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Plastic Bag and Wrap Recycling Now Available in Orange

Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt has announced that plastic bag and plastic wrap recycling is now available throughout Orange.
The most recent area to recycle is at the Orange Transfer Station. As a Connecticut WRAP (Wrap Recycling Action Program) Champion with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Orange Recycling Committee secured the Rack ‘N Pak system that all residents can utilize. Located next to the mixed recyclable container there is now a small shed that houses the Rack ‘N Pak. Residents are encouraged to bring their clean and dry plastic bags and wrap to be recycled.
Examples include:

  • Retail, carryout, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry cleaning bags (clean, dry and free of receipts and clothes hangers)
  • Zip-top food storage bags (clean and dry)
  • Plastic shipping envelopes (remove labels), bubble wrap and air pillows (deflate)
  • Product wrap on cases of water/soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers, and female sanitary products
  • Furniture and electronic wrap
  • Plastic cereal box liners (but if it tears like paper, do not include)

In addition to the Transfer Station, residents can bring the same recyclable materials to a number of Orange merchants including Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Shop Rite, and Target. These plastic bags and wraps are recycled into new grocery bags, benches, and decking.
Goldblatt reminds everyone that “plastic bags and wrap are NOT to be put into the blue curbside recycling bins or the single stream recycling at the Transfer Station. When separated using the new Rack ‘N Pak, our hauler City Carting will transfer the plastic bags and wrap to our material recovery facility Winters Brothers. By separating it, we will avoid the inevitable clogging of the sorting machinery, which may require a shut-down to remove the material.”
In addition to the entire Orange Recycling Committee, Goldblatt thanks Town Engineer and Public Works Director Bob Hiza and Transfer Station personnel for their assistance in establishing the area at the Transfer Station
for plastic bag and wrap recycling.
If anyone has any questions, they can address them to
September 4, 2017

Useful Links
Going Green on Campus:
Students’ Resource on Global Warming:
More Solar & Clean Energy Resources:
Technology Recycling Map:

Meetings of the Recycling Committee will be held on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00PM (except for September and November) at High Plains Community Center as follows:

  • January 18, 2017
  • February 15, 2017
  • March 15, 2017
  • April 19, 2017
  • May 17, 2017
  • June 21, 2017
  • July 19, 2017
  • August 16, 2017
  • September 13, 2017
  • October 18, 2017
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • December 20, 2017
  • January 17, 2018
We welcome public input at our meetings.

The Orange VNA at 605 Orange Center Road will accept unused or outdated prescription drugs year-round, 8:30 AM-4 PM, Monday through Friday.

New Orange Recycle Pickup Days
Effective February 4, 2014

Click here to view full-size map.

Remember to Put Your Container Out at the Curb the Night Before Your Scheduled Day.
Please note: When a holiday falls on your pickup day, your pickup will be on the next day.

For safe and free disposal of household chemicals visit: (main page) (direct link to form)

Greater participation in recycling has a two-fold impact: more recycling revenue and less disposal costs. Orange Recycling Committee Chairman Mitch Goldblatt explains, “Increased recycling by residents has an absolute direct impact on the town’s bottom line and our property taxes.”

The easiest way for Orange residents to recycle? Single-stream! Single-stream recycling is a system in which recyclable materials – newspaper, magazines, glass, steel, aluminum and plastic – are placed, unsorted, in one recycling bin and picked up curbside weekly. That’s convenient!


You can now recycle batteries and light bulbs at Batteries Plus+ at 481 Boston Post Road, 203-298-9865. Recycled old neon lights will be accepted in quantities of not more than 2.

UPS will recycle packing material used in shipping at their Orange store at 554 Boston Post Road, 203-799-0433.

Town of Orange Recycling Committee
Mitch Goldblatt, Chairman
Tom George
Stephanie Jatlow
Mark Moyher
Chris Prokop
Mary-Jo Sierakowski
Loretta Smith
Ilene Moyher, alternate
Karen Della-Giustina, alternate
Robert J. Hiza, P.E., ex-officio member

The committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM in the conference room at High Plains Community Center. All meetings are open to the public.

It is against state regulations to mix recyclables with disposal waste.
All recyclables are to be separated and either put in the blue bins at curbside or taken to the transfer station and deposited in bins marked for recyclables, as posted at the station.
If this is not done, the town may be cited with penalties.
For what is considered recyclable, refer to the CRRA Recycling Information effective July 1, 2011.

All organization, school, and commercial site recyclables are not allowed at curbside. Arrangements for their proper disposal must be handled by private haulers.

For questions about recycling in Orange, contact us at

Effective 1/1/2011 all electronic items, known as e-waste, will not be allowed in the hopper at the Orange Transfer Station according to a new state statute.
Items that are not allowed are the following:

  • CRTs
  • LCDs
  • TVs
  • MP3s
  • Hard drives
  • Laptops
  • Computers
  • Cell phones
  • iPads
  • iPhones
  • All electronic wiring, including cables that connect to your device
  • Other electronic devices not mentioned

A sign is displayed to direct you to a trailer for disposal.
Some of these items may contain mercury, which is toxic.

  • Effective October 1, 2009, the Bottle Bill was expanded to include noncarbonated water up to 3 liters in size with a 5-cent redemption value. Redeem at the local store that sold the container.
  • Items you can place in your recycling cart can also be dropped off at the appropriate bin at the transfer station. Bulk mail dropped off there does not need to be in a separate bag.

Last Spring, students from all four of Orange’s elementary schools performed in the production of an important and timely music video, “Let’s Go Green.” The music video resulted from the collaborative vision of Tom George, Chair of the Orange Recycling Committee, and Al deCant, the video’s composer and director, in an effort to convey to our children and the wider community the importance of single-stream recycling. Currently, Orange recycles only about 20% of its recyclable products. The video was produced by HawkHill Media, as a public service announcement. The children’s message is clear: our Orange community needs to increase our recycling efforts, and single-stream recycling makes that easy. Recyclable materials, such as newspaper, magazines, glass, steel, aluminum, and plastic are placed, unsorted, in one recycling bin and picked up curbside every week. Look for the music video to air on OGAT, Cable Channel 79.


Related Links:
CRRA Recycling Information effective July 1, 2011
Connecticut Wheels for Wishes