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. 
  • Small, loose plastic items?  These do not consitently go through the separators  and can clog the machinery.

Acceptable Items for Recycling:


  • Plastic bottles with bottle caps screwed on
  • Plastic takeout and microwavable containers (rinsed)
  • Plastic cups (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:

All styrofoam

Automotive fluid containers

Ceramic flower pots


Contaminated cardboard or paper

Window glass and mirrors

Pots and pans

Tyvec plastic envelopes

Construction debris


Shredded paper

Small, loose plastic items (water bottle caps, prescription bottles, plastic cutlery)

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 Friday, April 27, 2018