Recycling Events and Programs
Paper Shredding Events
The City of Middletown has scheduled a paper shred event FOR MIDDLETOWN residents only on Saturday, April 24, 2021. It will be held at Veteran's Memorial Park on Walnut Grove Road (in between Old Mill Road and Newfield Street) from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For this event, only Middletown residents can attend. We accept only residential paper to be shred and ask that residents are careful that only sensitive documents are included (no magazines, newspapers, junk mail, school papers or trash such as candy wrappers or trash). We ask people to limit their loads to six boxes or bags. We will have one truck on site, and once that is full, the event must be shut down. As long as residents respect the guidelines, we should have enough space for everyone!
The Lower CT River Valley Council of Governments also holds regional paper shred events that Middletown residents can attend. The events for 2021 have not been posted yet, but as soon as they are, we will post them on this website.
Due to COVID-19, participants must abide by new safety requirements to attend these events. Please take a moment to read these new procedures.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
The Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments coordinates Household Hazardous Waste Events through the spring, summer and fall. Middletown residents can attend these events at no charge. Due to COVID-19 new protocols have been put in place to ensure the public’s safety, as well as safety for workers and volunteers. If you are planning to attend one of these events, please take a moment to read through the new safety requirements. Participants will be turned away if they do not prepare their materials properly or are not abiding by these safety standards. We greatly appreciate everyone’s help in making sure these events are held safely.
Events for 2021 have not been released yet. They will be posted here as soon as we know the dates.
If you are interested in volunteering at one of these events, please contact RiverCOG directly at 860-581-8554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Household Hazardous Waste Events:
Please remember empty containers can just go in the regular garbage. Oil and Latex paint can be brought to a PaintCare location, such as Ace Hardware on South Main Street.
* Please note some paintcare locations have suspended collections due to COVID-19. Check with each retailer as to when collections are resumed.
Electronics recycling is always free at the Middletown Recycling Center. Acceptable items include televisions, computers, printers and monitors. Per State Law, no more than 7 items can be brought into the Recycling Center at one time. A Middletown driver’s license or utility bill is required to use the Recycling Center. View the Electronics Recycling Brochure (PDF).
An Electronics Collection and Hard Drive Shredding event is being planned in Middletown for mid-September. Details will be posted as soon as they are available.
The City of Middletown is offering a community compost bin and rain barrel sale with a distribution date of Sunday, April 11 at Veteran’s Park. Orders must be placed on line by April 8th.
A backyard composting presentation with UConn Master Composters, Danielle Butsch and Ruth Eckhoff, will be available virtually after March 15, 2021. The presentation will be recorded and available to watch anytime.
More information and on line orders can be placed here: https://rivercogcompostersale.ecwid.com/
Recycling Cart Stickers
Are you confused by what to put in your bin? The City Recycling Division has stickers available for recycling carts (indoors bins or outside carts). These stickers were created by Wesleyan University and Middlesex Community College students in conjunction with staff from Wesleyan University, Middletown Public Works, Middlesex Community College, and Middlesex Hospital. The project was funded with a grant from Recycle CT.
Stickers are available to all Middletown residents and businesses. Contact the Middletown Recycling Coordinator to receive yours!
The City of Middletown, Rockfall Foundation and Lower CT River Valley Council of Governments have had to cancel our 2020 Repair Cafés due to COVID-19. Currently, we are planning a virtual event in the spring 2021. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact the Recycling Coordinator or The Rockfall Foundation at 860-347-0340.
City of Middletown’s Zero Waste Initiative
The State Comprehensive Management Strategy sets a goal recycling and/or diverting 60% of the municipal solid waste. The City of Middletown has been working on many programs to increase its recycling and reduce its garbage. It is critical that the City’s residents, businesses, institutions and government do all we can to reduce and recycle more of our waste. It is critical for environmental and financial reasons. The state’s trash to energy facilities are older and in need of updating and repair. If we continue generating as much waste as we do, the cost will continue to escalate.
It is important to note that recycling is not the answer. Recycling is certainly better than just trashing items, but recycling can be costly as well. In the last few years the cost of recycling has escalated because of the China’s National Sword. The domestic markets are getting flooded and the cost to recycle is going up. It is still cheaper than trash, but whereas, Middletown used to get paid for recycling, the City is now paying to recycle single stream material. It is more important than ever that the material put in recycling bins be clean and acceptable. But it is even better to actively REDUCE what you are throwing away and recycling. Using less, is better for the environment and costs less.
In 2011 The City of Middletown has been chosen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be one of fifteen municipalities throughout the nation to participate in a Zero Waste Pilot Program, to assist municipalities in creating Zero Waste Programs. The Middletown Resource Recycling Advisory Committee meets monthly to review efforts and move the City forward to Zero Waste (PDF).
The City of Middletown Common Council passed a City Resolution (PDF) in support of Zero Waste on March 4, 2013. The resolution officially makes Middletown a "Zero Waste Community." The City will work towards educating residents and businesses about Zero Waste and developing programs to increase its recycling rate and source reduction rates.
Since then the City has worked on various initiatives with businesses, multifamily complexes, residents and city government to reduce waste and the toxicity of its waste. Currently the City is a member of Sustainable CT and working on several initiatives to reduce waste throughout the City.
The City is currently participating on the CT Coalition for Sustainable Materials Management to help come up with solutions to reduce waste statewide. This initiative which includes both state and municipal leaders will meet September - December 2020 and hopes to present innovative waste management solutions and strategies in January 2021.
Zero Waste - Opt Out
Hartford Courant Flyer Delivery
The City has received on-going complaints about the delivery of unrequested flyers in plastic bags by the Hartford Courant. If you are getting these and do not want them thrown on your driveway, contact the Courant at 860-525-555, wait for the voice, then select "Zero," wait for the voice, then select "6." Ask to be placed on the "Stop Flyer Delivery" list.
According to the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), 660,000 tons of phone books end up in landfills and incinerators across the country because people do not recycle them. And a report from EPA found that not publishing a phone book reduces greenhouse gases by about 3 times as much as recycling (compared to landfilling). Connecticut state law 22a-256ee requires phone book companies to retrieve at least 30% of the directories they distribute in Connecticut.
YellowpagesOptOut.com, a consumer choice program that the Local Search Association and the Association of Directory Publishers has launched, provides an easy and secure option for Connecticut residents to control the number of yellow pages telephone directories they receive or stop directory delivery entirely. It is the only industry-approved online site where consumers can connect directly with phone book publishers to share information about their delivery choices. If those directories are just collecting dust, you may want to just say no to yellow.