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Waste Disposal & Recycling

Trash is “a worthless material to be disposed of as in refuse and rubbish”. Any item or material that cannot be recycled and/or is not accepted for recycling at the Holly Hill Facility. Items contaminated by food or contaminated by residentially generated chemicals are trash. In Greenwich, we Recycle many things that you might think are trash.

Definitions of Trash and Garbage

Trash shall mean materials which prior to being discarded, were not acceptable in current recycling and mandatory recycling programs which include but are not limited to non-recyclable fiber (paper wrappers & rags) small pieces of wood, garbage, non-recyclable plastic (food wrappers).

Garbage shall mean every accumulation of animal, vegetable or other matter that attends the preparation, consumption, decay, dealing in or storage of meats, fish, fowl, birds, fruit, vegetables, beverages or other edibles, including the non-recyclable containers or wrappers disposed of along with such materials.


Residents can bring trash and garbage (and recyclables) to the Holly Hill Resource Recovery Facility (transfer station). You will need a vehicle dumping permit decal which can be obtained at no charge at the Holly Hill scale house by showing proof of residency and car ownership.

Trash Collection

Residents and business owners are responsible to separate the waste generated - not the refuse collector. The Town encourages residents and businesses to communicate directly with their collector concerning special arrangements or clarification of services provided for removal of refuse and recyclables. In the event that further assistance is required, please contact the
Waste Disposal Division.

Licensed Waste Haulers are allowed to remove trash and discarded materials (including recyclables) between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Both residences and businesses must comply with requirements regarding separation and proper storage of discarded materials.

Click here for the List of Licensed Waste Haulers and their phone numbers.

Trash Disposal

After all the
recyclables have been removed, the rest is taken to a local waste-to-energy facility. The trash is incinerated at high temperature and converted to electricity. The remaining materials go to the ash landfill. All of Connecticut's MSW (trash) is incinerated for 1% of Connecticut's total energy needs.

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