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DPW Winter Hints

Winter storms and snow removal can be a challenge for all Granby residents. DPW does its best to keep the roads passable and safe. Please note the following suggestions, ordinances and rules to ensure a safe winter season for all:

Trash and recycling

Unless the roads are closed, Paine’s will collect trash/recycling on its regular schedule. You must have your barrels out by 6 a.m. If you choose not to put out your trash/recycling due to a storm, your barrels will not be emptied until your next scheduled pickup day. 

Barrels should be placed at the end of your driveway in a location accessible to the trash hauler and at least two feet from the roadway. Barrels should not be placed in the street or on top of a snowbank.

Paine’s has an e-mail alert system that will notify you of any changes to your service schedule due to a holiday or inclement weather. Sign up at


Before your final cleanup, check to see if the street has been plowed all the way to the curb. If it has, you should be safe to clean the end of your driveway. If it hasn’t, rest assured the plow will be back to make another pass and fill up the end of the driveway. You can reduce the amount of snow deposited in your driveway by shoveling or plowing snow to the right side of your driveway as you face the street. Do not shovel or plow snow into the street. It creates a hazard and you may be held liable in the case of an accident.


During the winter season, it is inevitable that some mailboxes will fall victim to winter’s forces. In accordance with Granby Town Ordinance, the town will repair or replace a mailbox that is damaged as the result of direct contact with a town snow plow. Mailboxes that are damaged from the force of snow thrown against them or mailboxes that are located closer than nine-inches to the road are not eligible for repair. If your mailbox is damaged, you may report it to Public Works and a department employee will investigate the damage, determine the cause and schedule repairs if applicable.


Granby Town Ordinance prohibits the parking of any vehicle on a town road from the start of a storm until 12 hours after the storm has ended. Vehicles that violate the parking ban may be towed at the owner’s expense.


Granby Town Ordinance requires a homeowner whose property abuts a sidewalk to keep it clean of snow and ice. Residents have up to eight hours after the end of the storm to clear the sidewalk. If the storm occurs overnight, residents have up to eight hours after sunrise to clear the sidewalk.


Sand mixed with salt is available at Granby Animal Shelter, 166 Salmon Brook St. opposite McLean Game Refuge. Residents of Granby may take one five-gallon bucket at a time.

Child Safety

Do not allow children to play on snowbanks along the side of the road. The plow may return to push back snowbanks and even in good conditions, it is difficult for a driver to see the children.

Trash Holidays

Please be aware that Wednesday, Dec. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, will be holidays for Paine’s. All Wednesday through Friday trash/recycling pickups will be delayed by one day for those two weeks. 

Monday, Jan. 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not a trash holiday. 

Did you know you can receive an email alert if a holiday or weather event will affect your trash service? Sign up at

Christmas trees

Public Works will pick up Christmas trees during the first two weeks of January. Weather permitting, trees will be picked up on the same day as your trash. Please make sure the tree is visible and accessible.

2020 Recycling calendar

The recycling schedule for next year is included in this issue of the Drummer. Please clip and save. The calendar is always available on the Public Works page on the Granby website.

Extra trash and recycling

If your trash is piling up this holiday season, extra trash bags are on sale at both the DPW and Transfer Station during hours of operation. Bags are $2 each and can be placed next to your trash barrel on your pick up day. Extra recycling can be brought to the transfer station Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Winter Operations

Please check the Public Works page on the Granby website at and the accompanying article.