Town of Fairfield News
6/11/2019 - Need to Dispose of Old Mattress/Box Spring? - Pilot Program Offers Residents a “Green” Approach
If you have a mattress or box spring at the end of its useful life – and you want to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way – be sure to mark Wednesday, June 26, and Saturday, June 29 on your calendar.
On those dates, Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises (GBCE), in cooperation with the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF), will offer Fairfield residents home pick-up and recycling of their old mattresses or box springs, for $20 per item.
Initially, the pick-up and recycling service will be offered only on those two dates in June, but may be extended to additional months depending on demand. Appointments for mattress pick-up on either June 26 or June 29 should be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. To make an appointment, please contact Adrienne Farrar Houël at GBCE, (203) 212-3860 or (203) 209-6915, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disposing of mattresses and box springs can be challenging for municipalities as well as individuals. They cannot readily be placed in landfills and also cannot be easily compressed and crushed for incineration, notes the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.
However, recycling is increasing as an alternative to landfilling or incineration. Mattresses and box springs are not reused, but are rather disassembled and the component materials, such as foam, cotton, wood, and steel springs, are recovered and sold for use in manufacturing other, non-mattress products. By reducing the amount of waste Fairfield sends to incineration facilities, recycling mattresses also saves the Town money on disposal fees.
SFTF member Becky Bunnell stated, “This pilot program for mattress disposal is easy, economical and good for the environment. By taking advantage of this service, Fairfield residents also can help support our partner GBCE in their efforts to provide employment opportunities for residents of the greater Bridgeport area.”
GBCE created a unique, mattress deconstruction and materials recycling enterprise – Park City Green – as part of its mission to help families in the Bridgeport region achieve greater economic self-sufficiency via jobs in “green businesses” and training in the growing green economy. For more information on GBCE’s work, please visit https://greenteambpt.com.
The SFTF provides support for Town practices and projects that can help Fairfield manage its growth to safeguard the health of its environment, ensure the reliability and economical use of its natural resources, and preserve the quality of life of its residents – today and for the future. For more information, please visit https://www.fairfieldct.org/sftf.
For more information, please contact SFTF member Becky Bunnell at (203) 550-6540.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Saturday, August 28, 2021
9am - 2pm at Veteran's Park - 909 Reef Road
The Town of Fairfield hosts its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on a Saturday in late August at Veteran's Park to provide you with the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge. Just load up your car and your car will be emptied for you. There's no need to get out of your vehicle. See more details below.
For information on disposing of hazardous waste all other times of the year, please visit our Hazardous Waste webpage.
What is Collected
Please click here to view a list of what household materials are accepted and which ones are not.
If you have only antifreeze, motor oil or automotive batteries, you can take them directly to the Transfer Station.
There is a specific traffic pattern for the Collection Day. There will be signage posted. Police and volunteers will also be on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
To access the site proceed as follows:
- From Old Post Road or Oldfield Road turn onto Rowland Road
- At the third stop sign turn right onto Edward Street
- Proceed to drop off site at Veterans Park
- Signage is posted and police and volunteers are on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
A few tips for transporting your hazardous waste to the collection site:
- Don't mix hazardous wastes. Keep waste in their original containers if possible.
- Keep hazardous waste away from children and animals.
- Don't smoke in the vehicle.
- For safety reasons, there will be no walk-in drop-offs on Collection Day.
Chemicals from around the home, workshop or garden shed may contain substances which are difficult to dispose of safely. Your effort will help protect our Town's environment and our region's water supply.
The Town needs volunteers from 8:30 - 11:30 or 11:00 - 2:00 on Collection Day. Volunteers will not be handling any hazardous waste. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.
For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.