BRISTOL - The free Trash to Treasure program returns to the Bristol Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Over the last few months, the employees at the Public Works Transfer Station have been putting items in gently used condition aside, and not sending them to Covanta on Enterprise Drive for incineration.
“The City of Bristol pays almost $70 per ton for these disposal services so any items that can be taken out of the waste stream saves the city money,” said Ray Rogozinski, director of Public Works.
“On Saturday, we will be bringing two large containers to the rear of the Farmers Market and opening them up for members of the public to take for free,” said Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu. “Bristol residents can come and grab items that they can use. All items are on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be taken that day. There are some large items, so bring a truck if you have one.”
In addition, Public Works sponsors a drop off electronics recycling site every Saturday, to the rear of the market.
“All electronic equipment is safely packaged by Take 2 Recycling, and transported to their facility for responsible and secure recycling,” said Lindsey Rivers, Public Works analyst.
Take 2 Inc. is a Waterbury-based electronics recycler approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
“Accepted materials include, but are not limited to: computers, laptops, printers, fax machines, monitors, TVs, cell phones, tablets, video game consoles, VCR/DVD machines, remotes, keyboards, computer mice, modems, small appliances, and stereo equipment,” Rivers said.
“Unaccepted materials include: smoke detectors, ballasts, propane tanks, paint, household hazardous waste, and appliances containing freon - i.e. air conditioners, refrigerators, and dehumidifiers,” she added.
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