New Disposal Fees at Transfer Station

The Town of Hamden will implement fees for waste deposited at the Hamden Transfer Station starting Tuesday June 11th, 2024.

Fees will be assessed by weighing vehicles upon both entering and exiting the Transfer Station. The weight difference will determine the fee. Upon exiting the Transfer Station,
you will be asked to make payment via credit and debit card only at the new outdoor kiosk. No cash, checks, mobile payment services, or other forms of payment will be accepted.

Fees Schedule

Solid and Bulky Waste
1-40 Pounds: No Fee
41-200 Pounds: $0.06 per pound
201+ Pounds: $0.10 per pound

Organic Waste
1-40 Pounds: No Fee
41-200 Pounds: No Fee
201+ Pounds: $0.06 per pound
The above fees will be applied to both Hamden residents and non-residents alike. Credit cards and debits cards are the only accepted forms of payment. Cash, checks, mobile payment services, and other forms of payment will not be accepted. Payment preauthorization will be required when in rental vehicles or in vehicles with large loads.

Requirements for Entry:
• You must physically carry a current and valid driver license
• Current and valid registered vehicle with a license plate
• Major credit card or debit card (no cash, checks, mobile payment services, or other forms of payment will be accepted)

Types of Waste:
The following items can be brought to the Hamden Transfer Station for recycling or disposal:
Solid and Bulky Waste
• Overflow household trash and recycling
• Mattresses and box springs, furniture, rugs, and light bulbs
• Household Electronics and appliances (small appliances, washers, dryers, air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, toasters, lamps, microwaves, computers, televisions, and other electronics)
• Iron and metal (pots and pans, old tools, nuts and bolts, metal coat hangers)
• Artificial Christmas trees
• Cardboard
• Paint (latex and oil based)
• Yard furniture and pool covers (cut into 4ft squares)
• Construction and demolition materials
• Tires (limit of four per year per household)
• Motor oil (used motor oil must be uncontaminated by any other fluid)
Organic Waste:
• Food scraps
• Leaves
• Brush
• Real Christmas trees (free of all wrappings, lights and decorations)

• Hazardous waste such as pesticides, pool chemicals, household cleaners, antifreeze, aerosols and gasoline
• Asbestos
• Concrete, bricks, asphalt
• Vehicle/engine parts, lawnmowers, and other gas-powered equipment
• Batteries
• Root systems, grass clippings, soil, dirt, and sand
• Heating oil tanks
• Propane tanks
• Hypodermic syringes
• Medicine

The above lists are subject to change at the discretion of the Hamden Public Works Director or their designee.

New Traffic Pattern and Procedure:
To accommodate the operation of the Transfer Station scale and the payment kiosk, new traffic patterns are currently in place. All vehicles are required to stop and await a green light before advancing to the scale. When given a green light, please advance to the scale and follow the directions of Town staff while exercising caution.

After you have deposited your waste at the Transfer Station, please follow the traffic pattern. Traffic flows in one direction. Follow the traffic flow to the exit and await a green light to advance to the scale. When given a green light, proceed to check out with the staff. Your vehicle will be weighed, and a fee will be calculated.

Please be prepared to stop and follow all signs, traffic signals, and instructions from Town staff. Your patience is appreciated as additional wait times are expected with the implementation of these new processes.

The fee schedule for waste deposited at the Hamden Transfer Station was approved by the Legislative Council in September 2022 (click here for minutes) effective upon the full operation of the scale, including full implementation of the necessary software and hardware. The cost of disposal for municipal solid waste has increased dramatically over the years and will continue to rise in the future due to the closing of many landfills.

While these fees will not fully cover the cost of running and maintaining the Transfer Station, they will prevent the abuse of the Transfer Station. This pricing places Hamden at the low end of the pricing spectrum for smaller amounts of solid waste, and at the higher end of the spectrum for larger amounts of solid waste.

The Town will continue to provide curbside pickup, bulk trash pickup, and leaf and brush collection at no additional charge to Hamden residents.

The entrance to the Hamden Transfer Station is located at 231 Wintergreen Ave. It is open Monday through Friday, 7:30am-11:30am and 12:30pm-3:00pm, and the 1st Saturday of each month from 8:00am – 11:45am. Gates will close promptly at the above closing times, at which time there will be no further vehicle entry.

For further information, please contact Deputy Chief of Staff, Alexa M. Panayotakis, at (203) 287-7100 or by email at