Solid Waste and Recycling
The Town of Swansea offers its residents weekly curbside collection of trash, recyclables and yard waste. Participating residents pay an annual fee as set by the Board of Selectmen as well as paying for the trash bags used in disposal. Currently the annual fee is $115.00 with costs of bags set at $2.00 each for 33 gallon bags and $1.00 each for 15 gallon bags. Bags are sold in packages of seven (7). Bags are sold at grocery and convenience stores in Swansea and neighboring communities.
Participating residents may also dispose of other items curbside with the purchase of tags (current cost is $10.00 each) also available at attach link here to list of stores. One bulk item per week with a tag attached may be set out for pickup with a resident’s household trash. TV’s, electronic items, large appliances and scrap metal (each requiring a tag) are also picked up by appointment. Call the private vendor WASTE MANAGEMENT at 800-972-4545 to schedule a pickup.
Swansea’s trash program is supported by more than 95% of all eligible households – currently in excess of 5900. Approximately 300 households choose not to participate utilizing their own vendor who typically picks up a container placed in their front yards. Nonparticipants are not eligible for recycling services and yard waste pickup whose costs are paid for by the annual trash fee.
For weekly pickup the town is divided into five sections. Pickups are performed Mondays through Fridays with two exceptions. There is a one-day delay for collection on weeks containing each of the six major holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). In the case of severe weather pickup may be postponed for one day.
Residents must place trash, recyclables and yard waste (all streams are collected on the same day) curbside by 7:00am on their collection day.
On a bi-annual basis, Swansea provides a day for residents to dispose of Household Hazardous Wastes. Typically held in April at the Case Junior High School Parking area residents may bring chemicals, paints, automotive wastes, electronics, propane tanks and documents for shredding. A small fee may be charged for some items.
There is no other drop-off service or location to dispose of unwanted items in Swansea (no transfer station). Construction and demolition material disposal is not provided for in the Town’s Solid Waste Program. Residents are expected to obtain their own dumpster or transport these materials themselves out of town.
The Town also has a receptacle for textile collection at the Junior High School.
There is also a cardboard dumpster at the Swansea Highway Department for residents to use. Cardboard boxes must be broken down.