COVID-19 Public Works Information

Middletown Trash and Recycling Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Trash and Recycling services will continue to be collected during this pandemic.  However, we all must take care to make sure the collection is as safe as possible for our employees.  Please follow these simple instructions.

TRASH

  • Make sure trash is tightly bagged and placed in carts.  
  • If you have extra trash, arrangements must be made with your trash hauler (either private or the City) to get that safely collected.  Call your hauler to make arrangements before setting the trash out. 
  • The Sanitation District is operating with smaller crews and abiding by social distancing requirements.  Please be patient as they work to make these adjustments.

RECYCLING

  • Recycling must be placed LOOSE in the container.  Please DO NOT BAG recyclables.
  • In the Sanitation District, large pieces of cardboard can be placed, flattened and bundled, next to the recycling cart so it doesn’t clog up the cart. 
  • Please make sure you recycle the correct materials.  Rinse these materials and make sure they are empty of any food items.  This is very important. Magnets, blowers and conveyors, sort through the recyclables, but so do people.   Please don’t put the wrong items in the bin.  This lowers the risk to the workers.   Go to www.recyclect.com to see the list of acceptable items.   If you aren’t sure, don’t put it in the bin.   You can always email the Recycling Coordinator to ask. 

SHARPS 

Sharps do NOT belong in recycling carts. Please them in a coffee can, laundry detergent bottle or some other container with a top.   Tape it together and label it “Sharps” and place it in the trash.   

RECYCLING CENTER 

The Middletown Recycling Center is open and operating normal hours.   It is open Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  and every Saturday, April – June, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.   It is accepting all regular materials including bulk waste, recyclables, brush, food waste, household electronics and antifreeze.  Please keep a six foot distance from others at the Center and wear a face mask to keep everyone safe.  The Swap Shack is currently closed.

BULK WASTE 

The City Public Works Department is continuing its bulk waste collection for $75/pick up.   City Hall is closed, so a payment must be mailed in by check.   It can be mailed to :  Middletown Public Works, 245 Dekoven Drive, Middletown CT  06457.   Please include the address and contact number of the owner of the property.    Checks can also be dropped off in the drop box at City Hall.  Please put your check in an envelope with the relevant information.   Please note, that city crews are working with smaller crews and social distancing requirements and dealing with many pressing issues.  We cannot guarantee when the pick up will happen.  If you need the material removed in a timely manner, residents can bring their bulk material to the Middletown Recycling Center, where it will be charged according to the weight.  

BRUSH PICK UP 

City crews are picking up brush that is less than 6" in diameter and cut to 4’ lengths.   After brush is brought to the curb, call the public works office at 860-638-4850, to get your address on the pick up list.   City crews are working with social distancing requirements and dealing with emergencies, so please be patient, we cannot tell you exactly when it will be picked up.  Residents can bring brush to the Recycling Center themselves, if they need it removed in a more timely manner.  

Please note the City does not pick up leaves in the spring.  Leaves must be brought to the Recycling Center directly.   Leaves cannot be put with the regular trash.   According to State law and municipal ordinance, leaves must be kept separate from trash and composted.   

PARK CLOSINGS

Fields, Playgrounds, Basketball and Tennis Courts will remain closed until further notice. (subject to change based on what happens with the spread/containment of COVID-19 in CT). Parks and walking trails will remain open, as long as proper social distancing is maintained.  

Other important Public Works Information

 

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE AND PAPER SHREDDING EVENT UPDATE

The Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments is hosting Household Hazardous Waste and Paper Shredding Events through the spring, summer and fall.  Middletown residents can attend these events at no charge.  Due to COVID-19 new protocols have been put in place to ensure the public’s safety, as well as safety for workers and volunteers.  If you are planning to attend one of these events, please take a moment to read through the new safety requirements. Participants will be turned away if they do not prepare their materials properly or are not abiding by these safety standards.   We greatly appreciate everyone’s help in making sure these events are held safely.   

Rules for attending a Household Hazardous Waste or Paper Shredding Event (PDF)

List of 2020 Household Hazardous Waste and Paper Shred Events (PDF)

We are finding many of our usual volunteers are unable to help at this time.  If you are interested in volunteering at one of these events, please contact RiverCOG directly at 860-581-8554 or email jehlemeyer@rivercog.org

PAINT DISPOSAL

BOTTLE REDEMPTION (BOTTLE BILL)

TEXTILE RECYCLING UPDATE - Curbside pink bag collection reinstated 5/12/2020. 

SINGLE USE PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS 

Watch this page for updates on other Public Works Issues during this Public Health Emergency.   If you have specific questions, call the administrative office at 860-638-4850.  City Hall is closed, but staff are answering the phones and checking emails during the day time hours.