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Home » Town Services » Public Works » Highway & Grounds

The mission of the Highway and Grounds Department is the construction and maintenance of the town roadways and parks . These duties include seasonal maintenance such as plowing snow, leaf collection, and highway and park construction. This department also handles waste collection, recycling and tree maintenance.

For information on Highway & Grounds Department Updates or Bulky Waste Collection information, Click Here

General Office Information
Trash/Recyclable Pickups
What Can I Recycle at the Curb?

Where can I recycle Electronics (e-Waste)?
What Else Can I Recycle?
Dry Cleaning Bags and Hangers
Tunxis Mead Compost Area
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Paint Recycling Program

Other Companies Licensed to Dispose of Other Materials
Bulky Waste Collection Information or Other Highway & Grounds Updates


Highway and Grounds: 860-675-2550
Highway & Grounds Superintendent Scott Zenke

Ext. 2551

Public Works Management Assistant Maureen Regner Ext. 2552
Secretary Laura Strong Ext. 2359

Chuck Holmes

Tad Johnson

Ext. 2554

Ext. 2554

Grounds Foreman Seth Yabrosky

Ext. 2052

Highway Foreman Christopher Rossignol Ext. 2553
Building Maintenance Dave Kaseta Ext. 2053

Sign Department

Mike Baisselait

Ext. 2555

Director of Public Works and Development Services/Town Engineer - (Office located at Town Hall)

Russell Arnold, Jr., P.E.

(860) 675-2330


General Office Information

Farmington Highway and Grounds
544 New Britain Ave.
Farmington, CT 06032

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Phone: (860) 675-2550  
Fax:  (860) 674-1076



Trash/Recyclable Pickups

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your normal trash and/or recyclables NOT BEING PICKED UP on your regularly scheduled day, please call Highway & Grounds @ 860-675-2550. 

  • To ensure proper trash and recyclable pickups, all are required to be at the curbside the night before your normal trash/recycling day.
  • Carts should be placed within 6 feet of curb, 4 feet away from the other objects, and with the front of the cart facing the street (wheels toward your home).
  • Always bag trash to keep cart clean and allow trash to flow out freely.
  • No bulk items, construction debris, hazardous items, or flammable materials in carts.
  • No grass clippings, branches, or lawn debris in carts.
  • No plastic bags, pizza boxes, styrofoam, or other foam plastics in Recycling carts.


Please note:  The ONLY three (3) Holidays observed for Trash & Recycling picked up by the Town's Contractor (Waste Material Trucking Company) are:  Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. 

If your normal pick-up day falls on one of these 3 Holidays, then your pick-up day will be delayed by one (1) day, STARTING with the holiday.  (For example: Thursday, Thanksgiving Day pickup will be on Friday and Friday's normal pickup will be on Saturday).



There are two curb-side recycling programs in the Town of Farmington that, between them both, provide service to most of Farmington's residents: The Town's collection program provided by Waste Material Trucking and CWPM Services' program. The Town's program provides service to most of the single family residences in town, while CWPM Services covers most of the multi-family residences that offer curb-side collection.



What Can I Recycle at the Curb?

Please See MIRA's Web Site for details



 Electronics Recycling (e-Waste)?

As of 7/1/10, the State of Connecticut mandated recycling of electronics known as "Covered Electronic Devices" or CED's.  Televisions, computers (desktop or laptop), monitors, keyboards, and printers MUST be recycled.  Each year, the Town of Farmington in conjunction with the Farmington Booster Club hosts an Electronic Recycling day which is normally held the same day as the Hazardous Waste Collection.  

E-waste is anything that has a battery or a power plug and is no longer wanted.  For more information regarding e-Waste, please visit the State of Connecticut's website:

You may also bring your electronics directly to Green Monster ecycling located at 150 Brook Street, West Hartford.  Please call 860-816-2281 or visit their website at:

Or you may bring your electronics to a local Best Buy store for recycling.  Please visit their website:





 What Else Can I Recycle?

While curb-side recycling may be the most convenient way to recycle. It certainly isn't the only way. Below is a list of some locations where you can recycle items not accepted in your curb-side recycling program. Remember, these items can only be recycled at specially designated locations, and should not be included in your recycling bin

  • Plastic Grocery Bags
    Plastic Grocery Bags can be returned to the Stop & Shop in Unionville. A collection container is located outside of the building near the entrance. Please only use this container for plastic grocery bags. Other plastic bags may be made from other, nonrecyclable, materials.
  • Rechargable Nickel-Cadmium Batteries
    Nickel-Cadmium battery packs are commonly used in rechargable appliances, laptop computers and cellular phones. While these batteries are rechargable, they will eventually wear out. The worn battery can be taken to a local Radio Shack (West Farms Mall).
  • Telephone Books
    For residents not on the Town's trash/recycling pickup, there is a small telephone book recycling container located at the Staples House parking lot (next to the Main Library).  It will no longer be at the ATT building on Main Street (Rt. 10).  For residents on the Town's trash/recycling pickup, you can now recycling them in your blue Town of Farmington recycling cart.

Control Telephone Directory Delivery!

Choose which phone directories you receive or stop delivery altogether.

Click on the green button, enter your zip code and follow the prompts. Be sure to check your e-mail for a confirmation message.  From there you will be prompted to log back into the opt-out website where you can finish the process.

Your information will not be sold to third-parties and will be used solely to update publishers' delivery information.




Dry Cleaning Bags and Hangers

Please check with your local Dry Cleaner.



Winter Hours:  Effective December 16, 2015, the Tunxis Mead Compost Area (located at the end of Tunxis Mead Road) will be open on Wednesdays ONLY from 8 a.m. - 12 noon, WEATHER PERMITTING. 

THE GATES CLOSE PROMPTLY AT NOON.  Please call 860-675-2550 during inclement weather. 
Residents may bring brush and leaves there at no charge by showing their driver's license.  Also allowed is clean lumber ONLY (no plywood, pressure-treated, stained or painted wood).  Stumps and grass clippings are not allowed.  Wood pallets are acceptable. 

If your brush is under six inches (6") in diameter, the length of the brush does not matter, however if it is larger than six inches (6") in diameter, you will need to stop by the Farmington Highway and Grounds Division office between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday -Friday, to purchase residential tickets @ $8.50/ticket.  Depending on the size of your load determines how many tickets you will need.  Also, if your brush is larger than six inches (6") in diameter, it will need to be cut into two-foot (2') lengths before you bring it.

Residents may pick up leaf compost and wood mulch from the Compost Area.  Landscapers and Contractors are NOT ALLOWED to pick up this material.




Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Many common household products contain hazardous chemicals that with repeated or excessive contact may lead to lung problems, brain and nerve damage, cancer and even death. A product is considered hazardous if it’s:

  • TOXIC - can injure or kill if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin
  • FLAMMABLE - may explode or ignite, even when cool
  • CORROSIVE - can cause permanent tissue damage through contact
  • REACTIVE - creates an explosion or produces deadly vapors

You can learn to avoid these chemicals by reading the labels. Those labeled Danger or Poison are typically the most hazardous. Others may be labeled Caution or Warning because they are skin or eye irritants. These signal words will be near a phrase that describes the nature of the hazard, such as “vapors harmful” or "extremely flammable”.

These products SHOULD NOT be thrown away in the regular trash. Farmington schedules an annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day that enables residents to bring unwanted household hazardous materials for collection and proper disposal by a licensed hazardous waste contractor.


 The Town of Farmington is happy to announce that we are working with the Towns of Simsbury, Avon, Canton, and Granby to provide Household Hazardous Waste Collections.  The collections will run from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be open to all residents from Simsbury, Avon, Canton, Granby, and Farmington. 
Farmington residents will no longer be able to participate in any of the MDC household hazardous waste collections.

There will be three (3) collection dates that Town of Farmington residents can attend:

  • April 30, 2016 – at Farmington High School, 10 Monteith Drive, Farmington
  • June 18, 2016 – at Simsbury Public Works Facility, 66 Forest Town Road, Simsbury
  • November 5, 2016 - at Simsbury Public Works Facility, 66 Forest Town Road, Simsbury

On the same day, the Town of Farmington is also offering FREE to residents:

  • Electronics Recycling drop-off at Farmington Town Hall Parking Lot
  • Shred Event at Farmington Main Library Parking Lot - (please limit to 3 boxes; no commercial)
  • Used Motor Oil collection

Acceptable items:

  • Fluorescent and compact light bulbs
  • Batteries – common household batteries including rechargeable batteries & car batteries
  • Lawn care chemicals – fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides
  • Switches or items containing Mercury – thermometers, thermostats, motion detectors
  • Household cleaners – acids, adhesives, aerosol cans, ammonia, drain cleaner, disinfectants, moth balls, etc.
  • Chemicals from the garage or workshop – antifreeze, ant/bug spray or bait, brake fluid, old gasoline, oil based paints, lighter fluid, polyurethane, pool chemicals, road flares, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, wood stain, etc.

Unacceptable items:

  • Ammunition and/or explosives (including gunpowder)
  • Asbestos
  • Business Waste – (collection is for residential waste only)
  • Cement
  • Empty Containers – A container is considered empty when no more than one inch or 3% (by weight) of material is left in the container, these can be disposed of in the regular trash.
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Freon
  • Marine Flares – Pyrotechnic flares cannot be accepted at the Collection because they are categorized as explosives.
  • Ice melt – Ice melt is not hazardous and can be disposed in the regular trash
  • Latex Driveway Sealer (Genite) – Driveway sealer is not hazardous; solidify then throw in the regular trash
  • Latex Paint – can be recycled through PaintCare
  • Medicine/Drugs/Needles/Syringes
  • Propane Tanks for gas grills
  • Appliances
  • Smoke detectors
  • Tires
  • Used Oil Filter


Recycle your leftover paint through PaintCare

Paint Recycling Program (State of CT Paint Stewartship Legislation):

Starting 7/1/13, a Connecticut law requires the paint and coatings industry to develop a financially and environmentally sustainable solution to manage postcomsumer architectural paint.  Under the new program, the paint industry will make paint recycling more convenient by setting up drop-off sites throughout the state where consumers can take their paint.  PaintCare will also conduct outreach and education about buying the right amount and using up remaining paint. 

For drop-off locations and program information, please go to:


Other Companies Licensed to Dispose of Other Materials

Fees are charged and subject to change…Please call the following companies for:

  • appliances, scrap metal, air conditioners:
    J.W.Green @ 860-747-5514
  • grass clippings, clean stumps:
    Harvest New England @ 860-674-8855
  • mattresses, furniture, and construction debris:
    CWPM @ 860-829-0714
  • old and broken down vehicles, at no cost to their owners, and recycle or auction them to benefit your local Make-A-Wish Connecticut:
  • Cars To Cure Breast Cancer accepts donated vehicles and either recycles or auctions them off. Earned proceeds from the sale of the vehicle benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All donations help to fund breast cancer research so that we can one day see a cure for breast cancer:

A State D.E.P. law prohibits Connecticut's solid waste and resource recovery facilities and the compost area from accepting grass clippings. This means grass clippings cannot be collected at the curb or brought to the compost area. What can residents do? You can leave clippings on your lawn or compost them at home with other household vegetable or yard waste. For a fee, grass clippings can be brought to Harvest New England (formerly GreenCycle), 232 Colt Highway, Route 6, Farmington, CT or you may contact Chris Field at 860-674-8855, or fax @ 860-677-0067; email: or on the web at

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