Automated Trash & Recycling Collection

On March 2nd, 2020, the Town of Bristol began distributing trash and recycling containers directly to doors. Every Bristol residence will receive 1 of each 65-gallon container - Blue for Recycling and Green for Trash.

The automated collection begins the week of March 30th, 2020.

In an effort to better serve our businesses community, the Town of Bristol is offering the option for commercial entities to purchase up to 1 trash container and 2 recycling containers. More information on this service is available by calling the Department of Public Works at 401-253-4100 X-406.

Please Note: The Town of Bristol is not offering the option to swap out container sizes during the initial roll-out of this program. The Town of Bristol thanks you for your cooperation during this implementation period.

Thank you for your enthusiasm, and we look forward to better servicing you!

did you know? you can re-use your old trash barrels for yard waste! 

Please consider reusing your old 35 gallon barrels to dispose of yard waste. Guidelines are outlined below and you can learn more about the compost operations HERE.


  • Trash barrels being used for yardwaste must be clearly market COMPOST
  • Weight limit for bags and barrels is 50lbs MAX
  • Barrel size is limited to 35 gallons
  • The same weight and size limits apply to store bought reusable yardwaste bags/containers
  • If using yard waste bags, the limit is 20 bags per week
  • If using barrels, the limit is 10 barrels per week


  • Custom-made barrels, overweight barrels, and/or oversized barrels will NOT be emptied
  • Barrels that are on wheels or that have been fabricated in any way (rope handles, etc.) will NOT be emptied
Automated Trash FAQ
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