The rules attached to recycling can be intimidating. Here are some tips to get you started:
- In Connecticut, recycling isn’t just a good idea—it’s the law. It’s mandatory to recycle newspapers, magazines, corrugated cardboard, glass bottles, office paper, and other items.
- There are also items that are illegal to recycle, such as grass clippings and some electronic devices. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has a list of items you might want to get rid of with instructions on how to dispose of them properly.
- The Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) has produced a recycling guide for everyday items. If you have trouble remembering what to recycle, consider posting it on your recycling bin and trash can.
- Rinse out your beverage cans and water bottles and save them in a separate bin to take to a recycling center. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the deposits add up. Some schools collect cans and bottles as a fundraiser, so you can help out while uncluttering your home.