Transfer Station


What We Do
The Transfer Station receives materials such as garbage, recyclable materials, household and yard waste from residents and garbage haulers. These collected materials are reloaded and prepared for transport to burn plants and recycling centers. In addition, we organize and conduct Household Hazardous Waste Days on a annual basis. 

Transfer Station Map

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Specifically receiving:

Construction demolition materials
Brush and yard waste
Household garbage - either delivered directly by authorized citizens or collected and delivered by private haulers 
Recyclable materials
Waste oil
Car batteries
Propane tanks 

Transfer Station Annual Permit (Stickers)


  • The new permits will be good through June 30, 2022.

Please review the following for details:



  •  The annual permit will be purchased Online.

  •  The Permit Fee at July 1, 2021 will remain  the same as last year: 
  •  $75.00 if you are not serviced by a private hauler.
  • $45.00 if you are serviced by a private hauler that is registered with the Town of New Canaan Health and Transfer Station Departments.  (Proof of hauler service is required by providing a copy of the most recent trash hauler invoice.)
  •  Please note, the annual fee is not prorated depending upon the time of year purchased.
  •  Applicants can register up to two vehicles per household.  (Proof of registration is required with the online application.)

If you live in New Canaan but have a leased car or car registered outside of New Canaan, you must prove residency (current utility bill or other appropriate proof such as, residence lease or tax bill).

If you own property in New Canaan but do not reside here you must prove ownership (a copy of your New Canaan property tax bill or other appropriate proof).

  • Annual permit applications are no longer available through the old process of completing a downloaded application.  If you do not have access to a computer or need assistance, please call 203-594-3701.

Before clicking to purchase please note:

  • Ticket Search Criteria and Ticket Quantity is 1, whether you are requesting a permit for one or two vehicles.
  • On the first page scroll down to the lower left section of the box and click on the + symbol that is in the green shaded box.
  • You must also complete the "Guest Information" section when asked. This section duplicates some of the above information.
 Click here to purchase the Transfer Station Permit:    


For all questions call the Transfer Station at (203) 594-3701 or email:

Additional fees, as listed below, may be required: 

NOTE:  Residents and property owners must first purchase an Annual Transfer Station Permit to deposit the following material. 

Contractors must be registered in order to deposit material   Click here for the application. 

  • Construction demolition (including wood, sheetrock, roofing materials, etc.)
    •  Contractors         $120.00 / ton
    •  Residents           $120.00 / ton
    •  Up to 300 pounds per day no fee
    •  Over 300 pounds will be assessed $18.00 plus $0.60 per 10 pound increments over 300 pounds.


  • Brush and yard waste (including any yard materials, except leaves which can be deposited at the Highway Leaf Composting
    •  Contractors         $100.00 / ton
    •  Residents           $100.00 / ton
    •  Over 300 pounds will be assessed $15.00 plus $0.50 per 10 pound increments over 300 pounds.

Contact Us

Main Number 203-594-3703
Fax Number  203-594-3702 

Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

Saturdays  7:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. 

Closed on the following Holidays 
New Year's Day Labor Day 
Memorial Day Thanksgiving Day 
Independence Day Christmas Day 

Holiday Hours 7:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Martin Luther King Day 
Presidents' Day 
Good Friday
Columbus Day 
Veterans' Day 

Don Smith Assistant Superintendent of Solid Waste 

139 Lakeview Avenue 
New Canaan, CT 06840

Recycling Facts & Links
Recycling Facts

Single Stream Recycling at the Transfer Station

What's IN? What's OUT? 

Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste Day 
September 11, 2021 - Household Hazardous Waste Day - 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Wastewater Plant (394 Main Street). 
The Town of New Canaan Residents are allowed to attend Hazardous Waste Days of surrounding Towns on the following list at no cost to the residents. Click here for a list of surrounding Towns.

Please have drivers license or registration readily available No commercial (business) loads accepted 

What is household hazardous waste? 
Household hazardous waste can be any improperly discarded product that can be classified as toxic (poisonous), corrosive, flammable or reactive (explosive). Such products can be found in most homes, garages or workshops and when improperly disposed of can poison people and animals and pollute the home and natural environments. Reading label precautions can identify many of these products. Look for the words: Poison, Corrosive, Toxic, Volatile, Flammable, Caution, Danger, or Warning. 

How do I transport these materials safely? 
Bring materials in original containers securely closed 
Pack containers in sturdy, upright boxes and pad with newspaper if necessary 
Never mix chemicals together 
Never smoke or eat while handling hazardous materials 
Leaking or broken containers must be contained 
Do not leave vehicle unless instructed to do so!!

What do I bring? 

From the workbench: 
Oil based paints 
Stains and varnishes 
Wood preservatives 
Paint strippers/thinners 
Aerosol cans 

From the garage: 
Engine cleaner 
Brake fluid 
Car wax, polishes 
Driveway sealers 
Roofing tar 
Swimming pool chemicals

From the yard: 
Insecticides, pesticides 
Chemical fertilizers 
Weed killers 
Moth balls 
Flea control products 
From the house: 
Rubber cement 
Fiberglass resins 
Photo chemicals 
Chemistry sets 
Furniture polish 
Floor and metal polish 
Oven cleaners 
Drain and toilet cleaners 
Spot removers 
Rug and upholstery cleaners 
Fluorescent light bulbs

What not to bring !! 
Latex paints 
Empty containers 
Commercial generated wastes 
Radioactive wastes/Smoke detectors 
Biological wastes 
Prescription medicines/Syringes 
Oil and antifreeze 
Car batteries 
Dry cell batteries 
Propane tanks 

How to dispose of Unwanted Medications

How to dispose of unwanted medications - Fact Sheet

NEW CANAAN, TOWN OF - POLICE: Medication Drop Box 
Medication drop boxes are secured in the lobby of the police department and are accessible anytime the department is open. Items accepted are over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, medication samples, medications for household pets, medicated lotions or ointments. Items that will not be accepted are needles or other sharps, hazardous waste, thermometers, personal care products (shampoo, etc.). No questions asked, just drop the unwanted medications in and they will be safely and securely destroyed. 
Hours: 24 hr. /7 days 

Mercury Toxic, Persistent, Preventable
Mercury, a useful but toxic metal, is being phased out of many industrial and consumer uses. 

However, some mercury can be released to the environment from consumer items discarded 
as solid waste and from mercury dumped down household drains. 

Considering acceptable alternatives to mercury and responsible handling of mercury-containing wastes will help keep mercury out of the environment. 

The Town of New Canaan Public Works Department wants you to prevent mercury from contaminating our environment by: 

1. Reducing your use of mercury containing items 
2. Recycling what you can 
3. Disposing of ALL mercury waste properly--------you can keep mercury out of the water and the atmosphere. 

Please view this important link:

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does our garbage go? 
At the present time, the garbage is being hauled to garbage to energy plants located in New York and Connecticut 
Recyclable materials are brought to a recycling processing center in Stamford, Connecticut.. 

Can I bring paints to the Transfer Station? 
Latex paints can be dried out in cans. Drying time may be shortened by adding kitty litter and then brought to the Transfer Station. Oil paints are to be held until our hazardous waste day is held locally in New Canaan or in participating neighboring Towns. Time and location will be advertised appropriately well before the event. 

Participating towns include: 
Darien Stamford Westport 
Greenwich Weston Norwalk 

Do I need a permit? 
Yes, for or a sticker fee of $45.00 or $75.00 per household per year, residents are welcome to bring their materials to the Transfer Station. Transfer Station Sticker Applications can be downloaded from this site when available.

Can I bring my leaves to the Transfer Station? 
No. The State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection does not allow leaves to be dumped at the Transfer Station. Residents can bring their leaves to the composting site on Lapham Road only. Please contact the Highway Department at 203-594-3704 for composting hours.