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Where Did That New Sign Come From?

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Jan 112019

The Orange Recycling Committee gathers around the new sign at the Transfer Station.

If you are a frequent visitor to the town’s Transfer Station, you may have noticed a handsome new directional sign at the entrance.

On Saturday, Dec. 22, the Orange Recycling Committee gathered at the Transfer Station to dedicate the new signage.

Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt said that some time ago, the committee had received grant money to promote the town’s recycling efforts.

In late June 2017, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, the all-volunteer Orange Recycling Committee took delivery of 60 new bins for the Orange Fairgrounds and other public locations in town. There are 30 Blue bins for recyclables and 30 brown ones for trash disposal.

The remainder of the grant money was earmarked for Transfer Station signage. Steve Selby from Fastsigns was contracted to make the new sign, which he delivered on time before Christmas.

The Recycling Committee couldn’t be happier with the results, and so does Transfer Station Supervisor Steve Jaser.

“We love it a lot. It’s what we needed,” Jaser said. “For decades we didn’t have a sign, and nobody knew what this place was. People had to ask us what it was.”

Goldblatt said the roadway often was mistaken for access to I-95, or a back way into Silverbrook or Home Depot. “It’s not any of those, it’s a town facility and it now has the distinction of having a sign that identifies what it is,” he said. “It’s helpful to residents. Some may ask ‘Are you trying to make the dump classy?’ — Well, yah, except for the roadside pick-ups, this is where it all happens.”

According to Goldblatt the new sign has arrows and icons identifying the direction for each area of the trash and recycling facility. Matching icons pinpoint the specific locations of different recyclable items, including cardboard; bottles, cans and paper; plastic bags and wraps, also, household waste; tires; electronics, etc.

Jaser added that next on his wish list is to have the facility paved, as it is the most highly trafficked place in town, yet, unlike the Police Department, High Plains Community Center, Town Hall, and Highway Department, it hasn’t been paved.



Did You Know? News From The Orange Recycling Committee

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Aug 162018

The Orange Recycling Committee is a team of hard-working volunteers who are passionate about helping the town of Orange and the planet. Their mission is to increase and simplify recycling options for Orange residents, and continually share tips and info.

Did you know 

You DO NOT put plastic bags and wraps in your recycling bin.

But they ARE recyclable.

Put clean, dry plastic film packaging, bags and wraps in bins at local stores or the plastic bag recycling shed at the Transfer Station. 

Orange Recycling Committee Hosts FREE Shredding Day

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Oct 172015

Screen-shot-2013-11-10-at-9.53.08-PMThe Orange Recycling Committee, through the generous funding of the Orange Rotary Club, once again offers its FREE Shredding Day for Orange residents.

The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the driveway in front of the High Plains Community Center.

Bring all of your important documents and papers that you would like to be shredded and watch them as they are destroyed.

The paper is shredded on-site and then delivered to a local recycling facility.

Last Year hundreds of residents took advantage of this opportunity to dispose of personal paperwork that could make them vulnerable to identity theft.

The process is secure, no one is allowed to touch your paperwork or examine the contents of your boxes or bags. The papers are dumped into recycling bins, which are emptied into a truck via mechanical equipment and then shredded inside the enclosed truck.

Here is a VIDEO from the 2013 event.

Originally Published on: Jul 21, 2015 @ 14:55

Second Publishing on: Sep 21, 2015 @ 00:05

Third Publishing on: Sep 30, 2015 @ 09:45

Fourth Publishing on: Oct 5, 2015 @ 04:45

Recycling Committee Meeting Dates Changed

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Jun 192014

Full Recycling Bin in Orange

Full Recycling Bin in Orange

Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt released the following information:

Be advised that the Orange Recycling Committee has voted at Wednesday’s meeting to change its meeting dates and times for the months of August through December 2014.

July’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 7:30PM as scheduled.

Remaining meetings scheduled for:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 7:00PM

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00PM

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:00PM

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:00PM

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 7:00PM

Recycling Committee Schedules Special Meeting on Wednesday

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Apr 272014

Full Recycling Bin in Orange

Full Recycling Bin in Orange

The Orange Recycling Committee will hold a Special Meeting at the High Plains Community Center, Wednesday, April 30, at  7:30 p.m.

  • Call to Order
  • Review and approve Minutes of March 19th, 2014 Meeting
  • Public Input
  • Finance Report-Tom George

o  2014-2015 Budget Request

  • Residential Recycling Monthly Report
  • Old Business

o  4 day Recycling

o  Recycling Column

o  Bottle Bill Update – ConnPIRG

o  Update on Recycling Bins at Town Events

o  PaintCare at the Transfer Station Update

  • 40 Yd. Container-Eagle Leasing

o  Decision on vendor for Shredding Day-October 18th, 2014

  • Orange Rotary Club Sponsorship

o  Recycling Barrels for Open Space Land

o  Other New Business

  • New Business

o  Smart Living Center Earth Day Program

o  Pharmaceutical Recycling-CVS-April 26, 2014

o  Orange Business Expo-June 18th Items for bags

o  Haz-Waste Days-July 26th and October 11th

  • Next Meeting – Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
  • Adjournment

i.   Town New Recycling Bins – Mitch Goldblatt

Other Business



Orange Shredding Day Is Saturday, Nov. 9 at High Plains Community Center

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Nov 082013

Screen shot 2013-11-08 at 9.33.11 AMOrange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt reminds all Orange residents that the document shredding event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Orange will take place on Saturday, on Nov. 9.  “We certainly hope that residents, who have important personal and confidential documents that should be shredded, will take advantage of this free opportunity to help prevent identity theft while recycling the paper,” he said.

This FREE offering for Orange residents will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon on in the  front parking lot of High Plains Community Center. Residents will be able to watch their documents being destroyed to ensure safe disposal and peace of mind. All shredding will then be recycled in accordance with state and municipal laws.

The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Orange. Community Services Chair for the Rotary Club, Baxter Walsh, said, “The Rotary Club is pleased to sponsor this recycling event for town residents and support this event organized by the Recycling Committee as part of its effort to recycle waste paper.”

The shredding will be done by by ProShred™ Security, a licensed and bonded company that offers state of the art shredding trucks capable of destroying thousands of pounds of documents per hour. The paper is shredded on-site and then delivered to a local recycling facility to be turned into new paper products.

This is the perfect time to clean out personal and confidential documents that you no longer need and shred and recycle them safely. Members of Orange’s Recycling Committee and Rotary Club will be on hand Nov. 9 to help with this town event.

For further information, please e-mail orangerecycles@gmail.com.

Is The Park and Rec Doing Enough To Encourage Recycling In Orange?

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Sep 272013

Members of the Park and Rec Commission discuss the troublesome letter they received from the Recycling Committee.

Members of the Park and Rec Commission discuss the troublesome letter they received from the Recycling Committee.

The Orange Recycling Committee sent in a letter to be read aloud during the Sept. 25 Park and Rec Commission meeting.

Recycling Chairman Mitch Goldblatt reportedly chastised the Park and Rec department for not having enough recycling containers available during town events at the fairgrounds and Old Tavern Park.

Park and Rec Director Dan Lynch said they have recycling containers all over the place, Old Tavern, High Plains etc.

Goldblatt wrote that the Park and Rec department should go through the containers, take out the garbage and make sure all recyclable materials go to the transfer station.

Park and Rec Commission Chairman Joe Lembo said the Recycling Committee made plans for residents so they should have made plans for the town as well.

The Park and Rec Commission discussed having the roll-away bins like residents have and request a recycling truck come in and pick them up.

Lembo said the letter was curt and quite surprising considering that it was the first time his committee has heard there was a problem.

Jim O’Connor said the letter did not specify what the recycling committee was seeing that caused them to be so upset.

“The key is communication,” Lembo said. “I wish we had received a phone call before they decided to send this letter.”

The Park and Rec Commission plans to get in touch with the Recycling Committee so they can try to iron out all the problems.

Meeting Notes: Park & Rec July 2012

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Jul 292012

The Park & Rec Commission gathers before its July 25 meeting.

The Park & Recreation Commission meeting on July 25 was fairly brief, but contained items of interest, particularly a discussion regarding recycling.

This month, newly appointed commission member Jim Ronai was present and participated in the conversations.

During the public participation portion, the commission welcomed Kathryn Lafontana from the Orange Recycling Committee.

Lafontana  said the town of Orange is still below goal in its recycling contributions, according to the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (CRRA).
She said some residents are still not aware of how easy the single stream recycling system is to use.

Lafontana  said the recycling committee wants the town to have an equal number of recycling and trash bins at public venues.

Chairman Joe Lembo said that two members of the commission who were most familiar with the recycling issue were not present at the meeting. He added that gray recycling bins with special tops have been placed in several locations around town, including ballfields and the Orange Fairgrounds only to have them stolen or have trash mixed in with the recyclable bottles and cans.

Committee member Steve Bespuda confirmed this, stating that several were bought for the school at High Plains, but only two were left.

“It’s a great idea,” he said, “but it doesn’t always work right because people put trash in them. The tops disappeared from some of them that were placed at the Orange Country Fair last year.”

Lafontana  said that the Recycling Committee applied for and received a grant from the Orange Foundation with which it would buy some recycling recepticals.

He added that someone will have to keep track of the recycling bins during events so they are emptied when they fill up. “Otherwise, people will start throwing recyclables in the trash if they can’t get them into a recycling bin,” he said.

Lembo said the Park and Rec would be willing to purchase some, but their resources were limited at the time because the budget for the current fiscal year already has been approved.

“We will keep an open dialogue and try to work something out,” Lembo said. “During a past discussion (commission member) Nick Bencivengo said he noticed at Old Tavern Park that bees are often attracted to soda cans. So placing them where the bees won’t bother people is important.”

Lafontana  said education is a big part of the recycling committee’s goal.

“We put together a recycling video (with a song written by Al deCant) and marched in the Memorial Day Parade with a recycling bin to raise awareness and to get more people to recycle at home,” she said. “We want to have a big presence at the Orange Country Fair this year — distributing literature and answering questions so everyone knows what they can now recycle.”


Bespuda said while driving around he’s noticed more people putting recycling bins out for pick up.

Ronai said he’s notice people in different areas of town picking through the bins and containers to get the refundable cans and bottles.