NORWALK, Conn. – The better the recycling, the more Norwalk will enjoy the environmental and financial benefits associated with single-stream recycling, a city press release said. The goal is to optimize the single-stream mixture by including valuable recyclables and minimizing trash.
Single-stream recycling begins Monday. Here are the tips shared by the city Wednesday:
Best for Single-Stream Recycling:
• Aluminum: When aluminum is recycled, a tremendous amount of energy and resources are conserved; therefore, aluminum is a very valuable commodity. All empty aluminum cans should be recycled. Don’t forget to include clean aluminum foil, trays and pie plates.
• Paper: Everyone should recycle all the paper that is acceptable (corrugated cardboard; paperboard, like cereal boxes; newspaper; junk mail; magazines and catalogs) in the single-stream recycling cart. Most paper/cardboard is acceptable as long as it is not contaminated with food or grease and is not wax coated.
• Plastics: Made from petroleum products, plastics can be expensive to manufacture and require a non-renewable resource to produce. Plastics coded #1 through #7 are acceptable in the single-stream recycling mix including polystyrene (Styrofoam).
Worst for Single-Stream Recycling:
• Garbage: Garbage belongs in the garbage. Garbage does not belong in the single-stream recycling mix. All food waste, garbage and debris should be removed and separated from recyclables prior to their being put into the recycling cart.
• Hazardous Waste: Hazardous waste can be, well, hazardous to curbside recycling collectors and facility operators. No liquids, especially hazardous waste, should be included with single-stream recyclables.
• Scrap Metal: Large pieces of metal can damage the single-stream recycling equipment. Scrap metal is never to be put into curbside recycling carts. The only metals allowed in the single-stream recycling mix are aluminum cans, containers, foils, trays and pie plates as well as steel (tin) cans, staples and paper clips.
For more information, visit the city of Norwalk website and look at the Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste information on the left side of the home page. You may also call the city’s Customer Service Department at 203-854-3200.