Tunxis Mead Compost Area

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Normal Hours of Operation:  The Tunxis Mead Compost Area (located at the end of Tunxis Mead Road) is open year-round on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. – 12 noon, weather permitting. 

Spring/Summer Hours:  Effective Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Tunxis Mead Compost Area will also be open on Saturdays 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 (no hardware, no plywood, pressure-treated, stained, or painted wood) and Christmas trees (no ornaments, tinsel, lights, etc.,).  Wood pallets are acceptable.  Stumps, weeds, and grass clippings are not allowed. 

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 office between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Monday through Friday) to purchase residential tickets @ $8.50/ticket.  Depending on the size of your load will determine 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 Tunxis Mead Compost Area.  Landscapers and contractors are not allowed to pick up this material.

Residential Tickets:

(must be purchased at Highway and Grounds, 544 New Britain Avenue, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

 Passenger Vehicle
1 ticket per load
 Small trailer (towed)
 2 tickets per load
 Van/pickup truck under 3/4 ton
 3 tickets per load


A State DEEP law prohibits Connecticut Solid Waste and Recovery facilities and the Tunxis Mead Compost Area from accepting grass clippings.  This means grass clippings cannot be collected at the curb or brought to the Compost Area.  What can you do?  You can leave clippings on your lawn or compost them at home with other household vegetable or yard waste.  Or grass clippings can be brought to Harvest New England, 232 Colt Highway, Route 6, in Farmington.  Please call 860-674-8855 or visit their website at: