City of Middletown, CT
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)
Bags will be available for purchase everywhere trash bags are usually bought. They come in a variety of sizes.
Currently, they are available at:
– Price Chopper, 855 Washington Street, Middletown behind the Customer Service Desk
– ReBoot Eco, 131 River Road, Middletown
Check this site frequently, more locations to be added!
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!
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.
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