The next paper shredding and mattress recycling event will take place rain or shine at High Plains Community Center, (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. til noon (or until the shredding truck reaches capacity)
The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by Affordable Solutions, owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston. Residents may bring bags (preferably paper, not plastic) or boxes filled with documents for shredding. Residents who want their boxes or containers returned should tell a volunteer.
This time around, in order to give everyone a chance to recycle their papers, residents will be limited to six (6) copier paper sized boxes of materials. If you have more, you are encouraged to drive around and get back in line and come through again with the remainder of your items.
This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations.
Dos and Don’ts
- BRING: Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse.
- DO NOT BRING: Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, plastic folders, and other papers and mail that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.
- BRING: Mattresses and box springs. See below if you need assistance.
- BRING: All sorts of clothing and shoes, no matter the size or condition.
The Mattress Recycling Council’s “Bye Bye Mattress” team will collect used mattresses and box springs of any size.
- DO NOT BRING: Some items will not be accepted: mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or excessively soiled mattresses; and sleeping bags or mattress pads/toppers.
For residents needing assistance, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick up mattresses and box springs from residences, given items are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access, as volunteers will not enter individual homes.
Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or check made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.
Clothing and Shoes
Residents may also bring old clothing and shoes to deposit in the Simple Recycling bin near the back of the community center. This bin is available 24/7, making it a great option for when the Orange Transfer Station & Recycling Center is closed. The town gets paid for items deposited in the Simple Recycling bins at High Plains and the Transfer Station and Recycling Center.
Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt said, “This community event helps residents properly dispose of confidential, sensitive documents, as well as mattresses and clothing. It’s one way our volunteers and residents work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet.”
October 2021 will be the 12th time the Orange Recycling Committee facilitates this event to ensure the disposal of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way. TBD if still needed: Due to COVID-19, residents are asked to put documents in their trunk, wait in line, and pop the trunk when it is their turn. To keep this event as “contactless” as possible, residents should stay in their vehicle. Wearing a mask is requested.