Town Issues Reminders Over Trash & Recycling Protocols

Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Elderly Services Department, which first appeared in the October-December 2021 Town Topics newsletter:

WILMINGTON, MA — Residents are reminded to have their Trash and Recycling placed curbside by 6:30 a.m. on their collection day. Once trash and recycling have been collected, residents should pull their barrels off of the street.

Contamination levels in recycling have become a serious issue with recycled materials. Residents continue to include items that are not recyclable such as diapers, wood, gas jugs, paint cans, garden hoses, lights, party supplies (disposable dinnerware) and, worst of all, plastic bags of any kind. These items and others cannot be placed in recycling receptacles. Due to the current depressed recycling market conditions, there is zero tolerance for any unacceptable items without financial consequences for the Town. Please DO NOT include plastic bags in the recycling barrel. All soft plastics such as grocery bags, dry cleaning wraps, bread and produce bags, food storage bags and case wraps (plastic surrounding a case of water, a package of diapers or paper towels) must be kept out of your recycle container. Plastic grocery bags can be returned to the supermarket for recycling and other soft plastics may be disposed of in your trash. We want all to be aware of these facts to help with keeping Wilmington green and minimize the escalating costs for solid waste disposal.

Casella Phone Number: 1-800-Casella (1-800-227-3552)

Call this number for missed trash/recycling collection or to schedule a bulk item pickup. Every residence is allowed to dispose of one bulk item at a time. Bulk items include but are not limited to sofas, chairs, bureaus, mattress and box spring, and tables.

Please see http://www.wilmingtonma.gov/trash-recycling for further information regarding the Trash and Recycling Collection Program.

If you move from your home, the trash and recycle barrels must remain with the house.

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