Preparing for spring

The Darien Department of Public Works will be continuing its bulk pickup program by appointment again in the spring. Pickup will be by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning April 2 and ending on June 12.
Each residence is restricted to a single pickup per calendar year. Items are limited to those too large for transport by a passenger car or SUV. Residents should have their debris placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of their scheduled pickup. No pickups will be made at addresses on private streets (unless property has road frontage on public street).
The following items will not be accepted:
*hazardous waste.
*sealed containers or barrels.
*liquid wastes and paint.
*propane tanks, fire extinguishers or other pressure vessels.
*pathological or medical waste.
*logs, stumps, leaves, grass clippings and brush.
*batteries (bring to transfer station).
*sheetrock (gypsum board or wall board).
Wood items must be less than 4 feet long and 6 inches in diameter. Refrigerators, dehumidifiers and air conditioners require a refrigerant sticker with an additional fee of $15, which may be paid at the Department of Public Works in Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, or at the scalehouse. If purchasing the refrigerant sticker at the scalehouse, bring exact change. Remove refrigerator doors for safety and affix sticker onto device.
Residents are urged to use the town’s website and QAlert system to schedule pickup appointments. Go to, click on citizen service requests below the first selectman’s picture on the left, follow prompts and fill in the blanks.
You should get an email confirmation acknowledging receipt of your request within minutes. By the Friday preceding your preferred pickup date, you’ll receive a confirmation notice or another suggested pickup date. Residents without email access should call George Swift at 203-656-7374 and leave a voice mail message.