Recyclopedia By Category

Recyclopedia can help you view items by category.  

Please click on any category listed below.

 

Categories

Aerosol Cans

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

If empty and clean, recycle with single-stream recycling. Recycle the plastic top as well.

Disposal

If can is not empty, it must be brought to a Hazardous Waste Collection day. See the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for more info on HWC days.

Air Conditioners

They contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), or Freon. This item contains hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. It cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item, but you may know someone who needs an old unit or you could donate it.

Recycle

If you are buying a new unit, the store or supplier may take the old one. You can also have the Freon removed by a licensed technician. You can also ask your hauler for a special pickup for recycling. If the Freon is not removed, it can be brought to the Stamford Scale House at 101 Harborview Avenue. There is a $12 fee per unit to remove Freon.

Disposal

You can bring to the Stamford Scale House. Removal of Freon is $12, then it can be recycled.

Aluminum, Cans

Reuse

This item should be recycled.

Recycle

Recycle with single-stream recycling. Must be empty and clean.

Disposal

This item should be recycled.

Aluminum, Foil and Plates

Reuse

This item should be recycled.

Recycle

Recycle with single stream recycling. Must be clean.

Disposal

If permanently soiled, place with waste.

Antennas, TV

Reuse

Currently there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Either cut into pieces that will fit in a single stream bin or bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

This item is should be recycled.

Antifreeze

This material is hazardous waste which cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Disposal

Click for schedule of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days, which Stamford sponsors with other communities in Fairfield County. 

Aseptic Packaging (Juice Boxes, Milk Containers)

Reuse

These items should be recycled.

Recycle

Rinse and recycle with caps separated.

Disposal

This item should be recycled.

Audio Cassettes

Reuse

Barter, sell or donate.

  • Take It or Leave It Shop
  • Craigslist
  • Freecycle.org
  • Select cassettes (non-personal) can be left at Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center for reuse in the Book Swap.
  • Goodwill - Goodwill will take limited amounts of audio cassettes at their location on West Broad Street. They can be reached at (203) 363-5228.

Recycle

Alternative Community Training (ACT)

  • ACT Website
  • (800) 359-4607
  • 2200 Burlington, Columbia, MO 65202
  • ACT is a not-for-profit that empowers individuals with disabilities, by providing work training and social services. At ACT, the video tapes get cleaned, degaussed, and packaged for resale. ACT also processes computer media.

Disposal

Bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center's Book Swap area. Feel free to swap for something you may be interested in.

Auto Parts

Reuse

Please recycle when possible.

Recycle

Smaller, clean, single material parts can go in a single stream bin. Scrap metal can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center roll-off container.

Disposal

Soiled or oily items are waste and must be picked up by a private hauler.

Bags, Plastic

Reuse

Reuse in waste baskets, if clean.

Recycle

Recycle at supermarkets, CVS, Target, and some other stores will accept plastic bags for recycling. 

Disposal

Recycle unless soiled, then place in trash.

Basketball Hoops

Reuse

Donate if in fair condition.

Freecycle.org has a Stamford, CT group. You can also donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Recycle

Scrap metal can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center roll-off container.

Disposal

This item should be recycled.

Battery, Auto or Car

This material is hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item

Recycle

Your garage or dealer should accept it. Or, go to autozone.com for the nearest AutoZone store. Stamford sponsors Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days with participating communities in Fairfield County. Click here to view the Schedule of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days.

Disposal

Stamford sponsors Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days with participating communities in Fairfield County. Click here to view the Schedule of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days.

Battery, Button Cell

Button cell batteries are most typically found in cameras, hearing aid devices and wristwatches. They are small, thin, and round.

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Stamford residents may bring them to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. Commercial and combination plate vehicles may bring them to The Scale House.

Disposal

You may bring button cell batteries to one of the following stores where they will be disposed of properly: Home Depot, Staples, or CVS. Call in advance to make sure they will accept them.

Battery, Non-Rechargeable (Alkaline)

These batteries are typically used in toys, radios, remote controls, and flashlights. They are the AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt, long life C, and long life D cells.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Stamford residents can bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center for recycling. Commercial and combination plate vehicles may bring to The Scale House.

Disposal

See recycle.

Battery, Rechargeable

Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cell phones, video cameras, laptop computers, digital cameras, radio-controlled toys, and portable computers. Types include nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium ion (Li-ion), and small sealed lead acid.

This material is hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Stamford residents can bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center for recycling. Commercial and combination plate vehicles may bring to The Scale House. Stamford and other participating communities accept hazardous waste on Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Click here to view the Schedule of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days.

Alternatively, you may bring rechargeable batteries to the following locations, where they will be disposed of properly: Home Depot, Staples, or CVS.
 

Disposal

Most consumer products using rechargeable batteries have been designed to allow easy battery removal for proper disposal and recycling. If the battery cannot be removed, the battery or the entire product may be brought to Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Stamford and other participating communities accept hazardous waste on Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Click here to view the Schedule of Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days.

Bedding, Sheets, and Towels

Reuse

If in useable, good condition, consider donating to Goodwill on 1 West Broad Street, (203) 363-5228); or Big Brothers Big Sisters, schedule a pickup (877) 399-2570, bins also located in Stamford.

If not suitable for human use, consider donating to Stamford Animal Control Center, but call first at (203) 977-4437.

Recycle

If in fair condition, please donate. Stamford residents can recycle at Katrina Mygatt Recycling center in the Fabric containers, Goodwill, Big Brother and Sister

Disposal

Bicycles

Reuse

If in working condition, you could try selling it through Craig's List, or consider donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters (to schedule a pickup call (877)399-2570 or you can drop off at 394 Main Avenue, Norwalk) or Goodwill (1 West Broad St., Stamford). You can consider posting for free on Freecycle.org. Bike enthusiasts may be interested in Recycle-A-Bicycle, which accepts adult and children's bikes.

Recycle

If unusable, remove non-metal parts and recycle, it is scrap metal and can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center roll-off container.

Disposal

Bring to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Binders, 3-Ring

Reuse

If lightly used you can donate to Good Will (1 West Broad Street).

Recycle

Binders must be dissected in order to be recycled. Cut off the metal 3-ring mechanism and place in single stream bin. Extract the cardboard and vinyl from the front and back covers and put in single stream bin separately.

Disposal

Should be recycled. If you cannot take the binder apart, the entire item may be placed with waste.

Books, Hardcover

Reuse

If your books are in good condition, there are several sites to consider.

The Ferguson Library (One Public Library Plaza) and Harry Bennett Library (115 Vine Road) accept donations during library hours. No text books.

Better World Books - Sell or recycle. Will pay for shipping. You must get the books to UPS. Check site for details.

Green Textbooks - Accepts textbooks up to 20 years old. Check site for details.

Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE) - This not-for-profit accepts children's books, stuffed animals, toys, and baby blankets that are clean and in good condition. SAFE delivers them to children in emergency situations or donates them to other children's organizations, military organizations, libraries and nursing homes. This is a mail-in program.

Recycle

This item can be brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center for book swap or the materials can be separated and the pages placed with single stream.

Disposal

The covers, bindings, spine, and glue remnants are waste.

Books, Softcover

Reuse

If your books are in good condition, there are several sites to consider.

The Ferguson Library (One Public Library Plaza) and Harry Bennett Library (115 Vine Road) accept donations during library hours. No text books.

Better World Books - Sell or recycle. Will pay for shipping. You must get the books to UPS. Check site for details.

Green Textbooks - Accepts textbooks up to 20 years old. Check site for details.

Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE) - This not-for-profit accepts children's books, stuffed animals, toys, and baby blankets that are clean and in good condition. SAFE delivers them to children in emergency situations or donates them to other children's organizations, military organizations, libraries and nursing homes. This is a mail-in program.

Recycle

Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

The covers, bindings, spine, and glue remnants are waste.

Bottles, Glass (Clear, Colored, Beer, Wine, Soda)

Reuse

Flower vase or other storage.

Recycle

Recycle with single stream recycling. Must be empty and clean. Metal cap can also be recycled.

Disposal

These items should be recycled.

Bottles, Plastic (Clear, Colored, Opaque, Water, Salad Dressing, Soda, Juice, Shampoo)

Reuse

Please recycle except loose bottle caps.

Recycle

Place with single stream recycling. Must be clean and empty. Plastic top cap attached to bottles also be recycled.

Loose bottle caps - cannot be recycled.

Disposal

These items should be recycled, except loose bottle caps - throw into the trash.

 

Boxes, Corrugated Cardboard

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

None

Disposal

Place in trash.

Boxes, Frozen Food / Wax Coated Containers

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Most coated boxes and coated containers, juice, milk, frozen food, etc. are recyclable in the single stream bin.

Disposal

Must be recycled, except for containers with special inside coatings.

Boxes, Paperboard

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

Place with single stream, to be recycled with paper and cardboard. Plastic windows on the box are OK.

Examples:

  • Food Boxes: Cereal, pasta, snacks, pet food, crackers, Jello, etc.
  • Non-Food Boxes: Tissue, shoe, toy, gift.

Remove tape and Styrofoam.

Disposal

All boxes can be brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Boxes, Pizza Carton

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

If clean, place with single stream to be recycled with paper and cardboard.

Disposal

If it is greasy, it must be placed with waste. You can tear the box apart so the greasy part goes to waste and the clean cardboard can be placed with recycling.

Brita Water Filters

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Brita water filters are #5 plastic. You may recycle.

Disposal

Stamford residents can bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Bubble Wrap

Reuse

Bubble wrap can be saved for reuse in personal shipping protection.

Recycle

Bubble wrap and expanded polystyrene (known as Styrofoam, a Dow product) peanuts are accepted at UPS Store for recycling. 

Disposal

Place in trash.

Cables (Computer Peripherals)

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item

Recycle

This is e-waste. Bring to a Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Alternatively, you can bring all e-waste to Radio Shack, Staples, or any location that sells computer equipment. Call first to be certain they will accept this material.

Disposal

This item is waste and can be placed for pickup, but the other disposal options outlined under "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Cake and Brownie Boxes

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

Place with single stream, to be recycled with paper and cardboard.

Examples:

  • Food Boxes: Cereal, Pasta, Snacks, Pet Food, Crackers, Jello, etc.
  • Non-Food Boxes: Tissue, Shoes, Toys, and Gifts.

Disposal

Candy Wrappers

Reuse

Certain types of wrappers can be mailed in (free of postage) and upcycled. Go to the TerraCycle website to see which brands participate in one of their brigades.

Recycle

None.

Disposal

Place in Trash.

Capri-Sun and Other Brand Juice Pouches

Reuse

Home decoration or arts and crafts projects. TerraCycle often upcycles them. Click here to visit their website.

Recycle

Recycle in single stream.

Disposal

Please recycle.

Caps, Bottle (Plastic, Metal)

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

Bottle caps attached to bottles can be recycled.

Disposal

This item should be recycled.

Cardboard, Corrugated

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

Place with recycling. Please flatten cardboard so it fits in single stream toter (3x3). Residents can bring larger quantities to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center; commercial vehicles can bring to The Scale House.

Disposal

This item should be recycled.

Cardboard, Foil-Lined

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Recycle in single stream toter. Stamford residents can also bring larger quantities to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Please recycle.

Cardboard, Soda and Beer Packaging

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

Please flatten and recycle in single stream toter. Plastic windows on the box are OK.

Other Examples:

  • Food Boxes - Cereal, Pasta, Snacks, Pet Food, Crackers, Jello, etc.
  • Non-Food Boxes - Tissue, Shoes & Gifts, Egg Cartons, Juice Boxes, Clean Pizza Boxes, Frozen Food Containers.

Disposal

These items should be recycled.

Carpets, Rugs, and Padding

Reuse

If rugs are small, animal shelters may accept them, but call first. Stamford Animal Control Center (203) 977-4437.

Visit the Adopt-A-Dog website for more information.

Greenwich - (203) 629-9494

Recycle

Currently there is no recycle option available for this item. If in good condition bring to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Disposal

If your item is not appropriate for reuse, place with waste. Carpets/rugs/padding can be picked up.

Stamford residents can bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Cars - Donate Old and Used

Reuse

The Salvation Army accepts cars and boats as donations. A pickup can be scheduled by calling (800) 958-7825.

Recycle

Rubino Brothers Inc. located at 560 Canal Street will take cars for junking or to resell for parts.

Disposal

This item should be donated or sold if not disposed of with Rubino Brothers or a similar company.

Catalogs

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

You must recycle with paper and cardboard.

Disposal

This item should be recycled.

CD's and CD Cases

Reuse

Barter, sell or donate.

You may also participate in Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center's Book (and CD) Swap.

Recycle

CD cases can be recycled in the single stream bin. CD's cannot.

Disposal

Please reuse (sell or donate) non-personal CD's to avoid ending up in a landfill. Personal CD's can be disposed.

Cell Phones

This item contains electronic waste and must be disposed of properly. It cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

It's a good idea to remove personal information before you dispose of your cell phone. Permanent data deletion usually requires several steps. Remove the memory or subscriber identity module (SIM) card from the phone. That's an important first step in deleting information, but you likely will need to do more to erase all the sensitive data on your device. Go to the FTC's website for more information on how to remove your personal information.

Reuse

AT&T sponsors Cell Phones For Soldiers, a nonprofit organization that uses funds from recycled cell phones to buy prepaid phone cards for active duty military personnel. You can drop off your used phone at any AT&T wireless store locations in the country for recycling.

Verizon sponsors HopeLine, a program that collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries, and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider. The phones are refurbished or recycled in an environmentally sound way and provided to local domestic violence organizations or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients. You may drop off your cell phone in a collection box at a Verizon retail store (Stamford Town Center, 100 Greyrock Place or 972 High Ridge Road).

Recycle

Cell phones are e-waste. You can bring them to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center e-waste drop off.

Cell phones can also be returned to the place of purchase.

You can drop off old cell phones to Home Depot, Best Buy, or Target.

Disposal

Cell phones contain batteries, and cannot be put into your waste for pickup. Additionally, many cell phones contain heavy metals which can contaminate the environment. Please use one of the other Reuse or Recycle options...

Cellophane

Reuse

Recycle

Currently there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place in trash.

Ceramics

Ceramics is what is known as treated glass, meaning the glass product is treated with a chemical to make it more durable (same thing with glasses and windows). When glass bottles are recycled, they are melted in a kiln. The chemical treatment means ceramics have a higher melting point, meaning if they are mixed with beer/wine bottles the entire load is contaminated. The most common outlet for treated glass right now (especially in the Northeast) is glass aggregate, meaning it's ground up and used as an additive for things like concrete or countertops (neither of which are technically "recycling"). Glass aggregate is also commonly used as a landfill cover, to prevent materials/odors from escaping landfills as new products are added.

Reuse

If in good condition, sell or consider donating to Take It or Leave It Shop, or a local thrift shop or Goodwill (1 West Broad Street).

Recycle

Currently there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place with waste.

This item may be considered waste and placed for pickup but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Cereal Boxes

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

You must recycle with single stream.  Plastic windows on the box are OK.

Other Examples:

  • Food Boxes - Cereal, Pasta, Snacks, Pet Food, Crackers, Jello, etc.
  • Non-Food Boxes - Tissue, Shoes & Gifts, Egg Cartons, Juice Boxes, Clean Pizza Boxes, Frozen Food Containers.

Disposal

This item should be recycled.

Chain Link Fences

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item

Recycle

This is scrap metal. Bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center scrap roll-off.

Disposal

Stamford residents can bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center for scrap metal recycling.

Chains

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

This is scrap metal. Bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center scrap metal roll-off.

Disposal

Stamford residents can bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center for scrap metal recycling.

Charcoal Lighter Fluid

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click for schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days, which Stamford and other communities sponsor.

Christmas Tree Lights

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Holiday LEDS is a for-profit company that will accept your holiday lights for recycling. They will also send you a coupon for a discount towards purchasing new holiday lights from their website. Click here to visit the website for details.

Christmas Light Source is a for-profit company that partners with a local recycler to dispose of old and broken Christmas lights. Proceeds from the recycling are used to buy books to be donated to the Marine Toys for Tots drive. Click here to visit the website for details.

Disposal

Bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center's electronic recycling.

Christmas Trees

Reuse

Please see "Recycle."

Recycle

The way to recycle your Christmas tree is to participate in the City's Highway Department's Christmas tree collection after Christmas or drop it off at Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. The trees will eventually be recycled into mulch.

Disposal

The City of Stamford Highway Department will collect Christmas trees starting in January. Check City Website for dates on tree collection. If you miss the collection, the trees may be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Cigarette Packs

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

None.

Disposal

Clothes, Damaged (Not Reusable)

Reuse

If you have enough rags, see "Recycle."

Recycle

Goodwill will accept clothes for recycling. The clothing gets shredded and delivered in bulk to foreign countries for repurposing. You can drop off at Goodwill in Stamford (1 West Broad Street). For other drop off sites, go to the Goodwill website.

Disposal

Bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Clothes, Good Condition (Suitable for Donation)

Reuse

Sell, hand down, or donate. The following organizations accept clothes:

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters - Call (877)399-2570 to request a pickup or find a bin.
  • Goodwill Stamford - Drop off at 1 West Broad Street or call (203) 363-5228.
  • Salvation Army - Bins located beside their Center.

Recycle

See "Reuse."

Disposal

This item may be brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center clothing containers.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)

Fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury which is hazardous and can not be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Stamford residents may bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Stamford residents may bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Fluorescent light bulbs and CFLs will also be accepted at Home Depot.

Computer Equipment

This is e-waste and contains hazardous materials which must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

If your equipment is in working condition, National Cristina Foundation accepts computer equipment for donation to organizations serving the disadvantaged. Click here to visit their website.

Phone: (203) 863-9100
Fax: (203) 863-9230

Recycle

E-waste can be recycled at the Katrina Mygatt recycling center.

Alternatively, you can bring all e-waste to Staples, Radio Shack, Best Buy, or any location that sells computer equipment. Call first to be certain they will accept this material, or if there are any restrictions.

Disposal

Stamford residents may bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center in the electronics area.

Computers

This is e-waste and contains hazardous materials which must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

If your equipment is in working condition, National Cristina Foundation accepts computer equipment for donation to organizations serving the disadvantaged. Click here to visit their website.

Phone: (203) 863-9100
Fax: (203) 863-9230

Recycle

Stamford residents may bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center in the electronics area.

You can bring all e-waste to Best Buy, Good Will, or any location that sells computer equipment. Call first to be certain they will accept this material, or if there are any restrictions.

Disposal

Stamford residents may bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center in the electronics area.

Concrete Blocks

This item is construction materials and must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items.

Habitat for Humanity Coastal Fairfield ReStore - Check their website for addresses in Stratford, Danbury, New Rochelle and more.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Residents may bring concrete blocks to the Scale House and receive 200lbs free.

Construction Debris

Reuse

Contact Synergis for information on best methods for reducing or recycling construction materials. Click here to visit thier website.
 

Recycle

Many construction materials can be recycled or reused. Ask your contractor to evaluate or investigate options. Organizations may want to contact Synergis, a Zero Waste Group.

Disposal

Residents may bring concrete blocks to the Scale House and dump 200lbs free (per resident per day).

Cooking Oil

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Residents may bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center for disposal.

Copy Machines

This is e-waste and contains hazardous materials which must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

If your equipment is in working condition, National Cristina Foundation accepts computer equipment for donation to organizations serving the disadvantaged. Click here to visit their website.
 

Recycle

E-waste can be taken to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center's electronic area.

Disposal

Residents may bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center's electronic area.

Cords, Electrical

Electrical cords are usually lined with copper to conduct the electricity, which is one of the most valuable metals you can recycle.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Many scrap metal recyclers will accept cords and remove the plastic insulation. Best Buy accepts electronic cables, as do many Goodwill stores for recycling through a partnership with Dell.

Disposal

This item can be recycled as scrap metal at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, Best Buy, or Goodwill.

Corks

Cork is a renewable, recyclable material that doesn't need to be disposed of in a landfill.

Reuse

Corks can be ground up and used as mulch in your plants to help them retain moisture.

Recycle

Bring your corks to Whole Foods stores (some wine and liquor stores also participate), and drop them in the Cork ReHarvest collection box. The program helps preserve and protect the cork forests in the Mediterranean.
 

Disposal

Please reuse or recycle to avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Corrugated Cardboard

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

Place with single stream, to be recycled with paper and cardboard. Cut to size that fits in single stream bin. Call your hauler for large volume special pickup. Residents can also bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Please recycle.

Crayons

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Crazy Crayons has started the National Crayon Recycle Program, turning old and broken crayons into new crayons. This is a mail in program. See their website for details, or call (952) 847-0455.
 

Disposal

Bring to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Cream Cheese Boxes / Packages

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

Place with single stream, to be recycled with paper and cardboard.

Examples:

  • Food Boxes - Cereal, Pasta, Snacks, Pet Food, Crackers, Jello, etc.
  • Non-Food Boxes - Tissue, Shoes, Toys, and Gifts.

Disposal

Please recycle.

Crocs

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Many Crocs distributors accept gently used Crocs back for donation. The Crocs website will direct you to locations that accept donations.

Crocs forwards the shoes on to Soles4Souls.

You can donate your Crocs directly to Soles4Souls who collects shoes and distributes them to people in need all over the US and the world. Shoes must be in usable condition. This is a mail-in program: send your Crocs to Soles4Souls, 315 Airport Road, Roanoke, AL 36274.

Disposal

This item may be considered waste and placed for pickup, but the other disposal options outlined under "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Crutches

Orthotics, crutches, splints, canes, wheelchairs, and braces.

Reuse

Donate to Good Will (1 West Broad St.) or Freecycle.org.

Christian Blind Mission - (800) 937-2264, Call for information about the items they accept and how to mail the items.

Afya Foundation - Supply donations are an integral part of Afya's work and are sought after and welcomed. Local donation drop off: 140 Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers, NY 10701.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

This item may be considered waste and placed for pickup, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Crystal

Reuse

If in good condition consider donating to a local thrift shop or Good Will (1 West Broad Street).

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

If broken, this item must be placed with waste.

If in good condition, please consider other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" to avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Cups, Expanded Polystyrene (Known As Styrofoam, a Dow Product)

Some haulers pick up polystyrene but it does not get recycled.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

None.

Disposal

Place in trash.

Cups, Paper

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

Recycle all clean cups in single stream bin. Rinse as required.

Disposal

Please recycle.

Cups, Plastic

Much plastic ware, including cups, can be recycled.

Reuse

Please recycle unless it is meant to be reusable.

Recycle

Plastic should be recycled. All must be rinsed and placed with comingled items.

Disposal

Please rinse and recycle.

Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers contain Freon. This item contains hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. It cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You can bring it to The Scale House with or without Freon in it. Items with Freon will be charged a $12 Freon removal fee.

Disposal

Please bring to The Scale House. Items with Freon in them will be charged a $12 Freon removal fee.

Detergent Boxes

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Empty boxes can be recycled in the single stream bin.

Disposal

Recycle empty boxes. This item may also be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Diapers, Disposable

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place with trash. This item is not accepted for recycling. This item is designed to not break down when wet, and for the same reason does not break down in the recycling process.

Dishes

Dishes cannot be recycled with glass.

Reuse

Sell, barter, or donate:

Recycle

None, Donate to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Disposal

If broken, place with trash.

This item may be considered waste and placed for pickup, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Dishwashers

Reuse

If in good condition, please consider donating:

Habitat for Humanity Fairfield ReStore - Accepts donations of new or nearly new building supplies, furniture and appliances (no more than 5 years old) from individuals, contractors, and businesses. Items are used in houses built or for sale in ReStores.

Call for pickup (203) 383-4358 or drop off and checkout ReStore at 785 Stratford Avenue in Stratford CT (store entrance is on Honeyspot Road).

Green Demolitions - (203) 969-9345, Green Demolitions accepts kitchens, appliances (less than 5 years old), bathrooms, home décor, architectural artifacts, building materials, art, and more.
 

Recycle

Can be recycled as scrap metal at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

If you are replacing an old appliance with a new one, frequently the retailer will pick up the old appliance as part of the delivery and installation of the new one.

If your item cannot be donated, or brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, you may consider it waste.

Disinfectants

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for the schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days, which Stamford sponsors with neighboring communities.

Dog / Cat Food Bags

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

This item can be recycled.

Disposal

Please recycle.

Drain Clog Dissolvers

This material is hazardous waste and must be cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

This item can be brought to Hazardous Waste Collection Days.

Disposal

Click here for the schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days, which Stamford sponsors with neighboring communities.

Driveway Sealer

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for the schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days, which Stamford and neighboring communities sponsor. 

Dry Cleaning Bags, Plastic

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Are not recyclable.

Disposal

Throw into the trash.

Dryers (Clothes)

Reuse

If in good condition, please consider donating:

Habitat for Humanity Fairfield County ReStore - Accepts donations of new or nearly new building supplies, furniture and appliances (no more than 5 years old) from individuals, contractors, and businesses. Items are used in houses built or for sale in their ReStores.

Call for pickup (203) 383-4358 or drop off and checkout ReStore at 785 Stratford Avenue, Stratford, CT (store entrance is on Honeyspot Road).

Green Demolitions - (888) 887-5211, Green Demolitions accepts kitchens, appliances (less than 5 years old), bathrooms, home décor, architectural artifacts, building materials, art, and more. Go to website for more information.
 

Recycle

If not usable, this is scrap metal and can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

If you are replacing an old appliance with a new one, frequently the retailer will pick up the old appliance as part of the delivery and installation of the new one.

If your item cannot be donated, or brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, you may consider it waste. You must make arrangements for bulk pickup.

DVDs

Reuse

Sell, barter or donate:

  • Craigslist
  • eBay
  • Goodwill - Goodwill will take DVDs at their location, 1 West Broad Street. Phone: (203) 363-5228
  • You may bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center and swap for one you'd like.

Recycle

You may recycle the outer case of a DVD but not the DVD itself.

Disposal

This DVD may be considered waste and placed for pickup, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Egg Cartons, Cardboard

Reuse

If not using for an art, garden, or other project, please recycle.

Recycle

Recycle in your single stream toter.

Disposal

Please recycle. May be brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Egg Cartons, Expanded Polystyrene (Known as Styrofoam, a Dow Product)

Reuse

Art Work.

Recycle

None.

Disposal

Please dispose in your trash.

Electric Blankets

Since this has a plug, treat as e-waste.

Reuse

If the item is gently used and in good condition, consider donating to a local charity or one of the organizations below:

Goodwill - 1 West Broad Street, Stamford

Big Brothers, Big Sisters - Schedule a pickup online or call (877) 399-2570.

If not suitable for human use, consider donating to Stamford Animal Control, but call first at (203) 977-4437.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

This item can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center's electronic area. It can otherwise be considered waste. If in good condition, other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Careful disposal of electronics (e-waste) is important because many electronic products contain hazardous components. Computer monitors and televisions can contain leaded glass. Materials such as beryllium, mercury, cadmium, nickel, zinc, silver, and gold can be found in printed circuit boards. Cadmium can also be found in batteries and mercury can be present in relays and switches. If it is not recovered for recycling, it will likely end up in a waste-to-energy facility, where most of our trash is disposed in Connecticut. Incineration of e-waste can produce dioxin and contribute to heavy metal contamination in the atmosphere. - Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available.

Recycle

This is electronic waste (e-waste). Stamford residents may bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. Alternatively, you can bring e-waste to Radio Shack, Staples, Best Buy, or any location that sells computer equipment. Call first to be certain they will accept this material, and be aware of any restrictions.

Disposal

Stamford residents may bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center's electronics area.

Envelopes and Letters

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

You must recycle with single stream except tyvek envelope.

Disposal

Please recycle except tyvek envelopes.

Exercise Equipment

Treadmills, home gyms, ellipticals, stair climbers, rowers, stationary bikes, barbells

Reuse

If in good condition, consider selling or donating.

Recycle

This is scrap metal and can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

This item cannot be placed curbside, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Expanded Polystyrene (Known as Styrofoam, a Dow Product) Peanuts

Styrofoam is a brand name (Dow trademark, so watch out when using it online; we've had Dow's legal team send us a cease and desist letter) for the material expanded polystyrene. When plastic is expanded, air is injected into the resin to increase the padding (creating a foam exterior). This air can't be removed, so it's theoretically impossible to "recycle" Styrofoam (because you can't turn it into regular polystyrene). The best you can do is shred it into flakes and make new EPS, which is essentially reuse. Because it's usually cheaper to manufacturer new EPS from virgin plastic, the recycling market is limited. Dart is one of the largest US EPS "recyclers." Click here to visit their website.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Expanded polystyrene peanuts and bubble wrap are accepted at UPS Stores for recycling.

Disposal

This item is trash and can be placed for pickup, but the other disposal options outlined under "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Expanded Polystyrene (Known as Styrofoam, a Dow Product), Packaging

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for expanded polystyrene (known as Styrofoam, a Dow product) packaging.

Expanded polystyrene (known as Styrofoam, a Dow product) peanuts are accepted at UPS Stores for recycling.

Disposal

Styrofoam trays and packaging are not accepted yet for recycling. Even though many expanded polystyrene products now have recycling numbers (#6) on them, they cannot be recycled. Place these items with waste for pickup.

When you have a choice, please purchase items that are not packaged in Styrofoam.

Eyeglasses

Reuse

Lions Club International - The Recycle for Sight program has collection boxes at Government Center and Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.  You may also check with your ophthalmologist or optometrist's office to see if there is a collection box in the office.

Recycle

LensCrafters has the Gift of Sight program. Just drop off your eyeglasses to LensCrafters and they will reuse the eyeglasses or recycle them at Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

This item cannot be placed for pickup, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Fax Machines

This is e-waste.

Reuse

If your equipment is in working condition, National Cristina Foundation accepts computer equipment for donation to organizations serving the disadvantaged.

Phone: (203) 863-9100, Fax: (203) 863-9230

500 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut 06830

Recycle

This is e-waste and can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Fairfield County accepts e-waste at Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Visit the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for more information, or click here for a schedule of collection days.

Fiberglass Insulation

This material is hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Fairfield County accepts hazardous waste at Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for information on recycling hazardous materials, or click here for a schedule of collection days.

Fire Extinguishers

Your disposal options vary depending on whether the extinguisher is empty or not.

This item contains hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Reusable extinguishers are metal all-purpose "ABC" type extinguishers, with a metal valve, because these are rechargeable. Please contact AAA Emergency Supply Co. regarding recharging or disposal. Click here to visit their website, or call (914) 949-0512.

Recycle

Empty, fully discharged, metal or plastic extinguishers can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. 

Disposal

Full or partially full fire extinguishers must be brought to a Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Click here for the Hazardous Waste Collection Day Schedule.

Flags

Do not discard flags with waste. Federal law prescribes proper flag etiquette and disposal.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Federal Law, 4 U.S.C. Section 8(k), states: "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

If unable to burn, you may bring flags to Katrina Mygatt for proper disposal.

Flammable Liquids (Kerosene, Turpentine, Butane)

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item

Flashlight Batteries

These batteries are also typically used in toys, radios, remote controls, and flashlights. They are the AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt, long life C and D cells.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Batteries can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Non-rechargeable household batteries are not considered hazardous and may be put in with your waste.

Flatware

Reuse

If useable, please considering donating this item.

Many places like Goodwill accept flatware donations, or you could try Craigslist. Call the Goodwill Stamford location at (203) 363-5228

Habitat for Humanity Fairfield Coastal ReStore - Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items.

Recycle

Flatware cannot be recycled with comingled items but you can bring them to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center as scrap metal or Take It or Leave It Shop.

Disposal

This item is waste and can be placed for pickup, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Flip Flops

Reuse

UniquEco Designs is a for-profit company that specifically collects flip flops in Nairobi, Kenya and repurposes them into arts and crafts for sale. The proceeds help the crafts people in Nairobi. Ship your flip flops to UniquEco-Design, P.O. Box 15565-00503, Nairobi, Kenya.

Soles4Souls collects new and gently used shoes (any kind of shoe), cleans and reconditions the shoe, and then distributes shoes to people all over the world. The East Coast mail-in center is located at c/o ADS Logistics, LP, 23 Mack Drive, Edison, N.J. 08817. Call (732) 287-8900 or visit their website for more information.

Recycle

Currently there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place with trash. The soles are rubber and the straps are PVC.

Flower Pots

Reuse

If in good enough condition, please consider donating or reuse to Lowes Hardware Store.

Recycle

If plastic or metal, please recycle. Must be rinsed and clean.

Can be returned to Lowes.

Disposal

Ceramic or pottery pots are not recyclable and should be placed with trash if not in good enough condition to donate.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury which is hazardous and must be disposed of properly. It cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item but they can be disposed of properly at Kitrina MygattRecycling Center.

Disposal

Fairfield County accepts hazardous waste at Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for information on recycling hazardous materials, or click here for a schedule of collection days.

Fluorescent light bulbs and CFLs will also be accepted at Home Depot.

Foil Plates and Food Wrap (Aluminum Foil)

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

This item can be recycled. Please empty and clean. 

Disposal

Please empty, clean and recycle. 

Freezers

These items contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's), or Freon. This item contains hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. It cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

If useable and in working condition consider donating this item.

Habitat for Humanity Coastal Fairfield County ReStore - Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items.

If not working, there is no reuse for this item.

Recycle

Freon can be removed at The Scale House for $12 per item.  After removal, a sticker is affixed to the appliance and it can be recycled as scrap metal at The Scale House.

Alternatively, you can have the Freon removed by a licensed technician. Once the Freon is removed and the label is affixed to the appliance, the appliance can be considered scrap metal and brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center (for Stamford residents), or The Scale House (for commercial vehicles).

Disposal

The easiest method of removal and safe disposal is to have the old appliance removed and taken away by the appliance store when a new freezer is being installed.

See Recycle for options in having Freon removed and item recycled.

Freon

This material is hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Federal Law mandates that refrigerants such as Freon must be recovered and recycled. The law stipulates that refrigerants must be recovered before the appliance is recycled/disposed because CFC's released in to the atmosphere can deplete the ozone. (Freon represents several different CFC's which are a group of aliphatic organic compounds containing the elements carbon and fluorine, and, in many cases, other halogens and hydrogen. Freons are colorless, odorless, nonflammable, noncorrosive gases or liquids. During the 1990s, the US Congress passed a law banning the use of CFC's in new products and more environmentally friendly hydrofluorocarbons were developed for use as refrigerants.)

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

The Scale House can remove freon for $12 per item.  Once the freon is removed, a label is affixed to the appliance, and it can be recycled as scrap metal there.

Disposal

The easiest method of removal and safe disposal of Freon containing appliances is to have the old appliance removed and taken away by the appliance store when a new appliance is being installed.

You can bring Freon to one of the Hazardous Waste Collection Days that Stamford sponsors with neighboring communities. Click here for the schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days.

Furniture

Reuse

If the furniture is gently used and in good condition (and not excessively large), contact a local charity or one of the charities below:

Salvation Army: 1-800-958-7825

Take It or Leave It Shop

Goodwill also accepts furniture, which can be dropped off at the West Broad Street location. Call for hours and with any questions: (203) 363-5228.
 

Recycle

If the furniture is gently used and in good condition (and not excessively large), donate to a church drive or a garage sale, or see Reuse.
 

Disposal

If your item is not appropriate for reuse, you may consider it trash. You may bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, or call a Hauler who can bring it to The Scale House.

Gas Grills

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

This is scrap metal and can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center (with gas tank removed).

A private scrap metal hauler may also be called to remove and recycle your appliance.

Disposal

Bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Gas Tank, Propane

This item contains hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Bring empty propane gas tanks to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, Home Depot or alternate retailer. Most sellers of propane will have a return policy for propane tanks.

Disposal

Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. 

Gift Wrap/Wrapping Paper and Gift Bags

Reuse

Are not recyclable..

Recycle

Recycle with single stream.

Disposal

Throw into the trash

Glass, Bottles and Jars

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Recycle with comingled recycling. Must be empty and clean. No need to remove labels.

Disposal

Glass, Windows

Reuse

If in good condition, please consider donating:

Habitat for Humanity Coastal Fairfield County ReStore - Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items.

Green Demolitions - (888) 887-5211, Green Demolitions accepts kitchens, appliances (less than 5 years old), bathrooms, home décor, architectural artifacts, building materials, art, and more. Go to website for more information. Green Demolitions supports outreach programs of All Addicts Anonymous.

Recycle

Disposal

If not usable, wrap carefully and bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Golf Equipment

Reuse

Consider donating to an organization of your choice.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

This item may be considered waste and brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Greeting Cards

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle with single stream.

Disposal

Hair Blowers / Dryers

Reuse

If functional, please consider donating this item.

Recycle

This item can be recycled at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. They are accepted as electronics.

Disposal

Please recycle this item.

Hangers, Wire Clothes

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Can be recycled with single stream. Or bring wire clothes hangers back to your local dry cleaner. They should be in good condition.

Disposal

Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste must be disposed of properly and cannot be left with trash for pickup. See hazardouswaste collector schedule on City's Website.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

 

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

 

 

Disposal

Stamford sponsors Hazardous Waste Collection Days along with other neighboring communities. Click here for a Schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days, or go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for more information on recycling hazardous materials. 

Helium Tanks

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

1. Only attempt disposal of the helium tank when it is empty.

2. Take the tank to a well-ventilated area. Fully open the valve handle by turning it counter-clockwise. Press and hold down on the tilt-nozzle until the tank is empty. Listen and feel for pressure discharging from the tilt-nozzle. The tank is empty when no sound is heard or pressure is felt.

3. Unscrew and remove the tilt-nozzle, either by hand or with the help of a ¾ inch wrench.

4. The tank can now be recycled as scrap metal at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

This item should not go in your regular garbage toter. Stamford residents can bring this item to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center and give it to the Attendant.

 

Home Heating Oil

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for Hazardous Waste Collection Day Schedule. City of Stamford accepts hazardous waste at Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Hoses, Garden

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place with trash.

Hot Water Tanks

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

This is scrap metal. Ask you plumber to recycle it or take it to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Alternatively, it can go to a junkyard.

Disposal

Ask your hauler for a special pickup if necessary.

Hypodermic Needles / Insulin Lancets

This is hazardous medical waste and cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

This item cannot be recycled.

Disposal

Stamford residents can place this item in an empty detergent bottle or coffee can with a cap on, tape lid and label it Sharps, and dispose with trash.

Fairfield County accepts hazardous waste at Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days.

Ice Cream Containers

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Are not recyclable.

Disposal

Throw in the trash.

Inkjet Printer Cartridges

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Most inkjet cartridges come with prepaid envelopes you can use to simply return your empty inkjet cartridges to the manufacturer. If you've misplaced the envelope, you can contact the manufacturer directly.

Or, you can bring your inkjet and toner cartridges to Staples, Target, Best Buy and Office Depot. Some retailers will give a store credit for used/old cartridges.

Disposal

Insecticides

This material is hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. It cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for the Schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days that Stamford sponsors with neighboring communities. Go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Irons (Clothing)

Recycle

This is mostly scrap metal. Bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Recycling is preferred.

Juice and Milk Cartons

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

All milk and juice cartons can be recycled in the single stream bin.

Disposal

Recycle this item.

Juice Pouches

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item, as they have multiple layers of materials.

Disposal

Place with trash. Not accepted for recycling. This packaging is designed to NOT break down when wet, and for the same reason does not break down in the recycling process.

Junk Mail

In order to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive, consider the following:

Register to have your name removed from mailing lists.

1. The National Do Not Mail List, offered by DirectMail.com - makes the list available to mailing list owners and users for one reason only: so they can remove (or add) your name to their lists based on your stated preferences. When you complete the online National Do Not Mail List form, you can indicate if there are any mailings you would like to receive (a list is provided). You can choose as many or as few-or none-as you want.

2. The second service is called DMAchoice, offered by the Direct Marketing Association, and charges $1. You can register online or by regular mail. Your request is good for five years, and you can let them know what mail you want to get as well as what you don't want.

(Note: Neither DirectMail.com nor the Mail Preference Service can guarantee that your name will be removed from ALL mailing lists on which you appear. Therefore you may want to try some of the suggestions stated below as well.)

You can contact these mailers directly and ask to have your name removed: Valassis/Red Plum and Valpak.

When you order something from a catalog, your name and address is likely given to Abacus, an alliance of mostly catalog and publishing companies. To have your information removed from Abacus, you can contact them directly to have your name removed from their list. Abacus can be reached either via e-mail (abacusoptout@epsilon.com), by mail: Abacus, Inc., PO Box 1478, Broomfield CO 80038; or by phone: (888) 780-3869.

To be removed from the mailing list of major sweepstakes mailers, contact the following: Publishers Clearinghouse, by phone: (800) 645-9242, or by mail: Consumer & Privacy Affairs, Publishers Clearinghouse, 382 Channel Drive, Port Washington NY 11050; or by e-mail: privacychoices@pchmail.com. And Readers Digest Sweepstakes, by phone: (800) 310-6261, or by mail: Reader's Digest, PO Box 50005, Prescott AZ 86301-5005.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Place with single stream, to be recycled with paper and cardboard.

Disposal

Lawn Chemicals

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently there is no recycle option available for this item.

Lawn Furniture

Reuse

If the furniture is gently used and in good condition (and not excessively large), it can be donated to the Salvation Army. You can call to schedule a pickup of your furniture. Call: 1-800-958-7825. The Salvation Army accepts appliances, clothing, household goods, and cars.

Take It or Leave It Shop, Goodwill also accepts furniture at their Store and Donation Center on West Broad Street. Call (203) 363-5228 for hours and questions.

Recycle

If the lawn furniture is metal, it can be recycled at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.  You can also call a Hauler to bring it to The Scale House (where commercial vehicles must go).

 

Disposal

If your furniture cannot be donated, residents can bring it to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, or a Hauler can bring it to The Scale House.

Lawn Mowers

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

This item is considered scrap metal and can be recycled at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. All gas and oil must be removed/drained or it will not be accepted.

Alternatively, it can go to a junkyard.

Disposal

Alternatively, call your hauler for a special bulk pick up.

Leaf and Yard Debris

Reuse

Leaves and organic yard debris can be composted.

Recycle

Whenever possible, compost leaves. If you have wooded property, the leaves will naturally compost if raked or swept into the woods.

Do not cover curbs, irrigation pipes, sprinklers, or water curb boxes with leaves. They could be damaged by heavy equipment removing leaves. Do not pile the leaves near stone walls, fences, trees, or mailboxes.

Disposal

Residents are strongly encouraged to keep leaves on their properties by composting or bringing them into their woods. The Stamford Highway Department picks up loose leaves from properties in the fall leaf season only, and discarded Christmas trees in January and early February. At other times of the year, residents may bring yard waste to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. Commercial entities may bring yard waste to the Scale House.

Leather / Plastic Belts

Reuse

Currently, bring to Take It or Leave It Shop, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Belts in good condition can be donated and can be brought to Chowder & Marching Club Spring Cleanup Weekend, First Presbyterian Church of Katonah Spring Rummage Sale, or a garage sale.

Disposal

This item is trash and can be placed curbside, but the other disposal options outlined under "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Light Bulbs, Fluorescent

This material is hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Compact fluorescents and CFLs will also be accepted at Home Depot or Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Light Bulbs, Incandescent

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place in trash.

Magazines

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle with single stream.

Disposal

Margarine Tubs

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle plastics #1 - 7 with comingled recycling. Must be empty and clean. Plastic covers can also be recycled.

Disposal

Mattresses and Box Springs

Reuse

If unable to reuse or resell, please bring this item for proper disposal.

Recycle

This item can be recycled through the State Mattress Recycling Program, or bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Please being this item to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. Alternatively, call your hauler for a bulk and large item pick up.

Mayonnaise Jars

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle glass or plastics #1 - 7 with comingled recycling. Must be empty and clean. Covers can also be recycled.

Disposal

Medications, Prescription and Over-the-Counter

This material is hazardous waste cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

The Stamford Police Department hosts a drug drop-off in the Fall/Spring at Police Headquarters where prescription and non-prescription medications can be disposed of.

Hypodermic needles, sharps, syringes may be placed in an empty detergent bottle or coffee can clearly labeled sharps, with a cap taped on, and disposed of in trash.

Mercury Thermometers

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Silver liquid within the thermometer indicates mercury, a toxic metal that must be disposed of properly. This material is hazardous waste. Stamford sponsors Hazardous Waste Collection Days with neighboring communities in Fairfield County.  Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days. For more information about items accepted, see Stamford's Hazardous Materials Recycling page.

Disposal

Any other color liquid indicates a non-mercury containing thermometer that can be disposed of in the trash. Wrap in paper and tape before discarding in trash to avoid any hazard from broken glass.

Metal Polishes

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County accept hazardous waste on Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Go to the Stamford Hazardous Materials Recycling page for information on recycling hazardous materials, or click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days.

Disposal

Metal Sheds

Reuse

Craigslist - Barter, sell, and wanted classifieds.

eBay - Buy, sell, and trade.

Recycle

This is scrap metal and can be brought in pieces to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Rubino's Bros Inc. provides scrap metal purchasing services as well as auto processing and container services to residents of Stamford. Call (203) 323-3195 for details, or visit their website by clicking here.

Disposal

This item is trash and can be placed curbside as a bulk item, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Microwave Ovens

Reuse

If the microwave oven is gently used and in good repair, it can be donated to Take It or Leave It Shop, or a garage sale.

Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items.

Habitat for Humanity / Westchester ReStore - HfH ReStore 524 Main St., New Rochelle, (914) 636-8335; 2 Cortland St., Mount Vernon, (914) 699-2791

Recycle

If not useable, this item can be used as scrap metal and brought to Katrina Mygatt recycling center.

Disposal

This item is trash and can be placed curbside, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Milk and Juice Cartons

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

All milk and juice cartons can be recycled in the single stream bin.

Disposal

Recycle this item.

Mirrors

Reuse

If the mirror is in good condition, please consider donating it to Furniture Sharehouse. Please click here visit their website for donation guidelines.

Recycle

See Reuse.

Disposal

If the mirror is broken, please wrap carefully and place with Trash.

Monofilament Line (Fishing Line)

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

21 recycling tubes are located along Stamford waterways for residents to recycling fishing lines. They are located in the following areas:

  • Cummings Park
  • West Beach
  • Czescik Park
  • Boccuzzi Park 
  • Anchor Point Marina
  • Stamford Harbor Channel near Atlantic Street
  • Varrious locations in Cove Island Park

 

Disposal

Please place with trash for pickup or bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Mothballs

This material is hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Participating communities in Fairfield County accept hazardous waste on Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for information on recycling hazardous materials, or click here for a schedule of collection days.

Motor Oil and Filters

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Most auto repair shops and gas stations accept motor oil and filters. Call before you drop it off.

Disposal

Stamford residents may bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Muriatic Acid (Concrete Cleaner)

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County. For more information on recycling hazardous materials, go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page.

Nail Polish and Remover

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

If the bottle is empty, please rinse it and place it in your recycling toter.

Disposal

See Reuse or , click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County.

Nails and Screws

Reuse

Habitat for Humanity/Westchester ReStore - HfH ReStore 524 Main St., New Rochelle, 914-636-8335; 2 Cortland St., Mount Vernon, (914) 699-2791

Take It or Leave It Shop.

Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items.

Recycle

Do not discard into our landfills. This is scrap metal and can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Negatives, Photographic

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place with trash.

Newspaper

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Place with single stream, to be recycled with paper and cardboard.

Disposal

Newspaper Bags, Plastic

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

All grocery bags (even if they do not have numbers) may be recycled at a store location near you with a collection box near the entrance. Click here to find a location. All supermarkets will accept plastic bags for recycling.

Disposal

Place with trash.

Notebooks, Spiral

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Place with single stream, to be recycled with paper and cardboard. Remove spiral from paper.

Disposal

Nuts and Bolts

Reuse

Habitat for Humanity/Westchester ReStore - Restore: 524 Main St., New Rochelle, (914) 636-8335; 2 Cortland St., Mount Vernon, (914) 699-2791

Take It or Leave It Shop

Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items.

Recycle

Do not discard into our landfills. This is scrap metal. It can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Oral Thermometer, Digital

If choosing a battery powered digital thermometer, choose one that contains a replaceable battery; some are not replaceable. Digital thermometers typically contain button cell batteries. Button cell batteries are hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Disposal

Alternatively, you may bring button cell batteries to one of the stores below where they will be disposed of properly: Home Depot, Staples, CVS.  Call in advance to ensure they accept them.

Oral Thermometer, Mercury

Silver liquid within the thermometer indicates mercury, a toxic metal that must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County. Go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Any other color liquid indicates a non-mercury containing thermometer that can be disposed of in your household waste. Wrap in paper and tape before discarding to avoid any hazard from broken glass.

Orthotics

Orthotics, crutches, splints, canes, wheelchairs, and braces.

Reuse

Call Joni and Friends at (818) 707-5664 for information about the items they accept and how to mail the items, or click here to visit their website.

Take It or Leave It Shop

Call the Christian Blind Mission at (800) 937-2264 for information about the items they accept and how to mail the items, or click here to visit their website.

Ayfa Foundation - Supply donations are an integral part of Afya's work and are sought after and welcomed. Local donation drop off location is 140 Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers, NY 10701. You can call them at (914) 920-5081.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Oven Cleaner

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycling option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and neighboring communities.  Go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Paint Thinner

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Participating communities in Fairfield County accept hazardous waste on Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days.  Go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Disposal

See recycle.

Paint, Latex / Water-Based

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

This item cannot be disposed of with waste. Please bring to Keough's Hardware, 907 High Ridge Road, or Sherwin Williams, 1160 Hope Street.

Paint, Oil-Based

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

This item may be brought to Keough's Hardware at 907 High Ridge Road, (203) 322-1641; or Sherwin Williams at 1100 Hope Street, (203) 329-8100.

Disposal

This item cannot be disposed of with waste.

Paper Plates

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Place with single stream, to be recycled with paper and cardboard.

Disposal

If greasy, place with waste.

Paper Towel Rolls

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Place with single stream, to be recycled with paper and cardboard.

Disposal

Pasta Boxes

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle with single stream. Plastic windows on the box are OK.

Disposal

Patagonia Common Threads Clothing

Reuse

If in reasonable condition, consider selling via Craig's List or donating. Churches and organizations often collect coats and sweaters to provide to those in need for the Winter.

Recycle

Patagonia clothes with the Common Threads Initiative logo (on the care and content label), can be recycled.  Give to a Patagonia retailer or mail to:  Patagonia Service Center, ATTN: Common Threads Recycling Program, 8550 White Fir Street, Reno, NV 89523-8939

Patagonia's Common Threads Recycling Program accepts Patagonia fleeces, Capilene and cotton tees, and any-branded garment that contains a Polartec label. Consistent, high quality fibers and tightly controlled manufacturing make Polartec a natural resource for polyester recycling processes.
 

Repairs to Patagonia clothing can be sent to "Patagonia Repairs" using the same address listed above. 

For more information, click here to visit the Patagonia website.

Bring to Katrina MYatt Recycle Center.
 

Disposal

Please donate or recycle to avoid ending up in a landfill.

Peanut Butter Jars, Glass / Plastic

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle glass and plastics numbered #1-7. Place with comingled recycling. Must be clean and empty. Plastic tops can also be recycled.

Disposal

Pesticides

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days that are sponsored by Stamford and neighboring communities. Go to the Stamford Hazardous Materials Recycling page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Pet Food Bags

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Refer to package instructions. If recycling not indicated place with waste. Not accepted for recycling. This packaging is waterproof and too resilient to break down in the recycling process. Dispose of in trash.

Phone Books

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle with single stream. No need to remove cover.

Disposal

Photographs

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place with trash.

Pill Bottles, Empty

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Are not recyclable.

Disposal

Throw into the trash.

Pipes (PVC / Plastic)

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Dispose with trash.

Pizza Boxes

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

If clean, place with paper and cardboard recycling.

Disposal

If it is greasy, it must be placed with trash. You can tear the box apart so the greasy part goes to waste and the clean cardboard can be placed with recycling.

Plastic

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle plastics. Place empty, clean plastics with single stream recycling.

Disposal

Please recycle.

Plastic Bottle Caps

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Loose bottle caps cannot be recycled.

Disposal

Throw into the trash.

Plastic Hangers

Reuse

At checkout, decline hangers if practical.  

Recycle

Recycle all plastic items. Place with co-mingled recycling.

Disposal

Please recycle. 

Plastic Plates, Cups, Bowls, Cutlery

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Are not recyclable.

Disposal

Throw into the trash.

Plastic Six-Pack Rings

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

None.

Disposal

Please cut up dispose with trash.

Plastic Wrap (Electronics)

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Are not recyclable.

Disposal

Throw into the trash.

Plastic Wrap (Paper Towel / Toilet Paper)

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Recycle all plastics. Place with single stream recycling.

Disposal

Please recycle.

Plastic Wrap (Saran Wrap)

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

None.

Disposal

Please dispose with trash.

Pool Chemicals

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Participating communities in Fairfield County accept hazardous waste on Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Go to the Stamford Hazardous Materials Recycling page for information on recycling hazardous materials, or click here for a schedule of collection days.

Post-It Notes

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle with single stream. Sticky edge is OK.

Disposal

Pots and Pans

Reuse

If usable and in good repair, it can be donated to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Habitat for Humanity/Westchester ReStore - HfH ReStore 524 Main St., New Rochelle, (914) 636-8335; 2 Cortland St., Mount Vernon, (914) 699-2791

Goodwill is located on West Broad Street, and can be contacted by phone at (203) 363-5228.

Salvation Army: 1-800-958-7825

Recycle

If not in usable condition, this item is considered scrap metal. 

Alternatively, it can go to a junkyard.

Disposal

This item may be considered trash and placed for pickup, but the options under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Potted Plant Containers

Reuse

Return to Lowes Hardware Store.

Recycle

Plastic flower pots must be clean and empty.

Disposal

Can be returned to Lowes.

Prescriptions / Medications

This material is hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

The Stamford Police Department hosts a bi-annual prescription drop off where prescription and non-prescription medications can be disposed. Visit the Stamford Police Departments website for information on drug drop off dates, times and location. Sharps, syringes, or liquids should not be disposed here. 

Printers (LaserJet, OfficeJet, InkJet)

Contain toxic metals and are considered e-waste. Printers must be appropriately recycled.

Reuse

If your equipment is in working condition, National Cristina Foundation accepts computer equipment for donation to organizations serving the disadvantaged.

National Cristina Foundation
500 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
(203) 863-9100

Recycle

E-waste can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Alternatively, you can bring all e-waste to Best Buy, Good Will, or any location that sells computer equipment. Call first to be certain they will accept this material, or if there are any restrictions.

Disposal

Produce Bags (Plastic)

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Are not recyclable.

Disposal

Throw into the trash.

Propane Gas Tanks

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Bring empty propane gas tanks to Home Depot.  Most sellers of propane will have a return policy for propane tanks.  Stamford residents may bring this item to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

See recycle.

Pudding Cups

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle plastics numbered #1-7. Place with comingled recycling. Must be clean and empty.

Disposal

Pumps, Plastic Bottle

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Although they are not numbered, pumps from plastic bottles may be recycled. Place with comingled recycling. Must be clean and empty.

Disposal

PVC

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place with trash.

Pyrex

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Pyrex cannot be recycled. The very reason it is so durable is the reason it cannot be recycled. It does not melt at the same temperature as regular glass. Place with waste.

Radios

Reuse

If usable, consider donating to:

Take It or Leave It Store

Habitat for Humanity/Westchester ReStore - HfH ReStore New Rochelle, (914) 636-8335

Goodwill - Located on West Broad Street.

Salvation Army: 1-800-958-7825

Recycle

Recycle as E-waste by bringing to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

If not usable, place in waste.

Rat Poison

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Participating communities in Fairfield County accept hazardous waste on Hazardous Waste Collection Days. Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days. 

Refrigerators

Because they contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are also known as Freon, refrigerators cannot be put out at curbside. Proper disposal is required.

Reuse

If in working condition, consider donating to a charity, listing on Freecycle.org, or selling on Craig's List. 

Habitat for Humanity Fairfield County ReStore - Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items. 1785 Stratford Avenue, Stratford, CT (203) 383-4358

If not working, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

In most cases the store you buy a new unit from will redeem your existing refrigerator.

Freon can be removed at The Scale House for $12 per item.  After removal, a sticker is affixed to the appliance and it can be recycled as scrap metal at The Scale House.

Alternatively, you can have the Freon removed by a licensed technician. Once the Freon is removed and the label is affixed to the appliance, the appliance can be recycled at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center or you can ask your hauler to remove it as a special pickup.

Disposal

The easiest method of removal and safe disposal is to have the old appliance removed and taken away by the appliance store when a new freezer is being installed.

See Recycle for methods of having Freon removed and the item recycled.

Rigid Plastics

Reuse

Reusable items, such as toys, in good condition may be donated to Chowder & Marching Event or Church Events.

Recycle

Place with single stream recycling.

Disposal

Must be recycled.

Rope, Climbing

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Maine-based Sterling Rope Company will accept all (from any manufacturer) worse-for-the-wear petroleum based cords, and on occasion through retail partners who offer redemption opportunities at major climbing events. All rope that is salvageable is repurposed into dog collars, dog tags, bracelets, and key chains, while anything that is beyond repair is ground up, melted down, and turned into new climbing ropes. Send your old rope to:

Sterling Rope Company, Inc.
C/O: Rope Recycling Initiative
26 Morin Street
Biddeford, ME 04005-4413

Click here to visit their website for more information.

Disposal

This item may be considered trash. The option under "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Rug Cleaners

This material is hazardous waste cannot be placed with trash for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here to see a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days that Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County sponsor.  

Running Shoes

Reuse

If usable, please consider donating to any of the sites below.

Shoe4Africa accepts running shoes with at least 100 running miles left on them. The running shoes/sneakers get redistributed to impoverished people in Africa. This is a mail-in program. Click here to visit their website for more information.

Soles4Souls takes shoes that are gently used:

Soles4Souls
c/o ADS Logistics, LP
23 Mack Drive
Edison, N.J. 08817

Recycle

Nike sponsors the Reuse-A-Shoe program. Nike will take the shoe apart and recycle and reuse all of its parts. Click here to visit their website for more information.

RecycledRunners is a California-based organization whose motto is, "Running is Hard - Giving is Easy." This site lists Domestic Shoe Donation Sites, International Shoe Donation Sites, and Shoe Material Recycling Programs that accept donated sneakers. Click here to visit their website.

Run the Planet is another compilation of sites that offer recycling programs around the world. Click here to visit their website.

Disposal

This item may be considered trash and placed for pickup, but the options under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Salad Dressing Bottles

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle plastics numbered #1-7. Place with comingled recycling. Must be clean and empty. Plastic tops can also be recycled.

Disposal

Saran Wrap

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place with trash.

Scrap Metal

Reuse

Please recycle.

Recycle

All scrap metal can be recycled at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.  A Hauler can bring it to The Scale House where it can be accepted.

Disposal

This item may be placed with trash for pickup, but please recycle it to avoid it being put into a landfill.

Screws and Nails

Reuse

Donate to the Take It or Leave It Shop

Recycle

All scrap metal can be recycled at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, Take It or leave It Shop.

Alternatively, it can go to a junkyard.

Disposal

This item may be considered trash and placed for pickup, but the other disposal options outlined under "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Shampoo and Conditioner Bottles

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle plastics numbered #1-7. Place with comingled recycling. Must be clean and empty. Plastic tops can also be recycled.

Disposal

Shingles

This is construction material and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

If in good condition, please consider donating:

Habitat for Humanity/Westchester ReStore - HfH ReStore 524 Main St., New Rochelle, (914) 636-8335; 2 Cortland St., Mount Vernon, (914) 699-2791

Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

This is considered construction/demolition debris and must be disposed of by your contractor. Alternatively you can bring construction debris to the Scale House and pay a fee of $88.00 per ton.

Shoe Polish

Petroleum-based shoe polish is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Donate to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County. Go to the Stamford Hazardous Materials Recycling page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Shopping Bags (Plastic)

Reuse

Reuse in waste baskets.

Recycle

All plastic bags (even if they do not have numbers) may be recycled. At supermarkets, CVS, Target, and some other stores will accept plastic bags for recycling. Click here to find a drop off location. Place with trash.

Shredded Paper

Reuse

Currently, It is recycllable if left lose in the container.

Recycle

Are not recyclable.

Disposal

Throw into the trash.

Shrink Wrap, Food

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place with trash.

Ski and Snowboard Equipment

Reuse

Donate to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Recycle

Ski and snowboard equipment is difficult to recycle. The State of Colorado recently awarded a grant to SnowSports Industries America, enabling them to process the equipment (skis, boards, poles, helmets, and boots w/o liners) and keep it out of landfills. This Colorado-based processing plant will be online by Labor Day 2011. Equipment must be shipped there at your own expense. The address is:

Waste-Not Recycling
1065 Poplar Street
Loveland, CO 80534

SIA's goal is to begin collecting old equipment across the country at trade shows. Within 2 to 3 seasons they expect to participate at the Meadowlands ski show to collect equipment. Let your old skis and boards sit in the garage for a bit longer, or ship the equipment out to Colorado (again, at your own expense).
 

Disposal

Smoke Detectors

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms contain plastic, electronic circuit boards, and in some cases, batteries. It's important to know that ionization smoke detectors/alarms contain a small amount of americium-241, a radioactive material, within a sealed chamber. This is not an environmental hazard unless the smoke detector is damaged or crushed. Call the manufacturer to see if the detector can be returned and recycled. Remember to first remove the battery for recycling or disposal.

Disposal

All photoelectric type detectors are considered waste and can be disposed of with your household waste. Remember to first remove rechargeable and non-alkaline batteries. Returning an old detector to the manufacturer is preferable because it reduces environmental risk and avoids it being discarded into a landfill.

Sneakers

Reuse

If usable, please consider donating to any of the sites below.

You can mail up to 10 pairs of running shoes (any brand) to: Converse Store, 1782 Military Road, Suite 90A, Niagara Falls, NY 14304.

Shoe4Africa accepts running shoes with at least 100 running miles left on them. The running shoes/sneakers get redistributed to impoverished people in Africa. This is a mail-in program. Click here to visit their website for more information.

Soles4Souls takes shoes that are gently used:

Soles4Souls
c/o ADS Logistics, LP
23 Mack Drive
Edison, N.J. 08817

Recycle

Nike sponsors the Reuse-A-Shoe program. Nike will take the shoe apart and recycle and reuse all of its parts. Click here to visit their website for more information.

RecycledRunners is a California-based organization whose motto is, "Running is Hard - Giving is Easy." This site lists Domestic Shoe Donation Sites, International Shoe Donation Sites, and Shoe Material Recycling Programs that accept donated sneakers. Click here to visit their website.

Run the Planet is another compilation of sites that offer recycling programs around the world. Click here to visit their website.

Disposal

This item may be considered trash but the options under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Soccer Equipment

Reuse

If in good condition, please donate to the Take It or Leave It Shop.

Play It Forward is a nonprofit organization started by a group of teens from Westchester, NY. They collect and donate used sports equipment to children and organizations in need. Click here to visit their website for more information.

Sports Gift is a not-for-profit that redistributes sports gear to more than 40,000 kids each year. This organization accepts sports gear for many sports. Call them at (949) 388-2359 for more information, or click here to visit their website.

Peace Passers is a not-for-profit that redistributes soccer gear to global communities. It is a mail-in program. Click here to visit their website for more information.

World Vision is a not-for-profit that accepts new and gently used soccer balls and equipment and sends the gear to Latin American, Asia, and Eastern Europe. This is a mail-in program. Call them at (800) 642-1616 x2 for more information, or click here to visit their website.

Play It Again Sports is a sporting goods store offering new and quality used sports and fitness equipment. Click here to visit their website for more information.

Recycle

None.

Disposal

This item may be considered trash and placed for pickup, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Sofas

Reuse

If the sofa is gently used and in good repair, call to see if it can be donated. Alternatively you could list on Freecycle.org.

Take It or Leave It Shop.

Salvation Army - Phone: 1-800-958-7825; you can call to schedule a pickup of your furniture.

Goodwill is located on West Broad Street. Phone: (203) 363-5228

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item. Please see Reuse if in good condition to avoid ending up in a landfill.

Disposal

If the furniture is not in good condition and cannot be donated, you may consider it trash and bring it to The Scale House. Call your hauler to arrange for a bulk/large item pick up.

Soup Cartons (Aseptic Packages)

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

All soup cartons (aseptic packages) can be recycled in the single stream bin.

Disposal

N/A

Soy, Rice, Almond, Hemp Milk Cartons (Aseptic Packages)

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

All soy, rice, almond, and hemp milk cartons (aseptic packages) can be recycled in the single stream bin.

Disposal

Sporting Goods

Reuse

If in good condition, please consider donating to the Take It or Leave It Shop or the programs below:

Play It Again Sports - Buy, sell, and trade new and used sports equipment and fitness gear.

Fair Trade Sports - This company specializes in fair trade sports equipment and sweatshop-free apparel. All after tax profits are donated to children's charities.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

This item may be considered trash and brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Spray Bottles

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

You must recycle plastics numbered #1-7. Place with comingled recycling. Must be clean and empty. Plastic tops can also be recycled.

Disposal

Stereo Equipment

Contains toxic metals and is considered e-waste. Stereo equipment must be appropriately recycled.

Reuse

If usable, consider donating to:

Take It or Leave It Shop

Habitat for Humanity/Westchester ReStore - HfH ReStore 524 Main St., New Rochelle, (914) 636-8335; 2 Cortland St., Mount Vernon, (914) 699-2791

Goodwill is located on West Broad Street. Phone: (203) 363-5228

Salvation Army - Phone: 1-800-958-7825

Recycle

Bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center and place in the e-waste area.

Disposal

Storm Windows

Reuse

If in good condition, please consider donating:

Take It or Leave It Shop

Habitat for Humanity Fairfield County ReStoreMany local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items. 1785 Stratford Avenue, Stratford, CT (203) 383-4358

Green Demolitions - Green Demolitions accepts kitchens, appliances (less than 5 years), bathrooms, home décor, architectural artifacts, building materials, art, and more. Click here to visit the website for more information. Green Demolitions supports outreach programs of All Addicts Anonymous.

Recycle

If the window frame is made of aluminum, or other metal, this item is considered scrap metal, and after removing the glass, may be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

This item may be considered trash and brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Stoves, Household

Reuse

If in good condition, please consider donating:

Habitat for Humanity/Westchester ReStore - HfH ReStore 524 Main St., New Rochelle, (914) 636-8335; 2 Cortland St., Mount Vernon, (914) 699-2791

Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items.

Green Demolitions - Phone: (888) 887-5211; Green Demolitions accepts kitchens, appliances (less than 5 years old), bathrooms, home décor, architectural artifacts, building materials, art, and more. Green Demolitions supports outreach programs of All Addicts Anonymous.

Recycle

If not in usable condition, this item is considered scrap metal and can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

If you are replacing an old appliance with a new one, ask the retailer if the old appliance can be removed and recycled as part of the delivery and installation process.

Alternatively, it can go to a junkyard.

Disposal

If no other methods of disposal are available to you, call your hauler for a special pickup.

Straws

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Recycle in the single stream bin.

Disposal

Recycle in the single stream bin.

String

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place with trash.

Stripper, Paint / Varnish

This material is hazardous waste and must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item

Disposal

Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County. Go to the Stamford Hazardous Material Recycling page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Stuffed Animals

Reuse

SAFE (Stuffed Animals For Emergencies), a not-for-profit, will accept gently used stuffed animals, toys, children's books, and baby blankets that are clean and in good condition. SAFE cleans the stuffed animals and toys, and delivers them to children in emergency situations or donates them to other children's organizations, military organizations, libraries, and nursing homes. This is a mail in program. Click here to visit their website to find links to other organizations that accept stuffed animals.

Donate to the Take It or Leave It Shop.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

If the stuffed animals are not in good condition, place with waste.

Take Out Food Containers

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

If plastic, you must recycle plastics numbered #1-7. If aluminum, recycle with comingled recycling. All containers must be empty and clean. If wax-coated, it cannot be recycled.

Examples:

  • Frozen Food Containers
  • Milk Containers
  • Juice Containers / Boxes

Disposal

If permanently soiled, place with trash.

Tarp, Plastic

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Place with recycling.

Disposal

Please recycle.

Teflon Coated Pots and Pans

Reuse

If usable, consider donating to:

Take It or Leave It Shop.

Habitat for Humanity/Westchester ReStore - HfH ReStore 524 Main St., New Rochelle, (914) 636-8335; 2 Cortland St., Mount Vernon, (914) 699-2791

Goodwill is located on West Broad Street. Phone: (203) 363-5228

Salvation Army - Phone: 1-800-958-7825

Recycle

If not in usable condition, this item is considered scrap metal and can be recycled at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Alternatively, it can go to a junkyard.

Disposal

This item may be considered trash and placed for pickup, but the options listed under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Telephones

Reuse

Donate it to the Take It or Leave It Shop. Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Cordless phones do contain batteries that should be removed and properly recycled prior to discarding the phone.

Disposal

Old landline and cordless phones are trash and non-recyclable.

Televisions

Televisions contain toxic metals and are considered e-waste. They must be appropriately recycled.

Reuse

If the TV is in good functioning condition, you could try selling it on Craig's List, or giving it away via Freecycle.org, or donating to a charity that will take this item, such as Good Will.

Recycle

When purchasing a new TV, be aware that many stores can recycle your old TV. Best Buy will haul away your old TV for a $14.99 fee when delivering a new one.

Unusable TV's can be brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center in the e-waste area, if you are a Stamford resident.

Disposal

TV's can be brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, if you are a Stamford resident.

Tennis Balls

Reuse

Accepted by Adopt-a-Dog at their Armonk shelter located at 23 Cox Avenue. Call (914) 273-1674 prior to donating.

Recycle

The company reBounces re-pressurizes balls on site. You can send old, dead balls to reBounces to be repressurized and you can purchase repressurized balls at steep discounts. Alternatively, you can send reBounces your old balls and they will recycle them. This is a mail-in program. If you have large amounts of balls (200 or more) reBounces will provide you with a pre-paid mailing sticker. Click here to visit their website for more information.

Disposal

Tennis Racquets

Reuse

Donate to Take It or Leave It Shop

Tennis Racquets for Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the distribution of donated tennis racquets to individual children, or to organizations that represent children, in need of such racquets. Go to the website for information on drop-off locations. Otherwise, this is a mail-in program. TRK will usually restring your donated racquet and see that it gets to be used. Racquets get mailed to:

Tennis Racquets for Kids, Inc.
c/o Dr. Guy Mintz
287 Northern Blvd.
Suite 211
Great Neck, NY 11021

Click here to visit their website for more information.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Thermometers, Liquid Tube

Silver liquid within the thermometer indicates mercury, a toxic metal that must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County. Go to the Stamford Hazardous Materials Recycling page for information on recycling hazardous materials. 

Any other color liquid indicates a non-mercury containing thermometer that can be disposed of in your household waste. Wrap in paper and tape before discarding to avoid any hazard from broken glass.

Thermostat, (OLD) Mercury

Silver liquid within the thermometer indicates mercury, a toxic metal that must be disposed of properly. This item cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Old ThermostatOld Round Thermostat

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Also Recycled at Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, 130 Magee Avenue.

Disposal

Click for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County. Go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Tires

Tires cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Some auto parts stores may accept tires for reuse. Call beforehand.

Recycle

Tires must be brought to the Scale House for recycling. There is a $10 per tire fee for residents and commercial.

Disposal

Please recycle this item at the Scale House.

Tissue Paper

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Are not recyclable.

Disposal

Throw into the trash.

Toasters, Toaster Ovens

Reuse

If usable, consider donating to:

Donate to Take It or Leave It Shop

Habitat for Humanity/Westchester ReStore - HfH ReStore 524 Main St., New Rochelle, (914) 636-8335; 2 Cortland St., Mount Vernon, (914) 699-2791

Goodwill is located on West Broad Street. Phone: (203) 363-5228

Salvation Army - Phone: 1-800-958-7825

Recycle

If not in usable condition, this item is considered scrap metal and can be recycled at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Bring to electronic disposal at Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Toilets

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

This is considered construction/demolition debris and must be disposed of by your contractor or bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. 

Toner Cartridges

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Bring your inkjet and toner cartridges to Staples, Target, Best Buy, or Office Depot or Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. Some retailers will give a store credit for used/old cartridges.

Disposal

Most inkjet cartridges come with prepaid envelopes that can be used to return your empty inkjet cartridges to the manufacturer. If the envelope is misplaced, contact the manufacturer directly.

Tools

Reuse

Donate to Take It or Leave It Shop. Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

If the tool is made of metal it can be recycled as scrap metal at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. Alternatively, it can go to a junkyard.

Disposal

This item is trash and brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center, but the other disposal options outlined under "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

If made of hard plastic and wood, place with waste. Remove and recycle rechargeable batteries.

Toothpaste Tubes

Reuse

Colgate has created a mail-in brigade with TerraCycle. Click here to visit the website.

Recycle

Disposal

Empty tube is waste.

Towels, Cloth / Bath

Reuse

If in good condition, consider donating to:

Goodwill - The Goodwill location on West Broad Street accepts towels in usable condition.

If not suitable for human use, Adopt-A-Dog accepts towels and linens for use in their shelter. Call first before donating. Armonk - (914) 273-1674

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Bring to Textile containers at Katrina Mtgatt Rececling Center.

Toys

Reuse

Donate to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Call the Community Center to see if they can accept toys that are in good condition. Alternatively SAFE (not-for-profit) will accept gently used stuffed animals, toys, children's books, and baby blankets that are clean and in good condition. SAFE cleans the stuffed animals and toys, and delivers them to children in emergency situations or donates them to other children's organizations, military organizations, libraries, and nursing homes. This is a mail in program. Click here to visit their website for more information and links to other organizations that accept stuffed animals.

Recycle

All hard plastic toys can be recycled in the single stream bin. Soft toys are not recyclable and must be disposed.

Disposal

If the stuffed animals are not in good condition, place with trash.

Tubs, Bathroom

Reuse

If in good condition consider listing on Freecycle.org or donating:

Habitat for Humanity Fairfield County ReStore - Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items. 1785 Stratford Avenue, Stratford, CT (203) 383-4358

Green Demolitions - Green Demolitions accepts kitchens, appliances (less than 5 years), bathrooms, home décor, architectural artifacts, building materials, art, and more. Click to visit their website for more information. Phone: (888) 887-5211   

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

This is considered construction/demolition debris and must be disposed of by your contractor or brought to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Turpentine

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County.  Go to the Stamford Recycling & Sanitation page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Tyvek, Envelopes and House Wrap

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Place with trash. This is not recyclable. Large quantities are considered construction/demolition debris and must be disposed of by your contractor.

Upholstery Cleaner

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Donate to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County. Go to the Stamford Hazardous Materials Recycling page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Varnish

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Donate it to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County.  Go to the Stamford Hazardous Material Recycling page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

VCRs

This item contains toxic metals and is considered e-waste. VCRs must be appropriately recycled.

Reuse

If usable, consider donating to:

Habitat for Humanity/Westchester ReStore - HfH ReStore 524 Main St., New Rochelle, (914) 636-8335; 2 Cortland St., Mount Vernon, (914) 699-2791

Goodwill - Stamford location is on West Broad Street. Phone: (203) 363-5228

Salvation Army - Phone: 1-800-958-7825

Recycle

Bring to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center for e-waste recycling.

Alternatively, you can bring all e-waste to Best Buy or any location that sells computer/electronic equipment. Call first to be certain they will accept this material.

Disposal

VHS Tapes

Reuse

Donate to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Craigslist - Barter, sell and wanted classifieds.

eBay - Buy, sell, trade.

Recycle

Alternative Community Training (ACT) - (800) 359-4607
2200 Burlington
Columbia, MO 65202

ACT is a not-for-profit that empowers individuals with disabilities, by providing work training and social services.  At ACT, the video tapes get cleaned, degaussed and packaged for resale.  ACT also processes computer media. For hours and fees, click here to visit their website.
 

Disposal

Place with trash.

Vinyl Coated Hangers

Reuse

Return your hangers to the dry cleaner. They should be in good condition.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Washing Machines

Reuse

If in good condition, please consider donating:

Habitat for Humanity Fairfield County ReStore - Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items.

Green Demolitions -  They accept kitchens, appliances (less than 5 years old), bathrooms, home décor, architectural artifacts, building materials, art, and more. Go to website for more information. Green Demolitions supports outreach programs of All Addicts Anonymous. Phone: (888) 887-5211

If not working, there is no reuse for this item.

Recycle

If you are replacing an old appliance with a new one, ask the retailer if the old appliance can be removed and recycled as part of the delivery and installation process.

If not in usable condition, this item is considered scrap metal and can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

If not in usable condition, bring to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center to recycle scrap metal, or call your hauler to bring it to The Scale House to recycle for scrap metal.

Water Heaters

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

If you are replacing an old appliance with a new one, ask the retailer if the old appliance can be removed and recycled as part of the delivery and installation process.

If not in usable condition, this item is considered scrap metal and can be brought to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Alternatively, it can go to a junkyard.

Disposal

If no other methods of disposal are available to you, call your hauler to make arrangements for bulk pickup.

Weed Killer

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Donate to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County. Go to the Stamford Hazardous Materials Recycling page for information on recycling hazardous materials. 

Wheelchairs

Reuse

Joni and Friends - Call for information about the items they accept and how to mail the items. Phone: (818) 707-5664

Christian Blind Mission - Call for information about the items they accept and how to mail the items. Phone: (800) 937-2264

Afya Foundation - Supply donations are an integral part of Afya's work and are sought after and welcomed. Local donation drop off location is 140 Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers, NY 10701. Phone: (914) 920-5081

Recycle

If not in usable condition, this item is considered scrap metal and residents can recycle at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

Window Air Conditioners

Because they contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are also known as Freon, air conditioners cannot be put out at curbside. Proper disposal is required.

Reuse

If in working condition, consider donating, listing on Freecycle.org or selling via Craig's List.

If not working, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Freon can be removed at The Scale House for $12 per item. After removal, a sticker is affixed to the appliance and it can be recycled as scrap metal at The Scale House.

See this web site for an alternative for removal and recycling.

Disposal

The easiest method of removal and safe disposal may be to have the old appliance removed and taken away by the appliance store when a new A/C is being installed.

See Recycle for options of removing Freon and recycling item.

Windows

Reuse

If in good condition, please consider donating:

Habitat for Humanity Fairfield County ReStore - Many local Habitat for Humanity affiliates operate ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture, and appliances to the public. The proceeds fund local Habitat house construction. Donate gently used household appliances (no older than 5 years) and household items.

Green Demolitions - Green Demolitions accepts kitchens, appliances (less than 5 years old), bathrooms, home décor, architectural artifacts, building materials, art, and more. Go to website for more information. Green Demolitions supports outreach programs of All Addicts Anonymous. Phone: (888) 887-5211

Recycle

If the window frame is made of aluminum or steel, this item is considered scrap metal and can be recycled at the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center.

Disposal

This item may be considered waste and placed for pickup, but the other disposal options outlined under "Reuse" and "Recycle" will avoid it being discarded into a landfill.

Windshield Wiper Fluid

This material is hazardous waste and cannot be placed with your waste for pickup.

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Donatee to Take It or Leave It Shop.

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

Click here for a schedule of Hazardous Waste Collection Days sponsored by Stamford and participating communities in Fairfield County. Go to the Stamford Hazardous Materials Recycling page for information on recycling hazardous materials.

Wine Bottles

Reuse

Recycle

Recycle with comingled recycling. Must be empty and clean. No need to remove labels.

Disposal

Wood, Lumber

Reuse

Recycle

Currently, there is no recycle option available for this item.

Disposal

This is construction debris and will not be accepted by your hauler for bulk pickup. It must be taken away by your contractor. Alternatively, it can be self hauled to the Scale House.

Yard Waste

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

Whenever possible, compost leaves. If you have wooded property, the leaves will naturally compost if raked or swept into the woods.

Do not cover curbs, irrigation pipes, sprinklers and water curb boxes with leaves. They could be damaged by heavy equipment removing leaves. Do not pile the leaves near stone walls, fences, trees, or mailboxes.

Disposal

Residents are strongly encouraged to keep leaves on their properties by composting or bringing them into their woods. The Stamford Highway Department picks up loose leaves from properties of one acre or less in the fall leaf season only, and discarded Christmas trees in January and early February. At other times of the year, residents with under 200 lbs may bring yard waste to Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center. Commercial entities may bring yard waste to the Scale House.

No brush, grass clippings, or bulky waste will be picked up. If these materials are found at curb side they will not be picked up. Owners of the adjacent properties can be cited or fined for leaving brush, grass clippings, or bulky waste at curbside.

Yogurt Containers

Reuse

Currently, there is no reuse option available for this item.

Recycle

All plastic containers can be rinsed and recycled in the single stream bin. Aluminum tops should be removed, rinsed, and placed in the single stream bin.

Disposal

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