Food Scrap Collection

Beginning Monday, April 5th, 2021 the Town of Essex will offer food scrap collection at the Essex Transfer Station.

FREE to Essex residents. Valid ID must be presented to prove town residence.

Here is your chance to do something small that could help the environment in a big way!  Accepted items will be posted at the transfer station and online at Food scraps can be brought in paper bags, compostable bags or in a container and dumped directly into the food scrap bins. Please, no plastic bags or plastics of any kind!

The Town has teamed up with Blue Earth Compost who will remove the scraps and bring them to Quantum Biopower where the scraps are composted in its anerobic digestor, producing gases (methane and carbon dioxide – which are used to produce electricity), mulch and compost blends. By participating in this program residents will be doing their part to improve waste management in CT, save money, help reduce green house gas emissions and be a part of the effort to address climate change! 


1.   Collect your food scraps in a kitchen collection container and store on your counter or under your sink.

2.   Most residents will fill this container 3-4 times per week. It’s suggested to have a larger bin for weekly storage and for transporting the scraps to the Transfer Station.

3.   BRING your transportation bin (and your ID) to the Transfer Station to dispose of your food scraps for FREE.

4.   The Transfer Station is open 7am-3pm Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Any questions about the program please email Alyson Finnegan at afinnegan at essexct dot gov

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