Sanitation Division


The City Sanitation District collects garbage and recyclables in the downtown area of Middletown. Residents and businesses in the District pay a separate fee for this service. All garbage and recycling is collected by an automated truck. Bulk Waste is collected separately on a Wednesday or Thursday for $75 per pick up. Bulk waste is not collected on holiday weeks. Brush is also collected curbside in the District.   Brush must be cut to 3’ lengths and bundled for collection.  

Sanitation District Questions:

Operational Questions:  860-638-4850

Billing Questions: 860-638-4852 

Sanitation District Boundaries 

Check this map to see the boundaries of the City Sanitation District.  


Sanitation District Guidelines (PDF) outline procedures for regular garbage disposal, recycling and bulk waste collection.

Sanitation Garbage & Recycling Schedule

Recycling and garbage are picked up on the same day. Recycling is every other week, garbage is every week. If garbage is placed in the recycling cart, it will not be emptied. 

** Please note: Any furniture or material that is put out for pick up must be free of bed bugs. If it does contain bed bugs, the item must be wrapped in plastic prior to pick up. Large plastic bags can be obtained from any furniture store, most large hardware stores and department stores as well as online stores


The Sanitation District usually observes the following holidays:  Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day. If staffing and funding allow, crews could work these days.  Check the News Flash section of the Public Works page or the Middletown facebook site for confirmation as to whether crews are working on these days.You can sign up for these notices to come right to your inbox.  If in doubt, always put your garbage and recycling out on your regular collection day.  Even if it is a holiday week, and the holiday doesn’t fall on your collection day, still put your carts out on the regular day.  Crews work to catch up immediately.  Half the route may be on schedule, half a day behind.  So please be patient with the holiday pick up.   

November 2021 Service Alert


Everyone must recycle. Here are the general guidelines (PDF) for curbside recycling.  More information on recycling can be found in the Mixed Recycling Guidelines (PDF)

Private Trash Haulers 

If you live outside of the Sanitation District, you are serviced by a private trash hauler (PDF). You must contact them directly for service and costs. All private haulers must be registered with the City and provide both trash and recycling services.

Private Trash Haulers must complete these forms to operate in the City of Middletown. 

All Trash and Recycling Carts must be removed from the curb after collection

On March 3, 2014, the Common Council adopted new ordinances, Sections 253-23 to 253-26, which require that all garbage carts and recycling bins be removed from the curbside within 24 hours of pick up. A fine of $25 will be issued for each violation. Please note that each continuing day of noncompliance shall constitute a separate violation.