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.

Single-Stream Recycling Starts Today at Hamburg Recycling Center

Single-stream recycling begins today at the Hamburg Recycling Center.  With single-stream recycling, residents no longer have to sort their recyclables into separate bins at the center.  All accepted recyclables can be disposed of in the same bin. In addition, residents will notice other several other big changes at the center.  These changes include the following:

  • Residents no longer need to walk up stairs to reach the recycling bins.
  • A recycling compactor has been installed to enable the Town to include more recyclables in a single load and reduce its recycling costs.
  • Motion-detector lights have been installed so residents who recycle after dark can see what they are doing.
  • 24/7 video monitoring has been installed to enable the Town to identify and fine people who leave household trash or unrecyclable garbage behind – or otherwise misuse the recycling center.

For a list of items that can be recycled, click on this fact sheet.  As always:

  • All recyclable items should be empty, rinsed, clean and open.
  • Recyclable items should not be shredded, boxed or bagged.
  • All corrugated cardboard boxes should be flattened.

For a list of items that are not recyclable, click on this fact sheet.

No household garbage or other trash of any kind can be accepted or left behind at the Hamburg Recycling Center. Residents must contract with an area trash-removal company to dispose of their household garbage.

Bulky items destined for a landfill must be taken to the Lyme Transfer Station.

Household hazardous waste (HHW) items must be taken to the HHW Facility in Essex.

The recycling center is under 24/7 video camera surveillance. Individuals who leave household garbage, trash or unrecyclable items behind may be subject to substantial fines. Individuals who misuse or damage the recycling center may be subject to substantial fines.

The Hamburg Recycling Center is located at 213 Hamburg Road, behind the Lyme Firehouse. The Hamburg Recycling Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Big Changes Coming Sep. 30 to Hamburg Recycling Center

Single-stream recycling will begin at the Hamburg Recycling Center on Monday, Sep. 30, as our remodeling project comes to a close.  With single-stream recycling, residents will no longer have to sort their recyclables into separate bins at the center.  All accepted recyclables can be disposed of in the same bin. 

In addition to offering single-stream recycling, residents will notice other several other big changes.  These changes include the following:

  • Residents will no longer need to walk up stairs to reach the recycling bins.
  • A recycling compactor will be installed to enable the Town to include more recyclables in a single load and reduce its recycling costs.
  • Motion-detector lights will be installed so residents who recycle after dark can see what they are doing.
  • 24/7 video monitoring will be installed to enable the Town to identify and fine people who leave household trash or unrecyclable garbage behind – or otherwise misuse the recycling center.

There will be lots of new signage at the remodeled center to help guide residents with the proper disposal of recyclables and other trash.  Click on the links below to see previews of the new signs currently being developed:

As always:

  • All recyclable items should be empty, rinsed, clean and open.
  • Recyclable items should not be shredded, boxed or bagged.
  • All corrugated cardboard boxes should be flattened.