The town of Bridgewater is partnering with the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) to launch a residential organics (food scraps) curb-side pilot program.

The program will begin the first week in April.

A kickoff meeting for residents to ask questions and pick up their free collection kits -- including one kitchen counter collection bin, one curbside bin, biodegradable bags and information packets -- will be held Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at Burnham School along Main Street (Route 133).

To date, about 130 residents have signed up for the program, which is the first of its kind in the state.

If the six-month program were to be successful, officials hope to expand it to other towns next year.

All American Waste will pick up the organic material once a week and bring it to one of two state-permitted facilities in the region, New Milford Farms and/or New England Compost of Danbury, where the material will be processed into compost.

Residents will receive vouchers for free compost from the processors.

The Bridgewater Village Store, Parker Medical, the Bridgewater Congregational Church and Burnham School are also participating.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place April 4.

For more information, contact Jen Iannucci at 203-312-1071 or jeniannucci@hrra.org.