Where to Recycle All Your Stuff in New Canaan [Updated]

Here is the New Canaan guide to recycling all of your old things, from paper and glass to clothes and toys, plus some things you can do to benefit local schools and charities.


Need to find a new home for old computers, toys your kids have outgrown, or paint you're not going to use? Here is our guide to getting stuff out of your basement and into all the right places—that is, everywhere but the landfill. 

Find out how to recycle everything from cereal box tops to soda tabs in New Canaan.

Clothing & Toys: Cleaning out your closet gives you the opportunity to help others in need or maybe even make some extra cash. Here's where to donate, sell and recycle unwanted items from your wardrobe, as well as your children's clothes and toys:

Thrift Shop of New Canaan

The Pink Plume

The Silk Purse

Residents may also may donate their gently used clothes to Person-to-Person's free Clothing Center in Darien, and furniture may be donated at the Norwalk location. Visit www.p2pHelps.org for more information.

Electronics, Computers, Cellphones: Even though that old computer and last year's iPhone seem outdated, there are plenty of people who could put them to good use. For example, many women’s shelters collect working cellphones for women in domestic abuse situations so they can call 911 if needed, explains HowStuffWorks.com. Staples will recycle the electronics on this list and New Canaan residents can put electronics in their recycling bins and bring them to the Transfer Station.

Household Goods & Furniture: Ever go through your garage and wonder why you have so many flyswatters, toasters and gardening gloves? Consider bartering them online on Craigslist or Freecycle or donating to the following local organizations.

Thrift Shop of New Canaan

The Silk Purse

Paint: It's safe to dry out your leftover latex paint with kitty litter, dump it in the garbage and recycle the can. But, oil-based paints are actually considered hazardous, according to TheDailyGreen.com. Safely discard your paint at the Household Hazardous Waste Day on Sept. 21 at The Wastewater Plant (394 Main Street).

Paper, Glass & Plastic: According to environment.about.com, recycling one ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy. Residents can bring their recyclables to the Transfer Station Monday through Saturday.

Recycling for Charities & Schools:

Soda Can Tabs: Many charitable organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) collect soda pop tabs in fund raising efforts. After the tabs are collected, they bring them to local recycling centers where they are weighed to determine their value. The recycling center then sends the local RMHC chapter a check for the total value.

Cereal Box Tops: A lot of schools collect these to make money for their PTAs and other organizations. Every little bit helps. You can find a list of participating products here and a list of drop-off spots below.

West Elementary School

St. Aloysius School

South Elementary School

Saxe Middle School

What did we miss? Tell us where you're recycling, reselling and donating your gently used items.  

[Editor's Note: This article has been corrected to reflect that New Canaan does not have curbside pickup for recyclable items.]

Jane Himmel March 01, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Thank you for these suggestions, but New Canaan does NOT have curbside pickup. There is no municipal hauling -- residents either contract with private haulers or bring waste and recyclables to the transfer station, aka "the dump." The transfer station does accept electronics. It also has a bin for an organization that collects books, videos and DVDS. Big Brothers Big Sisters will come with a truck to your house to pick up stuff. bbbsdonate.org Person-to-Person is another wonderful organization to bring down used clothing and some household goods. p2phelps.org
Glen K Dunbar March 01, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I know New Canaan has NO curbside pick up. Ummmm.... Stamford does. One could leave something on the curb when nobody was looking and nobody would be the wiser. When we moved I used Junkluggers. Expensive PLUS they wanted tips too. Why?? I have NO clue. Everyone wants a tip it seems.
Chandra Johnson Greene March 01, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Thanks Jane and Glen! The article has been corrected.
Glen K Dunbar March 01, 2013 at 03:14 PM
If you put whatever it is in a dark black trash bag...nobody will be the wiser :)
marilyn March 01, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Add to your list: Person-to-Person for clothing, especially kids clothes (in season and in good condition) . The donor gets a tax receipt, and the P to P closet helps people in our area. Also locally the boy scout sale at St A's in the Spring, and the self-proclaimed "mother of all tag sales", St Mark's Fair, all proceeds to charity!


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