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State law and town regulations require all residents to recycle the seven items below:

  • Glass Bottles and Jars – place loose in bin
  • Cans – place loose in bin
  • Newspapers – can be be bundled or left loose in recycle bin 
  • Corrugated cardboard – flatten to less than 3' x 3' and tie
  • Leaves – in paper leaf bags, Fall and Spring
  • Scrap Metal – take to Recycling Center
  • Waste Motor Oil – take to Recycling Center

Hamden’s Municipal recycling program, serving residences, apartments and condominiums of six or fewer units, also recycles:

  • #1 - #7 plastic containers – remove and discard lids/caps (unless they have a numbered recycling triangle on the underside), crush plastics (if possible) and place loose in bin, look for numbered recycling triangle on the underside of the container.
  • paper milk and juice cartons – rinse clean and flatten, place loose in bin, do not ball up in the foil.
  • mixed paper – put all types of paper except corrugated cardboard (recycle separate) in brown paper bags, include: newspaper, advertising inserts, paperboard packages (e.g., cereal boxes), mail, magazines, catalogs, phone books, paper wrapping paper, school/office paper, junk mail, testbooks (hard covers removed)
  • aluminum foil and aluminum trays

What NOT to put in a Recycling Bin:

  • Plastic Bags (recycle at Stop & Shop, Shoprite or Everybody's in Cheshire)
  • Styrofoam packing peanuts (The UPS Store and Candy Bouquet & Helen's Teas will gladly take them)
  • Dishes
  • Light Bulbs
  • Ceramics
  • Window Glass
  • Pyrex
  • Mirrors
  • Pots and pans
  • Empty paint cans
  • Waxed corrugated cardboard  

Reducing waste in the first place is better than recycling. Here are four tips:

1. Use canvas bags when shopping.
Say "No bag, please," if you are able to carry your purchase.
Pack school lunches in reusable containers.
Buy food in bulk or larger containers.

Lower your taxes – recycle!
If you want lower taxes, than RECYCLE MORE! Hamden pays $60 per ton to dispose of its trash at the Wallingford Trash Plant, however, there is no per ton charge to Hamden for recyclables processing. The more you recycle, the less we pay to dispose of trash.

Hamden Government Center • 2750 Dixwell Avenue • Hamden, CT 06518 • 203.287.7000