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First Selectman Clarifies Suffield Recycling Policy

Plastic food containers such as margarine tubs and ketchup bottles can now be recycled.

The recent story on Suffield Patch about recycling created some confusion for readers as to exactly what can and cannot be recycled.

Plastic food containers #3 through #7 such as ketchup bottles, margarine tubs and yogurt cups had been listed as non-recyclable on a town web site. However, First Selectman Ed McAnaney has indicated those items can now be recycled, and the site has been updated.

The state of Connecticut mandates recycling of the following items, with a $99 fine for non-compliance:

  • Newspaper, magazines and catalogs
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Glass and metal food and beverage containers
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic containers #1 through #7
  • Aseptic packaging (i.e. orange juice containers)
  • Antifreeze and motor oil

Items that are not to be recycled include: MSW or Bulky Waste of any kind. Dirty or contaminated newspaper. Aerosol spray cans; bottle caps, paint cans, medicine bottles, light bulbs, window glass, mirrors, crystal, heat resistant ovenware, drinking glasses, plate glass and auto glass, leaded glass, beer cartons, Asian corrugated, syringes, hypodermic needles, books, notebooks, ceramic plates, ceramic bottles and ceramic cups, toys, pots and pans, coat hangers, toasters, clay flower pots, tiles, porcelain, Pyrex stones and gravel, anti-freeze and motor oil containers.

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