Recycling in Cheshire - Frequently Asked Questionsrecycling container


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) 

Non-acceptable items:

Automotive fluid containers

Ceramic flower pots


Foam plastic, styrofoam

Contaminated cardboard or paper

Window glass and mirrors

Pots and pans

Tyvec plastic envelopes

Construction debris


Plastic bags


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.



Last updated on Monday, August 07, 2017