Reuse & Recycle
Every town has mandated recycling programs but there are also regional programs for recycling hazardous wastes and electronic equipment. Is there more we can do? Check out Freecycle.
The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (CRRA) is responsible for solid waste removal and has a lot of helpful information on its website. And be sure to visit the Trash Museum in Hartford with your children where you'll see the Temple of Trash and can watch waste being processed. Fascinating for kids of all ages.
Each town has slightly different guidelines and requirements for its weekly collection. Check your towns website under the Public Works Department for details, although some towns don't make it easy to find this information. You can locate your town's website at Connecticut Town Websites
To find a location to recycle almost anything visit Earth911.com. Input what you want to recycle and your zip code and you'll get a list of sites or businesses nearest you that accepts the item. The site also has other information and tips on recycling including articles, news and videos.
Before you throw it away think about how you might give it away. Many libraries have book sales once a year. Clothes in good condition can be reused through Salvation Army, Goodwill and other collection points.
One of the neatest Internet innovations is Freecycle. The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,164 groups with 4,046,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free.
CRRA holds several electronics recycling collections each year. Bring your broken, unwanted or obsolete TVs, VCRs, computers, cell phones and other electronic devices to one of these collections and help keep electronics out of the waste stream. There is no fee for this service. They are now being held at a variety of locations so check the schedule.
Hazardous Waste Collections
Collection of hazardous wastes is done regionally with three organizations serving the towns in our region. Collections are on Saturday mornings. Please bring a drivers license, tax bill or car registration to prove residency.
The MDC serves the towns of East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield and South Windsor. It collects hazardous wastes in a number of towns on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April through November. See the MDC Schedule for dates and locations.
The Capitol Region East Operation Committee (CREOC) serves the residents of Glastonbury, Hebron, Manchester, Somers, Stafford and Vernon for the collection of household hazardous waste. All collections are on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Olcott Street in Manchester (Exit 1 from 384, left onto Spencer Street for 0.9 miles, left onto Olcott Street, follow signs to Facility.) Find guidelines and dates at Hazardous Waste Collection.
The Household Chemical Waste Dropoff Facility in Willington serves twelve towns in the region including Bolton, Coventry, Mansfield, Tolland and Willington. It is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from mid April to early November. It is located on Hancock Road in Willington. (Take Route 44 east to Route 195 north to Route 320 to Hancock Road.) Find guidelines at Household Chemical Waste Drop-off Facility.