Solid Waste and Recycling




 Free Curbside collection of used clothing, shoes and accessories effective April 6, 2020

Beginning April 6, 2020, the Town of Stonington will implement the Curbside collection of used textiles: clothing, shoes and accessories. The service will be provided by Simple Recycling ( and will be free to the Town of Stonington and its' residents.  If you currently donate to a local organzation, please continue to do so.  This program is meant to offset the 85% of all textiles that are currently disposed of in the trash.    

How It Works:

The week before the program launches, Simple Recycling will send informational mailers to residents of the Town.  The mailers will contain free Simple Recycling bags.  When cleaning out closets or disposing of unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories, residents can place them in these bags.  Residents can then place the Simple Recycling bags at the curb near their recycling container on their normal recycling collection day.  The Town’s contracted hauler will pick them up, free of charge. The hauler will leave replacement Simple Recycling bags at the curb.  If a resident has a lot of material to get rid of, and doesn’t have enough Simple Recycling bags, residents can contact Simple Recycling @ 866-835-5068 or can contact the Town of Stonington Solid Waste and Recycling office @ 860-535-5099.

Simple Recycling will collect a wide range of used textiles items.  The list of accepted items includes:

Used or New Clothing (men’s, women’s, children’s), Boots & Shoes, Bedding (sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters), Belts & Ties, Bras, Coats & Jackets, Fashion Accessories, Handbags & Purses, Hats & Gloves, Linens, Pillows, Sandals & Slippers (in pairs), Socks (single or in pairs), Stuffed Animals, Table Linens, Towels, Undergarments

For more information about the Simple Recycling program, residents can call 866-835-5068 or visit


*CANCELED: Household Hazardous Waste Collection- Stonington, April 4, 2020  and New London, May 2, 2020

SCRRRA 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection & Paper Shredding Event

       For schedule, dates & information click here



Revised 5/11/20:  Stonington Transfer Station Temporary Change in Operations 

   (Curbside Collection of Yellow Bags/Recycling Not Effected)

As part of a multi-stage plan for re-opening the community, the Town will be increasing access to the Transfer Station for Stonington residents. In order to increase access, but also continue to adhere to social distancing guidlines, the Transfer Station will double the number of appointments allowed each day and will resume Sunday hours, also by appointment.  Please note this will take affect Monday, May 11, 2020. 

Due to a record number of residents coming through the Transfer Station and to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the Transfer Station has changed its operations to the following: The Transfer Station can only be accessed by scheduling an appointment 24 hours in advance.  Residents can call Monday-Friday only, between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. to schedule their timeslot @ 860-535-5088. Please do not leave a voicemail message for appointments as they will not be accepted. No same day appointments will be permitted.  Please note, someone will be available to schedule your appointment between 9:00-12:00 p.m. during this time and if you reach the voicemail please call back.  Please be persistent and patient as there is only one phone line and reaching the voicemail means a staff member is currently on the phone. As a reminder, we do not have the staffing levels to be able to make phone appointments on weekends and there is no WIFI capabilitiew at the Transfer Staion , so managing online apppointments is not possible at this time.

Effective Monday, May 11, 2020 the operations schedule will be:

Monday, Tuesday – Open by Appointment Only 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday – Closed

Thursday, Friday – Open by Appointment Only 9:00 3:00 p.m.

Saturday – Open by Appointment Only 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday – Open by Appointment Only 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We are taking these steps to ensure the health of our workers and residents.  As some municipalities are moving towards fully closing their transfer station, we are striving to keep ours open to continue to serve residents and small businesses.


Plastic Bags and Recycling
ATTENTION:  Due to the continued decline in recycling markets, the processors will no longer accept recyclables in plastic bags. Consequently, our haulers will not pick up recyclables in plastic bags.  Although recyclables in plastic bags has never been an accepted part of our collection program, we felt it was important to remind our residents of that fact.


  • Do not put recyclables in plastic bags of any kind.
  • Plastic food storage bags and film are not recyclable.
  • Do not include food contaminated paper with your recyclables.
  • Styrofoam (with or without the #6 recycling symbol) is not recyclable.

Contact the Recycling/Solid Waste Management Office

     @ 860-535-5099 regarding:

  • Garbage Bags
  • Licensing Information for Haulers
  • Commercial Trash Accounts

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
John Phetteplace Director 860-535-5099
Jen Stackpole Administrative Assistant 860-535-5099