Electronic Waste Recycling
Tunxis Recycling has been assisting its member communities with recycling unwanted residential electronic devices since 2003, with over 6,500 participants delivering nearly 360 tons collected at the annual events, held in conjunction with General Electric and the Town of Plainville.
On June 1, 2010 the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEEP) promulgated regulations for the Recycling of “Covered Electronic Devices” (computers, televisions, printers and related items). Beginning January 1, 2011, these electronic devices shall not knowingly be disposed in any solid waste facility. Municipalities will be submitting plans to DEEP describing how residents will be provided with convenient, accessible options for recycling.
Household Hazardous Waste
Trash from the region is processed at a state-of-the-art waste to energy facility equipped with the most advanced pollution control equipment currently available. Emissions are monitored on a 24/7 basis using a series of sophisticated instruments (Continuous Emissions Monitors), which can record concentrations as low as 5 parts per million (ppm).
Strict EPA protocols, termed Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) establish 6-minute, hourly, daily and annual limits on emissions, and testing must be performed to determine levels of pollutant removal. Even with these advanced control technologies, Bristol Facility Policy Board places emphasis on keeping toxics out of the waste stream – both for personnel safety and for environmental reasons.
Reactive and toxic chemicals should not be placed in the trash, flushed down the toilet, or poured into storm drains. One of the most effective strategies to minimize risk to human health and the environment is to provide residents with a free and convenient option to bring their household chemicals to one of the HHW events offered during spring and fall in towns throughout the region. From 9am to 1pm on designated Saturdays, these events are held to collect paint, automotive fluids and lubricants, household chemicals, pesticides, and other potentially harmful materials.
In the Home:
- Non-empty aerosol cans
- Products containing mercury
- Household batteries
- Furniture, floor and metal polishes
- Fluorescent lamps
- Laundry products like bleach and spot removers
- Oven, drain and household cleaners
- Bug Sprays
- Disinfectants and mildew removers
In the Basement/Garage/Garden:
- Oil based paint, varnishes, shellac, stains, thinners and paint strippers
- Driveway sealants
- Pool and photographic chemicals
- Auto fluids such as motor oil and antifreeze
- Car waxes and cleaners
Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events can be found on our calendar.
Get a Recycling Container
New Britain: 860-826-3350
Plainville: 860-793-0221 x210/224
Wolcott: 203-879-8100 ex. 103