Single stream recycling coming July 1
Updated 11:25 am, Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Recycling will become less work for New Canaan residents July 1 when the town allows paper to be mixed with plastic, glass and aluminum to dump as one batch.
Beginning that Wednesday, residents coming to the Lakeview Avenue transfer station will be able to dump all recyclables in one bin to be sorted by machine later, said Don Smith, New Canaan assistant superintendent of solid waste.
Norwalk, Stamford and Darien have already made the transition.
“Most towns in Fairfield County have already switched to single-stream recycling,” Smith said. “Residents will be able to put everything in one bin.”
The town pays $74.16 to City Carting in Stamford to take away garbage per so-called pull, and $78 per pull of recyclable materials, but gets a rebate of $17.50 for the recyclable materials.
Because the majority of New Canaan residents rely on private haulers to pick up garbage and recyclables, it is up to the individual companies to determine if they will implement a single-stream program, Smith said.
So far, only City Carting has begun offering residential customers single-stream recycling, he said.
Smith said the pace of the change of haulers switching customers to single-stream recycling will depend on the individual operators’ striking deals with outfits with sorting machines that are financially manageable.
“There is an investment needed on the part of the haulers in new trucks and sorting,” Smith said.