• Email
  • Print

Grass Clippings and Yard Waste Information

Per Connecticut State law, grass clippings are prohibited from disposal at resource recovery facilities or solid waste facilities.  This means grass clippings are prohibited from being disposed of in your green trash cart or blue recycling cart.  

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) recommends grass clippings be left on the lawn where they will decompose and act as a natural organic fertilizer. Here are a few tips and recommendations provided by CT DEEP.

  • Any mower can recycle grass clippings. Simply remove the grass catcher! Ask your lawn mower dealer if a special safety plug or adaptor kit is needed to convert your mower into a "recycling" mower. You can also have a mulching blade installed
  • Keep your grass mowed to 2"- 3" tall
  • Do not remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade in any single mowing. For example, if your lawn is kept at 2" tall, it should not be allowed to grow higher than 3" before it is mowed again.
  • Mow when the grass is dry.
  • Keep your mower blade sharp because dull mowers tear the grass blade, injuring the plant, and create a brownish cast to the turf.
  • If the grass gets just a bit too high, simply mow over the clippings a second time to further shred and scatter them.
  • If excessive growth occurs between mowings, raise the mower height, mow, and then gradually lower it over a span of several mowings. This will help prevent shock to the plants.
  • When it’s time to replace your mower, consider buying a mulching, recycling, or a non-polluting reel mower. All of these do a good job of shredding and scattering grass clippings

CT DEEP also has other tips and recommendations for grass clippings. 

Disposing of other yard waste is also discouraged.  Yard waste disposed in refuse carts is heavy which increases the Town's per ton cost to incinerate. Other methods to dispose of yard waste are available including spring yard collection and disposal at the Yard Waste and Recycling Center.

Grass clippings and yard waste can be properly discarded at the Town's Yard Waste and Recycling Center with a valid residential permit. Commercial landscapers can bring yard clippings to the center for a $15.00 per yard charge. Grass clippings and other yard waste is accepted at the center in 30 gallon biodegradable bags.  Grass transported to the center in plastic bags must be removed from the bags at the center.