Recycling in Brookhaven just got a little easier thanks to a new programthat will begin on Jan. 4.
The new single-stream recycling program allows residents to combine their paper and co-mingled items into one container, with no sorting required. The town has also expanded its program to include plastics #3 to #7, which include items like yogurt and milk containers. Currently only plastics #1 and #2 are recycled.
Under the current program, residents would have to alternate cans with paper for pick-ups on Wednesday. The new program allows those products to be combined in one container that will be picked up every Wednesday. According to the town, all plastic can now be recycled except for plastic bags. A list of all materials that can be recycled under the new program can be found here.
Residents can use their existing “Curby” can or purchase a new “Curby” can at Town Hall or at the Brookhaven Landfill or can pick up a free “Curby” sticker to place on their own recycling receptacles.
The program will kick-off with a special weekend pick-up Saturday. According to the town, the special pick-up became necessary since the holidays interfered with this year’s schedule.