Residents' complaints drew the town to take action.
Middletown officials have apologized to residents on the town's website for the "broken or dirty trash cans" that were delivered to their homes this week.
The dirty or broken blue trash cans were delivered by Waste Management, the company that Middletown contracts to haul trash for its residents.
The town has already halted the delivery of the cans and is discussing the problems with Waste Management, according to the statement.
It remains unclear how town officials will handle the situation with the trash hauler. The town has had a long relationship with the company and recently entered into a contract with it to collect organic and yard waste.
Waste Management could not be reached for comment.
Below is the statement posted on middletownde.org:
We apologize to our Town of Middletown residents who received a broken or dirty trash can this week.This is not what we expected to be delivering to our residents when we said you would be receiving a new blue trash can. We have halted delivery of the cans until further discussions can be had with our trash hauler. We have had all of the cans picked up and will replace them as soon as we possibly can.
THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF MIDDLETOWN"