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Simplified Recycling Comes to Westport

If you find recycling too time consuming, there's good news. Westport Public Works Director Stephen Edwards announced Tuesday that beginning July 1, the town is switching to single-stream recycling — which means you'll never have to sort your recyclables again.

Under the current recycling rules, which have been in place since 1991, acceptable plastic containers, cans and bottles are to be placed at the bottom of the recycling bin, while mixed paper should be bundled, or put in a brown paper, and placed on top.

With single-stream recycling, all of your paper, plastic containers, cans and glass bottles can be mixed together in the bin — no sorting or bundling required.

The new process will also allow residents to recycle more items, Edwards said, including 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, but not paint or automotive products.

Although all of your recyclables will be placed together, they will be separated by density and optical scanners during an automatic process before they are recycled.

Items not accepted in the recycling bins, including electronics, fluorescent and CFL bulbs, all batteries, scrap metal, automotive oil and antifreeze, can still be taken to the Transfer Station on the Sherwood Island Connector.

Edwards said the transfer station will be made available to local refuse/recycling contractors on Thursdays and Fridays to handle recyclables for subsequent transfer to the Stratford transfer station.

For more information on services and hours of operation of the transfer station, visit the Public Works Department website.

Do you recycle? If not, will you once the process is changed to single-stream?

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