Yard Waste

***Please note that we are temporarily out of yard waste barrels and will not be accepting new yard waste customers at this time. If you do not have a yard waste barrel, and would like us to reach out to you when the barrels are back in stock, please email us at publicworks@bristolct.gov with your name, address, and phone number and we will put you on a waiting list. 

If you have a yard waste barrel that you are no longer using, please email us at publicworks@bristolct.gov or call 860-584-6125 so we can arrange to pick it up. 

We are still accepting yard waste barrel renewals.  

Residential Yard Waste Collection Service 

The City of Bristol offers a curbside yard waste collection service for an annual fee, currently $90.00 for the season. Subscribers receive a 95 gallon green yard waste container, which the City will deliver when your paid application is received.

Yard Waste Collection is weekly (usually two days after your regular rubbish collection day) from mid-April through mid-November. For 2018, collections will be April 2nd through November 9th.

To sign up for the yard waste subscribers list, please visit our Notify Me section and enter your email address. You can then receive notices of renewal and service information via email. ** As a cost saving initiative, we will no longer mail renewal notices. We can process renewals by March 1 of each year. 

Applications and Composting Information

Holiday Schedule - Yard Waste collection will be one day delayed after a City Holiday. Friday Yard Waste routes will be collected on Saturdays during a holiday week.

Paid subscribers will receive a sticker that must be adhered to the barrel. Barrels that do not have a sticker will not be emptied. Lost/misplaced stickers will only be available for a $25.00 replacement fee.

Renewal information is sent to subscribers who have joined our Notify Me list once the annual fee is set by the Board of Public Works. If you choose not renew your service, please contact Public Works at (860) 584-6125 and arrange for us to collect your yard waste barrel.

**Renew your Yard Waste Service On Line**
You can now pay for your Yard Waste Service on line with a credit card or electronic check. There is a service fee of 2.95% for MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards, $3.95 for Visa debit and a $1.50 service fee for electronic check (using your bank's routing number and your checking account number) payment. Go to our Payment Center to make an online payment. Your paid sticker will be mailed to you after payment is received.

Acceptable Yard Waste

Acceptable yard waste consists of grass clippings, leaves, woodchips, and small twigs no thicker than 1 inch and no longer than 12 inches. All yard waste must be placed in the provided yard waste container in such a manner that the material will freely exit the container when it is inverted. No dirt, sod, rubbish, rocks, sand, or other foreign materials are allowed. Barrels weighing in excess of 300 lbs. will not be emptied. No bagged yard waste or yard waste in regular rubbish barrels will be collected as part of your service.

Proper curbside placement of yard waste containers is critical for curbside collection. Barrels must be spaced a minimum of five (5’) feet apart. Please have barrels curbside by 6:00 AM on your collection day.