RECYCLING PROGRAM/HAZARDOUS WASTE
WHO IS REQUIRED TO
Everyone! The Mandatory Recycling Act went into
effect in Connecticut on January 1, 1991. It
applies to every business, every household,
every institution, and every government agency.
WHAT ITEMS DO I HAVE TO RECYCLE?
Everyone in the state is
required to recycle the following items: glass
food and beverage containers; metal food and
beverage containers; newspapers; corrugated
cardboard; leaves (must be composted); scrap
metal; used motor oil, lead-acid batteries (from
vehicles); magazines and glossy catalogs;
plastics #1 and #2; white office paper
(households exempt); and Ni-Cd rechargeable
batteries (from electronics).
WHO DO I CALL TO GET A
RECYCLING BIN AND FIND OUT WHAT IS RECYCLED IN
Contact your town hall or local
Department of Public Works to see what
additional items are accepted for recycling.
Some towns are now accepting plastic food and
beverage containers #3 through #7.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL
PROTECTION'S WEBSITE offers comprehensive information about
HOW DO I GET RID OF MY
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE?
Most communities in
Connecticut offer at least one opportunity a
year to their residents to dispose of hazardous
items that they have in their home. These
collections usually take place in the spring and
fall. Call your town hall to find out the next
available opportunity to properly dispose of
this material in your area.
COMMON HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS
WASTES THAT MAY BE BROUGHT TO A COLLECTION DAY
Common household hazardous
wastes include: antifreeze, batteries
(household), mercury fever thermometers, brake
fluid, gasoline, oil based paint, paint
stripper/thinners, transmission fluid,
turpentine, aerosols (unfinished), ammonia,
disinfectants, drain cleaners, floor care
products, oven cleaners, polishes, spot and
stain removers, wood preservatives, adhesives,
artistís paints, charcoal lighter fluid,
cleaning solvents, epoxy products, fungicides,
glues, herbicides, insecticides, kerosene, moth
balls, and pool chemicals. This list is not all
NOTE: Pharmaceuticals and sharps
cannot be brought to HHW collections. Some
towns or pharmacies occasionally offer special
collections where residents can bring sharps,
prescription medications, veterinary medicines,
and over-the-counter (OTC) products.
For more information about
hazardous waste go to Connecticut
Department of Energy and Environmental
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SOURCE: Connecticut Department
of Energy and Environmental Protection
PREPARED BY: 211/lb
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: June2012