City of Middletown, 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.

  • The MIRA incinerator in Hartford, is no longer burning trash, this facility was relied on by 35 neighboring communities, leaving them without a disposal site.

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

  • 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 to Reduce 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.

Middletown is Being Proactive
  • Save As You Throw is evidenced to reduce trash by 44%, and with the addition of co-collected food scraps, that reduction could be 50-60%
  • All households and businesses that use cart service in the Sanitation District will co-collect trash and food scraps in City Official color-coded trash bags provided by Middletown.
  • Middletown could realize savings of approximately $1.2 million over the first 4 years — savings the City passed to you through a yearly fee reduction!

  • This program has an environmental impact equal to adding 3,200 solar panels to Middletown homes each year, that’s more than one per house!*

                                             *calculated using EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM)

It's easy!

Bags will be available for purchase everywhere trash bags are usually bought. They come in a variety of sizes.  

 Bags are available at: 

 ReBoot Eco (131 River Rd)
Price Chopper (855 Washington St., at the guest services desk)
Smith & Bishel (155 Main St)
Corner Stop (221 Newfield St)
Stop and Go (294 So. Main St)
Walgreens (311 E. Main St)
Walgreens (633 Washington St)
Stop and Shop, 416 E. Main Street 
City Hall Rm. 210 (check, card, or exact cash only)

Order Online HERE. 

Price per roll of bags: green
4 gal (counter-top): $1.50 per roll of 10
8 gal. (bucket) size: $2.50 roll o f10

Price per roll bags: orange 
33 gal (large/family): $8.25 per roll of 5
15 gal (pilot size): $5.00 per roll of 5
8 gal (seniors & singles): $7.00 per roll of 10 

If you would like to purchase a larger quantity of bags, please let the Middletown Recycling Office know in advance at recycling@middletownct.go


Recycling of paper & cardboard and bottles & cans will continue as usual. Do not put your recyclables in a plastic bag. 

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 by clicking through the links at the top of the page!to

The Story Map below is created by our friends at the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG), but contains relevant information and details for all of Connecticut’s residents.

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