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Recycle

Help the environment and save money by filling your recycle barrel! The more we recycle the less we pay to get rid of our trash.

You already know that you can recycle:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Flattened cardboard boxes
  • #1 through #7 plastic containers — cleaned
  • Metal cans — cleaned
  • Glass — cleaned

You can also recycle:

  • Paper and clear plastic egg cartons
  • Aluminum foil
  • Aerosol cans (containing non-hazardous materials)
  • White, colored and construction paper
  • Shredded paper — in paper bags
  • Juice boxes (rinsed, without the straws)
  • Windowed envelopes
  • Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, cookie boxes, tissue boxes (any box that is colored gray, brown or off-white on the inside)
  • Junk mail (includes flyers, postcards and letters)
  • Catalogs
  • Gabled or peaked milk and juice cartons (rinsed)

Detailed Instructions

Items to be Recycled Yes No How
Glass Food and beverage containers; clear, green and brown bottles and jars. All other glass including window glass, light bulbs, mirrors, Pyrex, ceramic, porcelain, drinking glasses. Remove and discard lids and caps; labels OK; rinse and place in barrel.
Metal Aluminum and tin food and beverage cans; aluminum foil and pie plates. Aluminum and steel aerosol cans containing non-hazardous materials and #10 cans such as coffee containers. All other metal containers including aerosol containing hazardous materials or paint cans, cleaning fluid and poison containers, scrap metal. Rinse empty containers and place in barrel; can lids OK in can; labels OK.
Plastics
  • #1: PETE
  • #2: HDPE
  • #3: PVC
  • #4: LDPE
  • #5: PP
  • #6: PS
  • #7: OTHER
Containers with other numbers or no numbers; black plastics, plastic bags, motor oil and anti-freeze containers; even if marked with a 1 through 7. Make sure container has a 1 through 7 on the bottom; remove and discard cap or lid; labels OK; rinse and place in barrel.
Newspaper, Catalogs, Magazines, Junk Mail & Shredded Paper Clean, dry newspaper (and inserts), magazines and catalogs, junk mail, computer paper, stationery, bills, shredded paper, envelopes with windows. All other paper including soiled paper, non-paper bags such as plastic or Tyvek, overnight delivery envelopes, bubble wrap, books of any kind, greeting cards, gift wrap and product samples. You may place in brown paper grocery bags (not plastic bags) and place in barrel.
Corrugated Cardboard Clean cardboard with a wavy middle layer of brown paper. Pizza boxes, wax coated cardboard. Flatten boxes, remove packing material and place in barrel.
Boxboard Cereal, cracker, shoe boxes and shirt boxes, beverage cartons and six-pack cartons. Boxboard with wax, plastic or foiled coating and boxboard that has been contaminated by food. Flatten boxes, remove plastic cereal bag and place in barrel.
Milk Cartons & Juice Boxes Residential aseptic packages including the gable shaped paper containers (milk-type containers) and the small, single serving juice boxes.   The cartons and juice boxes must be empty, with straws and caps removed, and the larger gable shaped cartons must be rinsed clean.

Recycling in the Town of Wethersfield

Curbside Refuse and Recyclable Pickup

The town contracts with Paine's, Inc. for weekly curbside refuse and recycling collection. Paine's may be reached at (860) 844-3003, or www.painesinc.com on the web.

Routes start early. Barrels should be out by 7 a.m.

Transfer Station

Any item that is recyclable at the curb may be brought to the transfer station free of charge. The transfer station accepts electronics, all types of batteries, fluorescent lights (including compact fluorescent bulbs), waste oil, and large metal items such as appliances and lawn mowers, free of charge.

Transfer Station hours:
Monday and Friday 9 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.–3:45 p.m.

The town offers a free day at the Transfer Station for bulky waste in the spring.

Trash and Recycle Pick-up Holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

When your pickup day falls on or after the holiday, your collection will be delayed one day that week.

THINK ABOUT IT…

  • The average Wethersfield household recycles 9 lbs. a week
  • Recycling is mandatory in Connecticut
  • Generating less trash and recycling more means saving money and a cleaner environment
  • In 2009 the town recycled 2,120 tons, equal to 162 pounds per capita