Food Scraps at the Recycling Center

Starting August 1, 2019, the City of Middletown will collect food scraps at the Recycling Center at no charge.  Residents are encouraged to compost at home, but if they can't, they are encouraged to keep their food scrap items separated and bring them to the Recycling Center for composting and anaerobic digestion.   

All items must be emptied out of plastic and paper bags.  

Please bring only Acceptable Food Scrap Items.  

Contact the Recycling Coordinator if you have questions or for more information. 

Reducing Food Waste 

Food waste accounts for over 20% of all of our trash.  Trash disposal contributes to climate change, creates pollution, wastes valuable resources and is expensive.   

EPA estimates that 25% of the food we buy is thrown away before it gets eaten.  An average, families spend $1300-$2300 a year on wasted food.    

Food scraps such as banana peels, orange rinds, and egg shells, will always need to be disposed (hopefully composted or digested), but we can have a significant impact on our environment by reducing the amount of food we allow to go to waste.   We can make a difference. 

Check out our Reduce Food Waste infographic for some great ideas to reduce your food waste. Try one idea at a time, so it doesn't get overwhelming.  But you may find, over time, you can reduce your food waste and you can save yourself money too!