The Killingworth Transfer Station is located on Recycle Way, on Route 81, just north of the Killingworth Library. Use of the Transfer Station is open to Killingworth residents at no charge.

To bring your trash to the Transfer Station, you must display a current town sticker on your vehicle’s windshield. Each household is entitled to two stickers and each sticker is good for only one vehicle.  Stickers are available at:

  • Tax Collector’s Office or First Selectman’s Office, Town Hall, during regular business hours. Bring current registration for each vehicle.
  • The Transfer Station office, during normal hours of operation.

To obtain stickers, you must fill out a registration form and present your vehicle registration. The form is available to the right; to save time, print it out and bring it with you.

When you sell your vehicle, be sure to remove the town sticker. If the new owner lives in Killingworth, a new sticker will be required.  Remember, through our taxes we pay for each pound of trash we dispose of; when nonresidents use our transfer station, we are paying for their free ride.

Killingworth pays by the ton for solid waste disposal, but we get paid a small amount for every ton of recyclables. So the more we recycle, the lower our taxes. In addition to the recyclables you can bring to the Transfer Station, many items can be kept out of the household waste bins:

  • Table scraps can be composted. You can find information at such websites as
  • Plastic bags can be returned to most supermarkets; better yet, bring reusable bags when you shop.
  • Paint in containers with labels – both latex and oil-based – should be brought to a PaintCare drop-off location such as Killingworth True Value.
  • Used books can be donated to the Killingworth Library.
  • Old eyeglasses are collected by the Lions Club in boxes around town.

Killingworth’s Transfer Station is more user friendly than almost any other town’s. Let’s keep it that way.

What can I Bring?
Residents may dispose of regular household garbage, all paper (newspaper, cardboard, office paper), bottle and cans including plastics #1 -#7 without additional fees.  Old clothing, linens, … can be deposited into our new textile recycling bin.
Brush – up to 3″ in diameter and not longer than 8′ in length.
Scrap metal – items must be drained of any oil or gasoline

What shouldn’t I Bring?
No hazardous wastes such as lead based paint, asbestos or pesticides should be brought to the facility. These items may be disposed of at Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days set up in the area throughout the late spring and summer.

No wood larger than 3″ in diameter may be disposed of at the facility.
No clean fill (rocks, concrete, dirt etc.) can be disposed of at the site


The Transfer Station is now accepting textiles for recycling. Residents may bring unwanted textiles, in plastic bags, and deposit them in the designated white bin during normal Transfer Station hours. Items must be clean and dry. Acceptable items for recycling include: footwear, clothing, accessories such as hats, purses, belts, duffle bags, tote bags, linens such as sheets, blankets, drapes, dish towels, rugs, and stuffed animals. 


The program is run by Bay State, which reimburses the town $100/ton for collected textiles. 


See the full list of items and more information here:



Last fall, Killingworth rolled out a food scraps recycling program at the Transfer Station. The program is free to all town residents with a transfer station pass. Acceptable items include fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry and bones, fish/shellfish and shells, dairy products, bread, pasta, rice, grains, eggs, eggshells, chips and snacks, nuts and seeds, left over and spoiled food, coffee grounds, tea bags (no staples), paper towels and napkins used for food production (not for cleaning), cut flowers and pet food (no pet waste).


Blue Earth Compost, based in Hartford, will provide the bins for the Transfer Station and will collect the food scraps on a weekly basis and haul them to Quantum Biopower, a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection-approved anaerobic digester in Southington. In 21 days, Quantum can convert the food scraps into compost, and contain the methane byproduct inside the facility into bio-gas that generates electricity.


The ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of tonnage hauled away by removing food from the trash. Other surrounding towns, such as Haddam, Deep River, Guilford, Old Saybrook and Essex are participating in similar food scrap recycling programs.


How to Participate: 

1. Collect your food scraps in a BPI Certified compostable bag or a container of your choosing. If using a bag, when full, close off the bag by tying a knot at the open end. Please don’t use twist ties or rubber bands. Then place it in a larger container for storage until you are ready to go to the transfer station.

2. Bring your food scraps to the Transfer Station at Recycle Way and dump them into the larger bins supplied by Blue Earth Compost. 

Estuary Region Household Hazardous Waste

The Estuary Region Household Hazardous Waste Facility is located in Essex (Rte 9, Exit 4, Past the CRRA Transfer Station, up hill, on left) There is no fee to attend.
Please Note: Identification required! Drivers’ licenses will be checked.
Commercial waste is not accepted at HHW Collections.

Acceptable Materials

    • Metal polish
      Oven cleaners
      Floor cleaners
      Photo chemicals
      Full/partially-full aerosols
      Arts & crafts supplies
      Household batteries
      Asbestos-containing material (double-bag in plastic bags & wet down)
      Water-reactive materials (such as peroxides and metallic sodium)
      Drain cleaners
      Mercury Thermometers (A free digital thermometer will be given in exchange.)


    • Old chemistry kits
      Transmission fluid
      Gasoline, kerosene
      Waxes and polishes
      Brake fluid
      Fire starters including hand-held propane torch cylinders
      Rust preventatives


    • Wood preservatives
      Wood strippers
      Oil-based paint
      Lead-based paint
      Paint thinner
      Rust preventatives


    • Insect sprays
      Rodent poison
      Muriatic acid/pool chemicals
    • Weed killer
      Cesspool cleaners

Unacceptable Materials

    • Explosives, fireworks, ammunition (Contact State Police)
      BBQ Propane tanks (Contact propane gas company)
      Fire Extinguishers (Contact your fire department)
      Empty aerosal cans
      Radioactive material
      Infectious or biologically active materials
      Waste Oil
      Vehicle Batteries
      Unknown materials
      Latex paint (This can be air-dried or dried with sawdust or kitty litter and disposed in garbage)
      Any commercial hazardous waste

Hours / Location

Tuesdays: 2-7pm
Thursdays: 2-7pm
Saturdays: 8am-2pm

Recycle Way, Route 81
Francis Harris, Supervisor