Other Materials You Can Recycle

Plastic Bags and Films

New York State passed the Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act which went in to effect on January 1, 2009. This law requires certain retail and grocery stores to accept carry out plastic bags from their customers for recycling. Stores that provide plastic carry out bags to their customers and have more than 10,000 square foot of retail space or chains with 5 or more stores with over 5,000 square foot of retail space must provide this service to their customers. Plastic bag receptacles are generally found in the store's vestibule or near the store front for convenience of the customer.  Stores must insure that the collected plastic bags are recycled and not disposed of as solid waste.

Consumers may recycle several kinds of plastic bags and films in these collection bins, not just the store's carry out bags.  Acceptable plastic bags and film include:

  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Plastic retail bags with string ties and rigid plastic handles removed
  • Plastic newspaper bags
  • Plastic dry-cleaning bags
  • Plastic produce bags with ALL food residue removed
  • Plastic bread bags with ALL food residue removed
  • Plastic cereal bags with ALL food residue removed
  • Plastic frozen food bags with ALL food residue removed
  • Plastic wrap from paper products (paper towels, etc)
  • Plastic salt bags with rigid plastic handles removed
  • Plastic stretch/shrink wrap with all food residue removed
  • Plastic zipper type bags WITHOUT rigid plastic closing mechanism

UNACCEPTABLE Plastic Bags Include:

  • Plastic bags with strings or rigid plastic handles
  • Plastic bags with food residue
  • Plastic soil or mulch bags
  • Plastic zipper type bags with rigid plastic closing mechanism
  • Plastic bubble wrap
  • Plastic food containers
  • Plastic bottles

Smoke Detectors

There are two kinds of smoke detectors, photoelectric and ionization. Smoke detectors that utilize ionization technology contain a small amount of radioactive material, Americium 241.  When in use, these detectors are safe, as the radioactive material is shielded by a metal chamber in the device. You should never dismantle this type of detector as the radioactive material then becomes exposed.  Smoke detectors are not accepted at our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. Some manufacturers offer mail back programs for the detectors they produce.  Below is a list of manufacturers and the number you should call for instructions.

Smoke Detector Manufacturers

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