Fairfield County has been tackling the issue of recycling for many years and its greatest response to the issue has been the creation of 10 recycling and convenience centers throughout the county.
One may ask themselves, “What is recycling?” Well, that answer is as simple as the process.
Recycling simply means placing items that can be made into new products or materials into the recycling bin, or taking them to a drop-off center, to be reused.
There are three steps in the recycling process: first you must collect the recyclable items, and then the recyclables are processed into raw materials to be made into new products. In the final step, the consumers purchase recycled items.
The recycled symbol has become very noticeable. The three arrows going in a circle let you know that recycling is a process that continues.
The importance of recycling is clear. We must cut down on the amount of solid waste in order to help decease the cost of garbage disposal.
The recycling and convenience centers are set up to help persons easily recycle most items that a family or business will come in contact with.
The centers take aluminum products to include cans, clean aluminum baking pans and clean aluminum foil. Paper products including newspapers, mail order catalogs, magazines, mixed office paper, telephone books and cardboard also are collected.
Some other not-so-common items that can be dropped off at the centers include plastic bottles, used motor oil, batteries (lead-acid only), scrap metals, bulk waste aka “Brown Goods” such as mattresses, sofas, tables, yard waste, tires, carpet and paint.
The centers also take glass bottles, but car windows or windows from homes or offices, and light bulbs are just a few glass items not excepted at the centers.
At each location the different bins are labeled, so even first time users can understand the process.
Each center is open daily with the exception of Wednesdays.
For center times and locations, contact the solid waste and recycling office at 635-2740.