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Some possible reasons: - It was not a recyclable item - It was cardboard that was not flattened and cut into 3 x 3 foot bundles. Larger cardboard will not physically fit in the recycling truck. - Mixed paper was put in a plastic bag. We cannot accept paper in plastic bags. Plastic bags contaminate the paper so it cannot be recycled. - Dirty or contaminated items. Jars full of peanut butter is one example of a non-recyclable items. Cans and bottles put out for recycling must be not be contaminated with food. Call Waste Management at 800-972-4545 if you have questions about an item left behind.
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Plastic bags cannot be recycled at curbside because they get caught in the conveyor belt at the recycler processing and sorting facility. Many of the larger grocery store chains accept bags for recycling, such as Whole Foods, Stop and Shop, Hannafords, Star Market, Shaw's, Roche Brothers, Market Basket. In addition to shopping bags, these stores accept other plastic bags, such as clean, dry produce bags, bread bags, sandwich bags, and more. Better than recycling bags, of course, is reusing bags or using reusable Cloth shopping bags. It is notoriously difficult, even for those with the best of intentions, to remember to bring reusable bags on a shopping trip. Here are some tips to help you remember: - Write on your shopping list "remember to bring bags." - Hang cloth bags on your kitchen door. - Use a cloth bag to hold deposit bottles and cans, that way you will have at least 1 cloth bag with you when you get to the store. - Tape a reminder on your dashboard. - Don't get discouraged when you keep forgetting your bags. Keep trying.
For missed pick up of recycling - please contact:
Waste Management Phone: 800-972-4545 Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Review the Town's Trash/Recycling pages for more information.
You may: - Purchase any sturdy bin at a hardware store - Use a regular trash can - Buy a wheeled toter from the Recycling Commission. Bins and trash cans should have a "recycle" sticker on them, which are free from the Town Clerk's office at the Town Hall. To obtain a wheeled 64-gallon recycling toter, send a check for $60 payable to Westford Recycling Commission, 55 Main Street. A member of the Commission will contact you and let you know when and where to pick up your toter. Several years ago, the Town's recycling contractor distributed free toters to about 2000 Westford households which are part of the household. Buying your own recycling bin is the best bet.
Alkaline batteries are not considered as hazardous waste and can be placed in your regular trash. Nickel Cadmium and NiMH rechargeable batteries are considered hazardous waste and can be recycled at BestBuy, Home Depot and other hardware stores. Save lithium batteries for Westford's next hazardous waste collection.