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Orange, Connecticut Recycling Committee to Hold Free Paper Shredding & Mattress Recycling Event

The Orange Recycling Committee (ORC) of Orange, CT is preparing for its fifth paper shredding day on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the town’s High Plains Community Center (HPCC), and is expanding the event to include mattress recycling.  Both services will be provided free of charge to residents of Orange.

Residents may bring bags or boxes filled with documents for shredding.  Volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck. The secure, on-site shredding trucks will once again be provided by Affordable Solutions, owned by town resident Joe Johnston.  This service is free of charge due to a generous donation from 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.

New this year, residents may bring mattresses and box springs for recycling.  Also taking place on June 3 at HPCC, this free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program.

In addition, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick up mattresses and box springs from the homes of residents who need assistance getting these items to the event.  Items must be reasonably clean, and either outside the house or in a garage for easy access.  Volunteers will not enter homes.  Those interested in this 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 to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

“It’s our great pleasure to partner with the Rotary Club of Orange and The Orange Lions Club to provide these valuable services to our community,” said Mitch Goldblatt, ORC Chair.  “Since our first shredding event 4 years ago, hundreds of residents have disposed of sensitive financial and medical papers in this secure, environmentally-responsible way.  We’re thrilled to now also facilitate mattress and box spring recycling.”

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event – Details:

WHEN:  June 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., rain or shine

WHERE:  High Plains Community Center (front parking area), 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT


  • 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:  Newspapers, notebooks, folders, and other papers that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.
  • Mattresses and box springs (pick-up available for Orange residents needing help, as described above).

“Purging homes of these items and keeping them out of landfills helps our residents as well as the planet,” continued Goldblatt. “This is a fun event that gives volunteers and residents an opportunity to get together and accomplish something meaningful.”


About the Orange Recycling Committee

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers who live in Orange and are committed to increasing and simplify recycling options for Orange residents, at home and at town events:


About Bye Bye Mattress

Bye Bye Mattress is Connecticut’s mattress recycling program. Established by law and operated by the non-profit Mattress Recycling Council, the program uses a recycling fee collected on each mattress and box spring sold to state residents to make recycling easier in our communities. Whether a city picks up your discarded mattress, a retailer takes it back with your new purchase, or you drop it off, the Bye Bye Mattress program diverts your old mattress from waste to recycling. Now, our landfills will be less crowded as old mattresses are recycled into new, useful products. Visit or call 1-855-700-9973 for more information or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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