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As part of the pilot program, all households will receive an allotment of free trash and food scraps bags. Each household will receive one 8-gallon green bag for food scraps, along with two 15-gallon orange bags for trash each week for the length of the pilot program.

Fill It!
Line a lidded container with a green bag and fill it with food scraps

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


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When the Program begins, please separate your food scraps from your trash and place the following items in your GREEN food scraps bags:

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All your food scraps!

  • Fruits & Vegetables

  • Meat & Seafood (include bones and shells)

  • Eggs & Eggshells

  • Dairy

  • Pasta, Grains & Bread

  • Cookies, Cake, & Candy

  • You can also include

    • Coffee Grounds & Tea Bags

    • Food-soiled paper, such as napkins and paper towels

    • Greasy pizza boxes

    • Cut flowers

Please do not include:

  • no plastic

  • no metal

  • no sanitary waste

  • no pet waste or diapers

  • no trash

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.  You can also 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 inside your trash cart 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 in their kitchens to make it easier to sort trash, recycling, and food scraps at home. Check your local home wares store for options!

Examples of containers to use at home


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


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