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    Welcome to the Office of Sustainability's website!

    What is Sustainability?

    Sustainability entails meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, by making social and economic challenges compatible with environmental responsibility. For more information on the office, click here.

    Residential Single Stream Recycling


    Recycling is collected curbside from residential buildings with six or fewer units. Recyclables only may be placed in the large blue toter, and trash is to be placed exclusively in the brown toter. Lists of items that can be recycled are listed below. To learn more about how single stream recycling works, you can watch this video from RecycleBank.

    This outside resource has been provided for educational purposes only, and the City of New Haven's program is not affiliated with RecycleBank. With a few exceptions (for example, shredded paper, which the city does accept), the process and recyclables accepted are the same.

    To read about our visit to Willimantic Waste, and see single stream recycling in action, click here. (PDF)


    What Can Be Recycled? En Español


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    DO Recycle:


    All Plastics #1 - #7

    • Plastic Milk Jugs
    • Plastic Buckets and Crates
    • Detergent Bottles
    • Plastic Lids
    • Plastic Bottles
    • Plastic Toys



    Glass

    • Bottles
    • Jars
    • Vases


    Paper/Paper Products

    • Juice and Milk Cartons
    • Newspapers and Inserts
    • Cardboard
    • Paper Bags
    • Envelopes (Plastic Window OK)
    • Shredded Paper


    Metal

    • Tin Cans
    • Small Metal Objects
    • Empty Aerosol Cans
    • Aluminum Cans and Foil
    • Pots and Pans
    • Metal Lids


    Do NOT Recycle:


    Non-Recyclable Items

    • Food waste (rinse out all containers--no greasy pizza boxes)
    • Needles/Syringes
    • Hazardous or Biohazardous Waste
    • Recyclables in Bags
    • Plastic Bags
    • Styrofoam
    • Plastic Films and Cellophane
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