Recycling Tips for Beginners

recycling service monroe ctRecycling is one of the best things that you can do for the environment. It helps convert old items into something new again! Do you know what you can and cannot recycle around the house? Recycling doesn’t have to be difficult — here are a few recycling tips to help you recycle more and waste less.

Paper & Cardboard

Newspaper, paper bags from grocery shopping, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, white paper, colored paper and phone books are all common paper and cardboard recyclables. However, don’t stop there! You can even recycle paperback books, flattened cardboard boxes, milk cartons, juice cartons, cereal boxes, and other cardboards!

Note: Pizza boxes cannot be recycled because of the grease on the cardboard.


Do you have any empty glass bottles and jars lying around the house? Those can be recycled. Pick up any empty beer bottles, wine bottles, pickle jars and mason jars — these can all be added into your recycling bin.

Note: Drinking glasses and light bulbs cannot be recycled.


Drinking plenty of water? Recycle the plastic bottles afterwards! All plastics #1-7 can be put out with your recycling. This means not just empty Poland Spring bottles, but also laundry detergent bottles, ketchup bottles leftover from your BBQ, jugs of milk and more.

Note: Containers that hold toxic chemicals, like motor oil, antifreeze and paint cannot be recycled.


Aluminum is commonly used in many household products. From hairspray to cans of soup to bug repellent, chances are you have plenty of aluminum in your home. Put these containers out with your regular recycling pickup.

Pro tip: If you find that laziness sometimes gets the best of you, keep a separate recycling bin right in your kitchen! This is a simple way to make recycling easy. You’ll be more apt to recycle when the bin is right there in front of you.

If you have any questions about your trash or recycling pickup, do not hesitate to reach out to our office! You can also give us a call directly at 203-331-0173 to learn more about the residential trash and recycling services that we offer.

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