Earlier this year, about 1,000 households in Meriden received colored bags and the choice to spend a little more time using those bags to recycle old food. This initiative was part of a pilot program to track the possibility of recycling so-called “organics” in Connecticut.

The idea, which was funded with a $40,000 government grant, is twofold: make it easier to recycle food waste — residents can throw colored bags into the same trash can they already roll onto the sidewalk every week — but also see how many people would voluntarily choose to do so.

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