Tough Items to Recycle
Tips for how and where to in Fairfield
Throwing away your cell is never a good idea; in fact, it’s illegal in some states. Consider passing your old phone down to a sibling, child or friend, or bring it to the Fairfield Transfer Station for no charge.
Trashing books isn’t just wasteful; it’s sacrilegious. For sizeable collections, swing over to Athena Rare Books on Riverside Drive or drive up to the Tattered Pages Book Shop on Main Street in Monroe. Keep an eye out for spring drop-off days at local libraries.
New grill for the spring? Get rid of your old propane tank safely by burning off the remaining gas, sealing with the plastic cap (hardware stores sell replacements), and drop it off at the Fairfield Fire Training Center.
Empty cans go out next to the regular trash with the lids off. For cans still containing paint, mix them with kitty litter (I know, cuckoo) or another hardener (Poster’s Hardware and Hemlock Hardware carry this item). When the liquid has been absorbed, add to curbside pickup. Remember, no lid. For cans containing up to five gallons of unused paint, drop off at Ring’s End or Sherwin Williams.
I have no idea what’s in these suckers, but putting them in the trash is a big no-no. Luckily, Home Depot, RadioShack, Staples, and other retailers are required to accept them back for recycle. Car batteries too. Contact the local Hazardous Waste Collection office for more information.