Quick References to Middletown Recycling Information

Middletown Recycling Checklist

Shows what, where and how items can be recycled in Middletown

Mixed Recycling Guidelines


You can also visit RecycleCT for information on what to put in your curbside recycling container (dumpster or cart).

More information about how and what you can recycle in Middletown

Middletown Recycling Center 

Located at: the corner of Johnson Street & North Main Street (use 185 Johnson St for GPS or computer directions).  Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SATURDAYS: April-June and Sept-Nov open every Saturday 7:00-12:00; Jan-March and July-August open the 1st and 3rd Saturday 7:00-12:00.

Directions: Head north on Main Street until you reach the end (the light by O'Rourke's Diner & St. John's School).  Stay in the middle lane.  Go STRAIGHT through the light, onto North Main St.  Do NOT go over the bridge.   Go to the end of North Main Street and take a right at the stop sign. Go over the railroad tracks straight into the Recycling Center.  Continue straight onto the scale, up to the trailer.  The attendant in the scalehouse will assist you with your items.

A Middletown Drivers License or bill from a Middletown address must be presented to bring recyclables, brush, hazardous liquids (antifreeze) and household electronics into the recycling center.  These can be shown at the Middletown Recycling Center.

Curbside Recycling

All trash haulers in Middletown also collect recyclables curbside.  Items that are collected include: glass and metal food & beverage containers, plastic containers such as yogurt containers and water bottles,  drink boxes, milk cartons, aluminum foil products, mixed paper, newspaper, paperboard boxes, and corrugated cardboard.  All trash haulers will provide recycling carts along with garbage containers. 

Recycling is MANDATORY for everyone, businesses, schools, individuals, institutions.  Violation of recycling laws can result in fines. 

Recycling on Main Street

In accordance with state law,  PA 10-87, the City of Middletown uses solar trash compactors with attached recycling containers on Main Street.  The units are fully contained and are equipped with a small compactor to allow for extra efficiency in the collection of the bins.  Each unit contains an attached recycling container for bottles and cans and clean paper.  In the last six months, residents have recycled almost a ton of recyclables in theses recycling bins.  Please do not put food paper (such as paper cups or wrappers in the recycling).  Each unit includes a new label describing what goes in the trash and recycling. 

Delivery of Woodchips

Woodchips are available for pick up at the City Recycling Center, or the City will deliver five cubic yards or more. The chips are not treated in any way and it is recommended to not use them up against any buildings. If residents are interested in delivery, a Release and Indemnification Agreement Form must be completed and notarized. Notarized forms must be returned to the Department of Public Works (DPW). Forms can also be notarized at the DPW. Woodchips can also be picked up at the Recycling Center by residents.  City staff can not load chips on to trucks or into pails. 

Paint Disposal

Latex and oil based paint can be brought to the City's Household Hazardous Waste Day.   Limited quantities can also be brought to a Paintcare location anytime throughout the year.  In Middletown, ACE Hardware on South Main Street participates with Paintcare.  For more information, contact www.paintcare.org

Electronics Recycling

In accordance with State Law, as of January 2011, household electronics must be separated from regular garbage and recycled.  The Middletown Recycling Center accepts household electronics from residents at no charge.  Residents must present a Middletown Drivers License or bill from a Middletown residence to deliver household electronics to the Recycling Center.  Only 7 electronic devices can be accepted at one time.  No business electronics are allowed.  The City works with Take 2, Inc. to responsibly recycle electronics collected at the Recycling Center

Textile Recycling

There are several options to recycle textiles.  

All textiles can be recycled at the textile recycling bin at the entrance of Woodrow Wilson Middle School. Acceptable items include: clothing, shoes, sneakers, bedding, linens, pillows, stuffed animals, material, backpacks.   Soiled and ripped items are acceptable.  No wet, mildewed or greasy items.  All proceeds from this container go towards the recycling programs at WWMS.

A goodwill bin is also available at the Middletown Recycling Center.  

All textiles, including soiled, stained. items with holes and single socks can be included in above programs or brought to local charities such as Salvation Army or Goodwill. 

Starting October 22, 2018, Middletown will be working with Simple Recycling to pick up textiles curbside on your regular recycling day.  Learn the details of this program the press release here and through this informative flyer. 

Recycling Containers Available for Public Events

Are you hosting a public event? Will your event generate recyclables?  If so, recycling containers must be provided along with trash containers.  The Public Works Department has recycling containers to borrow at no charge.  See flyer for details.  Containers are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.