COVID-19 Public Works Information

Middletown Trash and Recycling Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Trash and Recycling services are considered essential and will continue 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.


  • 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 abiding by social distancing requirements.  Please be patient as they work to make these adjustments.
  • Sanitation District Payments - We recommend customers staying safe and avoiding the lines.  Payments can be mailed in or made on line here.  


  • 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 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 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.   


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. Starting in the July, the Saturday hours will change to just the first and third Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 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.


STORM UPDATE:  Bulk Waste Pick Ups will be suspended due to storm clean up.  

The City Public Works Department has suspended its bulk waste collection to focus efforts on brush pick up.   Middletown residents can bring bulk material directly to the Recycling Center for drop off.  


STORM UPDATE: Public Works is picking up storm debris street by street. 

City crews are picking up brush that is less than 6" in diameter and cut to 4’ lengths.    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.   


City parks and trails are open.  

Tennis Courts are  open as of June 1, 2020. 

Sports fields are open as of June 17, 2020.  Teams must submit a Return to Play plan to the Health Department for approval.   Competitive play for out of town teams is allowed.  

Crystal Lake will be open as of June 22nd for Middletown residents only.   Lifeguards will be on duty 10am - 7pm.    

Playgrounds, Basketball courts and Skate Parks will be opening June 29th.  

All locations require social distancing and hand sanitizing. Signs will be posted. Please bring hand sanitizer with you and use it before using any public equipment or facilities.   


City Hall is open by appointment.  Contact the office directly to schedule an appointment.   Masks must be worn inside City Hall and social distancing requirements followed.    

Other important Public Works Information



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



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


In light of the Governor’s Executive to temporarily suspend the ten cent charge on plastic shopping bags, the Mayor of Middletown issued a statement on March 27, 2020 to temporarily suspend enforcement of the ten cent charge on paper shopping bags in the City.   The City does have a ban on plastic shopping bags and that remains in effect.  When the Government’s Executive Order expires on June 30th, the ten cent charge on paper shopping bags will go back into effect in Middletown as well.  Stores may continue to allow retail employees the opportunity to decline to bag for customers who bring in reusable bags.  Customers may still use their own reusable bags if they bag their own items. DEEP, DPH and DRS have provided additional guidance that reusable bags do not present a significant health risk (updated May 15).

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.