Plastic Film Recycling at Town Hall: What Can be Recycled & What Can’t

Region 18 Schools are competing in the Trex Recycling Challenge and the Town of Lyme is helping. Residents can take their clean, empty and dry plastic film to Town Hall and place it in the Trex recycling bin located near the entrance. The recycling challenge pits schools against one another in a friendly, environmental-stewardship competition to collect the most plastic film for a chance to win benches or other products for schools.  For more information on the recycling program, go here.

To be recycled, plastic film must be clean, dry, empty and free of food residue.

  • “Stretchy” plastic film is acceptable; non-stretchy plastic film is not.
  • If you see a #2 or #4 recycling symbol on plastic film, it may be put in a Trex bin.
  • Please remove the air from pillow-pack bubble wrap.
  • See below for specific examples of what can and can’t be recycled via the Trex bin.

Schedule of 2022 RiverCOG Paper Shredding Events

The Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG) will be holding a series of paper-shredding events in our area on select Saturdays from June through October.  To see the flyer that lists the dates and locations of these events, click here.

To see the COVID-related public safety rules that in effect at collection events during the pandemic, click here.

Schedule of 2022 RiverCOG Household Hazard Waste Collection Events

The Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG) has permanently closed its household hazardous waste (HHW) facility in Essex.  In place of that facility, RiverCOG will be holding a series of HHW collection events in our area on select Saturdays from April through October.  Lyme residents are encouraged to use any or all of these events to dispose of their HHW materials.

To see the brochure that lists the dates and locations of the 2022 HHW collection events, as well as a list of HHW items that can be disposed of at these events, click here.

To see the COVID-related public safety rules that in effect at collection events during the pandemic, click here.

Local Schools Participating in Polyethylene Recycling Contest

Students at Lyme-Old Lyme Schools are participating in the Trex Recycling Challenge, a national competition that challenges students in grades K-12 to collect and recycle the most polyethylene plastic film for a chance to win a Trex bench for their school.

Most polyethylene products – labeled with the #2 or #4 recycling symbol – are not accepted at recycling facilities either because they can get caught in the machines that sort recyclables; or because get too dirty after their trip in the back of the recycling truck to be recycled.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ goal is to collect 5,000 pounds of plastic film and win a Trex bench for each school building.  Trex benches are made in part from recycled plastic film.

All film that is collected must be clean, dry, empty and free of food residue.

Trex recycling bins are located inside all school buildings in Lyme and Old Lyme, as well as inside both Town Halls and the Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau.

The following materials CAN BE RECYCLED via a Trex recycling bin:

  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Bread bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Newspaper sleeves
  • Ice bags
  • Re-closable food storage bags
  • Produce bags

The following materials CANNOT BE RECYCLED:

  • Frozen food bags
  • Cereal bags
  • Potato chip bags
  • Soil or mulch bags
  • Pet food bags
  • Hot dog or meat wrap packing
  • Plastic six-pack rings
  • PPE (gloves, masks, etc.)
  • Vinyl shower curtains or tablecloths

For complete details, see this flyer or go here.

RiverCOG Announces 2020 Paper Shredding Dates

The Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG) has announced that paper-shredding events will take place in our area on the following Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the Essex HHW Facility:

  • Saturday, Jun. 27
  • Saturday, Sep. 12

To see a copy of RiverCOG’s 2020 HHW brochure, click here. The HHW Facility is located at 5 Dump Road in Essex.

 

RiverCOG Announces 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates

The Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG) has announced that Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collections will take place in our area on the following Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Essex HHW Facility:

  • Saturday, May 30
  • Saturday, Jun. 20
  • Saturday, Jul. 11
  • Saturday, Aug. 8
  • Saturday, Sep. 19
  • Saturday, Oct. 31

For a fact sheet listing common HHW items that can be disposed of in Essex, click here. To see a copy of RiverCOG’s 2020 HHW brochure, click here.

The HHW Facility is located at 5 Dump Road in Essex.