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Sep 042017
 

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt has announced that plastic bag and plastic wrap recycling is now available throughout Orange.

The most recent area to recycle is at the Orange Transfer Station. As a Connecticut WRAP (Wrap Recycling Action Program) Champion with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Orange Recycling Committee secured the Rack ‘N Pak system that all residents can utilize. Located next to the mixed recyclable container there is now a small shed that houses the Rack ‘N Pak. Residents are encouraged to bring their clean and dry plastic bags and wrap to be recycled.

Examples include:

  •   Retail, carryout, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags (clean, dry and free of receipts and clothes hangers)
  •   Zip-top food storage bags (clean and dry)
  •   Plastic shipping envelopes (remove labels), bubble wrap and air pillows (deflate)
  •   Product wrap on cases of water/soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers, and female sanitary products
  •   Furniture and electronic wrap
  •   Plastic cereal box liners (but if it tears like paper, do not include)

In addition to the Transfer Station, residents can bring the same recyclable materials to a number of Orange merchants including Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Shop Rite, and Target.

These plastic bags and wraps are recycled into new grocery bags, benches, and decking.

Goldblatt reminds everyone that “plastic bags and wrap are NOT to be put into the blue curbside recycling bins or the single stream recycling at the Transfer Station. When separated using the new Rack ‘N Pak, our hauler City Carting will transfer the plastic bags and wrap to our material recovery facility Winters Brothers. By separating it, we will avoid the inevitable clogging of the sorting machinery, which may require a shut-down to remove the material.”

In addition to the entire Orange Recycling Committee, Goldblatt thanks Town Engineer and Public Works Director Bob Hiza and Transfer Station personnel for their assistance in establishing the area at the Transfer Station for plastic bag and wrap recycling.

If anyone has any questions, they can address them to orangerecycles@gmail.com

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