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West Hartford Launches Temporary Food Waste Drop-Off Site

When in doubt, throw it out. Most food items left in the refrigerator for more than four hours following a loss of power should be discarded. Most food will remain safe in a half-full freezer for 24 hours, and 48 hours if the freezer is packed full. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford residents can drop off food waste at the Norfeldt Little League field beginning Friday, Aug. 7.

A dumpster is set up in the Norfeldt Little League parking lot where residents can deposit their food waste – but be sure to remove from the packaging. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

Spoiled food is just one of the unwelcome results of a sustained power outage, and particularly in the summer months it will quickly lead to a smelly mess.

The West Hartford Department of Public Works has established a temporary food waste drop off site for residents who have cleared spoiled food from their refrigerators or freezers.

Beginning at 8 a.m., a dumpster will be available at the Norfeldt Little League field at the corner of Boulevard and Trout Brook Drive.

“The Food Dumpster will take all food waste from fridges and freezers including all meats, vegetables, dairy, leftovers, frozen goods, liquids, and contents of condiment jars, Katherine Bruns, the town’s recycling coordinator said.

“Please remove packaging as best as possible. Empty all jars and tubs and recycle in your recycling barrel,” she added.

Food that is deposited in the dumpster will be processed at Quantum Biopower in Southington, CT, and turned into compost and energy – which is much better than being wasted.

“Thank you very much for helping our town continue be a good environmental steward while managing the aftermath of the storm,” Bruns said.

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