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Curbside Rubbish Collection
Residential Service
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.

Recyclables are not allowed in rubbish barrels. Recycle barrels have a list of acceptable items imprinted on the cover. All items considered recyclable by law must be in recycle containers and separated from rubbish.

Allowable materials for residential rubbish
Please bag and deposit burnable rubbish in your grey 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
  • Electronics
  • Liquids
  • 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.
To be notified of service schedule changes, please join our mailing list.

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).

To be notified when there is a schedule change, please sign up for our mailing list by following this link: Public Works News and Info on Notify Me, or follow us on FaceBook or Twitter

Public 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

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 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.

Please contact Public Works if you need to exchange your barrel for a different size or need an additional barrel. Barrels are available in 95, 68, or 32 gallon sizes, depending on current supplies.

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