How are the bags collected?

Orange trash bags and green food scrap bags both go into your trash cart.  The bags are collected together and go to a sortation facility where they are separated.  


  • Orange bags go to a landfill or waste incinerator.

  • Green bags go to the Quantum Biopower anaerobic digester facility in Southington where food scraps are converted into renewable energy and compost–nutrients for the soil.  

  • Food scraps should not be treated as waste like the rest of your trash because they are not waste– they are a valuable resource that should not rot in a landfill or burn in an incinerator.  

  • The green bags are priced at a fraction of the cost of the orange bags. The more food you divert, the more you can fit in your orange bag, and the more money you save. 

  • Using green bags to divert your food scraps from ending up in a landfill is good for the planet and your wallet.  

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1. What is the Save As You Throw Program?
2. Why is Middletown trying the SAYT program?
3. How does the program work?
4. Are there truly high costs for disposal?
5. What is the City's relationship with the Lisbon Incinerator?
6. How was the program researched?
7. Are other towns doing this program?
8. How can I save money with this program?
9. Is this program actually going to work to reduce waste?
10. Where can I get more information on unit-based pricing?
11. Why do the bags cost more?
12. How are the bags collected?
13. What stores sell the bags?
14. What if I can’t afford the bags?
15. Is the City enforcing the use of the bags?
16. Is Middletown profiting from the sale of the bags?
17. Are we required to use the orange trash bags?
18. Why is the City encouraging the use of plastic bags?
19. Can the City use another vendor that offers bags that cost less?
20. How do I separate my food scraps?
21. Where can I get a food scrap bucket or countertop container?
22. I already do backyard composting. Should I participate in the food scrap recycling program?
23. What do I do with yard waste?
24. What do I do with cat litter and dog waste
25. Why didn’t I see a reduction in my bill?
26. What do I do with bulky waste?
27. Do I do anything differently with my recycling?
28. Is there a bag for recycling?
29. Why can’t I just put my food scraps down the garbage disposal?
30. How is food scrap collection being enforced?
31. Are the food scraps really separated?
32. Won’t the food scrap collection program create more work?
33. How do I get involved in advising the program?
34. What is the Sanitation District?
35. How does the Sanitation District fee work?
36. Why do I have to pay a fee for the Sanitation District, even if I am not using the service?
37. Why didn’t I see a reduction in my bill?
38. I’m a renter and never had a sanitation bill. Where’s my savings?
39. Can I choose to use a private trash hauler?
40. How did the City figure out the costs of this program?
41. Why can’t we just have a voluntary program?
42. Why are we doing this just in the Sanitation District?
43. Is it true that Wesleyan and Middlesex Health are exempt from this program?
44. Why can’t the city give everyone an in-home electric “composter” instead?
45. Are schools recycling and diverting food scraps?
46. How does Middletown’s program compare to Stonington’s?
47. What does this mean if I am a Landlord?
48. What does this mean if I am a Renter?