FOOD SCRAP RECYCLING
As part of the pilot program, all households will receive an allotment of free food scraps bags. Each household will receive a supply of 8-gallon green bag for food scraps, one for each week for the length of the pilot program.
Line a lidded container with a green bag and fill it with food scraps
Each week, tie and close your green bag and place green and yellow trash bags to the curb as you normally do for curbside trash pick up.
When the Program begins, please separate your food scraps from your trash and place the following items in your GREEN food scraps bags:
All your food scraps!
Fruits & Vegetables
Meat & Seafood (include bones and shells)
Eggs & Eggshells
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
Please do not include:
no sanitary waste
no pet waste or diapers
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 pick up a FREE 4-gallon green bucket from the Town of Stonington when you get your bags!
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 yellow trash bag on your collection day.
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. 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
Examples of containers to use at home
For more information, please contact the Town of Stonington Solid Waste & Recycling Office
Stonington Town Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm.