Getting the most out of your spring cleaning project

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — This coming weekend will be a good time to toss out that junk you’ve been storing at your home for so long, and News 8 has got your back on how you can get the most out of your next spring cleaning project.

At the New Haven Transfer Station, you can drop off recycling Monday through Saturday, but for your other bulk waste they’ll actually come to your house and pick it up. That’s how it works in New Haven, but it’s different in every town.

In West Haven, there’s bulk waste pickup four weeks out of the year. The first one was a month ago, the next one is coming up in June.

In Hamden, you can put out bulk waste any time this month and they will pick it up.  In Milford, they have bulk waste collection coming up in May. It’s different weeks depending on your regular trash pickup day, and Middletown is like New Haven, you can call and make an appointment and they will come pick it up.

“There’s a small fee associated with it,” said New Haven Public Works Director Jeff Pescosolido, “$50, proof of residence, we set up an appointment, and DPW staff will be there on a specific day.”

There are always restrictions, however. There are certain things you cannot put out for DPW to pick up, ever. Paint cans, propane tanks, flourescent light bulbs, all those things you cannot throw away.

There are places you can take hazardous waste. The main one for New Haven County is behind the water authority building next to Interstate 95 and the new furniture store. They don’t open for another month, however.

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