FAQ

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:

PLASTIC

  • 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)

METAL

  • Aluminum foil (clean)


  • Latex paint cans (as long as paint residue is completely dried)


  • Metal cans (rinsed)

PAPER

  • 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

CARDBOARD

  • 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

  • Glass bottles and jars (rinsed)


Non-acceptable items:

Automotive fluid containers
Ceramic flower pots
Toys
Foam plastic, styrofoam
Contaminated cardboard or paper
Window glass and mirrors
Pots and pans
Tyvec plastic envelopes
Construction debris
Electronics
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.

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