The transfer station is now recycling rigid plastics and, so far, it has been a solid hit.
Department of Public Works Ken Feeney said that, in the short time the program has been up and running, two and one-half loads of rigid plastics have been removed.
Recycling rigid plastics results in a savings to the environment as well as a savings to the town since it is two and one-half loads less that needs to be hauled to the incinerator, and the for hauling trash is $74.10 a ton versus recycling at $35 a ton.
A special area labeled “Clean Rigid Plastic Only” is located to the right of the large household trash building.
Casella Recycling has issued these guidelines:
- All 1 and 5 gallon buckets with metal handles attached
- All plastic drums, totes & empty garbage cans (any size, with or without metal)
- Milk/soda crates, laundry baskets, lawn furniture
- Plastic toys and playhouses, children’s electronics, pet carriers
- Plastic pallets, shelving, coolers, closet organizers
- Plastic landscape and microwave trays, flower pots (no soil)
- Glass, metal, wood, paper, clothes, Styrofoam
- Poly-coated paper (orange juice and milk cartons)
- PVC pipe/tubing, vinyl siding
- Plastic film (grocery bags and stretch film)
- Flexible water hoses, hazardous material, medical waste
- Narrow-neck liquid containers, used mouthwash containers
- Small plastic containers (yogurt cups, PET/HDPE bottles, etc)
- No organic contamination