Curbside Rubbish Collection
The City of Bristol collects rubbish curbside for Bristol residential properties containing one dwelling unit but not more than five units. This does not include businesses, hospitals, motels or hotels, apartment buildings, nursing centers, condominiums, or dwellings on private roads. City of Bristol rubbish barrels are emptied once a week. Each unit in the building receives one rubbish barrel and one recycle barrel. The cost of rubbish and recycling services are included in your property taxes.
Recyclables are not allowed in rubbish barrels. All items considered recyclable by law must be in recycle containers and separated from rubbish. The best way to cut down on the amount of rubbish you accumulate is by recycling more. Learn more about recycling here.
Allowable materials for residential rubbish
Please bag and deposit burnable rubbish in your gray barrel. The lid must be closed. The following materials are not allowed in rubbish barrels:
- Leaves, brush, woodchips or grass clippings
- Demolition materials (sheetrock, shingles, tile)
- Dirt, sod, sand, rocks, brick, concrete
- Metals larger than 1 gal paint can
- Chemicals (Empty household chemical containers ok)
- Hot ashes
- Smoke detectors
- Mercury-containing thermostats or thermometers
The City of Bristol collects rubbish weekly. To find out what your scheduled rubbish collection day is, please contact Public Works at (860) 584-6125 or look up your address online.
Rubbish will be collected on your scheduled rubbish collection day unless a public holiday falls on or before your collection day. In this situation your collection day will be one day after your regularly scheduled rubbish day (i.e. Monday routes will be picked up on Tuesday, Friday routes on Saturday).
Observed City Holidays
Placement Guidelines for Barrels
Place barrels at the curb by 6:00 am on the day of pick up. Maintain 5 feet of clearance on either side of each barrel and one car length clearance in front of each barrel.
Caring for Your Rubbish Barrel
If your barrel is missing or stolen, you must report the theft to the Bristol Police Department at (860) 584-3000. To obtain a replacement barrel, please call Public Works at (860) 584-6125 and provide us with the case number assigned by the Police Department. We will then deliver a replacement barrel.
If your barrel is damaged, please report it to Public Works and we will repair/replace it. We are currently out of stock of rubbish barrels. If your barrel is damaged, we will try to repair it. If it is unable to be repaired, we will add you to our waiting list and contact you when a rubbish barrel becomes available to set up an exchange.
Please contact Public Works if you need to exchange your barrel for a different size or need an additional barrel (extra rubbish barrels can be provided at an additional yearly fee). Barrels are available in 95 or 68 gallon sizes, depending on current supplies. You can minimize your trash accumulation by recycling more! To request an additional recycle barrel for free, call our office or send us an email (PWSwitchboard@bristolct.gov).
Bulky Waste/Large Items
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