Recycling Tough Items
Tips for how and where to in Ridgefield
Recycling is no longer limited to yesterday’s New York Times. But some items can be tough to get back in circulation.
1) Cell Phones
Pass your old phone down or bring it back to the store. AT&T accepts used phones through its Buyback Program and Verizon allows consumers to trade in their devices for credit. Town Hall also accepts old phones that get programmed and repurposed.
2) Barbecue Tanks
ew grill for spring? Get our old propane tank ready for recycling by safely burning off the remaining gas, sealing it with the plastic cap (hardware stores sell replacements). The Recycling Center accepts them for 15 cents per pound.
3) Rechargeable Batteries, Computers
Putting rechargeable batteries in the trash is a big no-no. Home Depot, RadioShack, and other retailers are required to accept them back for recycling. Car batteries too.
4) Paint Cans
Empty cans can go out next to the regular trash with the lids off. For cans still containing paint, mix them with kitty litter or another hardener. When the liquid has been absorbed and the can is dry, it is okay to add it next to curbside pickup. Remember, no lid. You can also take used paint cans that still contain paint to local hardware stores: some will accept if they sold it.