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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 West Haven.

  • 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.

West Haven is Being Proactive

  • West Haven received a $1.3 million dollar grant from DEEP to implement a City-wide pilot program.

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

  • All homes with 3 units or less will co-collect trash and food scraps in special color-coded trash bags provided by the city.

  • If the city adopts the program permanently, we could realize savings of approximately $3.2 million over the first 4 years.

  • If we do nothing, we can expect a $1 million cost increase to the tax rate.

  • A permanent program has an environmental impact equal to adding 18,000 solar panels to West Haven homes each year.

It Will Be Easy to Participate

  • Residents will receive an allotment of free colored-coded bags for the duration of the pilot:

    • 1 green (8-gallon) food scrap bag per week for food scraps

    • 2 orange (15-gallon) tall kitchen bags per week 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 City of West Haven Department of Public Works

West Haven City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.


City of West Haven
355 Main Street

West Haven, CT 06516

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