Commercial Municipal Solid Waste and Mandatory Recyclables : A Brief Overview
The Town Council believes that an important and necessary purpose of local government is the protection of the health and welfare of its citizens.
In fulfilling this purpose, one function of local government has been the collection and disposal of commercial municipal solid waste. The Town
Council created the Groton Resource Recovery Authority. The Authority determined rates for the disposal of waste on a pay as you throw (PAYT) basis.
The Authority competitively selected a hauler to provide commercial solid waste disposal service. You must use the Town's selected hauler. Service
to all commercial and industrial units is mandatory within the Town of Groton.
This includes all commercial, industrial, institutional, fraternal,
religious and public service organizations without respect to size, which use a dumpster equal to or greater than one (1) cubic yard. The following
areas are excluded from participation: all land owned by the Federal Government, the State of Connecticut (unless requested), all vacant land,
establishments with in the limits of Groton Long Point and the City of Groton.
The fees paid for tipping (disposal), at the Regional Waste to Energy facility in Preston, are among the lowest in Connecticut. The Town makes no
profit on this program. You select the size (minimum 1 cubic yard and maximum 10 cubic yards) of the container (dumpster) and frequency of pickup
(6 times a week to 1 time per month). You can control your cost by properly managing the size and frequency based on your needs. Monthly, you pay
the Town of Groton, in arrears, for the rental of a container (dumpster) and each pickup (emptying) of the container.
Here is a list of the mandatory recyclables that are part of the Commercial service:
How the Service Works:
- Mixed Paper (office paper, newspaper, etc)
- Bottles and Cans
- The commercial or industrial business requests service based on its needs by completing and submitting the customer service request form. View current approved rates here.
- New rates that take effect on October 1st, 2011 can be viewed here.
- The Town of Groton Department of Public Works forwards your request to the Town's selected hauler.
- The Department of Public Works creates an account for each business or property owner. The account reflects a bill for the level of service requested.
Service is billed one (1) month in the arrears.
- If you wish to make changes to your level of service or suspend service due to seasonal requirements, you must do so by completing and submitting
the customer service request form.
- If your needs require compactor services, please indicate on the customer service request form. As compaction
units are unique to each application, we will provide rates once we establish your exact needs.
- Collection occurs between 5 am and 8 pm Monday through Saturday. Exceptions to collection hours will occur only:
- upon the mutual agreement of the Department of Public Works and our selected hauler
- when the selected hauler reasonably determines that an exception is necessary in order to complete a collection route
- If the selected hauler observes holidays, they may suspend collection service for the day. Scheduled services will be provided either the day
preceding or immediately following the observed holiday.
- All service complaints (missed pick-ups, broken dumpsters, etc) are to be directed to the Department of Public Works within one (1) business day.
The Department of Public Works will investigate and notify the selected hauler and will work with the customer and the selected hauler to resolve
each complaint. You can reach the Department of Public Works via e-mail (email@example.com),
telephone at 860-448-4083, fax (860-448-4094), or mail at Town of Groton Department of Public Works, 134 Groton Long Point Road, Groton, CT 06340.