Single stream recycling in CT

Single Stream Recycling in CT - An Overview

Single Stream Recycling is a new system of recycling in CT that takes the two recycling “streams”- mixed paper and commingled containers- and combines them into one bin. This system increases the ease and convenience of recycling so that more people will participate and contribute to the Zero Waste policy.

Single Stream Recycling in CT involves the following materials:

  • Cardboard
  • White Office Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Mixed Paper
  • Scrap & Shredded Paper
  • Magazines
  • Catalogs
  • Newspaper Ads 
  • Post Cards
  • Clean Milk Cartons
  • Clean Drink Boxes
  • Cereal Boxes
  • All Plastic #’s 1-7
  • Clean Cans
  • Aluminum Pots, Pans, Foil & Cans
  • Glass of All Colors

General Guidelines for Single-Stream Recycling:

  • All recyclable materials should be mixed loose in the blue recycling cart, no sorting or separation of recycled materials is necessary
  • Absolutely NO PLASTIC BAGS
  • Absolutely NO TRASH
  • Cardboard and Paperboard should be flattened to conserve space inside the recycling cart
  • Food and Beverage containers should be rinsed clean, a thorough washing is NOT required
  • Keep the Blue Recycling Cart lid closed to keep the recyclable materials dry
  • Shredded paper should be secured in a brown paper grocery bag

The following recyclable materials are collected in the Blue Single-Stream Recycling Toter