City of Meriden, CT

Program Details

Connecticut Is Facing a Trash Crisis:
  • Waste disposal capacity in the US is shrinking.

  • The New England region is expected to lose 40% of its trash disposal capacity in the next 5 years and up to 100% by 2040.

  • This loss of trash disposal capacity is significantly affecting Meriden.

  • Siting a new incinerator or landfill in our Town is not a good option financially or environmentally.

  • The alternative of trucking CT trash up to 600 miles out of state is expensive and not sustainable. We need a new approach.

We Need Everybody to Reduce Their Waste:
  • Food scraps make up 20% of the waste we currently throw away and can easily be converted to energy and compost right here in Connecticut.

  • Weekly Curbside Food Scrap Co-Collection would allow residents to recycle their food scraps with no additional transportation costs.

  • Removing food waste from the trash and converting those scraps into clean, renewable energy can save us money.

Meriden Is Leading the Way Towards a Solution:
  • Meriden received a $117,600 dollar grant from DEEP to implement a pilot program in the Town.

  • The pilot program will allow the Town and residents to try the program before deciding if we want to make it permanent. The co-collection pilot program is free to residents in the pilot area.

  • All households in the inner tax district pilot area (Wednesday’s route) will co-collect trash and food scraps in special color-coded trash bags provided by the town.

Here's How You Can Participate:
  • Residents on Wednesday’s collection route in the inner district will receive an allotment of free colored-coded bags for the duration of the 9-month pilot:

    • green (8-gallon) bags for food scraps

    • orange (15-gallon) tall kitchen bags for non-recyclable household trash

  • Recycling of paper & cardboard and bottles & cans will continue as usual.

  • Residents should tie and close each of the orange and green bags and place out for collection each week. 

  • The same truck will pick up the bags and bring them to a facility so that the food scraps can be captured and converted to green energy.

  • Learn more at the links at the top of the page!

More Information

For more information, please contact the South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG)

Or visit the City of Meriden’s webpage


City of Meriden Public Works