The Recycling Shed is open on the First and Third Saturday from May 4-November 2, 9 to Noon.  It will be closed on July 6. 

 2019 Recycling Guide

2019 Recycling Calendar

Curbside Recycling

Ellington uses single-stream recycling collection carts. The recycling collection carts will make it easier to recycle more material. Residents can place all of their paper and mixed containers into the large blue cart. Place the cart within 2 feet of the road and 3 to 4 feet from obstructions. Recycling will be collected every other week.

Acceptable Recycle Items  (for more information, visit the State of CT website at

  • Cardboard & boxboard
  • Food & beverage cartons
  • Junk Mail
  • Magazine & newspaper inserts
  • Newsprint
  • Office Paper
  • Pizza boxes
  • Beverage bottles & jars
  • Food bottles & jars
  • Aerosol containers (food grade only)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cans & bottles
  • Foil containers
  • Metal lids from cans & bottles
  • Bottles (with or without caps attached)
  • Plastic containers, tubs & lids
  • Plastic one-use cups (no lids, no straws)

Materials Not Accepted

Plastic Garbage Bags are Not Recyclable.  They should be returned to the local grocery store for recycling.

  • Gift wrap & gift bags
  • Ice cream containers
  • Paper cups (hot & cold)
  • Shredded paper
  • Take-out food containers
  • Tissue paper
  • Ceramic mugs & plates
  • Drinking glasses
  • Aerosol containers (deodorizers, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)
  • Foil tops from yogurt containers
  • Paint cans
  • Pots & pans
  • Small pieces of scrap metal
  • Spiral wound containers
  • Loose bottle caps
  • Plastic bags & wrap
  • Plastic plates, bowls & utensils
  • Prescription bottles
  • Singe-use coffee containers
  • Styrofoam cups, containers & packing peanuts
  • Water filters