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First Selectman's Office Reminds Suffield Residents to Recycle

A list of what to recycle, and what is forbidden.

Town officials are encouraging Suffield residents to utilize the recycling program as much as possible.

The town's web site lists items that are mandatory for recycling, as well as optional items and materials which cannot be recycled.

"The town actually is paid for the recycling that the residents place in their bins," Lisa Trase of the First Selectman's office wrote in an email. "This is a double savings since it reduces the amount we pay in trash fees (in our black buckets) and we earn cash back for what is placed in the blue recycling buckets. Recycling makes dollars and sense!"

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
  • Aseptic packaging (i.e. orange juice containers)
  • Antifreeze and motor oil

According to the web site, items that are not to be recycled include: Other glass (light bulbs, window glass, mirrors, drinking glasses, plate glass, auto glass, pyrex, etc.). Other metals (aerosol spray cans, paint cans, pots and pans, coat hangers, toasters, etc.). Plastics #3-#7, bottle caps or lids, toys. Dirty or contaminated newspaper. Waxed, plastic-coated and, non-corrugated cardboard. Junk mail, office paper, telephone books. Ceramics (clay flower pots, tiles, porcelain, dishes, etc.). Biohazards (pizza boxes, paper towels, kleenex, medicine bottles, syringes, hypodermic needles, empty anti-freeze and motor oil containers).

Greg Panjian January 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM
How many knew these were NOT recyclable Plastics #3-#7, bottle caps or lids
Kristin Allard January 29, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Per this link on the town's website plastics 3-7 are able to be recycled http://www.suffieldtownhall.com/filestorage/71/Mid-Conn_double-sided_recycling_flyer_Page_1.jpg Which is accurate?
suffieldpatriot2 January 29, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Holy Cow!!!! Someone found the First Selectman!!!! I thought he was recycled by now. And who is the new Trace person? Did we elect her?
J. Lippi January 29, 2013 at 02:47 PM
How about all the plastic packaging from China, not recyclable, no identification on the packaging ? But if made in the USA has to labelled. Very unfair.
Jean Tomasko January 29, 2013 at 05:52 PM
March 2nd 9-11 am at Suffield High School you can bring your recycle bottles & cans that has a 5 cent deposit for donation to Suffield Safe Grad Party!!
suffieldpatriot2 February 01, 2013 at 04:44 PM
For anyone concerned, the current administration will not even provide the public with an electronic copy of the job description for the assistant to the First Selectman...absent a request through legal channels and and accompanying fee. Not only is the First Selectman working other jobs, rendering him never in town hall to respond to residents, but simple questions asked of town hall refuse to be answered. It is time that we demand a responsive government, as well as the full time government which we pay for. Remember...of the people, by the people and for the people.
phil February 04, 2013 at 09:57 PM
The recycling info would be the most informative first selectmans update in the observer since he's been in.

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