Recycling in Cheshire - Frequently Asked Questions
Why can’t I recycle…
- Plastic bags, shrink-wrap, cellophane? These materials get tangled in the single-stream separating equipment.
- Styrofoam, other polystyrenes? There is a market overseas for recycled Styrofoam, but not currently in the US.
- Wrapping paper? There’s not much fiber content in wrapping paper, so there’s not anything to recycle—it just dissolves.
- Metal coat hangers? They, (like plastic bags) get tangled in the equipment so can’t be recycled through single-stream recycling.
- Unwashed food containers? As food decays during the recycling process, the stinky odor becomes part of the batch, and the whole batch will be rejected by the end-user.
Acceptable Items for Recycling:
- Prescription and non-prescription medicine bottles (remove labels for privacy)
- Plastic bottles and bottle caps
- Plastic takeout and microwavable containers (rinsed)
- Straws, cups, plastic cutlery (rinsed)
- Plastic flower pots (rinsed)
- Aluminum foil (clean)
- Latex paint cans (as long as paint residue is completely dried)
- Metal cans (rinsed)
- Magazines, catalogs, and greeting cards
- Newspapers and inserts
- Telephone books (to opt out of receiving, visit www.yellowpagesoptout.com)
- Computer, letter, and notebook paper
- Window, manilla, and plain envelopes
- Milk cartons, juice boxes, and waxed cardboard containers (rinsed)
- Shirt, shoe, and other cardboard boxes (including cereal and other food boxes)
- Corrugated cardboard boxes
- Toilet paper and paper towel inner cardboard rolls.
- Paper egg cartons
- Plastic containers marked 1-7
- Glass bottles and jars (rinsed)
Automotive fluid containers
Ceramic flower pots
Foam plastic, styrofoam
Contaminated cardboard or paper
Window glass and mirrors
Pots and pans
Tyvec plastic envelopes
What can I do with old paint?
Please go to paintcare.org and follow the steps to find a local drop-off point in Connecticut.