Recycling Events


Paper Shredding Events

Middletown Residents can attend the following events:

Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Palmer Field Parking lot, Bernie O'Rourke Drive, Middletown

Saturday, June 10, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Colchester-East Hampton Water Pollution Control Facility, 20 Gildersleeve Drive (Route 66), East Hampton

Saturday, August 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main Street, Middlefield

Five bag or box limit per vehicle.

Sensitive documents only.  No junk mail, magazines, books, cards, envelopes.

No businesses allowed. 

ID needed to participate. 

NO FEE for Middletown residents. 


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Middletown residents can attend the following events:

Saturday, April 8, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Clinton Public Works Garage, 117 Nod Road, Clinton

Saturday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Colchester-East Hampton Water Pollution Control Facility, 20 Gildersleeve Drive, East Hampton

Saturday, September 3-, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road Middletown

The City will hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, September 30 at Middlesex Community College from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The event is coordinated with the Lower Connecticut River Council of Governments and will include residents of the following towns:  Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

Free Household Electronics Recycling

Electronics recycling is now 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.   

An electronics recycling day is being held on Saturday, Oct. 1st at Lawrence School in Middletown from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.  All CT residents can participate in this event. 

Electronics Recycling Brochure

Annual Recycled Sculpture Contest

In celebration of America Recycles Day, the City of Middletown hosts a children's Recycled Sculpture Contest in November.   Sculptures remain on display through the end of the year.


2013 Recycled Sculpture Contest Flyer

2013 Recycled Sculpture Contest Rules

2013 Recycled Sculpture Contest Entry Form


2013 Recycled Sculpture Contest Winners 

2012 Recycled Sculpture Contest Winners

2011 Recycled Sculpture Contest Winners

2010 Recycled Sculpture Contest Winners

City of Middletown's  Zero Waste Initiative

The City of Middletown has been chosen by 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.

Programs for the City's Zero Waste Initiative include the Green Business/Recycling Hero Initiative, Greenifying City Government, and a Community Pledge Drive.  Individuals and families can fill out the pledge on line and email or mail it back to the Recycling Coordinator. We will be keeping track of how many pledges are received and what a difference we all can make in the lobby of City Hall.

City Passes Zero Waste Resolution

The City of Middletown Common Council passed a City Resolution 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.   

Previous Events:


Thank you to everyone who joined the Recycling Coordinator for Coffee and Dessert: Zero Waste on Sept. 19, 2013.  It was a great discussion on recycling and zero waste in Middletown!

On Saturday, April 28, 2012 the City held its annual Shredfest and then conducted its 2012 Earth Day Ceremony.  Over 100 people came in to shred and recycle their documents.  Afterwards, federal and state officials joined the Mayor and Chair of the Resource Recycling Advisory Committee to announce the start of the City's Zero Waste Initiative and honor 13 businesses who were named 2011 Green Business Recycling Heroes.

A Waste Audit of City Hall was held on July 16, 2012 to determine what and how items were being disposed. A report was generated and is currently being anaylzed. Policy suggestions and actions will be presented in the spring of 2013. Educational efforts will also commence this spring.

A community discussion was held on Friday, October 5, 2012 at the Dekoven House to discuss what Zero Waste is and what other municipalities have done to move towards Zero Waste.  Thank you to all the wonderful participants in this meeting.  We hope to do another one in the Spring of 2013.

Middlesex Community College hosted the second community discussion on Zero Waste on May 8, 2013.  Bob Gedert, Director of Public Works for the City of Austin, TX, presented a Webinar on Lessons Learned: Zero Waste in Austin. Over 25 people attended the event and learned about Austin's Zero Waste program.



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.  


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).  CT state law 22a-256ee requires phone book companies to retrieve at least 30% of the directories they distribute in CT., 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.


Wheels For Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish® Connecticut. They are proud to offer an easy way to recycle or donate unwanted cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, RVs, or even boats, by turning them into a wish for a local child. Donate Your Car to "Wheels For Wishes" and receive free pick-up or towing of your vehicle, running or not, along with a great tax deduction.

Cars To Cure Breast Cancer also accepts donated vehicles and either recycles or auctions them off. Earned proceeds from the sale of the vehicle benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All donations help to fund breast cancer research so that we can one day see a cure for breast cancer.  For more information contact or 1-855-450-2873.