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Compost Center for Wallingford Residents


157 John Street


This program is operated by HQ Dumpsters & Recycling under a contract with the Town.
For info, call:

HQ Dumpsters & Recycling
Compost Center Site/Gate House:

Town Program Planning Office: 203-294-2060


January 13, 2023 - March 15, 2023: CLOSED

March 16, 2023 - April 1, 2023:
Monday/Thursday/Saturday                          8 am - 4 pm

April 3, 2022 - December 1, 2023:
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday      8 am -  3 pm
Thursday                                                                    8 am - 5 pm
Saturday                                                                     8 am - 2 pm

December 2, 2023 - January 13, 2024:
Monday/Thursday/Saturday                           8 am - 4 pm

*CLOSED on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Free Disposal for Wallingford Residents:

  • Brush - Less than 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length. Use the designated area.
  • Leaves - Use the designated area. No plastic bags.
  • Christmas Trees - Cleaned of all ornamentation.

A fee will be charged for oversized tree limbs and logs (see fee schedule below).

Landscapers (and residents driving commercial vehicles or vehicles larger than a personal car or pick-up truck) may deliver leaves free of charge if accompanied by the completed Registration Form certifying the materials are from Wallingford households.

All other commercial vehicles will be charged a fee according to the Operator's fee schedule. Compost, mulch and topsoil are available for a fee. See the current fee schedule or contact the site operator.

Unacceptable Items:

  • NO plastic bags
  • NO lumber or treated, painted or rotted wood
  • NO grass clippings
  • NO soil
  • NO other items such as garden waste, garbage, metal, concrete, tires, cardboard, rocks, stumps, etc.

Don’t Bag Your Grass

Retire your lawn mower bag! You never have to use it again. You can have a green and healthy lawn without having to remove your grass clippings from the lawn.

Clippings left on your lawn do not cause thatch. In fact, the clippings are a fertilizer containing approximately 5% Nitrogen, ½% Phosphorus, 2% Potassium and small amounts of other essential plant nutrients. Clippings are a truly organic fertilizer.

To have a beautiful lawn using grass clippings as a natural fertilizer, simply remove the bag from your mower and do the following:

  • Mow as needed.
  • Use a mulching mower.
  • Do not over water.
  • Do not over fertilize.

Grass clippings can also be added to your compost. Compost bins with composting instructions are available at garden supply stores. There are also composting instructions in books and on video at the Wallingford Public Library.

Remember: Grass clippings are not allowed in your trash or at the Compost Center. For more information, contact the Town at 203-294-2060 OR visit the CT Department of Environmental and Energy Protection.