It's never too early to start with spring cleaning. But if you don't know the best way to dispose of an old cell phone or discard outgrown children's clothing, it may be difficult to get the ball rolling. Never fear, Darien has plenty of spots where you can ditch your excess items—and help your neighbors and the environment at the same time.
Transfer Station & in recycling bin for trash haulers
The following items can be recycled either with your trash hauler or at the transfer station—just make sure it's loose, empty and only lightly soiled, otherwise put it with the trash:
For details about these recyclables, see the draft information sheet attached to this article.
- Paper and cardboard products
- Plastic (You can recycle it in Darien if it has the familiar triangular recycling icon on it—it doesn't matter what number is with the icon.)
Accepted at the transfer station (the "Dump")
- Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Staples accepts electronic drop-offs, and there is a bin at the Darien Transfer Station to the left of the garbage dropoff building for electronic items.
- Batteries (all types)
- Construction and demolition debris
- Lawn and garden debris
- Motor oil
- Plastics too large for a recycling bin (such as big toys or patio chairs)
- Refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers (a fee is required for items containing freon gas)
- Scrap metal too large for the recycling bin
Darien Swap Shop at the Dump
The DCA Thrift Shop
- Household goods
Other spots for Clothing and shoes
For good, usable clothing and shoes, Salvation Army and Goodwill bins are at various locations around town, including the Goodwives Shopping Center (to the right, just past the entrance), the parking lot of Stop & Shop on Heights Road and next to the Darien Swap Shop at the Darien Transfer Station. Except at the transfer station, the bins are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Soda Can and Other Can "Pop Tabs": Ronald McDonald House in Connecticut accepts pop tabs from soda cans and other cans. "All of the money is used for the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut to support families staying with us while their children are undergoing medical treatment," the charity says on its website.
Cereal Box Tops: This year, Hindley School parents are again collecting box tops through the Boxtops for Education Program to raise money for the school. Last year, according to the PTO's Web page, the group raised more than $2,500 by collecting over 25,000 box tops. The money was used to buy book cases for classrooms.
"In light of our past success with this program, we would like to expand our efforts. We are asking each family to reach out to ONE neighbor or extended family member without a child at Hindley, and ask them to collect box tops for our school. The next collection period is in March, 2013. We will be sending more info soon regarding this new Box Top Expansion project!" If you have questions, contact Sarah Neumann through the PTO's Web Page.
Paper Shredding Services: Looking for a way to get rid of old documents but don't want to risk someone seeing your private information? Here are some of paper shredding services which set up temporary shredding spots around Fairfield County.
- Confidential Paper Shredding (with offices in Greenwich)
City Confidential Shredding (with offices in Fairfield)
What's NOT recycled at the Transfer Station
Any heavily soiled or dirty items
Any items heavily contaminated by foods, grease, chemicals
- Candy wrappers, along with chip bags and power bar wrappers made of mylar
- Clothing that can't be worn must go into the garbage, at present, but town officials are lookng into recycling it.
- Used diapers and napkins with food on them, used paper towels and sanitary products
- Ink jet cartridges
- Light bulbs
- Razors and needles
- Paper with lots of tape or glue attached
- Photographic paper
- Pyrex glass
- Tyvek envelopes (the type used by Fed Ex)
- Wax, wax-coated paper, wax candles, wax coated plastic that is peelable (such as Dixie cups)
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