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Recycling Is on the Rise in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – Since single-stream recycling went into effect in Westport on July 1, the amount of recycled tonnage is up about 60 percent, Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced Wednesday.

With single-stream recycling, residents are able to recycle more items than before and items don't have to be sorted or separated. As a result, Edwards said individual residential haulers are recording recycle rates of 20 percent to 30 percent. Previous rates were about 15 percent to 20 percent.

"As suggested by the increased recycling volumes, residents have been very supportive of the new initiative," Edwards said in a statement.

Before the switch to single-stream, residents were allowed to recycle only those plastic containers labeled 1 or 2, cans, bottles, newsprint and junk mail. Residents were also required place cans, bottles and plastics on the bottom of the recycling bin. Paper had to be bundled or placed in a brown paper bag on top of the container.

Now, residents can recycle all plastic food containers numbered 1 through 7, cereal boxes and shoe boxes, all junk mail, milk and juice cartons as well as single-serve juice boxes, and empty aerosol cans that contained food or cosmetic products, not paint or automotive products.

Of the individual haulers, Edwards said D&D has recorded a 36 percent recycle rate and Malone's is at 30 percent. City Carting has fallen below a 15 percent recycle rate at 5 percent and Bayberry is at 14 percent.

The Westport Transfer Station, at 300 Sherwood Connector, will continue to accept additional recyclables not accepted in the blue bin, including all electronics, fluorescent and CFL bulbs, all batteries, scrap metal, automotive oil and antifreeze.

For more information about the Transfer Station, including hours of operation, visit the Public Works Department page on the town website.

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