Single Stream Recycling

The Town of Stonington has entered into a single stream recyclable processing agreement with Willimantic Waste Paper Inc. .  As a Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resources Recovery Authority (SCRRRA) member, the town is able to receive favorable revenue payments based on SCRRRA’s regional recyclable processing agreement.  The current processing facility operated by SCRRRA in Groton closed on November 1, 2009.

Single stream recycling will allow stonington residents to co-mingle all recyclables in one container.  They will no longer be required to separate bottles, cans and plastics from paper and cardboard.  By moving to single stream residents will also be able to add plastics #3-7 to the mix as well as empty aerosol cans, metal pots and pans, coat hangers and other small metal items.
Single stream recycling makes collecting at the curb more economical for haulers.  Now only one truck is needed to collect both bottles and cans and paper.  Processing also becomes much more efficient.  Residents no longer need to worry about which plastics are recyclable or how to separate items. Single stream recycling will make recycling easier and allow more items to be recycled.  This will ultimately reduce the amount of solid waste residents produce.   All items can be put in one container and placed at the curb.