BRIDGEWATER -- The town, in cooperation with the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority, will begin a town-wide program to recycle food scraps through curbside pickup.

The pilot program is the first of its kind in the state. It will begin the first week in April.

Town residents who want to participate can attend a kick-off meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Burnham School. There will be a question-and-answer period and residents will be given free collection kits. Each kit will include a kitchen counter collection bin, a curbside bin, biodegradable bags, and an information packet.

The program will run for six months. All American Waste will pick up the organic material once a week from residents and bring it to one of two state permitted facilities in the region -- New Milford Farms and/or New England Compost of Danbury. The material will be processed into compost and residents will receive vouchers for free compost from the processors.

About 130 residents have signed-up for the program to date. If the program is successful, it could be expanded to other towns next year. The Bridgewater Village Store, Parker Medical, The Bridgewater Congregational Church and Burnham School are also participating.

For more information on the pilot program, please contact Jen Iannucci at HRRA at 203-312-1071 or email