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Recyclables can be in any container, 32 gallon and under.  Recyclables in plastic bags will not be collected.  Please flatten any cardboard and please keep your recyclables secured to prevent the wind from blowing the contents down your street!      


  • Please do not put recyclables in plastic bags of any kind.

  • Do not include food contaminated paper with your recyclables.

  • Styrofoam (with or without the #6 recycling symbol) is not recyclable.

  • All items should be clean. No broken glass please.

​Please Note:

If you use plastic bags or your recyclable are contaminated, the haulers will not be able to pick up your recyclables.  Please place containers to the curb by 6:30am on your collection day.



Plastic Bottles, Jars, Jugs, & Tubs

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  • Plastic Bottles and Containers (clean & empty containers with lids and caps ON)

  • Plastic Soda, Water & Drink Bottles

  • Plastic Food & Household Bottles/Jars
    (screw top bottles and jars, ex. ketchup, mayonnaise, detergent, shampoo)

  • Plastic Tubs & Lids
    (ex. yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese)

  • Plastic Produce, Deli & Bakery Containers, Cups, Trays
    (berries/produce containers)

Please do not include:

  • No plastic bags or plastic utensils. Bring plastic bags back to the grocery store.

  • No black plastic take-out containers


  • No Polystyrene (Styrofoam)


  • No bulky plastics (buckets, crates) or toys

  • No flower pots

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Glass Bottles & Jars

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  • Glass bottles and jars (empty containers with caps OFF)

  • All glass colors


Please do not include:

  • No windows, mirrors, or auto glass


  • No light bulbs (fluorescent bulbs should be disposed of properly)

  • No dishes, ceramics, or Pyrex

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Metal Cans & Aluminum

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  • Metal cans and Aluminum (empty containers)

  • Steel, tin, and aluminum cans


  • Clean aluminum pie plates, trays, and foil

Please do not include:

  • No chains, wires or hangers

  • No aerosol containers

  • No pots and pans

  • No containers that contained hazardous waste

Paper & Cardboard

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  • Magazines & Catalogs

  • All newspapers & inserts

  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, paper towel rolls, etc.) & paper bags

  • Cardboard – please flatten

  • Empty Pizza boxes

  • Office paper, Junk mail (Staples, paperclips, spirals, & plastic envelope windows are OK)

  • Brown bags

  • Phone books

  • Cartons, empty and replace cap

Please do not include:

  • No recyclables with food waste (food soiled paper can go in your green bags!)


  • No napkins, paper towels, tissues (put these in your green bags!)

  • No frozen food boxes

  • No gift wrap

  • No foam padding

Stonington, CT    Program  |  Food Scraps |  What to Recycle  |  Trash Collection  |  FAQs

To learn more about how to recycle paint, electronics, fluorescent bulbs, or vehicles, please visit Recycling Special Items on Stonington's website.

Additional items can be recycled at the transfer station, such as books, usable household goods, mattresses, scrap metal, leaves & yard waste. Learn more here.

Pink Bag Program - Free Curbside collection of used clothing, shoes and accessories


Wondering if something is recyclable? Type the name of a waste item at RecycleCT, and we will tell you how to recycle or dispose of it.

More Information

For more information, please contact the Town of Stonington Solid Waste & Recycling Office

Stonington Town Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm.


Town of Stonington

152 Elm Street
Stonington, CT 06378


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