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- by J.Pillo and E. Zimmerman

The Board of Selectman of Woodstock CT issued a Proclamation declaring November 15, 2003 as Woodstock Recycles Day.  It reads:

“As Americans, we are dedicated to protecting our land, ensuring that our air is clean, and preserving the purity of our water. To help fulfill these responsibilities, government, businesses, community organizations, and every citizen must work together to steward our natural resources. On Woodstock Recycles Day, the Woodstock Board of Selectmen encourages all residents to renew their commitment to preserving resources by recycling and using products made with recycled materials. Through these efforts, we help make our community more livable, our businesses more competitive, and our Town and Nation a healthier place for future generations to enjoy.”   

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A recent analysis of Woodstock trash found that only 40% of residents are recycling required items.

A recent analysis of Woodstock trash found that only 40% of residents are recycling required items.  “Woodstock residents are concerned about climbing tax rates.  Because tipping fees for recycled items are significantly lower than bulk waste, we could save thousands of dollars each year if everyone would obey the law and sort their trash,” said Selectman Delpha Very, who has worked for the past 14 months on the Woodstock Transfer Station Committee.     

November 15 is also America and Connecticut Recycles Day.  Recycling provides many benefits by conserving energy and natural resources, protecting our air and water supplies from pollution, saving landfill space and money, and creating jobs.  Additionally, recycling is required.  State law mandates that the following be recycled: glass and metal food and beverage containers; corrugated cardboard; newspaper; white office paper (residences are exempt by state law but not under town regulation); scrap metal; Ni-Cd rechargeable batteries (from electronics); waste oil, lead acid batteries (from vehicles); and leaves (must be composted). In addition, Town of Woodstock regulations require recycling of a number of other materials, such as phone books, magazines, antifreeze, and certain plastics (e.g., clear milk, water and juice jugs; and detergent bottles.)  Residents should check the regulations at the town website at http://www.townofwoodstock.com/ (under Transfer Station) for the complete list of mandatory recyclables.

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. 




Originally published in the Putnam Town Crier, November 2003.

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