HAMDEN – Public Works Director Craig Cesare announces the scheduling of Fall leaf and brush collection and wishes to remind residents of the guidelines. Leaf and brush collection will begin Monday, November 9th. Hamden Public Works will collect leaf and brush throughout the month of November and through the end of the year, weather permitting.
Leaves must be placed in paper bags (not plastic) and brush must be bundled and tied with string or twine. Bundles should weigh no more than 50 lbs., exceed no more than four feet in length and contain no pieces in excess of four inches diameter. Bundled brush and bagged leaves shall be placed at the curb separate from any refuse or bulk trash, and shall not obstruct any fire hydrant, sidewalk, driveway or street. No person or property owner shall rake, place or blow, or cause to be raked, placed or blown, any leaves into any street within the town, from private lands, property or sidewalk. Disposal of root systems, grass clippings and soil are prohibited.
Director Cesare would like to remind residents of the requirement to bag all of their leaves and yard waste if they wish them to be collected by the Town. Only those residences where all occupants are physically disabled or unable to bag their leaves, and have provided the necessary documentation to the Town, may rake their leaves to the curb.
This greatly speeds up the process and allows all residents to have their leaves and yard waste picked up in a timely manner. Residents whose leaves are placed at the curb un-bagged without having received permission from the Town to do so will NOT receive the service and run the risk of being fined $100 per day. For questions regarding curbside leaf pick-up eligibility documentation, please contact the Town Attorney's Office at (203) 287-7050.
Leaves cannot be picked up from private roads or from roads that have not been accepted into the Town road system. Residents on unaccepted and private roads may bring leaves to the Transfer Station during normal hours, Monday through Friday from 7:30am-11:30am, and 12:30pm-3:00 pm. While normally closed on weekends, Public Works is offering Saturday hours at the Transfer Station on the following dates: November 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19. Public Works is able to offer this service at no additional cost, as it will be captured in the already contractual Leaf Overtime expense.
Please contact Public Works at (203) 287-2600 for further information.