Town of Fairfield News
10/23/2019 - Sign Up by Oct. 31 for a Cost Saving On Turning Your Discarded Food into Beneficial Compost; Free DIY Workshop, Oct. 29, With Composting Expert
Interested in doing something beneficial with your household’s food waste instead of simply tossing it out? You can start turning your food waste into useful garden compost with a cost saving by signing up no later than Oct. 31 for a recycling program now offered through the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force. The program offers residents the option of either composting at home or curbside waste pickup.
For residents who want to recycle their food waste at home, until Oct. 31, you can purchase a home compost bin at a 25% discount (for a total of $60) from the Town of Fairfield. You can pay online with a credit card at www.bit.ly/compost_bin or send a check made out to “Town of Fairfield” to Solid Waste and Recycling/SFTF, 725 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. The “Algreen Soil Saver Classic Compost Bin,” which will be delivered free to your home, lets you produce rich organic compost humus in a matter of weeks from food scraps, and kitchen and garden waste.
For residents who don’t want to recycle their food waste at home, until Oct. 31, you can sign up for curbside pickup of your discarded food including one free month of service. The offer is available from:
• Action Container Service, 203-254-2050; $32/month, one month free plus free set up for Fairfield residents who, when signing up, mention the offer code. SUSTAINABLEFFLD; sign up at www.actioncontainerservice.com/compost.
• Curbside Compost, 914-646-6890; $32/month, second month free, for first 20 Fairfield resident sign-ups/callers; sign up at www.curbcompost.org and mention the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force.
Additionally, SFTF member and home composting expert Mary Hogue, will present a free workshop on recycling food waste at home on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 10:30 to 11:30 am at BD Provisions, 1215 Post Road, in the Brick Walk in Fairfield. At the workshop, she will describe the appealing benefits of composting, explain what food items can (and can't) be composted, and also offer tips on how to make use of the output of composting: nutrient-rich humus that provides a healthful boost to home gardens and lawns
“Wasted food is a huge and growing problem – from 30 to 40 percent of the US’s food supply eventually goes to waste and, when discarded in landfills, is a major source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas,” said Becky Bunnell, a Fairfield resident who developed the recycling program working with the SFTF and the Town. “But, food waste can be readily recycled, which helps to cut emissions of harmful greenhouse gases, reduces trash hauling and disposal costs, and supports healthier gardens and lawns. Our recycling program makes it easy and cost efficient for residents to get started.”
The Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF) provides support for Town practices and projects that can help Fairfield manage its growth to safeguard the health of its environment, ensure the reliability and economical use of its natural resources, and preserve the quality of life of its residents – today and for the future. For more information, please visit www.fairfieldct.org/sftf or contact Becky Bunnell at (203) 550-6540.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Saturday, August 28, 2021
9am - 2pm at Veteran's Park - 909 Reef Road
The Town of Fairfield hosts its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on a Saturday in late August at Veteran's Park to provide you with the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge. Just load up your car and your car will be emptied for you. There's no need to get out of your vehicle. See more details below.
For information on disposing of hazardous waste all other times of the year, please visit our Hazardous Waste webpage.
What is Collected
Please click here to view a list of what household materials are accepted and which ones are not.
If you have only antifreeze, motor oil or automotive batteries, you can take them directly to the Transfer Station.
There is a specific traffic pattern for the Collection Day. There will be signage posted. Police and volunteers will also be on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
To access the site proceed as follows:
- From Old Post Road or Oldfield Road turn onto Rowland Road
- At the third stop sign turn right onto Edward Street
- Proceed to drop off site at Veterans Park
- Signage is posted and police and volunteers are on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
A few tips for transporting your hazardous waste to the collection site:
- Don't mix hazardous wastes. Keep waste in their original containers if possible.
- Keep hazardous waste away from children and animals.
- Don't smoke in the vehicle.
- For safety reasons, there will be no walk-in drop-offs on Collection Day.
Chemicals from around the home, workshop or garden shed may contain substances which are difficult to dispose of safely. Your effort will help protect our Town's environment and our region's water supply.
The Town needs volunteers from 8:30 - 11:30 or 11:00 - 2:00 on Collection Day. Volunteers will not be handling any hazardous waste. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.
For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.