Methods for Waste Disposal

When visiting the Fairfield Transfer Station and Recycling Center, you must stop at the Scale House for a receipt, before entering the Transfer Station. Most recycling is at no charge for Fairfield residents, with a valid beach/dump sticker. Fees apply for household garbage and other items.

Two Pilot Programs to check out at the Fairfield Transfer Station are the Glass Recycling Drop Off and the Food Waste Drop Off programs. 

Item Acceptable Method of Disposal
  • Newspapers, junk mail, catalogs, magazines, office paper, mixed paper, paperboard, paper egg cartons, telephone and paperback books. No shredded paper.
  • All paperboard boxes (cereal, rice, pasta, etc.) including corrugated cardboard, clean pizza boxes with liner removed. Please flatten
  • Milk and juice cartons with caps off and straws removed.
  • Metal food and beverage containers (up to number 10 size). Food-related aerosol cans. Please rinse first.
  • Glass food and beverage containers. Please rinse first.
  • Food-grade plastics, plastic bottles and food tubs and containers (no black plastic or Styrofoam). Laundry detergent and shampoo/conditioner bottles. Nothing over 3-gallon size. Please rinse first.
  • Aluminum cans. Please rinse first.
  • Aluminum foil and foil containers.
Put out for curbside recycling, or recycle at Fairfield Transfer Station. See Guide for Recycling for Private Collection or Transfer Station for specific details.

Yard Waste: grass cuttings, leaves, weeds, tree limbs, brush, etc. Yard Waste Facility - We Care Denali.
Waste motor oil, auto/truck batteries, anti-freeze. Recycle at Fairfield Transfer Station.
Latex paints (water based) If the paint can is completely dry, remove the lid and dispose in the trash. Wet paint needs to be recycled through Paint Care. Sherwin-Williams will accept up to 5 gallons per person, per day.
Household Hazardous Waste: Insecticides, solvents, oil based paints, and contaminated oil Bring to Fairfield Hazardous Waste Day, or to HazWaste Central in New Haven, Saturdays mid-May through October.
Scrap metals, metal hangers, clean pots and pans, appliances Recycle at Fairfield Transfer Station. Fees apply for large appliances.
Textiles Please donate good, usable textiles to local charity shops. Bring worn and torn textiles to Fairfield Transfer Station (Baystate bins). 
Bulky waste, sheet rock, plaster, etc. Bring to Fairfield Transfer Station (up to 1,000 lbs., fees apply)
Tires, with or without rims Bring to Fairfield Transfer Station ($5.00 per)
Batteries, light bulbs, and electronic recycling Bring to Fairfield Transfer Station's Electronic Recycling trailer
Household garbage Back yard collection by private hauler or bring to Fairfield Transfer Station (fees apply)
Propane tanks Recycle at Fairfield Transfer Station (fees $1.00-$5.00, depending on size.)
Fire Extinguishers Recycle at Fairfield Transfer Station ($5.00 fee)

The following items cannot be recycled in your recycle bin:

Plastic Bags, Plastic Wrap of any kind including bubble wrap and mailers, Hardcover Books, Medicine Bottles, Food Waste, Dishes and Glasses, Paper Plates and Plastic Utensils, Napkins and Tissues, Plastic Toys, Sporting Goods, Styrofoam, CD Cases, Electronics, Batteries, Hazardous Chemical Containers, Motor Oil Containers.

Keep out things that tangle; things like hoses, rope, cords, wire, clothing, plastic bags, ribbons and bows, etc.