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Mandatory Recycling in Connecticut

Rent a recycling dumpster for huge amounts of trash and segregated recyclables. GPOD Dumpsters can provide you with dumpsters and roll-off services in various sizes for all waste types, including recyclable materials. GPOD especially caters to homes and business and Fairfield and New Haven, Connecticut.  (Jun 5, 2012 | post #2)

Fairfield, CT

Mandatory Recycling in Connecticut

Each person from the residential and non-residential sectors in Connecticut disposes around 4.95 pounds of trash every day. This means that, altogether, we generate 3,179,224.36 of wastes every year. Most of these wastes are sent to one of Connecticut’s seven Resource Recovery Facilities. These facilities all have modern pollution controls that lessen air emissions resulting from the combustion process. The wastes are then burned as fuel for generating electricity, and the ash by-products are buried into especially designed and lined landfills. Sadly, even if 90.38% of our wastes are recyclable, only 24.20% of them are actually recycled. Most of all, mandatory recycling has been taking effect in Connecticut since 1991. Yes, according to the Mandatory Recycling Act, every household, business, institution and government agency in Connecticut is required to recycling the following: • Bottle Bill Plastics • Catalogs • Corrugated cardboard • Glass food and beverage containers • Grass clippings • HDPE bottles • Lead acid batteries • Leaves • Metal food and beverage containers • Newspapers • Nickel-cadmium batteries • PET containers • Scraped metal • Used motor oil • White office paper (household exempt) The following are also recyclable, although not mandated: • Carpet and pads • Compostable paper • C&D wood, untreated • Electronics • Food waste • Logs, brush, stumps • Recyclable paper • Textiles Some towns have recycling and trash services for multi-family residences with 2 or 3 apartments. However, most businesses, condominiums and apartment buildings directly contract with trash haulers, dumpster rentals and roll-off services in Connecticut for garbage collection and recycling. The hauler, dumpster company or roll-off service cannot pickup the recyclables if they are mixed with trash. The law also requires “source separation”, or that the recyclables be separated from the trash within the place where they are generated. The recyclables are then sent to one of the six intermediate processing centers, wherein they are readied for businesses that can convert them into new products. A number of centers also collect the non-mandated recyclables that have suitable markets. But simply gathering the segregated recyclables from dumpsters and roll offs to the recycling centers is not recycling. Recycling happens once the recyclables are used to make another products, and completes when the products are bought and used. Thus, we only do not need to recycle items in ways that maximizes their value and quality, but also patronize and use them when they become available in the market. Both private and public schools are required to recycle. Educational institutions have the special obligation to practice the environmental ethics they impart, enabling students to recycle, not only in their homes, but also in school. Most of all, each municipality has local ordinances that enforce recycling of the mandatory recyclables. Thus, local communities are authorized to enforce the local ordinances on illegal dumping, littering and recycling. So how else can we promote proper recycling in our towns? Get involved with Connecticut Recycles Day, which happens November 15th of each year. Visit the Connecticut Recycles Day website to see resources, ideas and coordinate for this event in your town. Find out how to get a recycling bin and what can be recycled in your town. Contact your Department of Public Works, municipal recycling coordinator, town hall and town websites for this information. The information about Fairfield and New Haven municipal recycling coordinators are here. Connecticut has a huge potential for doing much better in recycling. Only if we will continue to expand our waste reduction and recycling efforts will we feel its global and local environmental benefits, and also lessen our public expenditures for waste disposal.  (Jun 5, 2012 | post #1)

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Fairfield Connecticut air --- one of the most pollluted i...

Fairfield, did you know that we are breathing one of the most polluted air in the country? Eeeew. Now, what does it say about us and our government? Hmmm.... Technology has advanced to a point that we do not have to tear down as many trees as during the time of Edgar Allan Poe. Throw those old moldy books into the dumpster and let your roll off service recycle them into other types of paper. And remember those catalogs and newsletters you frequently get from the mailman? Most of them now have electronic versions. It will be a lot more convenient for you to carry those volumes of your favorite subscriptions around if they are saved in your tablet, rather than in their thick paper-and-cardboar d releases. The state of our air will be better if more of our trees are left standing. Take note that Fairfield Connecticut had been recently judged as the most air polluted county. So, we really need to work on this very fast.  (May 7, 2012 | post #1)

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How were your Arbor Day and Earth Day festivities?

It is events like Arbor Day and Earth Day that keep us on constant awareness of the fact that we need to save our dwindling trees and look out for the welfare of our environment. Year after year, we commune to make an effort to rehabilitate our surroundings, and in the process also educate our kids to do the same acts of maintaining dumpsters, recycling and properly managing wastes, among others. But we still have a long way to go from eradicating pollution of any kind.  (May 7, 2012 | post #1)

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Spring Cleaning

Spring is the ideal time to either start those renovations you’ve always wanted to do or clear all the litter. So contact your Clean and Green roll off service in Fairfield and New Haven, Connecticut and rent your dumpster before the summer rush!  (Apr 14, 2012 | post #6)

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Spring Cleaning

But if after all the segregating, donating, recycling and reselling, and the trash that your home has generated all throughout the year is still in leaps and bounds, why not rent a dumpster instead? Better yet, why not contact a roll off service that will help you with the recycling from the very start? Your roll off service can save you from the real hassles of in-depth yearly cleaning. Unless you really want to put out a bit of them every week, a rented dumpster can give all the help you need in removing all the mess at once. With a dumpster, you do not have to pack everything in a bag. It is absolutely better to have a dumpster that you can fill and be hauled away after you have placed the bags of trash. Also remember that Fairfield and New Haven, Connecticut have restrictions on the number and types of bags that it will collects, but a dumpster company will be there for almost all junk that you need to dispose.  (Apr 14, 2012 | post #5)

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Garage Sale Money is always a good motivation for de-cluttering. If you think your things may still be worth a few bucks, setup a garage sale. Spring is great time for yard or garage sales because your friends and neighbors will always be out and about. Announce the garage sale to your potential buyers a week in advance, probably on a paycheck weekend. And if you simply cannot organize a garage sale on your place, post your things on online buying sites for pre-loved items and watch the proceeds rise.  (Apr 14, 2012 | post #4)

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Recycle Recycling should always be in our vocabulary, and so should always go with the word “cleaning”. Before you throw or donate those things in the boxes, RECYCLE. Your tattered shirt can be cut up and turned into cleaning rags. Or be quilted into colorful throws and blankets. Collage your stacks of old CDs into wall displays. Reusing, reducing and recycling wastes can be done through endless ways; and your resourcefulness, imagination and creativity can bring you to no limits. With recycling, you can not only spare yourself from some expenses for which you do not really need to spend for, but can also do Mother Earth a huge favor.  (Apr 14, 2012 | post #3)

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Segregate Sort the things you are thinking of throwing into never used, seldom used or used. You can temporarily store them in boxes labeled as “throw”, “donate” and “keep”. This may be a little challenging because it would be pretty hard to let go some of your things. So be objective. Don’t worry much, as someone would really be grateful for that purple sweater that grandma crocheted for you fifteen years ago – only if you can decide to donate it.  (Apr 14, 2012 | post #2)

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Spring Cleaning

Spring has finally sprung in Fairfield and New Haven, Connecticut, and so it is time for some Spring cleaning! After the not-so-easy winter, the mild weather is perfect to begin and complete Spring cleaning projects that are not typically done during the other times of the year. The rising temperature is also friendly for almost all activities, like cleaning. Though cleaning is not exactly everyone’s favorite, we should take advantage of the gorgeous weather and jump start with it. HOW WILL YOU DO YOURS? Here are some tips.  (Apr 14, 2012 | post #1)

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There’s more to Dumpsters than Dumping

Wastes should be as well sealed in trash bags before being tossed in – and should never be left outside the dumpster. Also, please do not ignore an overflowing bin. You can always ring your dumpster rental service company for any needed pick-up, repair and cleaning. The things that you ought to do to maintain a rented dumpster are very minimal compared its tremendous benefits. These to-do’s do not only protect the dumpster, but also prevent damage against your properties. Your extra care will help your roll-off service in Fairfield County do its job while it and its dumpster work for you.  (Feb 12, 2012 | post #4)

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There’s more to Dumpsters than Dumping

Stray animals must not be taken for granted because they can cause some serious dumpster-related headaches. These animals are easily attracted to smelly garbage and food odors from dumpsters. Luckily, they can be turned off by doubly-bagging the stinking wastes or using deodorizers to lessen food odors. Spreading a small amount of ammonia on the dumpster’s lids and covers will do such trick. If stray animals can still sneak into a fenced and deodorized dumpster, position it in a more secure location and separately dispose the spilled garbage or attractants.  (Feb 12, 2012 | post #3)

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There’s more to Dumpsters than Dumping

You have invested some money for renting the dumpster and, of course, wouldn’t want intruders to exploit it. To secure it from the scouring of trespassers and divers, place the dumpster in an apt spot where only those who are allowed to use can access it. Have it positioned in a well-constructed area, which must be gated and sheltered whenever practicable. A “No Illegal Dumping” sign can also put off all unauthorized divers and dumpers.  (Feb 12, 2012 | post #2)

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There’s more to Dumpsters than Dumping

This love month, read on how you can show some tender-loving-care for dumpsters.  (Feb 12, 2012 | post #1)

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What to do with Holiday Extras?

You can contact Fairfield County’s Local Municipal Recycling coordinators on how you can recycle your Christmas trees and other holiday extras. You can also get in touch with a dumpster rental service in Fairfield County to manage the waste that your average trash bin cannot hold.  (Jan 2, 2012 | post #4)