City of Middletown, CT

Food Scrap Recycling

Save money and use less orange bags by separating your food scraps out of your trash so they can be sent to become renewable energy & nutrients for the soil!

Fill It!!

Line a lidded container with a green bag and fill it with loose food scraps, please remove any packaging

Drop It!!

Each week, tie and close your green bag and place it in your trash cart for co-collection


Please follow the guidance below on how to properly use your green bags in our program:

How to collect food scraps at home

The most popular and convenient option is to line a small, lidded container with your green bag and place it in your kitchen near where you prepare and store your food or next to your existing trash and recycling containers. There’s no right way to do this – find a method that works best for your household. You may already have a small container at home, such as an empty 5-gallon pail from kitty litter, paint, or ice melt. The City Recycling office has five-gallon buckets and small counter-top containers available at no charge or you can  purchase a low-cost container at your local home or hardware store.

Other suggestions are to store food scraps scraps in a small, lidded container on your counter or under your sink, store in a lidded container in your garage, or store scraps in the bag or other container in your fridge or freezer.

The night before your collection day, check your fridge for any spoiled food and place into your green bag. Securely tie the green bag and place curbside with your trash bag for collection.

Check out our FAQs for more tips and suggestions for managing food scraps at home!


Some households are using a 3-bin system to make it easier to sort at home. Consider the Step N Sort 3-compartment bin: A totally optional, affordable way to separate your food scraps from your trash and recycling. This convenient design allows you to sort your waste into three streams – one for trash, one for recycling, and one for food scraps. Through a partnership with the company, it is available for 40% off the regular price. Learn more here

More Information

For more information, please contact the City of Middletown Department of Public Works 

Middletown Public Works is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm


City of Middletown

245 deKoven Drive

2nd Floor, Room 210

Middletown, CT 06457

(860) 638-4850