Yard Waste

 ***YARD WASTE BARRELS OUT OF STOCK*** Unfortunately, we cannot accept new customers at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please do not make a payment for a "new" yard waste service. We are still accepting yard waste renewals for customers who already have a barrel at their property and need a current-year sticker. 

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. Yard Waste Collection is weekly (usually two days after your regular rubbish collection day) from mid-April through mid-November. For 2019, collections will be April 1, 2019 through November 8, 2019. If the weather is mild, the program is often extended into December. You may renew your barrel (or sign up as a new customer) beginning in January, or at any point during the season. 

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.


Barrels that do not have a current-year sticker will not be emptied. New customers: You qualify as a new customer if you do not currently have a yard waste barrel at your property. If you are paying before the season begins, your barrel will be delivered in early March. If you are paying in March or any time during the season, your barrel will be delivered within two business days of the receipt of your payment. The current-year sticker will be applied to your barrel at the time of delivery. Renewals: You qualify as a renewing customer if there is already a yard waste barrel at your property (even if from a previous owner). If you are renewing online or by mail, we will mail you the sticker. If you are renewing in the office, we will hand you the sticker. 

As a cost saving initiative, we will no longer mail renewal notices. To receive notices of renewal and service information via email, sign up for the yard waste subscribers list via Notify Me. 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 our office so we can retrieve your yard waste barrel.

Lost/misplaced stickers will only be available for a $25.00 replacement fee.

How to Pay

In office: Public Works Department Ground Floor of City Hall (111 North Main Street). We accept cash, checks, and charge (Visa, Mastercard, Discover). If you pay with a credit or debit card, the bank charges a convenience fee typically between $2.00-$4.00. Please write all checks payable to the City of Bristol.

By mail: Please write all checks payable to the City of Bristol. Please include a note with your name, address, and phone number. Please address the envelope "Public Works Department 111 North Main Street Bristol, CT 06010." 

Online: There is a service fee between $2.00 and $4.00 for credit/debit card payments and electronic checks (ACH payments - using your bank's routing number and your checking account number). Go to our Payment Center to make an online payment. 

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.

Public Holidays

Yard waste will be collected on your scheduled yard waste 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 yard waste day (i.e. Monday routes will be picked up on Tuesday, Friday routes on Saturday).

Observed City Holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Applications and Composting Information

Other Yard Waste Disposal Options