Food Scrap Recycling
For information on our new Food Scrap to Clean Energy Pilot Program in the Sanitation District, please go here: https://reducethetrashct.com/middletown/.
Please note food scrap buckets are available for all residents while supplies last. You an pick one up at the Department of Public Works in City Hall, Room 210.
Information for Food Scrap Drop offs for All Middletown Residents is below:
The City of Middletown launched a drop off food scrap recycling program in August 2019. Residents can bring their food scraps to the Recycling Center at no charge.
Randolph Road Drop Off
In July 2021, we are are please to expand our drop off collections to a second location on Randolph Road. Food waste carts are now available in the parking lot of the Emergency Management building, 675 Randolph Road. If you use this location, please be sure to replace the bungie cords on the carts.
Farmers Market Collection
We are also collecting food waste at the Middletown Farmer's Market during the 2021 & 2022 seasons. We hope to continue this into the 2023 season.
Please bring only Acceptable Food Scrap Items to these drop offs. No Plastic Bags at the drop offs!
Food Scrap Collection Kits are available (while supplies last)
The City is offering Food Scrap Collection kits to residents, while supplies last.
Kitchen Scrap Containers are available to any residents who wants to compost in their backyard, or bring their food scraps to a drop off.
Larger Kitchen Scrap Transportation Containers are available to residents who cannot compost in their backyard, and choose to use a city drop off location.
Resident must sign a commitment pledge to participate in the program to obtain these containers.
Containers and pledges are available at the Farmers Market on Fridays or by visiting the Public Works Office in City Hall. If you are coming to City Hall to pick up the containers, please make an appointment with the Recycling Coordinator.
Reducing Food Waste is BEST !
Food waste accounts for over 20% of all of our trash. Trash disposal contributes to climate change, creates pollution, wastes valuable resources and is expensive. It is best to REDUCE food waste first, then compost if you can or bring your food scraps to a drop off.
EPA estimates that 25% of the food we buy is thrown away before it gets eaten. An average, families spend $1300-$2300 a year on wasted food.
Food scraps such as banana peels, orange rinds, and egg shells, will always need to be disposed (hopefully composted or digested), but we can have a significant impact on our environment by reducing the amount of food we allow to go to waste. We can make a difference.
Check out our Reduce Food Waste infographic for some great ideas to reduce your food waste. Try one idea at a time, so it doesn't get overwhelming. But you may find, over time, you can reduce your food waste and you can save yourself money too!