Town of Fairfield News
8/12/2015 - Important Information on Danger of Southern Pine Beetles to Pine Trees
The Town’s Tree Warden announced today that Fairfield residents should be aware that the southern pine beetle has come to Connecticut and can destroy pine trees.
Deemed one of the most economically destructive insects in the southeastern United States by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, an infestation of the Southern Pine Beetle has been found on a group of white pine trees in Westport. This is concerning as white pines are a big part of Connecticut’s state forest, and these destructive beetles can travel up to a half mile a day.
The southern pine beetle, or Dendroctonue frontalis, has begun to migrate North due to increased temperatures and lack of sustained cold temperatures during the winter months. These beetles have historically attacked short needle pines, but have begun to attack all pines (both long and short needle) as well as spruce and hemlock.
According to the US Forest Service, an outbreak of the beetle in the southeastern US from 1999-2002 resulted in over one billion dollars in loss for the timber industry.
In 2014, The Department of Environmental Conservation identified 1,000 acres and 100 locations of infestation in Long Island Parks.
The Tree Warden is asking Fairfield residents to keep a look out for infestations in order to limit the impact to our town trees and landscape. The beetle itself is only about 1/8 of an inch in length. Early warning signs that a tree may be under attack include brownish orange boring dust and tiny pitch pellets that look like popcorn balls on the bark of the tree. Also be on the lookout for patterned holes on the bark.
As far as prevention of infestation, there is not much that can be done. Once the beetle has successfully colonized a tree there is no successful remedy and tree removal should be done as quickly as possible.
Below are additional resources that you can also contact:
Below are additional resources:
Photos: The photo of the tree at the top right shows the “Popcorn Resin” symptom of the Southern Pine Beetle infestation.
Photo Credit: CT Tree Protective Association. The photo under the tree shows the Adult Southern Pine Beetle. Photo Credit: CT DEEP.
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.