The Town’s recycling center is now accepting food scraps for recycling.
Four bins have been set up next to the center’s building to collect meat and bones, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, tea bags, coffee grounds, eggshells, and fish and shellfish.
Items not accepted are nonfood items, produce bags, plastic bags, produce stickers, pet waste, beverage containers, disposable silverware, compostable containers, paper towels, napkins, twist ties and plastic containers.
An increase in the recycling of food waste would lead to a decrease in the tipping fees the town pays to have its trash hauled to the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority trash to energy plant in Hartford.
The town is paying $91 per ton in tipping fees this year and has budgeted $569,426 for hauling. The tipping fee is scheduled to increase to $96 per ton on July 1, 2021, as MIRA plans to carry out a $330 million renovation of its plant.
Less food in the waste stream would reduce tonnage and the amount the town has to spend on tipping fees.