The City of Stamford is selling food scrap recycling kits at cost. The $20 kits include a countertop bin, a 6-gallon transport bin with a locking lid, and a roll of compostable bags. Additional $2 rolls of bags are also available. Interested residents can buy them at the Transfer Station (101 Harborview Avenue) and the Stamford Government Center (888 Washington Boulevard). Residents are free to use their own containers.
According to a press release from the city, Stamford residents recycled 45,939 pounds of food scraps in the first year of the Stamford Food Scrap Recycling Program. The program launched in June 2021. Since then, residents have been bringing their table scraps to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, located on Magee Avenue.
There is a large green composting machine at Mygatt that processes the food scraps and turns them into compost that participants can take home for their use. The City opted to process the compost on-site instead of carting the food scraps elsewhere as other Connecticut towns are doing. All food, including cooked leftovers, meat, fish, and dairy can be recycled in this program. The food scraps must be in compostable bags (no loose food accepted).
More information about the Food Scrap Recycling initiative can be found on the Stamford City website.