Recycling Events and Programs

Paper Shredding Events

As part of the Lower CT River Valley Council of Governments, Middletown residents can attend a series of  Paper Shredding Events in the Middletown area.    The following events are scheduled for 2020.   

Due to COVID-19, participants must abide by new safety requirements to attend these events.  Please take a moment to read these new procedures. 

New Procedures for Paper Shredding Events (PDF).

Saturday, June 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon  at Colchester-East Hampton Water Pollution Control Facility, 20 Gildersleeve  Drive, East Hampton.  

Saturday, August 15th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main Street, Middlefield. 

  

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

The Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments is hosting Household Hazardous Waste and Paper Shredding 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.   

Rules for attending a Household Hazardous Waste or Paper Shredding Event (PDF)

List of 2020 Household Hazardous Waste and Paper Shred Events (PDF)

We are finding many of our usual volunteers are unable to help at this time.  If you are interested in volunteering at one of these events, please contact RiverCOG directly at 860-581-8554 or email jehlemeyer@rivercog.org

Household Hazardous Waste Events: 

July 25, Woodside Intermediate School, 30 Woodside Drive, Cromwell

August 1,  Colchester-East Hampton Water Pollution Control Facility, 20 Gildersleeve Drive, East Hampton

October 3, Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown 

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 paintcare locations have suspended collections due to COVID-19. Check with each retailer as to when collections are resumed.  

Electronics Recycling

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.  

Community Composting and Rain Barrel Sale 

The City of Middletown is offering a community compost bin and rain barrel sale with a distribution date of Saturday, July 18 at Veteran’s Park.   

More information can be found here:  https://rivercogcompostersale.ecwid.com/  

Repair Café 

The City of Middletown, Rockfall Foundation and Lower CT River Valley Council of Governments hopes to offer another Repair Café in the Fall 2020.   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 two 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. 

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.

Phone Books

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.