Town of Newtown

Transfer Station

Location:
4 Ethan Allen Road

Hours

Tuesday – Saturday
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

You must have a permit to use the Transfer Station & Recycling Center.
Permits will not be available for purchase at the Transfer Station until further notice. They may be purchased online only.

When purchasing a new permit or renewing, a year permit is for the primary vehicle.  Additional vehicles are Permit +1 for 2 cars or Permit +2 for 3 cars

Purchasing a permit online can take up to 7 days to be processed.

 

RECYCLING BINS:

  • $10.00 for each extra bin. Replacements or new resident bins are free.
  • Recycling bins can be picked up only at the Highway Department
  • The Highway Department is located at 4 Turkey Hill Road – 7:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
  • Find Your Recycling Pick-up Day – click here

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.
Visit the town of Newtown by clicking here.

Permit:
Required

Fee:

  • Day Pass – $20
  • Month Pass – $30
  • Year Pass – $100 in person, or *$95 on-line (year pass is valid July 1  – June 30)
  • Senior – $90 in person, or *$85 on-line
  • Second Car – $10
    *The $5 Year permit discount is available year round for NEW permits.  It will only be available for renewals until July 31 of each year.

Where to get permit:
Online Only
Please click here to apply for a permit


Payment accepted at TS:

Credit/Debit & Check Only
No Cash

The Transfer Station observes the following holidays and is closed: 
Good Friday, July 4th, Veterans Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Close at 11:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve

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

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

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: Free

 

Appliances with and without Freon are accepted

 

Examples of appliances with Freon: Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners, Central Air Units, Dehumidifiers

 

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 Shingles

Accepted
FEE: $95 per cubic yard

Auto Batteries

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

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.

 

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

Accepted
FEE: Free

Paperback Only.

 

Additional Options:
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 specializes 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: Free with permit

Cardboard

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

Corrugated cardboard only – should be clean, dry & broken flat
Pizza boxes are accepted – must be clean and dry

Carpet/Rugs

Accepted
FEE: Free with permit

 

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: $95 per cubic yard
(must be 4 ft. or less)

 

Example: lumber, plywood, Sheetrock, asphalt shingles, broken cement, etc.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

Click here to see the list of acceptable E-waste items

 

Scavenging of E-Waste is Prohibited

Please be advised that under the CGS 22a-209-7 the Town’s Solid Waste disposal area shall comply with the following permit and operating requirements – (i) Waste Collection areas (2) Scavenging at waste collection areas shall be prohibited. In addition, under the Municipal Transfer Station General Permit, Appendix Part 1. Section 5w. Safety (4.) “The Registrant (The Town) shall prevent the public scavenging from waste, this is, from searching through waste to remove useful material.”

 

The Contract between the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority and the Covered Electronic Vendor, Take 2, Inc., states the member town, “is responsible for the operation, management and physical security of all Collection Sites within its jurisdiction…”

 

It is your town’s responsibility and obligation to the public to ensure that all solid waste including electronics that are dropped-off by residents at the Transfer Station are placed within the supplied container and secured.  Once a resident drops off E-Waste Material, it becomes the property of the Town.  The Town must take all appropriate measures to secure collected E-Waste from theft, or from theft of data stored on such E-Waste for the security and privacy of the public.

 

Title and liability for the Materials will pass from the Town to Take 2 upon the loading of the Materials onto the designated vehicles provided by Take 2.

 

The towns have been advised to consult with your local police regarding removal of Materials by unauthorized persons.

 

It should be noted, that if a resident, disposing of material, decides that they want to donate their electronic equipment, device, material to the swap shop for reuse, or repurpose it is their choice to do so.  Only in this situation may another resident obtain the equipment from the transfer station via the swap shop.

Eye Glasses

Not Accepted

 

Available Options:

  • Eye Glasses can be donated at LensCrafters, Sears Optical or Pearle Vision
  • Your local Goodwill may accept eyeglasses donations to pass on to another nonprofit in the community.
  • VSP Vision Care allows members to print a free shipping label to send donated glasses to them for free.
Fire Extinguishers

Accepted
FEE: Free
Fire Extinguishers should be discharged

 

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: Free with permit

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 (Recyclable)

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

Place recyclable glass in separate collection container. Click here to learn more about Glass Recycling and what’s accepted.

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

Place in the E-waste container at the Recycling Center

 

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: Free

 

Push Lawnmowers & Ride Lawnmowers are accepted as scrap metal.

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:
FEE: Free

 

Wet & Soiled:
FEE: Free with permit

 

See complete Mattress Recycling Council Guidelines here

Metal Scrap

Accepted

FEE: Free

 

Examples: washer, dryer, water tank, water heater, grills, bicycles, exercise bike, furnace / boiler, bathtub, sink, Lawn Mower (no gas or oil), Push Mower (no gas or oil)

Motor Oil (Crank Case Oil)

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

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: Free
13-15 gallon, 30 gallon, and 40+ gallon bags accepted

Organics (Food Scraps)

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

Click here to learn more about the Newtown Organics Food Scraps Recycling Program

Paints & Stains

Not Accepted

 

Oil based paint should be saved for the annual household hazardous waste collection in the region. Latex paint, the kind that cleans up with soap and water, is not hazardous. Although all paints are accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste collection events, paint can be dropped off at any participating paint recycling location. Visit www.paintcare.org for a location near you.

 

Pesticides

Not Accepted

 

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

Pharmaceuticals

Not Accepted
Take to the Newtown Police Station.

Plastic Film

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

The Recycling Center participates in the WRAP Recycling Action Program. Please bring only clean, dry plastic film such as dry cleaning bags, produce bags, zip-lock food storage bags, product wrap on bulk buy items such as water, paper towels or multi-pack consumer products.

Propane Tanks

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

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.

 

Magazines & Glossy Catalogs – Dry & Clean
Metal Food & Beverage Containers – Must be Clean
Glass – Must be Clean and Place in Separate Glass Container
Newspaper with inserts & Junk Mail – Clean & Dry

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

Not Accepted

Swap Shop

Not Available

Textiles (Clothes, Etc)

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

Bring to the Recycling Center. For textiles no longer wearable/usable, the Town has a partnership with Baystate Textiles to provide a collection point.
Accepted items include clothing, footwear, accessories and linens.  Items may be ripped, stained or otherwise inappropriate to donate to a thrift store, but they must be dry and bagged for deposit into the bins.

Tires

Accepted
FEE: Free
Tires with and without rims are accepted.

 

Additional Options:

  • Plan B Tires, located in Danbury & New Milford.
  • Click here for more information.
    Belardinelli Tire Company, located in Bethel.
  • Click here for more information.
  • When purchasing new tires, the old tires can be left at the retail store (for a fee).
  • There are also private facilities that accept tires.
Tractor/Tires

Accepted
FEE: Free

 

Additional Options:

  • Plan B Tires, located in Danbury & New Milford. Click here for more information.
  • Belardinelli Tire Company, located in Bethel. Click here for more information.
  • When purchasing new tires, the old tires can be left at the retail store (for a fee).
  • There are also private facilities that accept tires.
Yard Waste

Brush/Commercial:
Not Accepted

 

Brush/Residential – Truck:
Accepted
Fee: $10 per cubic yard

 

Brush/Residential – Station Wagon:
Accepted
Fee: Free

 

Leaves:
Accepted
FEE: Free

 

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:
Accepted
FEE: $10 per cubic yard (stumps and trees over 3″ in diameter)

 

Mixed Load:
Accepted
FEE: Free