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Newtown Launches Recycling Program For Food Scraps

The Town of Newtown is beginning a new recycling program for food scraps. The scraps will be turned into compost to be used for fertilizer.
The Town of Newtown is beginning a new recycling program for food scraps. The scraps will be turned into compost to be used for fertilizer. Photo Credit: Town of Newtown

NEWTON, Conn. -- Instead of throwing away your food waste, spoiled foods and leftover meats, vegetables and breads, take part in a new program in Newtown that allows residents to re-use those leftovers.

The program, a collaboration between the Town of Newtown and the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority, will offer residents the chance to drop off their food waste in order for it to be turned into compost.

It's easy for residents to take part; beginning Nov. 14, they simply need to drop off their food scraps at the transfer station, 4 Ethan Allen Road, where it will be transferred to the New England Compost in Danbury and made into compost.

Foods suitable to recycle include meat and poultry (bones allowed); fish, including shellfish; dairy products, flowers and vegetable garden waste; fruits and nuts; vegetables of all kinds (stickers removed); bread, pasta and grains; sauces, soups and gravy, coffee, grounds and filters, tea bags, egg shells and plate scrapings.

There will be a kick-off event Nov. 14 at the transfer station, where residents will receive their starter kits, which include a kitchen counter collection bin and six months of compostable bags. Officials will be on hand to answer questions.

Participants will receive free compost annually from New England Compost.

Studies show the more food we recycle, the less is dumped in landfills space or sent to energy facilities. Large amounts of organic materials in landfills produce methane, a greenhouse gas with a stronger warming effect than carbon dioxide. Newtown is hoping residents will do their part by taking part in the new service.

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