Recycling Bins

Need a recycling bin? The Department of Public Works provides one recycling bin per household. Residents can pick up a free bin from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays on the first floor of City Hall, 355 Main St.

West Haven Co-Collection Pilot Program

The South Central Regional Council of Governments is working with West Haven and other member municipalities — Bethany, Woodbridge, Guilford, Madison, Meriden — to launch pilot projects under the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Materials Management Grant program.

 As the capacity for waste disposal in Connecticut has significantly decreased because of the closure of the Municipal Innovation and Recycling Authority’s waste-to-energy facility in Hartford, food waste diversion and unit-based pricing programs are options to reduce the waste stream and ease the financial burden on municipalities, including West Haven.

 The West Haven pilot project will include the curbside co-collection of municipal solid waste and food waste in different colored bags. After being sorted, the bags containing municipal solid waste are hauled to a waste-to-energy facility or out-of-state landfills, while the food waste is hauled to a biodigester or a composting facility.

 For detailed information on the West Haven pilot program, see the SCRCOG 
FAQ, the West Haven Food Waste Pilot FAQ (PDF) and the West Haven Co-Collection Pilot Program Website

Informational Materials

The Downsizing Donation Guide: A Resource for Residents of New Haven County (PDF)

What’s In? What’s Out? A Guide to Recycling (PDF)

Food Waste Bags

Can I Recycle It?

Type the name of a waste item at RecycleCT, and we will tell you how to recycle or dispose of it.

Single-Stream Recycling

West Haven has single-stream recycling. The West Haven Energy Commission (WHEC) aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and help West Haven residents to be more knowledgeable about what can be recycled, composted, trashed or taken to a different site. To do this, we need your help. Click on the recycling links below for details.

Important Recycling Information:

Connecticut Guide to Recycling (English)

Connecticut Guide to Recycling (Espanol)

Connecticut Recyclable Items List

Connecticut Recycling Laws