Chances are there will be crunched up wrapping paper and at least one or two obsolete keyboards, television sets, or computers in your household come Sunday afternoon. The good news: Lots of the Christmas detritus can be recycled as part of Middletown’s refuse and recycling program.
On Christmas morning, keep a separate bag for all the wrapping paper, tissue paper, flattened gift boxes, and greeting cards and envelopes; these paper items can go in your green recycling bin for pick up in early January (assuming you have current, 2012 stickers on all your trash and recycling bins).
Note: Do not recycle ribbons and bows, mylar wrapping paper, tinsel or Styrofoam; these items must go in with your household garbage. Note: There will be no trash collection Monday, December 26, or Monday, January 2, due to the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. Trash collection will be delayed one day for the rest of those weeks.
Christmas trees will be collected the week of January 8, 2012, on your regular collection day. Strings of old and non-working Christmas tree lights may be dropped off at the Department of Public Works garage (19 Berkeley Ave.) for recycling, according to Will Cronin, Middletown’s Recycling Coordinator.
Christmas time is an especially good time to familiarize yourself with Middletown’s year-round, five-days-a-week “E-Waste Drop,” located behind the Department of Public Works garage (19 Berkeley Ave). There, you will find containers for old electronics as well as a dedicated container for TVs and computer equipment. The “E-Waste Drop” accepts: working or non-working laptops, computers, CPU boxes, all computer parts and accessories, keyboards, mice, speakers, video games and systems, camera/video/audio equipment, fax/copy machines, printers, wires, plugs, drives, cards, servers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
Hours for the Department of Public Works Garage recycling area are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. except holidays. (Note: Closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Jan. 2.)
For more information about the town’s refuse and recycling program, check the town website, Refuse Collection Department, or call Will Cronin, 401-842-6519.
Correction: An earlier version of this article had errors regarding the color for the paper recycling bins; green is the correct color for paper recyling.