It pays to recycle
Recycling isn’t a choice in Connecticut; it’s required by law. Connecticut is a leader when it comes to recycling and the benefits are plentiful:
When renting a dumpster for any type of bulk waste removal, be sure to ask about recycling options for debris. It may save you money, for instance, if you separate recyclables from non-recyclables.
Despite the fact recycling is mandatory in Connecticut, the recycling rates are still only around 30%, so there’s still a lot of work to do!
What does State law require to be recycled?
The law requires certain materials to be recycled, as listed below. If you questions about how to properly dispose of a certain type of waste, check out this handy guide.
- Glass and metal food/drink containers
- Corrugated cardboard
- Magazines and catalogs
- Boxboard & chipboard (e.g. cereal boxes)
- Plastics containers (#1 and #2)
- Office paper
- Scrap metal
- Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries
- Waste oil
- Lead acid batteries (from vehicles)
- Leaves (must be composted)
- Grass is banned from disposal at landfills and resource recovery facilities (incinerators)
What does my city accept for recycling?
The types of materials accepted for recycling by each municipality in Connecticut can vary slightly. To see what your town accepts, visit this page at the CRRA website.
How’s construction and demolition (C&D) debris disposed of in CT?
The State categorizes C&D debris as a distinct type of bulky waste that has value when recycled. Thus, it promotes proper recycling of C&D whenever possible.
The types of C&D materials that should be recycled include asphalt shingles, gypsum board, concrete, wood and more.
You can contact your local recycling coordinator to find the nearest C&D recycling facility.
“Special wastes” require special rules
Disposing of items, such as tires or asbestos, requires that you obtain a Special Waste Disposal Authorization. This permit costs $660, or $300 for asbestos debris only.
***This fee is waived for homeowners if the waste originated from their house.
Call (860) 424-3366 for more information and to obtain a Special Waste Disposal Authorization.
Contact the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)