The City is divided into four sections with each section collected one day per week. Recycling will not be collected on City Holidays; it will be collected on the following day unless your pickup day is Friday, in this case, your recycling will be picked up on Thursday.
The City of Groton uses Single Stream (also known as "fully commingled) recycling. This refers to a collection system that mixes all recyclable paper fibers and containers together in a bin at the curb and in the collection truck. With Single Stream recycling, you and your neighbors no longer have to sort glass, plastic, paper, and metal within your recycling bin. Just mix all your recyclables together - they will be sorted once they're delivered to the recycling center.
If you have any questions on pickup day or any other questions related to recycling, please call the Highway Department at 860-446-4127.
Please have your trash and recycling out by the curb by 7 am. During Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day), please have your trash and recycling out by the curb by 6 am.
Here is some important information that you should know about recycling as well as some facts and reasons why recycling should be a common practice amongst everyone in our community.
- Please read our Recycling Guide (PDF).
- Recycling saves energy, thus reducing acid rain, global warming, and air pollution.
- Recycling paper uses 60% less energy than manufacturing paper from virgin timber.
- Recycling a glass jar saves enough energy to light a bulb for 4 hours.
- Recycling metals minimizes the need for mining new minerals and decreases damage done to the wilderness.
- Recycling cuts down on landfill usage.
Can I Recycle It?
The RecycleCT Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the importance of managing materials more sustainably through waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting.
Recycle CT has a very useful recycling search tool to determine what is and what is not recyclable. Try it out!
Five Important Reasons To 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. Recycled Aluminum, for example, takes 95% less energy than 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 the materials that you recycle go into new products, they don't go into the landfills or incinerators, so landfill space is conserved.
- 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.
A helpful message from the Mayor on what can and cannot be recycled: