Solid Waste & Recycling Committee

For a list of members click here


  • 6:00 pm
  • 2nd Monday of every month (NO meeting in April)
  • Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall - Mezzanine Conference Room

    52 Lyme Street
    Old Lyme, CT 06371


The charge of the Solid Waste & Recycling Committee is to provide the Board of Selectmen with policy recommendations in regards to Solid Waste and Recycling for the community. At a minimum this will include:

  • Review annually, and update as needed, the Solid Waste Ordinance, Chapter 139 of the Town of Old Lyme Ordinance Can link
  • Investigate other means of waste management/waste reduction 
  • Review any current contract for waste removal in order to be prepared with recommendations for the expiration of the current contract
  • Work with the current trash/recycling provider to collect data on waste and recycling amounts, fluctuations, collection schedules, and challenges
  • Review data annually and issue report to BOS and BOF
  • Work with regional efforts on Hazardous Waste Collection, and other regional waste/recycling opportunities
  • Develop and disseminate information for residents to encourage recycling and educate them on regulations
  • Provide information and educational forums with the view to improving waste management understanding/procedures and policies.
  • Recommendations for monitoring misuse of collection receptacles and enforcement policies
  • Review policy/system at transfer station on Four Mile River Rd., with Public Works Superintendent and Manager of Transfer Station, as needed
  • Submit annual budget request to Board of Selectmen

The committee must meet all FOI requirements with respect to the posting of agendas and minutes. This charge may be amended as necessary by the Board of Selectmen.


Middletown and RiverCOG compost bin sale! 
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, 2023

2023 RiverCogCompost Bin and Barrel Sale Poster

The sale is to promote composting at home. Food waste can easily be separated in a kitchen and brought to an outside bin to be composted.  This site makes food waste composting easy by offering all the tools necessary to make an incredible soil amendment right in your back yard.

The program includes a website to purchase products with a single pickup day on Sunday, April 30, 2023. Pickup in Middletown from 9:00 to 11:00 and in Essex from 1:00 to 3:00. The website is

Separating food waste can reduce approximately 1/3 of a resident’s waste. Composing is a controlled, aerobic process that converts organic materials into a nutrient-rich soil amendment or mulch through natural decomposition. It is an amazing soil amendment and can be added to vegetable or flower gardens and lawns. By adding compost to your gardens and lawns, you can conserve water, grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizers and pesticides and protect the environment.

"WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT!" Recycling works, but only if you do it right every time.