Here’s How To Do It:
- COLLECT your food scraps at home in a pail or other container. Although not required, you may line your pail or other container with a BPI certified Compostable Bag but NOT a Plastic Bag.
- TRANSFER food scraps into a larger pail or bucket with a cover for weekly storage. It is recommended that food storage bins be kept indoors – either in the house or in the garage.
- BRING your food scraps in a pail or bucket to the Rowayton Community Center to dispose of your food scraps. Food scraps can be transferred into the drop-off bins either in a BPI certified compostable bag or simply unbagged.
All material collected will be brought to a commercial composting facility where it will be turned into compost.
Drop-off Location and Hours:
- The Food Scrap Recycling drop-off bins are located at the Rowayton Community Center (33 Highland Ave.), behind the library and across from the equipment garage.
- Drop-offs can be made Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
- There is no charge to drop off food scraps.
- ALL FOOD, including:
- Fruits and Vegetables (remove stickers, bands, ties)
- Meat and Poultry (bones ok)
- Fish and Shellfish (shells ok)
- Dairy Products
- Bread and Pasta
- Chips and Snacks
- Nuts and Seeds
- Leftover, Spoiled and Expired Food (cooked ok)
- Coffee Grounds (paper filters ok)
- Tea Bags (no staples)
- Paper Towels and Napkins (white only ok; NOT soiled with cleaning supplies)
- Cut Flowers
- Compostable Bags – BPI Certified (NO PLASTIC BAGS)
Items Not Accepted:
- Plastic bags, plastic packaging and wrappers are never allowed in the bins. Plastic does not biodegrade and therefore will contaminate the compost. Use only compostable bags or no bags.
- Baby/Hand wipes are never allowed in the bins. They are synthetic, so do not biodegrade and will contaminate the compost.
- Please NO PET WASTE!
- If unsure about an item, please email us before putting it in the bin: Composting@NorwalkCT.org.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Norwalk will not sell the starter kits or compostable BPI bags
- BPI certified Compostable Bags can be purchased at Whole Foods or online (Target, Amazon,etc.)
- While this pandemic continues, use gloves to open the drop-off bins.
- It is important to maintain physical distance between you and fellow citizens while dropping off your food waste
QUESTIONS? Please email Composting@NorwalkCT.org