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New Fairfield Seeks Input On Organic Recycling

The Town of New Fairfield is exploring the option of starting a new recycling program for food scarps. They would like residents to take an online survey regarding their thoughts on the program.
The Town of New Fairfield is exploring the option of starting a new recycling program for food scarps. They would like residents to take an online survey regarding their thoughts on the program. Photo Credit: Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority

BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- The Town of New Fairfield is exploring the option of starting a new recycling program for food scraps.

The program, held in collaboration with the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority and Winters Brothers, is already underway in several local towns, including Newtown and Ridgefield. Click here to read about the Newtown effort.

Instead of throwing out your food waste, spoiled foods, and leftover meats, vegetables, bread, etc., the program would allow residents to take this food waste and reuse it in an eco-friendly and environmentally beneficial way. The more food waste that is recycled, the less is dumped into landfill space or sent to waste to energy facilities.

Large amounts of organic material in landfills produces methane, a greenhouse gas with a stronger warming effect than carbon dioxide. Residents can help reduce methane emissions by improving food waste management and organic recycling efforts.

The program works by residents saving their food scraps and then dropping them off at the Drop-Off Center at 33 Bigelow Road.

The food scraps would then be taken to New England Compost in Danbury and made into compost. Participants would receive compost each spring.

Participants will receive a starter kit that will include a kitchen counter collection bin and compostable bags to make the process easier.

To help find out if residents are interested in this program, town officials are asking them to take a quick online survey and read more about the effort.

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