Curbside Recycling/Solid Waste (Trash) Collection
SOLID WASTE (TRASH)
The City provides solid waste collection for Inner Tax District residents with 4 or less dwelling units. All commercial property owners and residents located in the Outer Tax District are required to secure their own hauler.
Solid waste is collected from the Inner Tax District on a weekly basis. All solid waste must be curbside by 5 AM on the collection day in trash cans with lids attached. Trash cans may not exceed 32 gallons.
For Inner Tax District residents with 4 or less dwelling units, the City of Meriden uses single stream recycling in single 95-gallon containers. The use of small bins is no longer acceptable. For residents located in the Outer Tax District with questions regarding the method of recycling collection (large bins vs small bins), please contact your hauler.
Recycling is collected from the Inner Tax District every other week. All 95-gallon containers must be at curbside in an accessible location by 5 AM on the collection day.
The City is a member of the Tunxis Recycling Operating Committee (TROC). One of the goals of this group is to assist residents in the disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW). Each year, several collections are held in different communities surrounding Meriden. The dates and communities are available early spring. For the location of HHW collections, click on the following link: www.tunxisrecycling.org
WHAT TO RECYCLE
Newspaper inserts, advertising flyers, magazines, envelopes (with/without windows), junk-mail, phone books, and white paper. Place all paper items in recycling container. Do not bundle or tie. Place shredded paper in paper bags.
Including all types of cardboard, fiber board, cereal boxes, etc. Flatten boxes, cut large pieces small enough to fit loosely in container. Do not bundle or tie. Remove interior cellophane from inside boxes.
FOOD & BEVERAGE CONTAINERS
Glass bottles,Number 1 through 7 plastic bottles/ trays, tin cans (no aerosol cans), wax cartons (milk, orange juice), aluminum cans, aluminum foil, aluminum food trays. Wash all containers, labels and neck rings don’t need to be removed, don’t break bottles, place in recycling container, no sorting required. Place excess in paper bags. Note plastic bottles can be clear or colored and include bleach bottles, detergent bottles, shampoos bottles, etc.
WHAT NOT TO RECYCLE
Dirty or contaminated recyclables (newspapers, paper towels, food waste, pizza boxes, etc), hard cover books, food & beverage containers NOT made of glass, tin, aluminum, or plastic, containers larger than 1 gallon. Medicine bottles, paint cans, packaging materials, egg cartons, tape, string, light bulbs, ceramics (bottles, dishes, flower pots, etc.), cookware, crystal, window or mirror glass, dishware, scrap metal, coat hangers, appliances, pots and/or pans, silverware, metal parts, needles, aerosol cans, bottles that contained antifreeze/motor oil/pesticides or similar toxic fluids, plastic toys, brown manila envelopes, overnight envelopes, giveaway items (product samples/CD’s) greeting cards, wrapping paper, 6 pack cartons, post it notes or mail with pressure sensitive labels, yellow tinted cardboard and yard waste (leaves, grass, brush, dirt).
POSITIVELY NO PLASTIC BAGS
RECYCLING SHALL BE AT CURBSIDE NO LATER THAN 5:00 AM ON YOUR SCHEDULED DAY OF COLLECTION.
For more information about Meriden's Recycling Program, please call 203-630-4018.
"WHEELS FOR WISHES"
"Wheels For Wishes" is a car donation program that benefits Make-A-Wish® Connecticut by turning old cars into wishes granted for local kids. People in Connecticut can use this free resource for recycling or donating their old or unwanted vehicles including cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs and boats. At NO charge, they will tow away these vehicles and either recycle them or auction them with the proceeds benefiting the local Make-A-Wish Connecticut. Donate Your Car to "Wheels For Wishes" and receive free pick-up or towing of your vehicle, running or not, along with a great tax deduction.
"CARS TO CURE BREAST CANCER"
Donating your unwanted vehicle through Cars To Cure Breast Cancer will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation by raising funds for breast cancer research and helping to spread breast cancer awareness. Donations are tax-deductible via this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Vehicles are either auctioned off or they are reused and recycled to build new vehicles. All earned proceeds are then donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
For more info, go to http://www.carstocurebreastcancer.org/connecticut or call 1-850-450-2873.
Other Helpful Information:
Fall 2013 Healthy Homes - Household Hazardous Product Disposal Information
Curbside Recycling Guide