Westport will continue its single-stream recycling program for another two years, the town has announced.
Since the program's inception in 2011, Westport has nearly tripled its amount of processed recycling, with 7,079 tons processed in the past two years in contrast to the 2,581 tons processed in the two years prior.
"Each ton of recyclables that is removed from the waste stream and processed under the new contract will translate into a savings of approximately $105 per ton," Public Works Director Steve Edwards said.
Westport joins nine other area communities in participating in the single-steam recycling program, which enables residents to place all items together in the same bin.
Under the terms of the new contract, additional commodities will be recyclable, including paperback books, phone books, hardcover books that have had the binders removed, small plastic toys, and pots and pans.
These are in addition to all plastic food containers numbered 1 through 7, chipboard products including cereal boxes and shoe boxes, junk mail, aseptic containers including milk and juice cartons, single-service juice boxes, and aerosol cans that contain food or cosmetic products -- but not paint, automotive or chemical products such as pesticides.
Residents are reminded not to place recyclables in plastic bags, as they will interfere with the automatic processing equipment. Refuse haulers will not pick up any recyclables placed in plastic bags.
Paper bags are acceptable, as it's been shown that paper mixed with bottles and cans cushions the glass during transport and handling, reducing overall breakage.
The Westport transfer station, 300 Sherwood Connector, will continue to accept additional recyclable commodities not accepted in the blue bin, including electronics, fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamp bulbs, batteries, scrap metal, automotive oil and antifreeze.