Trash Collection Rules and Guidelines

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As part of the Co-collection pilot program, all regular household trash should be bagged only in the official City-issued Orange trash bags before being placed out for collection.

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Each household (homes with 3 units or less) will be provided with two 15-gallon orange trash bags and one 8-gallon green food scraps bag per week for the length of the pilot program. If after recycling and separating out your food waste, you find that your household needs more than 2 bags per week, you can purchase additional trash bags at local retailers. (Retailer list to be provided at a later date.)

Place your Orange trash bags and Green Food scraps bag curbside by 7am on your collection day.

Do not place the following items in the Orange city-approved bags:

  • Recyclable plastic, glass, or metal (place in recycling bin)

  • Food scraps (use green bags)

  • Yard waste (wait for seasonal leaf bag pick up)

  • Dirt, sod, concrete, or rock

  • Construction/demolition debris

  • Household hazardous waste

  • Hot ashes or flammable materials such as oil, gas, or paint

For more information on bulky and oversized waste, please see the City of West Haven's Bulky Trash Pick up Page

Certain items such as hazardous waste, medications, chemicals, construction materials, etc. cannot be disposed of in the regular trash or through curbside recycling. To learn more, visit the West Haven Public Works page

More Information

For more information, please contact the City of West Haven Department of Public Works

West Haven City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.


City of West Haven
355 Main Street

West Haven, CT 06516