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Posted on: July 5, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Recycling News

Recycling News

The Town of Trumbull is seeking everyone’s participation with the single stream recycling program. Single stream recycling has been in effect in Trumbull since last October. A recent recycling survey revealed that many residents have not heard about the single stream recycling program. What does single stream mean? Single stream means that you can now put all recyclables in the bin without having to sort or bundle the paper separately from the other items.

Trumbull’s recycling used to go to a processing sorting facility where paper was sorted separately from the cans, bottles and other containers. Now, sorting technology has advanced to where paper and all other containers can be mixed and then sorted. Other technological advances, such as optic eyes that detect different types of plastic, have speeded up the sorting process and cut down on the need for manual sorting.

The new processing facilities also accept more recyclables. Many new types of paper can now go in the bin. In addition to corrugated cardboard, residents can place milk and juice cartons, boxboard such as cereal and pasta boxes, paper towel rolls and egg cartons in their blue bins. More plastics can go in too. Look for the recycling symbol on the container with the number inside. All plastics #1-7 can now go in the bin. Please do not put in plastic bags or styrofoam. A complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items can be found on the town website at  For questions, contact Trumbull’s recycling coordinator, Robin Bennett, at 203-452-5056 or at

Recycling is an easy way to reduce waste and keep taxes down. Residents pay high garbage disposal tipping fees through their taxes. In contrast, recyclables are a source of revenue for the town. Recycling also helps conserve natural resources. According to the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, every ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space and 7,000 gallons of water. Do your part – Recycle!

Recycling bins can be purchased for $5 each at the town’s Highway Department Monday-Friday from 7 am – 3:30 pm. Residents also can use their own well-marked containers.

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