What do I do with bulky waste?

Items that are too large to fit into a 15 or 33-gallon size orange bag will need to be disposed of as bulky waste either at the Recycling Center or curbside, see details here: https://middletownct.gov/191/Bulk-Waste-Collection 

  • The Sanitation District also collects bulky waste and oversized trash curbside on a Wednesday and/or Thursday for $75 per pick up. This collection does not occur on holiday weeks.  

  • Bulky waste and oversized trash such as demolition and construction debris, wood, metal, appliances, furniture, and carpet can be brought to the Recycling Center for disposal.  There is a minimum charge of $10 which covers up to 150 lbs of material.  The following materials must be brought to the Recycling Center (these will not be picked up curbside):

    • Carpet (charged)

    • Computers (free)

    • Televisions (free)

    • Electronics (free)

  • Mattresses and box springs are an additional $36 each for curbside pick up and must be in a plastic bag.  Mattress bags are available at Public Works in City Hall.  There is NO charge to take mattresses and box springs to the Recycling Center. 

  • If you have items that are still in usable condition, they may be donated to a charity, such as Habitat for Humanity's Restore, Savers, Goodwill, or the Salvation Army, or placed on one of the websites or Facebook pages, such as the Buy Nothing Group or Freecycle, that offer items for free. 

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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?