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From Kim O’Rourke
As we all hunker down for the pandemic, please keep in mind that our trash and recycling systems are still working and it is more important than ever that we recycle right. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind through this process.
1. Please make sure all trash is put in trash bags and placed in your carts or dumpsters.
2. Please recycle. Our trash facilities are designed for a certain amount of waste. If we don’t recycle and that material goes to the trash facility, it will over run its capacity. Please don’t stop recycling.
3. However, make sure you are recycling the correct materials. Check out . Now is not the time to “wish” something to be recycled. Look at the list and stick to the list. If you have questions, please ask.
4. The State of CT has allowed retail stores to temporarily stop redeeming deposit containers during the pandemic if they so choose, to allow them to focus on sanitary measures and stocking the shelves. These containers can go in your curbside recycling or save them for redemption when this is over.
5. The Middletown Recycling Center continues to be open normal hours, Monday – Friday 7 am – 3 pm, and the first and third Saturday of the month, 7 – noon. Starting in April, it will be open every Saturday, 7am – noon. Bulk waste, large amounts of curbside recyclables, cardboard boxes, brush, food waste, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and electronics can be brought there. The Swap Shack is temporarily closed. The Recycling Center cannot accept normal household trash. If you have excess trash, you must contact your trash hauler.
6. The City is doing brush pick ups and bulk waste curbside collections. For a brush pick up, call 860-638-4850 to get your address on the pick up list. Bulk waste collections can be scheduled by mailing a $75 check to The City of Middletown, Public Works Department, 245 Dekoven Drive, Middletown, CT 06457. A drop box is also available outside City Hall. More information on curbside bulk waste collections can be found .
7. Keep in mind waste reduction practices. Pandemics certainly can make waste reduction difficult, but do what you can and be safe.
8. Middletown’s curbside collection of textiles (the pink bag program) is temporarily suspended. Right now, textiles can still be brought to one of our collection bins at various for recycling.
9. Our paper shred event is canceled for April 11th. The current schedule of other shred events for Middletown residents is listed below, pending social distancing restrictions.
10. Our Household Hazardous Waste events are listed below as well. These are also subject to the status of the pandemic.
Paper Shredding Events – (9am – 12 noon)
June 13 – Colchester-East Hampton Water Pollution Control Facility, 20 Gildersleeve Drive, East Hampton
August 15 – Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main Street, Middlefield
Household Hazardous Waste – (9am – 1pm)
May 9 – Colchester – East Hampton Water Pollution Control Facility, 20 Gildersleeve Road off Route 66, East Hampton
July 25 – Woodside Intermediate School, 30 Woodside Drive, Cromwell
October 31 – Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown
If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks for all your efforts in staying safe and staying home.
Middletown Recycling Coordinator
245 Dekoven Drive
Middletown CT 06457
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