WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 2022 - 9:00am-12:00pm - rain or shine

  • May end earlier if shredding truck fills up

WHERE: High Plains Community Center, Orange, CT 

  •  BRING:  Tax papers, bills, receipts, statements, and documents that contain personal, financial and/or medical information. No need to remove staples or elastic bands, but clips should be removed for reuse.
  •  DO NOT BRING:  Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, plastic folders, and other papers and mail that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.
  • NOTE: To give everyone a chance and to keep traffic moving, you may bring up to 6 copier sized boxes of papers. If you have more, you may and get back in line and come through again.
  •  BRING:  Mattresses and box springs. See below if you need assistance. 
  •  DO NOT BRING:  Some items will not be accepted: mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or excessively soiled mattresses; and sleeping bags or mattress pads/toppers. 
Due to COVID-19, residents should put items in their trunk or back seat and stay in the car while volunteers remove the items. Wearing a mask is requested.
The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by Affordable Solutions, owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston. Residents may bring bags (preferably paper, not plastic) or boxes filled with documents for shredding. Residents who want their boxes or containers returned should tell a volunteer. This service is generously funded by the Rotary Club of Orange. Residents may show their appreciation by donating to the Orange Rotary Scholarship Fund. Rotarians will be on hand to collect donations. 
The Mattress Recycling Council's "Bye Bye Mattress" team will collect used mattresses and box springs of any size. Exceptions listed above. For residents needing assistance, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick up mattresses and box springs from residences, given items are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access, as volunteers will not enter individual homes. Anyone interested in this pick-up service should contact Ken Lenz at 203-795-3906. The fee for pick-up is $10 per mattress or box spring. Payment is by cash or check made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation. 
Residents may also bring old clothing and shoes to drop in the Simple Recycling bin near the back parking area of community center. This bin is available 24/7 and the town gets paid for items deposited in it. 
Orange Recycling Committee Chair Mitch Goldblatt said, “This community event helps residents properly dispose of confidential, sensitive documents, as well as mattresses, clothing, and now, toxic chemicals. We're thrilled to again partner with the Rotary Club of Orange and the Orange Lions Club to offer these important environmental services to residents. This year, we're excited to add hazardous waste drop-off, an initiative made possible through our collaboration with the Regional Water Authority and with unanimous approval of the Orange Board of Selectmen. We appreciate all who helped this come to fruition.” 

April 2022 will be the 13th time the Orange Recycling Committee facilitates this event to ensure the disposal of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way.
Goldblatt's comment from 2021 still holds true: “This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to work together for a cleaner and more sustainable planet, even during a pandemic.”

New in 2022! Hazardous Waste Drop-Off - Mobile Unit from Regional Water Authority Comes to Orange

Residents may bring household chemicals, cleaners, auto fluids and more for proper disposal. 
See list of accepted items.

This convenient new service will help many residents clear their homes of unused toxic chemicals.

Residents will drive up to the designated area and trained employees will retrieve containers from vehicles. Orange Recycling Committee volunteers will help keep things moving. 

Fill out form in advance if possible. Otherwise, registration will be on-site. 

This event is in addition to regularly scheduled Saturday drop-offs at Haz Waste Central in New Haven (March through October).  on Saturdays March through October.