The Town of North Haven Department of Public Works is responsible for providing many of the services that residents come to rely on daily. The Department encompasses the offices of the Building Official, Engineering, Land Use Administration, Zoning Enforcement and the operating divisions of Field Operations, Parks, Equipment Maintenance, Sanitation and Recycling. Additionally, the Department administers the Town’s wastewater collection and treatment program under the direction of the Water Pollution Control Authority.
Town Hall Annex
5 Linsley St.
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 239-5321, extension 400
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Some helpful contacts for those residents who wish to transmit electronic mail messages to Department personnel, include:
The Sanitation Division is responsible for the weekly collection of municipal solid waste (MSW) and recyclables. On average, this amounts to approximately 24,000 tons per year or 1.1 tons per Town resident annually.
The Town will remove bulky waste items such as refrigerators (State law requires that the door(s) be removed), ranges, sofas, mattresses, tires, and metal goods at no charge to the resident. However, residents are reminded that Bulk Pick-up will ONLY be conducted twice annually in September (second and third week) and April (first and second week) . Bulk items must be placed at the curb by 5:00 a.m on your regular trash day. Should you miss the April or September curbside bulk item collection, you may obtain Transfer Station passes and dispose of your bulk items at the Town's Transfer Station located on Universal Drive.
Please call Public Works at (203) 239-5321, ext. 400 for information for the aforementioned bulk pick-up.
Grass Clippings Guidlines:
The Transfer Station is located on Universal Drive and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 7:00 A.M - 12:45 P.M. Residents must exit the Recycling Center no later than 11:45 A.M. Call the Department of Public Works (203-239-5321, ext. 400) for information concerning the use of the Transfer Station.
However, residents may bring leaves (year round) to the Town’s Recycling Center on Elm Street.
Leaf Recycling Center Guidlines:
Effective Fall 2012, the Department commenced with an in-house leaf composting operation, as permitted by the State of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, at the Town's closed landfill on Universal Drive. Compost will be available at no cost to Town residents effective July of each year. Residents are encouraged to stop by and pick up some free compost at the Town's Recycling Center on Elm Street, adjacent to the North Haven Racquet Club.
Recycling Center - Located on Elm Street adjacent to the North Haven Racquet Club
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.
8:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
(CLOSED SUNDAYS and MONDAYS).
The Recycling Center operates as a temporary drop-off site for North Haven residents. Residents may bring items that are collected curbside as well as the following:
Corrugated cardboard MUST be recycled. Residents
can bring it to the Recycling Center on Elm Street in
reasonably sized pieces or broken down or cut into 4’
x 20” pieces, tied securely and placed in your ‘green’
Yard waste such as grass clippings and/or leaves (no twigs or branches) MUST be brought to the Recycling Center.
For more information on the Town’s single-stream recycling program, please contact the Department of Public Works at (203) 239-5321, extension 400.
Recycling of Electronics - NEW
Effective April 4, 2013, and in conjunction with the approved Electronics Recycling mandate imposed by the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Town of North Haven is implementing its Electronics Recycling Program at the Town's Recycling Center located on Elm Street. This program is open to all Town of North Haven residents. Residents are asked to bring their electronics to the Recycling Center instead of placing them at the curbside as has been done in the past. The Town can no longer accept CURBSIDE electronics wastes, including televisions, stereos, cameras, printers, facsimile machines, DVD players, Video players, etc.
The Town's new Certified Electronics Recycler also accepts anything with a plug with the exception of white goods and appliances. However these items are accepted at the Town's Transfer Station.
Recycling - Curbside Collection
The Sanitation Division provides curbside collection of State mandated recyclable items. These include, but are not limited to: clear, green, and brown glass food and beverage containers; metal food and beverage containers, aluminum foil and pie plates; newspaper (including inserts) and corrugated cardboard (cut into pieces no larger than 4’ x 20” and securely bundled). Please see Single-stream Recycling Information for a complete listing.
Recycling - Live Christmas Tree
Live Christmas Trees are normally collected annually, during the month of January.
Streets and Roads staff pick-up Live Christmas Trees based upon the daily Sanitation collection route schedules. Trees are then brought to the Recycling Center located on Elm Street for chipping.
North Haven residents can also drop their trees off at the Recycling Center on weekdays, during normal working hours and leave them adjacent to the gate, where they will be chipped.
Residents are asked NOT to place their trees in large plastic bags or any type of containment prior to pick-up and are reminded that they should remove all decorations on the tree prior to collection.
Transfer Station - Universal Drive and Sackett Point Road
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday
7:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.,
(CLOSED SUNDAYS and MONDAYS).
The Transfer Station is located on Universal Drive, approximately 500 feet south of the intersection with Sackett Point Road. Containers for normal household waste; metals; bulky waste, including brush and mattresses; tires without rims and white goods are available for use by residents only. All vehicles must obtain a permit to use the Transfer Station, including trailers for cars or trucks.
Please note that after July 31, 2010, Bulky Waste items including construction demolition materials, sheetrock, shingles, windows, etc. will no longer be accepted at the Town’s Transfer Station and residents will be asked to contact local haulers to make arrangements for such disposal.
Please note that the Transfer Station attendant is not permitted to allow exceptionally large loads of refuse to be brought into the facility. Use of the Transfer Station is by TRIP PASS only and solely for Town of North Haven residents. The Transfer Station is not designed to accommodate vehicles other than ¾ ton or less pick-up trucks, passenger cars, vans or station wagons.
Additional questions regarding the use of the Transfer Station may be directed to the Office of Field Operations at (203) 239-5321, extension 410.
To Obtain a Permit to the Transfer Station:
Engineering and Land Use Office
Town Hall Annex
5 Linsley Street
Monday – Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
All vehicles must obtain a permit to use the Transfer Station, including trailers for cars or trucks. Each year residents must bring their registration and driver’s license to the Engineering and Land Use Office, Town Hall Annex, 5 Linsley Street. Each resident is entitled to six (6) passes for the disposal of mixed solid waste, bulky wastes, tires and white goods. Passes are valid for the calendar year (January 1 – December 31). Each pass allows the residen access to the Transfer Station for an entire day. Additional passes are available to all residents at $10 each.
Commercial vehicles, “Mason” dump trucks and vehicles larger than 3/4 ton pick-up trucks are not admitted into the Transfer Station due to space limitations.
Acceptable Refuse for the Transfer Station
Load your vehicle according to the following categories
as you will have to unload your refuse into specified rolloff
Non-acceptable Refuse that should be taken to Hazwaste Central
90 Sargent Drive
Exit 46 off of I 95
Saturdays ONLY from mid-May until the last Saturday in October
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Closed Holiday weekends
Household batteries, which are a State of Connecticut mandated recyclable, must be disposed of as a Hazardous waste and cannot be placed with regular trash or in the ‘green’ recycling containers. Hazwaste Central also accepts:
Questions regarding Hazwaste Central can be directed to 203-401-2712 or visit www.rwater.com/hazwaste.
Non-acceptable refuse Exceptions
Used 55-gallon drums and oil tanks (call Public Works).
Water Pollution Control Authority
The Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) oversees the Town’s sanitary
sewage collection system, the extension of sewer mains, reviews and approves
of the expense and capital budget items, establishes policy, procedures
and regulations, authorizes expenditures, and approves of assessment and
The WPCA also works with property developers in Town to establish new sewer collection systems and pump stations for proposed subdivisions and commercial developments in accordance with Town standards.
Water Pollution Control Division
The Water Pollution Control Facility, operated by Veolia
Water North America, is a division of the Public Works
The Water Pollution Control Facility provides preliminary,
primary, and advanced secondary treatment of all
sanitary sewer waste. The treatment of sanitary sewer
waste is subject to state and federal NPDES permit
requirements. No effluent violations were recorded
during the past year.
Facility personnel provide operation and maintenance
of the WPCF, nine pumping stations, and preventive
In addition to these duties, facility personnel provided
preventive and corrective maintenance of all mechanical
Facility personnel also celebrated 5,964 days without a
lost time accident this past year.
The secondary treatment process at the facility was upgraded in 2005 to allow for the reduction of nitrogen in the wastewater. The reduction of nitrogen in the wastewater is required by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to achieve water quality standards for Long Island Sound. This past year the facility exceeded its allowable discharge limit resulting in the Town having to purchase $4,971 of nitrogen credits from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.
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