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

Advanced Auto Parts
301 Main St Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 730-6626

Minuteman Lube
413 Main St Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 792-4340

NOTE: Items must be clean from contaminates and NOT mixed.  These locations will accept small quantities up to a gallon at no charge.

Appliances

Accepted
FEE:

Refrigerator *  – $50.00
Freezer * – $50.00
Window A/C  * – $30.00
Dehumidifier * – $24.00
Stove/range – $30.00
Washer or dryer – $30.00
Dishwasher – $25.00
Hot Water Heater – $30.00
Garbage Compactor – $20.00
Range hood/fan – $15.00
Wood stove – $60.00
Hot tub – $40.00
Furnace/boiler – $45.00

* denotes included $12.00 Freon removal charge
Appliances with and without Freon are accepted at the transfer station.

 

Many of the appliances we use every day contain man-made chemicals that destroy the ozone layer — our planets natural protection against the sun’s harmful ultra-violet radiation. Refrigerators, window and car air conditioners, and dehumidifiers rely on refrigerants that contain ozone-depleting chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), under various trade names that contain the word “Freon.”

 

If not disposed of properly, these common household items can release these refrigerants into the atmosphere.

 

Additional Options:

  • Ask your local home appliance retailers about their refrigerator and home appliance collection programs or about the availability of refrigerant-recovery services. Sometimes, the store from which you buy a new large appliance will take back the old one.
  • Contact your local utility company about appliance recycling programs.
  • If the appliance is still in good working order, consider donating it to a local charity or family in need.
  • EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal Program provides additional information about proper disposal of appliances and a list of partnering utilities, retail stores and manufacturers that collect used refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioning units and dehumidifiers for proper recovery and disposal.
Asphalt

Asphalt
Not Accepted
Take to Oak Ridge Transfer Station – 307 White Street, Danbury

 

Asphalt Shingles
Not Accepted
Take to Oak Ridge Transfer Station – 307 White Street, Danbury

Auto Batteries

Accepted
FEE: $3 each

 

Lead-acid batteries may not be disposed of in the trash, buried, or thrown in wetlands or waterways. These batteries contain a corrosive and toxic electrolyte that is very harmful to the environment. Connecticut law requires consumers to return their lead-acid auto batteries for recycling, and requires retailers of these batteries to accept a used battery for each battery they sell. Retail stores that sell batteries are required to accept up to three batteries from a customer that is not purchasing a new battery. Auto batteries may brought to your local Household Hazardous Waste event. Click here to check the upcoming schedule.

Battery Acid

Not Accepted

Take to a Household Hazardous Waste Event.  Click here for more information.

Batteries

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

Place Single Use / Rechargeable batteries in the Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Container at the recycling center.

 

Rechargeable batteries (learn more) are commonly found in cordless phones, power tools, portable electronics and cell phones. They include nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, small sealed lead-acid and lithium ion batteries.

HRRA household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events accept rechargeable batteries only and will not accept alkaline and zinc carbon batteries.

Watch or Button Batteries (Silver Oxide Batteries)

Silver oxide batteries are hazardous when put in the regular trash.  Many jewelry and watch stores will recycle the silver oxide battery when you bring your watch in to have the battery replaced. If not, please bring your silver oxide batteries to the next HRRA household hazardous waste (HHW) collection. Click here to find dates and locations of the next HRRA HHW event.

Books

Not Accepted

 

You can dispose books in household garbage. However, reuse is environmentally preferable. Offer books to your local library, senior center, school libraries, friends, thrift stores, swap shops, and charities. Discover Books collects unwanted books, and either resells them or redistributes them to literacy programs (the rest are recycled). Textbooks can be a challenge to reuse because they get outdated. However, Green Textbooks, and Textbook Recycling both specialize in textbook reuse and/or recycling. Other book recycling resources include the International Book ProjectBooks for AfricaFirst BookBridge to Asia, and Better World Books.

Bulky Waste

Accepted
FEE: Varies upon item

 

Bathroom Vanity – $10.00
Bathtub-Cast Iron – $45.00
Bathtub-Fiberglass – $25.00
Bicycle – $5.00
Doors – Bilko – $24.00
Doors – Exterior with frame – $25.00
Doors – Interior hollow with frame – $10.00
Doors – Interior solid with frame – $20.00
Door – Screen Aluminum – $10.00
Door – Screen wooden – $7.00
Garage door 8′ to 12′ – $50.00
Garage door 16′ – $60.00
Grill/Gas – $20.00
Grill/Charcoal – $3.00
Metal Rack/Shelves – $6.00
Patio table – $9.00
Patio chair – $4.00 each
Sink – Kitchen / bathroom – $10.00
Sink – Kitchen Dual – $15.00
Toilet tank or bowl – $10.00
Treadmill or stationary bike – $25
Weight bench – $6.00
Wheelbarrow – $10.00
Wooden Pallet – $5.00 each

Cardboard

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

Corrugated cardboard should be broken flat.

Carpet/Rugs

Accepted
FEE: $10-$100

 

Currently there are no companies in CT that accept carpets or rugs for recycling. Old, dirty and used carpets are considered “bulky waste”.

Cooking Oil

Not Accepted

 

At home, you should never put grease, oils or fats down your drain.  When you do this, you can clog drains, sewers, or septic systems, especially during cold weather when the grease will harden quickly.  Instead, dispose of waste oils and fats in your regular trash. Hot oil should be allowed to cool. Place in a can or container before putting it into trash.

 

Businesses should never put grease, oils or fats down the drain/sewer or in the trash. DEEP issued a new general permit in 2005 to prevent the discharge of fats, oils and grease (FOG) from food preparation establishments to the sanitary sewer system. Learn more about FOG disposal and a FOG Model Program for businesses.  Business must containerize high-quality grease and vegetable oils (e.g., from fryolators) and have them picked up by a rendering company or biodiesel producer.

Christmas Trees

Not Accepted

Demolition

Accepted
FEE:

Cast Iron bathtub – $45.00
Fiberglass bathtub – $25.00
Toilet tank or bowl – $10.00
Kitchen or bathroom sink – $10.00
Dual kitchen sink – $15.00
Garage door 8′ to 12′ – $50.00
Garage door 16′ – $60.00
Exterior doors/with frame – $25.00
Interior doors – hollow with frame – $10.00
Interior doors – solid with frame – $20.00
Aluminum screen door – $10.00
Wooden screen door – $7.00
Bilko doors – $24.00
Bathroom Vanity – $10.00

Wood, tile, Sheetrock, flooring, insulation, ceiling tiles,
carpeting etc. – price to be determined

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Accepted
FEE: Free

See the list of acceptable E-waste items to dispose of at the recycling center.

Eye Glasses

Not Accepted

Fire Extinguishers

Not Accepted

 

All fire extinguishers are under pressure and should not be put in the regular trash. There are three varieties of fire extinguishers manufactured in the past decade: water filled, gas filled and chemical filled extinguishers. Water filled and gas (CO2) filled extinguishers are inert, and are not harmful.  The dry chemical variety can cause irritation, so extra care should be taken with these units.  Many of today’s units are rechargeable.  For a small fee you can have your fire extinguisher emptied, checked and re-filled.

Furniture

Accepted
FEE: $3 – $30 each

 

Sleeper sofa – $30.00
Sofa – $20.00
Love seat or recliner – $15.00
Living room chair – $10.00
Coffee table – $10.00
End table or small desk – $7.00
Large desk or dresser – $12.00
Kitchen table – $14.00
Kitchen chairs – $5.00 each

Fuel

Not Accepted

 

Bring to your local household hazardous waste collection event. Go to www.hrra.org to view the schedule and details.

The best way to deal with old or unwanted fuel from cars and trucks, recreational vehicles, lawn care equipment, space heaters, or heating oil storage tanks is not generate it in the first place.  If possible, don’t store motorized vehicles or equipment with fuel in them for long periods of time.  For example, run your lawnmower dry on the last day that you mow your lawn in the fall, and store it in your garage to prevent water from getting in the tank.  Plan ahead when you are buying fuel.  For example, don’t fill up your five-gallon gasoline can just before mowing the lawn for the last time in the fall, to avoid having old gas left over in the spring.  If you must store fuel for an extended period of time, add a fuel stabilizer to help keep it fresh and usable.  Fuel stabilizers can be purchased at most auto parts stores.

If you have fuel that you don’t need and it is in good usable condition, try to give it away to someone else who will use it.

Glass

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

Place glass in separate collection container in the Recycling Center. Click here to learn more about Glass Recycling.

Hazardous Waste

Not Accepted

 

Take to a Household Hazardous Waste Event.  Click here for more information.

 

Household Hazardous Wastes (HHW) are household-generated wastes or unused products that are hazardous in nature, but are not regulated as hazardous waste, since they are generated in households. Included are such items as old stains, paints, and paint related products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, mercury-containing products such as thermostats and thermometers, and degreasers and other household and car care products.

The best method of managing HHW is to prevent its generation in the first place. When purchasing household and car care products, select the least toxic item needed to do the job, and buy only the minimum amount necessary.

To discard any leftover or unused material, it should be taken to your local Hazardous Household Waste collection center or one-day collection event. For information on dates and times in your area, visit HRRA.org

Ink Cartridges

Accepted
FEE: Free

Bring to the Recycling Center and place in the E-waste container or bring to the collection box at Town Hall

 

Additional Options:
Many toner and ink cartridges can be refilled and reused at least 6 times. Many retail stores such as Best BuyTargetStaples, and Office Depot or on-line retailers like Quill.com will either refill your cartridge or provide payment or credits when you recycle cartridges.  Some companies such as Hewlett PackardEpson, and Xerox provide recycling services for their own cartridges. These services often involve ordering a prepaid envelope to mail cartridges directly back to the manufacturer.

Lawn Equipment

Accepted
FEE:

Push lawn mower – $20
Ride lawn mower – $40
Weed Whacker – $3 / $6
Snow blower – $45
Electric snow shovel – $10
Wheelbarrow – $10
Swing set/metal – $20
Swing set/wooden – $30
Yard Tools – $1 each
Chain Saw – $12
Hedge Trimmer – $3 / $6
Golf bag – $3
Golf club – $1 each
Lawn chair – $3
Picnic Table – $20
Picnic benches – $6
Patio table – $9
Patio Chair – $4 each

 

Light Bulbs

Accepted
FEE: Free
Place CFL bulbs in the e-waste container.
Incandescent Bulbs are to be placed in the trash.
Holiday lights are accepted in the e-waste container.

 

Fluorescent Bulbs
Fluorescent bulbs come in various shapes and sizes. Some are the traditional, 2-, 4-, or 8-foot-long “tube” type bulb. Others include the newer “compact” fluorescent lights (CFLs) that screw in like a regular incandescent bulb. All of them contain varying amounts of the toxic metal mercury, and should not be disposed of in the regular trash.

Residents can also bring any brand of CFL, regardless of where it was purchased, to any Connecticut Home Depot store.  IKEA stores also accept CFLs for recycling.

 

Incandescent Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs include traditional screw-in line bulbs, and come in various sizes and shapes (e.g., round bulbs, and cone-shaped flood and spot lights). They include traditional tungsten-element light bulbs, as well as the newer halogen lamps. All of these types of bulbs may be disposed of in the regular trash. If you use these lamps, though, you should consider switching over to fluorescent bulbs — or, even better, the newer LED lamps — since they can provide dramatic energy savings, which in return reduces air pollution emissions from electrical generation plants.

 

Holiday String Lighting

Both incandescent and LED holiday lights are recyclable. By recycling your broken and outdated lights, you’ll keep the toxins in the electric cables out of the incinerator.

Home Depot and Whole Foods Market have coordinated seasonal trade-in or recycling collection programs at different locations and may offer discount coupons in exchange.  These programs usually run for only a week or two sometime between October and December.

Other options include mailing your broken or obsolete lights to a number of retailers, including Christmas Light Source in Fort Worth, Texas and Five Star Holiday Décor in Springville, UT, which sell your old lights to raise funds for the Toys for Tots program.  HolidayLEDs.com in Jackson, Missouri recycles your old holiday lights and offers a 15% discount on your next purchase of LED lights.

Mattresses

Accepted

 

Clean & Dry Mattress / Box Spring:
FEE: Free

 

Wet & Soiled:
FEE: Twin/Full – $20.00
Queen/King – $30.00
Box Spring – $20.00

 

See complete Mattress Recycling Council Guidelines here

Metal Scrap

Accepted
FEE: $10 – $100

Motor Oil (Crank Case Oil)

Not Accepted

 

OPTIONS FOR MOTOR OIL

Advanced Auto Parts
301 Main St Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 730-6626

AutoZone
336 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 739-0376

AutoZone
195 Federal Road Brookfield, CT 06840
(203) 740-8315

Jiffy Lube
112 Federal Rd Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 791-2382

Limestone Service Station
399 Danbury Road Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 438-8028

Minuteman Lube
413 Main St Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 792-4340

NOTE: Items must be clean from contaminates and NOT mixed.  These locations will accept small quantities up to a gallon at no charge.

 

 

Household “do-it-yourselfers” often generate used oil and filters from the maintenance of cars, trucks, lawn and garden equipment, and recreational vehicles. Connecticut law requires every town in the State to provide its residents with a way to properly dispose of the used oil generated by their residents. Most towns meet this requirement by providing an oil collection tank at the town transfer station or recycling facility for their residents to use. Some Household Hazardous Waste Collection may also accept used motor oil. In addition to collecting “do-it-yourselfer” (DIY) oil, many towns also collect used oil filters. Check with the recycling coordinator at your town or city hall for information on the services available in your area.

If your town does not accept used oil or filters, check with a local service station or an Auto Parts Store to see if they will accept it. Used oil may never be disposed of in the trash. Filters may be disposed of in the trash, but should be punctured and drained for 24 hours first. Be sure to collect the oil that drains from the filter, and place it in the same container as your used oil.

You should never do any of the following:

  • Never mix DIY oil with antifreeze, other vehicle fluids, or hazardous waste;
  • Never burn DIY oil in residential boilers or space heaters;
  • Never pour DIY oil into sewers or storm drains;
  • Never dump DIY oil on the ground, use it for weed control, or to keep dust down.

For more information, see the DEEP’s “Do-it-Yourselfer” Used Oil Fact Sheet and EPA’s Guidance document about preventing PCB contamination issues.

MSW/Household Trash

Accepted
Fee:
13 gallon bag $4.00
30 gallon bag $5.00
40 gallon bag $6.00
50 gallon bag $7.00
55 gallon bag $8.00

Organics (Food Scraps)

Not Accepted

Paints & Stains

Not Accepted

 

Additional Options:
Bring to your local Household Hazardous waste Collection event. Click here for the schedule and locations.

 

CT is a proud participant of the PaintCare product stewardship program. Click here to find a drop-off location near you.

Pesticides

Not Accepted

 

Take to a Household Hazardous Waste Event.  Click here for more information.

Pharmaceuticals

Not Accepted
Take to the Danbury Police Station.

Plastic Film

Not Accepted

Propane Tanks

Accepted
FEE: $6 each

 

OPTIONS FOR PROPANE TANKS

Leahy’s
130 White Street, Danbury
$5 per tank
(203) 748-3535

 

 

Refillable one-pound propane tanks have become available nationwide through Refuel Your Fun.  Before purchasing a new propane tank, consider using a tank/cylinder exchange program such as AmeriGas and Blue Rhino now available at many hardware stores, convenience stores, home improvement stores, and large retailers.  Many of these exchange programs will accept old tanks with the purchase of a new, full tank.  Take note that some of these exchange companies install valves on their tanks that can only be refilled by that company, meaning that you will be locked into their tank-for-tank service, and won’t be able to get the tank refilled at your local propane dealer.  Learn more about recycling your propane tank.

Observe the following safety precautions in regard to discarding your old tank:

  • Do not throw your tank in the trash.
  • Propane is very explosive! Do not attempt to puncture or remove the valve from your tank because tanks usually contain small amounts of propane, even if you think they are empty.
Recycling

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

Click here to learn more about what can go IN the recycling bin and which items are OUT.

Sharps

 

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.

Instead, 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 offer mail-back disposal services to their customers.  See DEEP’s “Sharps” Brochure for more detail on proper sharps disposal.

To properly dispose of sharps/needles:

  • 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.
Shredded Paper

Accepted

 

Only loose shredded paper may be placed in the Blue Toter, nothing else. Carry bags or boxes can be recycled correctly elsewhere.

Swap Shop

Not Available

Textiles (Clothes, Etc)

Not Accepted

Tires

Not Accepted

Tractor/Tires

Not Accepted

Yard Waste

Brush/Commercial:
Not Accepted

 

Brush/Residential – Truck:
Accepted
FEE: $12
All brush must be bundled. Maximum size accepted is 3×3′ long. Cost is $12.00 per bundle.

 

Yard Waste – Station Wagon:
Not Accepted

 

Leaves:
Not Accepted

 

Grass Clippings:
Not Accepted
Leave them on the lawn where they will decompose and act as a natural organic fertilizer.

 

Wood Chips:
Not Accepted

 

Tree Stumps:
Not Accepted

 

Mixed Load:
Not Accepted

 

Wood Bagged:
Accepted
FEE: $15 – $25

Stone Bagged:
Accepted
FEE: $15 – $25