Expanded Textile Recycling Available at Hamburg Recycling Center Starting Aug. 17

Starting Thursday, Aug. 17, Lyme residents will be able to recycle even more of their textiles at the Hamburg Recycling Center in a new white bin marked “Clothing Shoes & Linens.”

Textiles that residents can recycle in this bin – as long as the items are clean and dry, and placed in a bag – include:

  • Footwear: Shoes, heels, pumps, sandals, boots, work boots, dress boots, winter boots, sneakers, cleats, slippers and flip-flops.
  • Clothing: Tops, sweaters, sweatshirts, dresses, tank tops, blazers, pants, jeans sweatpants, skirts, shorts, slacks, undergarments, socks, t-shirts, slips, pajamas, coats and aprons.
  • Accessories: Hats, pocketbooks, belts, gloves, duffle bags, ties, scarves, totes and bathrobes.
  • Linens: Sheets, blankets, draperies, dishtowels, table linens, comforters, throw rugs and placemats.

Please note that residents can continue to recycle their clothing and shoes in the blue MADD bin.

According to Bay State Textiles, the vendor handling Lyme’s expanded textile recycling, 95% of unwanted textiles can be recycled, even if the item has been worn, torn or stained.

  • To see or print out a complete list of acceptable items for textile recycling in the white bin, click here.
  • To see a fact sheet on textile recycling, click here.
  • To view Bay State Textile’s YouTube video on textile recycling, click here.

2023 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 May through October. To see or download the RiverCOG brochure that lists the dates and locations of these events, click here.

2023 RiverCOG Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

The Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG) will be holding a series of household hazardous waste (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 or download the RiverCOG brochure that lists the dates and locations of the 2023 HHW collection events, as well as a list of HHW items that can be disposed of at these events, click here.

Board of Selectmen Visits Town’s Recycling Provider

First Selectman David Lahm and Selectwoman Kristina White recently visited the Town’s recycling provider, Willimantic Waste, and came away with clear assurance that the Town’s efforts to recycle are in excellent hands.  (Willimantic Waste had been recently purchased by Casella Waste Systems in Massachusetts.)

To see a video on what Willimantic does with the Town’s recycling, watch this video.

Casella Waste Systems’ commitment to recycling is stated on its website as follows: “Casella commits that 100 percent of non-contaminated recyclables that it receives and processes are sold to end markets to be made into new products or put to beneficial use. Casella is doing its part by investing in processing and finding new markets.”

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.