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Westport Praises Residents For Use Of Single Stream Recycling

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WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport Director of Public Works Stephen Edwards issued a statement and a reminder to Westport residents about single stream recycling.

Westport, along with nine other neighboring communities, has just completed its fourth year using single stream recycling.

Since its inception in 2011, single stream recycling has accounted for the recycling of 14,036.24 tons of recyclables. Each ton of recyclables that is removed from the waste stream and processed under this contract will translate into a savings of approximately $105 per ton.

“I appreciate the Westport community’s acceptance of single stream recycling. Residents play an important role in the town’s commitment to the environment, green initiatives, and maintaining a healthy planet. Thank you for your efforts in making this important program successful,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe.

Under the terms of the contract, commodities added to the recycle list include paperback books, phone books, hardcover books that have had the binders removed, small plastic toys, and pots and pans.

These are in addition to all plastic food containers Nos. 1 through 7, chipboard products including cereal boxes and shoe boxes, all junk mail, aseptic containers, including milk and juice cartons and single service juice boxes, and aerosol cans that contain food or cosmetic products (but not paint, automotive or chemical products such as pesticides).

The single stream process enables the resident to place all items together in the bin. Do not place recyclables in a plastic bag. Plastic bags are not acceptable due to the fact that they foul the automatic processing equipment.

Refuse haulers have been instructed to not pick up any recyclables placed in plastic bags. Paper bags are acceptable. Separation of the individual commodities is performed by density and optical scanners using an automated process.

Further information on services and hours of operation of the transfer station can be found on the town website at www.westportct.gov under residents, recycling.

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