Blue Earth Compost

Food Scrap Recycling
Blue Earth Compost collaborates with the Town of Cromwell, thanks to the Middlesex Community Foundation.

The Middlesex County Community Foundation has kindly supported the collaboration of Blue Earth Compost with the Cromwell community by providing bins to households of the town for proper disposal of food scraps into compost for a more sustainable living. 

  • Visit the Cromwell Belden Public Library or the Transfer Station to pick up a compost bin during open hours, with a limit of one per household
  • Once the bin has been filled, Cromwell residents can dispose of their collections at the Transfer Station during their open hours. 
  • Please note that the library is only a pinpoint for initial compost bin pick ups, all other compost drop offs are held at the Transfer Station.

What Can Go In The Bin?

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meat & poultry
  • Bones
  • Fish/shellfish
  • Shells
  • Dairy products
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Chips
  • Snacks
  • Rice & grains
  • Eggs & eggshells
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Left over and spoiled food
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea bags (no staples)
  • Paper towels & napkins used for food production (not for cleaning)
  • Cut flowers
  • Pet food (no pet waste)

How It Works

Blue Earth will come to the transfer station once a week to haul scraps to Quantum Biopower, a state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection-approved anaerobic digester in Southington.

In 21 days, Quantum can convert the food scraps into compost, and contain the methane byproduct inside the facility into bio-gas that generates electricity for the town of Southington.

Data from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) states that about 25% of the waste stream is food. Pulling this material out of the regular waste stream has the potential to save the Town money on their overall waste fees.

About Blue Earth

The ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of tonnage hauled away by removing food from the trash. Other surrounding towns, such as Middletown, Haddam, Glastonbury, and East Haddam are participating in similar food scrap recycling programs.

Food scraps can be converted into compost, which improves soil quality, reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, helps to retain water in the soil, and reduces soil erosion, the town said.

Many food items cannot not be placed in a backyard compost. All food scraps can be composted through the anaerobic digester.

 Middlesex County Community Foundation Link

Transfer Station Address:
100 County Line Drive
Cromwell, CT 06416

Transfer Station Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday:  8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. 
Check-In by: 2:45 P.M.                
May be closed in inclement weather

Phone: (860) 632-3420

Cromwell Belden Public Library Address:
39 West Street
Cromwell, CT 06416

Cromwell Belden Public Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday: Closed

Phone: (860) 632-3460

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