Regional Refuse Disposal District One

Serving the towns of Barkhamsted, New Hartford, and Winsted

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Notice is hereby given of a public hearing, held by Regional Refuse Disposal District #1, at 7:30 p. m. on Monday, February 23, 2016, in the conference room of the office building, located at 31 New Hartford Road, Barkhamsted, CT.  The hearing affords an opportunity for public comment on the Board proposed municipal Fiscal Year 16/17 budget, for a sum of $1,175,640.  The budget is posted on this website. Downloads/Budget/ RRDD1 Proposed budget FY1617.  Copies are available in  the main office during regular weekday hours, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:00 - 3:00. Additional copies will be available in the town clerk's offices of Barkhamsted, New Hartford, and Winsted/Winchester on Friday, February 12.

In the RARE case we close for inclement weather, please check www.facebook.com/regionalrefuse or call the gatehouse ext 105 (daytime hours) or the tag sale building, ext 104 (Wednesday evenings 4-7) before heading to the facility.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 

Stickers (Transfer Station Pass)

- Who can get a sticker? Residents of the Towns of Barkhamsted (including Riverton), New Hartford (including Pine Meadow) and Winsted/Winchester ONLY! 

- How do I pay for my sticker? The gatehouse attendant will accept cash or check ONLY!  No debit or credit cards accepted! 

- How do I get a sticker? Stickers may be purchased upon entry, direct from the gatehouse.

-What will I need to buy a sticker? 1.) Motor Vehicle Registration showing YOUR current address.  If address is different, you must bring some sort of ID showing your residency, such as driver's license, mail or town tax bill. 

- Can I get a sticker for my spouse's car? Yes, additional stickers may be purchased at the gatehouse for $5 each.  Proof of residency, at the SAME household of the primary sticker holder is required.  

- Can I buy a sticker for my tenant? Landlords may purchase a CONTRACTOR sticker for $160, which will enable them to bring garbage from their tenants.  The tenant can then purchase a $5 sticker, same address.  

- Can I buy a $5 sticker for my neighbor? No!  Stickers are sold, with proof of residency, to single family households, same address, same apartment number.  

- How do you know I have a sticker?  Once purchased, stickers are affixed to each vehicle windshield, by the RRDD1 gatehouse attendant.  Upon entry, the attendant sees the current sticker and the resident will be waved in. (Please remove snow from the sticker area for easy visibility by the gatekeeper.)

- How do you know the sticker is current? Look carefully at your sticker, each one has an expiration date in the center white circle, under the year (regular stickers).  

- Why are there different colored stickers? Great question! Color quickly shows the gatehouse attendant the expiration. For example, Fiscal Year 15/16 one half year stickers were brown, whereas the full year stickers are purple.  Brown allowed the resident access from date of purchase (beginning late May) until December 31, while purple stickers expire  on June 30.   

- When will sales begin for the new stickers? Fiscal Year 16/17 sticker sales are scheduled to start on Monday, May 23, 2016.  Residents may begin to use the facility immediately upon purchase.  Stickers are to be affixed to each windshield upon purchase by the attendant. 

- How much will the stickers be this year?  RRDD#1 is currently preparing the FY 16/17 budget.  At this time, we do not anticipate an increase in sticker fees.  We are looking at all avenues to keep prices down for the District. 

- When are you open so that I can dispose of my trash, I have a sticker?  RRDD#1 is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7:00 -3:00 and Wednesday evenings 4-7  for sticker holders. Non-sticker holders may deposit recycleable items on Wednesday evenings.   Note: The upper section (Construction & Demolition / Oversized MSW) is NOT open Wednesday evenings. 

- My vehicle is in the shop, can I bring another vehicle (rental) that does not have a sticker? Upon entry, show the gatehouse attendant your ID and give him/her your sticker number.  They will verify the number and give you a temporary pass for the day.  

- I need to get rid of a sofa and it won't fit in my car, can my friend use the transfer station?  Yes, your friend can bring your sofa to RRDD#1 under your sticker number.  However, your friend CANNOT bring items from their household unless they have a sticker or purchase a day pass.

- I'm cleaning out my family estate.  Can I bring in a rented truck as I live out of town?  So sorry for your loss.  If your family home is within the municipality and they previously purchased a current sticker, you may utilize the facility with their number.  Please be sure to bring identification showing the items are from the property, such as the estate legal form.  If they did not have a sticker, you can purchase one in the estate's name / address, with proof.  You may also purchase a day pass with proof of residency, for $15.  Additional fees apply for unsorted loads, construction and demolition debris, and oversized municipal solid waste such as furniture and rugs, plus items containing freon, such as refrigerators, air conditioners and humidifiers.  

What is going on on top of the hill?

Excellent question! RRDD#1 has leased a parcel of property for a solar panel project.  Approximately 48,000 individual solar panels will be attached to concrete blocks this spring.  Please keep this project in your mind over the next few months as you will be seeing heavy equipment on site, going into places generally uncommon to the residents.  A few poles will also be  going up,  for the power grid.  Be careful driving on site, especially during the construction period. 

What can I recycle?   Where do they go? 

Please pack your car accordingly so that once on site, the removal of items from your car will be much faster for you! 

Cardboard / Boxboard:  Cardboard is the heavy corrugated box(s) that items are generally shipped in.   Boxboard is the thinner packaging material, such as cereal and cracker boxes.  Please place these items in the "cardboard/ boxboard" compactor (your first stop past the gatehouse, located to the right of the "tag sale" building).  Residents are reminded to remove the contaminants (liners) from cardboard, such as plastic wine box liners, plastic cereal liners or styrofoam.  Note: Please DO NOT place waxed food and beverage containers, such as milk and juice boxes, or stick butter boxes in this unit.  Waxed items go directly into single stream. (Although cardboard and boxboard can go into single stream, we prefer to have customers place these items in the compactor as they will take up less space, saving the facility money on transportation among other things.) 

Tag sale items:  RRDD1 has a continuously running "tag sale" event on site for residents with stickers.  Non stickered resident vehicles are permitted on Wednesday night from 4-7  for recycling.  While on site, they may shop in the tag sale building.  Tag sale items are donated from customers who no longer wish to keep that item in their home, but the product is still viable.  In an effort to keep costs down at RRDD1 and recycle more, we offer second hand merchandise for sale.  This includes dishes, clothing, furniture, building materials, tools, household appliances, bikes, books, lawn ornaments and lawn mowers, plus so much more.   Please see the attendant on duty before leaving items or to purchase items.  

Small metal:  A small black hopper, located to the left of the "tag sale" building, is labeled "small metal." Please place small metal items such as small microwaves, metal racks, chairs, one pound portable propane tanks, empty aerosol cans, etc into this bin. Please see the yard attendant for questions.  Please cut off all cords or ask the attendant to do so for you.  

Electrical Wire: Located just behind the small metal hopper.  This is for electrical cords that are no longer usable, such as bad extension cords, plus plugs from electronics and other electrical appliances.  

Wire:  Used wire, see attendant 

Clothing: There is a chute to the right of the first trash compactor for clothing of all kinds.  Items MUST be placed in plastic bags.  See the tag sale attendant for additional information.  "Good" clothing is also accepted inside the tag sale building for resale.  

Garbage Compactor(s): There are two household garbage compactors on site, just past the "tag sale" building, on your right.  These are for SORTED household garbage only.    Inspectors are available for your questions.  Anyone caught with unsorted trash will be kindly asked to deposit their trash in a container on the hill, for an additional fee.  SORTED means no recycleables; including batteries, boxboard or cardboard, magazines, newspapers and inserts, metal, motor oil or antifreeze, office paper, plastics #1- #7 (UNLESS THEY ARE BLACK or contaminted from chemicals), glass food and beverage containers, propane tanks, windows, mattresses / box springs.   Please do not place the following items in the garbage compactor: wood longer than three feet, garden hoses, rope, tarps, or lengths of plastic. These items can damage the compactor.  These items MUST be delivered to the upper lot.

Aluminum Hopper: An aluminum hopper is located between the two trash compactors.  Please deposit all aluminum products in this container, such as beverage cans, pet and other food containers, antennas, clothing racks, etc.   

Single Stream Containers:  There are FOUR single stream containers on site, with eight openings to select from.  While all are the same, we ask you to watch the signage carefully as some units may be full and others removed for transport.  Please place the following items in these boxes: magazines, newspapers, office paper, plastics #1 -#7 (except BLACK plastic or items that contained chemicals), waxed and plastic milk and juice cartons, glass and metal food or beverage containers.  Please be sure to wash (or at lease rinse out) your containers first!  Food left in recycleable containers is not acceptable.  DO NOT PLACE PLASTIC BAGS IN SINGLE STREAM CONTAINERS!  TAKE MERCHANDISE / GROCERY STORE PLASTIC BAGS BACK TO THE STORE FOR PROPER DISPOSAL!  Black plastic is not recyclable, place these units in the trash and ask your grocer to stop using black plastic! Please remove all lids from food and beverage containers.  Lids are to be placed in garbage dumpsters.

Shredded Paper: Place all shredded paper in paper bags that can be sealed / closed and deposit this container into single stream boxes.   DO NOT release shredded paper from a plastic bag.  Place the plastic bag, with contents, into the garbage container.   Please make sure all lids are off containers.  

FULL "office" boxes of paper:  Full cardboard boxes of office paper may be placed in the single stream containers. 
 

Books: Hard and soft cover books are recyclable.  Please place this reading material in the metal container opposite the trash compactors.  Note:The tag sale building attendant may take some hard and soft cover books. Please ask.  Note: NO encyclopedias or school subject books, please place these hard covered books in the trash and  soft covered books in single stream.  

Propane Tank: Gently place your  20 pound used propane tank  in the lean-to appropriately labeled.  Small one pound camping propane tanks go into the small metal containers.  Larger tanks need to be transported to the construction and demolition / oversized MSW (previously known as "Bulky Waste") area on top of the hill.  See attendant for additional information. 

Tire Tubes: Place tire tubes in the hopper appropriately labeled.  This is next to the propane lean-to. 

Batteries: Please place all batteries in their marked containers, located in a lean-to building opposite the trash compactors.

Paint: RRDD1 accepts household oil and latex paint, as well as stains. We do not accept auto!  Please see the yard or tag sale attendant before depositing these items.  

Light Bulbs:  Please see the tag sale attendant for recycling of all light bulbs.  

Used Motor Oil: RRDD1 will soon be accepting used motor oil and spent antifreeze.  We WILL NOT  be accepting gas, diesel, hydraulic, brake, propane, solvents or sludge, etc.  Antifreeze and used motor oil must arrive separated otherwise it will not be accepted.  No water tainted liquid will be accepted.  Limit 5 gallons per day.  Household only! No commercial or industrial liquids accepted.  Residents will be required to complete a form during each visit, attesting where the oil came from.   Samples will also be collected.   

Electronics: Small used electronics and small (12") televisions may be placed in the  gaylords (boxes) in the electronics lean-to across from the trash compactor.  Larger televisions and electronics are to be taken to the upper level and skidded for transportation off premises.  Electrical plugs are to be removed and placed in the electrical wire hopper.  If you need assistance, ask the yard attendant for help. 

Mattress / Box Springs: CT became the first state in the nation to begin the mattress stewardship council, whereas residents drop off these items at local recycling centers at NO CHARGE!  Please see the attendant for proper disposal.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS:

Dirty vs Clean Shingles: What is meant by "dirty" vs. "clean" shingles?  Clean shingles are just that, while dirty refers to other debris mixed in with the shingles, such as wood shakes, plywood, skids, etc.  It is much more costly to  dispose of "dirty" shingles, and not as good forthe environment, therefore, we strongly encourage residents to ensure their shingles come into the facility separated.  

Bulky Waste vs. C&D and Oversized MSW:  What does C&D / Oversized MSW mean?  While the upper section of RRDD1 was once called "Bulky Waste," todays terminology is a better fit with construction and demolition debris and oversized municipal solid waste.  Oversized Municipal Solid Waste can be anything larger than "regular" household garbage, such as furniture, rugs, large children's toys, etc.

Black food containers: If black plastic containers can't be recycled, then why do food stores use them? Answer: Black plastic is made from  low cost CPET (Crystaline Polyethylene Terephthalate), primarily used for "ready" meals, hence, why food stores use them.  Optical sorting machines cannot see the black during recycling.  In a money driven industry, black plastic has a very low value at end market.  Work is being done to someday accept these products for recycling. 

Wrapping paper: Can I recycle gift wrapping paper?  No, this goes in regular trash because of the coating on it. 

Feed bags: Animal feed bags are currently not recyclable.

Scale:  What is the purpose of the scale? The purchase of your sticker allows you to dispose of your household garbage and recyclables whenever the facility is open, at no additional charge for most items (see Information tab/ Bulky Waste/ Fee Schedule.) The scale comes into play when utilizing the upper lot, otherwise known as construction and demolition debris and oversized municipal solid waste.  Many  items deposited in this area have additional fees, unrelated to household garbage. These items may include: unsorted household garbage, sheetrock, wood, fiberglass, furniture, rugs, refrigerants, shingles and tires.  There are no additional fees for metal, unless it contains freon, televisions, mattresses, box springs, or leaves.  See the fee schedule.  

We will continue to add to this list as questions arise, in an effort to educate the residents as well as keep costs down. 

We are currently in the process of updating our web pages.  Please bear with us during this production.  

For additional questions: please contact us at (860)379-1972  ext 111.



 

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