WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford’s Department of Public Works will hold its 7th annual Open House on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its facility on 17 Brixton Street, West Hartford, in observance of National Public Works Week.

At the event children can sit in big trucks, while adults safely shred confidential papers and get all their questions answered. Cast your vote for your favorite poster created by West Hartford schoolchildren.

Attendees can enter a free drawing for five yards of landscaping mulch of their choice from Supreme Forest Products, West Hartford’s Recycling Center operators. The mulch will be delivered free of charge. Public Works will also have a free drawing for a bulky and metal waste pickup.

Held nearby on the Oakwood extension, Valley Green Shredding (in cooperation with Covanta Energy) will hold a free residential paper shredding event for West Hartford residents from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Confidential papers can be disposed of properly and safely. This event is for residents only, no businesses.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the West Hartford Food Pantry and help a neighbor in need. West Hartford DPW is joining 34 other communities in Connecticut to Fill-A-Public Works Truck to collect food and household goods in support of local community food banks. Please consider bringing nonperishable food items to the DPW Open House on Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 17 Brixton Street.

Instituted in 1960, National Public Works Week calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The week of May 15 to 21, seeks to bring awareness to the often-unsung heroes of our society, the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.

The Department of Public Works is a critical municipal service that is responsible for maintaining the quality of life in West Hartford that we’ve come to enjoy. DPW is the agency that fixes the pothole on your street, removes your trash and recyclables, educates you on the newest item to recycle, collects your twigs and leaf bags, removes snow and makes street safe for driving, paves your neighborhood school’s parking lot, sweeps your street, changes the burnt out street light, maintains the cemeteries, cuts the grass at all the schools and town facilities, and operates the municipal parking lots.

For more information on West Hartford Public Works, call 860-561-8100 or visit https://bit.ly/2E3ndfG.

Connecticut Media Group