How can I save money with this program?

Your trash costs are based on how much trash you generate. The less trash you produce, the less you pay for trash. For example, if you use one 15 gallon orange bag a week, you only pay $1/week. If a household uses more bags, they will pay for more bags.


You can save money by reducing, diverting and recycling.

  • Consume less. 

  • Know what gets recycled in your cart.  Check out the recyclect.com website and recycle all you can. 

  • Use the green bags for food scraps.  The less you put in your orange bag, the less orange bags you need to purchase. 

  • Donate textiles.  

  • Use the recycling center and recycling nook at City Hall. 


Tips for bag usage: 

  • Fill the bags and pack your trash in them.

  • Use the largest bag for disposal.  It is the most economical. 

  • Put smaller non-required bags in the larger orange bag.  That is okay! 

  • Invite Public Works to conduct a waste audit on your trash to get other ideas on saving money. Earn a $20 gift card to Reboot Eco once the audit is complete. 


The flat sanitation fee pays for operation, management and administration in the District and is determined by the number and size of trash carts you have. Larger trash carts have higher sanitation fees than smaller trash carts. If you have a larger cart or more carts, you pay more. If you currently have a 96-gallon cart, you can change to a smaller 64-gallon cart and pay less on your sanitation bill.  To change your cart size or for more clarification, call 860-638-4850.


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1. What is the Save As You Throw Program?
2. Why is Middletown trying the SAYT program?
3. How does the program work?
4. Are there truly high costs for disposal?
5. What is the City's relationship with the Lisbon Incinerator?
6. How was the program researched?
7. Are other towns doing this program?
8. How can I save money with this program?
9. Is this program actually going to work to reduce waste?
10. Where can I get more information on unit-based pricing?
11. Why do the bags cost more?
12. How are the bags collected?
13. What stores sell the bags?
14. What if I can’t afford the bags?
15. Is the City enforcing the use of the bags?
16. Is Middletown profiting from the sale of the bags?
17. Are we required to use the orange trash bags?
18. Why is the City encouraging the use of plastic bags?
19. Can the City use another vendor that offers bags that cost less?
20. How do I separate my food scraps?
21. Where can I get a food scrap bucket or countertop container?
22. I already do backyard composting. Should I participate in the food scrap recycling program?
23. What do I do with yard waste?
24. What do I do with cat litter and dog waste
25. Why didn’t I see a reduction in my bill?
26. What do I do with bulky waste?
27. Do I do anything differently with my recycling?
28. Is there a bag for recycling?
29. Why can’t I just put my food scraps down the garbage disposal?
30. How is food scrap collection being enforced?
31. Are the food scraps really separated?
32. Won’t the food scrap collection program create more work?
33. How do I get involved in advising the program?
34. What is the Sanitation District?
35. How does the Sanitation District fee work?
36. Why do I have to pay a fee for the Sanitation District, even if I am not using the service?
37. Why didn’t I see a reduction in my bill?
38. I’m a renter and never had a sanitation bill. Where’s my savings?
39. Can I choose to use a private trash hauler?
40. How did the City figure out the costs of this program?
41. Why can’t we just have a voluntary program?
42. Why are we doing this just in the Sanitation District?
43. Is it true that Wesleyan and Middlesex Health are exempt from this program?
44. Why can’t the city give everyone an in-home electric “composter” instead?
45. Are schools recycling and diverting food scraps?
46. How does Middletown’s program compare to Stonington’s?
47. What does this mean if I am a Landlord?
48. What does this mean if I am a Renter?
49. How does the Sanitation District pricing compare to private haulers?