Beyond Recycling: Zero Waste Resources

Recycling in Middletown

What is Zero Waste?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

What is Wishcycling?


Buy Nothing

Buy Nothing Middletown & Portland is a Facebook group for local residents.


A grassroots nonprofit movement of people giving & getting stuff for free in their own Towns.

Why own a product’s packaging just to throw it away? Buy zero-waste versions of everyday items.

Reboot Eco

A refill shop for household & bath products, plus zero waste items to help you live sustainably.


Loop’s parent company, this is a social enterprise Eliminating the Idea of Waste®.

Buy Sustainably

cinder & salt

An eco-friendly clothing brand, specializing in sustainable casual apparel for guys, ladies and kiddos. Style meets sustainability!

Estate Treasures

Home and outdoor furniture, tools, appliances, linens, artwork, jewelry and a variety of used health care equipment.


Stores constantly stock new merchandise throughout the day, so the inventory is always changing.

ReCONNstruction Center

Keeps building materials out of landfills while recycling them and providing them to the public at greatly reduced prices.

Live Sustainably

Ideas for  Lifestyle Changes

Carbon Footprint Calcuator

Ecological Footprint Calculator

Can I


Price of Materialism (video)

Connecticut Composting Webinars

United States Composting Council

Composting & Organics Recycling

CT DEEP: Climate Change & Waste


What Do I
Do With…?

How to Reduce and Reuse

  • Buy used. You can find everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new.
  • Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money.
  • Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.
  • Maintain and repair products, like clothing, tires and appliances, so that they won’t have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently.
  • Borrow, rent or share items that are used infrequently, like party decorations, tools or furniture.

Russell Library

123 Broad Street
Middletown CT 06457




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Sunday 1-5pm (October-March)