Shelton's new single stream recycling bins are here

New recycling bins for the city's single stream recycling effort were getting delivered to homes on Tuesday.

Hundreds of the blue bins were piled up in an empty Bridgeport Avenue parking lot and getting loaded on to delivery trucks.

The city will soon be delivering two new collection bins to every Shelton residence — a blue bin for recycling and a brown bin for trash. The bins will have two wheels on one side to make it easier to move to the curb for pick-up. Residents are asked to not put names on the carts since each cart is being assigned to an address and not a particular resident.

Recycling will start first, the week of Sept. 4, and automated trash pick-up will start the week after new bins are delivered. Delivery of the trash bins is expected to start around Sept. 10, according to Public Works Director Paul DiMauro.

The new system aims, in part, to prevent a pile-up of curbside garbage, since garbage will only be picked up if it is in the covered container provided. The single-stream system will also make recycling easier, since more items can be put in the same bin, and the city will save money by recycling more and sending less trash to the incinerator.

“The commodities market has changed,” Mayor Mark Lauretti said. “Instead of charging us to take recycables there is a revenue from our metails, plastics and glass.

Lauretti said the new system will benefit the city and with easier recycling, there should be less trash.

“We pay $66 a ton to have our garbage disposed of every ton less is a benefit,” he said.

Recycables are picked up every other week and once the new bins arrive, residents will be able to recycle the following items:

•Glass (clear, green and brown).

•Plastic (containers with numbers 1-7 on the bottom) as well as hard plastics.

•Metal (tin and aluminum cans, aluminum foil, empty aerosol cans and hangers, pots/pans and small appliances).

•Aseptic packaging (milk and juice cartons and boxes).

•Paper (school and office paper, newspaper, magazines, paper egg cartons, paper bags, junk mail, telephone books, shredded paper in paper bags only, paperback books and books with hard covers removed.

•Paper board (gift boxes, cereal and cracker boxes, with liners removed, pasta boxes, tissue boxes, shoe boxes, aluminum foil and saran wrap boxes and uncontaminated pizza boxes.

•Corrugated cardboard, cut in pieces to fit into recycling cart.

All items must be rinsed and free of food residue, and broken glass should be discarded to avoid injury to handlers.

Items that can’t be recycled include plastic bags, food, used paper plates, Styrofoam, foam egg cartons, ice cream cartons, black plastic, medicine bottles, dishes, ceramics, batteries, motor oil containers, sporting goods, electronics, batteries and hazardous chemical containers.

The new collection was expected to start sooner but delays at the Michigan company manufacturing the bins has delayed the start date.

The city has a list of recyclables available at and at City Hall, which may be taped on the inside of the recycle bin lid as a reminder.

Trash must be in plastic bags in the new containers. Do not place the following in your trash cart: paint, solvents, gasoline, acids, oil, hot ashes, medical waste, exposed needles, sand and rocks.

Bulk items such as furniture and mattresses may be taken to the Shelton Transfer Station at 866 River Road at no cost to residents. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The telephone number is 203-926-9046. For more information, visit

The move to automated trash pick-up and single-stream recycling has been in the works and up for discussion for some time. In June, the Board of Aldermen approved a city budget that included $500,000 for bins. At the Aug. 9 meeting, aldermen approved spending $1.04 million from surplus for four automated refuse trucks. Two will be used for reycling and two will be used for regular trash.

Aldermanic President John Anglace said the city expects to run into some issues during the changeover.

“We said in the beginning there will be some challenges and difficulties along the way, and we’ll probably run into some difficulties,” Anglace said during a recent board meeting. “So far, with the difficulties we’ve run into, Paul DiMauro has responded personally, and we’ve made good progress, with all the condominiums being knowledgeable of what we’re going to do.

“It’s moving along well so far,” he said. “You just don’t know what’s around the next corner — you try to be ready for it and respond to it.”

Lauretti agreed there would likely we some headaches in the beginning and a learning curve.

“When those bins arrive there will be some residents who have no idea what to do with it and won’t follow the new system at first,” Lauretti said. “We’re as prepared as we can be.”

For more information visit, call the Shelton Highway and Bridges Department at 203-924-9277 or City Hall at 203-924-1555 ext. 370. The Herald will also provide updates on any potential changes to the collection or start dates.