Food Waste Collection Pilot Program

The City of Norwalk is announcing the Food Waste Collection Pilot Program started on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the Rowayton Community Center, located at 33 Highland Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06853.  Now is the perfect time to make good use of this program while we are all home and cooking for the whole family!

How it will work:

  • Beginning Wednesday, April 29 large food waste collection bins have been available for individual drop off of food waste from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. weekly, every Wednesday, but are now only available on Mondays as of March 17. The large collection bins are only available during this time.
  • Food may be dropped off in paper, BPI compostable bags (which can be found locally at Whole Foods and also online at Amazon and Target) or unbagged in tots that will be found behind the Library and across from the equipment garage at the Community Center.
  • Please do your best to fill a tot that already has composting material – this will help the service that provides the composting service.
  • A list of acceptable items, and forbidden items, can be found here on the Food Scrapping Recycling Guide. Please review this link so that we are all composting correctly

During the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to remember to maintain physical distance while dropping off food scraps and to wear gloves while touching the bins.  When restrictions ease, the City of Norwalk will sell starter kits and the BPI bags to those interested.

If you have concerns about something that can be collected, please email  Please know that NO plastic of any kind (bags, packaging, wraps) is allowed.  Similarly, NO PET WASTE.  Both plastic and pet waste contaminate the compost.  A full description as to how to collect food waste and deliver it is also found on the Food Scrapping Recycling Guide.

Thank you to the Mayor and Department of Public Works for working closely with the 6th Taxing District Commissioners, Tammy Langalis, John Igneri and Mike Barbis, and Common Council members, George Tsiranides, Tom Livingston, and Lisa Shanahan, for bringing this pilot program to our District.  If successful, the Mayor and Department of Public Works look forward to rolling this program out to the rest of the City.

Please direct any questions that you might have to Jessica Paladino of the Department of Public Works at, Tammy Langalis at or Lisa Shanahan at