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).