Food Scraps to Compost

The Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority in collaboration with the town of New Fairfield is now offering an organics (food scraps) recycling drop-off program at the Town Recycling Drop-Off Center.

According to the EPA more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash. Food waste shouldn’t be burned or landfilled: it's wet and heavy which doesn't make burning it at a Waste-to-Energy facility efficient for energy content and creates methane in landfills. The US EPA has identified landfills as the single largest source of methane. It is a potent greenhouse gas that is twenty-three times more efficient at trapping heat than CO2.

Out of the 37 million tons of food waste generated in the U.S. only 5% is being captured to be processed into compost, leaving the other 95% going to landfill or Waste-to-Energy. Compost added to gardens, construction sites, and poor soils makes great things happen! Compost is a unique soil amendment because of its ability to hold moisture and soluble minerals. Properly composted organics are beneficial: It maximizes plant growth, it's effective at preventing soil erosion, it aids in stream and land reclamation, it helps with storm water management and construction sites, it reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides and its overall soil amendment is to improve soil health by increasing the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil.

New Fairfield residents who sign up for the organics program will receive a free collection kit (1 gallon kitchen collection bin, 6 months of compostable bags, 6 gallon carry container, educational material and more). Residents may bring their organic waste to the Drop-Off Center on days of operation. The cost to tip the 6 gallon container is $1.00, which is less than the cost to dispose of your household trash.  This program is designed to save you money on your household trash expenses.

By providing your contact information, The town of New Fairfield and the HRRA will be able to contact you regarding program information, announcements and news.  Your information will not be shared with any other party and will only be used for this program.

ONLY FOOD Scraps are allowed in your bin.  No PLASTIC items, stickers, rubber bands or twist ties!
Acceptable Food Waste Items for Organics (Food Scraps) Recycling Program:
* Meat, Poultry (bones also) Fish (including shellfish)
* Dairy Products
* Flower & Vegetable Garden Waste
* Houseplants & Flower Bouquets
* Fruits & Nuts (including pits)
* Vegetables ***Remove stickers, bands and ties***
* Bread, Pasta & Grains
* Sauces, Soup & Gravy
* Coffee Grounds & Filters
* Tea Bags
* Paper Towels & Napkins
* Egg Shells
* Plate Scrapings

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* 1. Would you like to sign-up for the New Fairfield food scraps recycling program at the Drop-Off Center?

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* 2. Do agree that it is your responsibility to place only the acceptable items in the organics container, free of contamination such as rubber bands, stickers and twist ties that come with some produce. Do you agree that you will keep plastic and other non-compostable items out of the container?

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* 3. You will receive a free kit that will include a 1 gallon collection bin and 6 gallon carry container and 6 months supply of compostable bags. If you have any questions regarding the program please send an email to In order to sign-up for this program and to receive your free kit you must provide your contact information below in question 4.  You may add questions or comments in the space provided here.

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* 4. Here is my contact information so that you may contact me regarding the Kick-Off event and other program information.  I understand that my information will not be shared with any other party or used for any other purpose but for this organics program.