New Fairfield kicked off their organic recycling program with an event this weekend. Kits are available for at the Town's Recycling Center, which is the drop off site for the program. The Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority is collaborating with New Fairfield on the program to keep food waste out of landfills.
According to the EPA food waste is 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 Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is 23 times more efficient at trapping heat than CO2.
The cost to tip the 6 gallon container is $1, which is less than the cost to dispose of household trash. This program is designed to save money on household trash expenses.