Conservation involves not only how we think about our consumption and usage habits but also recognition of the impact our waste has on the environment. Once we decide that an item is no longer of use to us, what do we do with it? Beside taking advantage of the Hazardous Household Waste Recycling Program, what else can we do? This page is an introduction to some recycling options.
MEDICINE Prevent drugs from polluting soils and groundwater by disposing of them safely. The safest way to dispose of unused prescription or over the counter medications is to deposit them in the medicine drop box in the Suffield Police Station lobby at 911 Mountain Road in Suffield or at any Connecticut State Police barracks. Available with no questions asked any time the station is open. For more details or other options, check here.
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has a wealth of information here.
PAINT Read more about Connecticut’s Paint Stewardship Lawenacted in 2011 along with paint recycling details. The nearest drop off site for Suffield residents is the Sherwin-Williams store at 85 Freshwater Blvd. in Enfield, CT. Be sure to call ahead or check the DEEP site for what products and amounts are accepted.
A very helpful page when you don’t know where to turn is A Resident's Management Guide For Those Not-So-Common Household Items. Browse through the list or scroll down to electronics to see who will take your old tech equipment and accessories. For example, Best Buy in Enfield takes everything from cables (in a box by the entrance) to old TVs (use a cart to bring to the service desk). Lots of detail available here.
COMPOST A boon to gardeners and to our landfills….composting! If you have the space and are able to compost here’s how to get started. This site has all the information you’ll need including a link at the bottom for books, videos, and other websites. Start simple and you’ll be hooked.
Lastly, consider an electronic subscription to A Pollution Prevention View Newsletter. Published quarterly by the Connecticut DEEP the current and previous issues are available here. The Spring 2016 issue has a cover article on municipal composting.