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Organics Recycling Program

Organics recycling is now offered at the Redding Transfer & Recycling Station. This program is intended to help save you money on your household trash expenses AND to reduce the amount of waste we produce as a community. The Town is working in partnership with the Housatonic Valley Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA), the regional municipal solid waste (MSW) and recycling management organization for the Housatonic Valley municipalities of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, and Sherman.

Getting Started

Visit the HRRA website at http://hrra.org/organics-food-scraps/ . HRRA will provide a link to Redding where you will be able to sign up and pay for the program.

Residents may bring their organic waste to the Recycling Center on days of operation.

 

Cost

The container is $20. You will receive free biodegradable bags when you pick up the kit.

The cost to dispose of organics is .10 cents a pound, less than the cost to dispose of your household trash (.25). By removing wet, heavy organic waste from your household trash, you’ll spend less on that too.

You must also have a permit for the Town’s Transfer & Recycling station.  Permits can be purchased at the Transfer & Recycling station.  Permits run from July 1 to June 30th.

Regular: $30   Additional vehicle $10
Seniors: $10  (60+ years of age)  Additional vehicle $5.00

Transfer & Recycling Station Hours of Operation

7:30 am – 3:00 pm: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Closed: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday

Compost

In the Spring, residents who participate in the Organics program can pick up Free compost from the Recycling & Transfer Station.

What Goes in the Bin: Acceptable Items for Municipal Organics Drop Off

REMEMBER – ONLY FOOD Scraps are allowed in your bin.  No PLASTIC items, stickers, rubber bands or twist ties!
(Make sure you remove the stickers from fruits and vegetables before putting them into the bin.)

•  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
•  Egg Shells
•  Plate Scrapings

Do I have to use the bags?
No, you do not have to use bags to participate in the program. The compostable bags provided for some program are for convenience and to eliminate the yuck factor for some. We welcome individuals who wish to use their containers without a bag.

 

If I need more bags where do I get them?

Bags will be distributed in small amounts when you come in and drop your compost off. Or they can be purchased at local stores where available and online. Search for BioBags.

Why recycle food scraps?
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.
What does it cost?

The cost to dispose of your organic material when the Transfer Station is open is .10 cents a pound.

Visit the HRRA website at http://hrra.org/organics-food-scraps/ to sign up & pay for the program ($20 for the bin and free biodegradable bags). You also need a Transfer Station sticker –a yearly renewal–to use this program.

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