Recycling for Wallingford Residents

Recycle. We’ve all got somebody in our home who is the Recycle Police. You know what I mean:

“Don’t throw that in the trash! Rinse it out and recycle it!”

“Is that clear glass or brown glass?”

“Do you know how many trees it takes to print the newspaper?”

They mean well, and we all know we need to recycle, but it’s just so darn confusing! If you’re selling your house soon and buying a new one, chances are you’ll need to recycle some stuff to save space. But where the heck do you take all that stuff? Well, I’m glad you asked. Herewith is a conpendium of information about what to recycle and where to do it in Wallingford;

Items for curbside pick-up by private haulers or for drop-off at recycling centers by residents:


  • Double layer cardboard with corrugation between layers
  • Must be FLATTENED and no larger than 3’ by 5’

GLASS food and beverage containers (Rinsed Clean)

  • Clear, brown and green glass ONLY
  • NO BROKEN GLASS of any kind

METAL food and beverage containers (Rinsed Clean)

  • Aluminum, steel and tin cans; also, clean aluminum foil and containers (such as pie plates)


  • Newspapers include all inserts delivered with paper
  • Can be bundled in BROWN paper bags ONLY or tied with string
  • No junk mail with plastic or foil coatings
  • At Recycling Center, keep junk mail and magazines/catalogs separate from newspapers.

PLASTICS #1 AND #2 ONLY (Rinsed Clean)

  • Look for the number in the triangular logo located on the bottom of the container

How to Recycle Other Required Items:

  • Lead acid vehicular batteries: Return to dealer when you buy a new one
  • Leaves & Brush: Use Town collection in spring (leaves/brush) and fall (leaves only) or Deliver to Compost Center located at 157 John St. Or make arrangements with your landscaper, or compost at home.
  • Rechargeable batteries (Ni-Cad): Take to local retailers–see for specific stores.
  • Scrap metal and major appliances (NO microwaves): Take to Recycling Center at 157 John St. or make arrangements with your hauler.
  • Used case oil only: Take to Recycling Center at 157 John St. — 5-gallon maximum per visit.
  • White office paper: Take to Recycling Center at 157 John St.

Other Recycleable Items:

  • Books, DVDs, CDs, audiotapes and Videotapes in GOOD condition
  • Wallingford Public Library, 200 North Main Street. Call 203-265-6754 for information on items accepted/not accepted.
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Electronics Recycling (1-day event held in the Spring and Fall)(Next event is October 25th, 2008 at Lincoln Middle School, 164 Centennial Ave, Meriden, CT. The event runs from 9am to 1pm and is open to residents of Meriden, Wallingford, Cheshire, Hamden and North Haven.)
  • Contact private companies (Call DEP at 860-424-3365 or go to then click on Materials and Waste Management, then Reduce/Reuse/Recycle, then At Home)
  • Grass Clippings
  • Not accepted at any Town facility
  • Mulch onto your lawn OR compost at home OR Make arrangements with your landscaper.
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • HazWaste Central @ Regional Water Authority,
    90 Sargent Drive, New Haven – 203-401-2713
    Open Saturdays, 9-12 noon, May-October
  • Metal Coat Hangers/Plastic Film
  • Return to dry-cleaning stores
  • Phone Books
  • Recycling Center @ 157 John St.
  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Check local stores
  • 20 lb. Tanks (from grills)
  • Go where refilled for exchange or disposal OR
  • Resident Disposal Program @ 25 Pent Road
  • Tires
  • Contact used tire dealers
  • Call DEP at 860-424-3365 or go to then click on Materials and Waste Management, then Reduce/Reuse/Recycle, then At Home


Ceramic plates or cups Auto glass Beer cartons
Clay pots Crystal Books
Ovenware Drinking glass Cereal boxes
Porcelain Leaded glass Gray cardboard
Pyrex Light bulbs Notebooks
Tile Mason jars Pizza boxes
Oil Filters Paint cans Styrofoam
Gas Cans/Tanks Spray cans Syringes/needles

Recycling Center Hours of Operation:

Monday……………………. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday…………………. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday………………….. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

(if Holiday listed below falls on scheduled day of operation)

New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

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