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Aluminum cans should be recycled. Photo by E. Zimmerman.

Why recycle?

  • Recycling saves natural resources.  By making products from recycled materials instead of virgin materials, we conserve land and reduce the need to drill for oil and dig for minerals.
  • Recycling saves energy.  It usually takes less energy to make recycled products; e.g., It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to get new aluminum from bauxite ore.
  • Recycling saves clean air and water.  In most cases, making products from recycled materials creates less air pollution and water pollution than making products from virgin materials. 
  • Recycling saves landfill space.  When recycled materials are used to make new products, they don't have to go into landfills or incinerators.
  • Recycling saves money and creates jobs.  The recycling process creates far more jobs than landfills or incinerators, and recycling can frequently be the least expensive waste management method for cities and towns.  (Source: Environmental Systems of America, Inc).
  • Recycling is required by Connecticut State law.  The following items must be recycled: glass and metal food and beverage containers; corrugated cardboard; newspaper; white office paper (residences are exempt under State law but not town regulations); scrap metal; Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries (from electronics); waste oil, lead acid batteries (from vehicles); and leaves (must be composted).
  • Recycling is also required by town regulation.  Recycling of additional items is mandatory under the Town of Woodstock CT regulations, including mixed paper (magazines, junk mail, coated cardboard milk containers); phone books; rechargeable alkaline batteries; antifreeze; oil filters; empty aerosol and paint cans, clear plastic milk, water and juice jugs; colored #2 detergent bottles; and unwaxed household cardboard.  See the Town of Woodstock website for the regulations which complete list of mandatory recyclables.

November 15, 2003 declared Woodstock Recycles Day

In addition to recycling, it is also important to reduce waste by buying products with less packaging, avoiding buying disposable items, and buying products in bulk whenever possible. To complete the loop, consumers should also buy products made from recycled materials.


More Information and References on Recycling:

Conservation Commission
Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.

- Dr. Joyce Brothers