UPDATE: Effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020, City Hall offices will be open 8 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, by appointment only until further notice. Departments may be accessed by calling (203) 924-1555, then provide the department extension to leave a voicemail message. To email a City department, please visit www.cityofshelton.org to access the department's home page which will allow you to send an email. The Community Center, Senior Center, Libraries, Registrar of Voters' Office and the Youth Service Bureau remain closed to the public. The Animal Shelter is taking reports by phone for routine issues. The City Yard and the Transfer Station remain open during regular hours. Trash and Recycling pickup will continue as scheduled. For the latest information, resources and guidance related to Corona Virus, COVID-19, visit ct.gov/coronavirus. For additional information, please view the news article box below.

Use and Placement of Carts for Collection

Automated carts have been distributed to residents. The BLUE one is for recycling; the BROWN one is for trash. Trash and recycling will only be collected in the approved containers provided. Do NOT put your name on the carts. The carts have been assigned to your address, NOT to you. You may put your address below the handle.

The initial carts are being provided to you at no cost to improve the quality of your collection service by:

  • Keeping papers, odors, refuse, etc., in the cart….the elements and animals out.
  • Improving your community’s appearance.
  • Provides a quiet, easy to handle container to store and move refuse.
  • Offering a safe, convenient and effective way to handle household waste

Loading Your Cart

To place trash or recycling in your cart, always lift the lid from the front. Be careful to not overload your cart in excess of your ability to safely maneuver it. Trash must be in plastic bags. Do not place the following in your cart:

Paint – Solvents – Gasoline – Soil – Acids – Oil – Hot Ashes – Medical waste – Exposed needles – Sand – Rocks.

NOTE:  Latex Paint is non-hazardous – completely dried may be disposed of in your Trash Cart.

Placing Your Carts for Collection

Make sure the lid is closed. Then grab the handle and use the convenient “tilt and go” design feature (between the wheels at the rear of the cart), and tilt the cart back slightly. Now, safely and easily push or pull the cart. The cart is designed to withstand dragging, however, for easy use, tilt and roll. Don’t forget: always close the lid before moving, and on inclines pull the cart uphill and push the cart downhill. Put your cart out by 5:00 a.m. on your specified pick-up day and place it with the arrow facing the street (or pick-up point) and the handle side facing your house(or away from the collection point). Containers may be placed for collection in the evening preceding the day on which collections will be made, however no earlier than 6:00 p.m. or dusk, whichever is earlier. Always keep the lid closed. This will keep animals, rain, snow and ice out, refuse and odors in the cart. Do not place your carts within three (3) ft. of each other or any other obstructions such as mailboxes, utility poles, fire hydrants, and parked cars or under trees.

If Cart is over filled or not accessible by the truck, your cart will not be collected.

After Collection

Do not leave your cart at the curb or street. To help maintain the appearance of your neighborhood, remove your cart as soon after collection as possible. Carts must be removed no later than 16 hours after collections have been made. Your new cart is designed to be stored in your garage or other convenient location next to your home. Take care to not store your cart close to a furnace, fireplace, grill or other source of excessive heat.


OAK RIDGE HAULING at 203-929-5488

Additional Questions concerning Collection issues call: Highways & Bridges at 203-924-9277