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Orange Recycling Committee Contactless Paper Shredding & Mattress Recycling Day

The Orange Recycling Committee has announced the next paper shredding and mattress recycling event, will be held rain or shine on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the front parking lot of High Plains Community Center (HPCC), 525 Orange Center Road.  The committee will again be joined by the Mattress Recycling Council, who will collect used mattresses and box springs.

The secure, on-site paper shredding service will once again be handled by Affordable Solutions, owned and operated by Orange resident Joe Johnston.  Residents may bring bags (preferably paper, not plastic) or boxes filled with documents for shredding.  Volunteers from the Orange Recycling Committee will deposit them into the shredding truck.

Due to COVID-19, residents are asked to put documents in their trunk, wait in line, and pop the trunk when it is their turn.  To keep this event as “contactless” as possible, residents should stay in their vehicle.  Residents who want their boxes or containers returned should tell a volunteer.

This time around, in order to give everyone a chance to recycle their papers and keep the traffic flow moving, residents will be limited to six (6) copier sized boxes of materials.  If you have more, you are encouraged to drive around and get back in line and come through again.

This service is generously funded by 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.

Residents may also bring mattresses and box springs for recycling.  This free service is made possible through a partnership with the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress Program.  Dry mattresses (of all sizes) and box springs will be accepted.  However, some items cannot be accepted.  For residents who need assistance, members of the Orange Lions Club will pick up mattresses and box springs from residences, given items are outside and dry or in a garage for easy access, as volunteers will not enter individual homes.  Anyone interested in this pick-up 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 made out to Orange Lions Charities, and all proceeds are considered a charitable donation.

If residents are in the cleaning out mode, they may also bring old clothing and shoes to deposit in the Simple Recycling bin near the back of the community center.  This bin is available 24/7, making it a great option for when the Orange Transfer Station & Recycling Center is closed, as the town is paid for these items.

For the twelfth time, the Orange Recycling Committee will ensure the disposal of thousands of pounds of sensitive financial and medical papers in a secure, environmentally-responsible way.  Adding mattress and box spring recycling to this event has made this event a popular one with residents.

Paper Shredding and Mattress Recycling Event:

WHEN:  Saturday, October 9, 2021 – 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

  • BRING: 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: Paper that is already shredded, newspapers, notebooks, plastic folders, and other papers and mail that can go in the regular residential recycling bins.
  • BRING: Mattresses and box springs.
  • DO NOT BRING: Some items will not be accepted: mattresses from futons/sofa beds or waterbeds; mattresses infested with bed bugs; wet, damaged or excessively soiled mattresses; and sleeping bags or mattress pads/toppers.
  • BRING: All sorts of clothing and shoes, no matter the size or condition.

The Orange Recycling Committee is a group of volunteers appointed by the Board of Selectmen, who live in Orange, meet monthly, and are committed to educating about, increasing, and simplifying recycling options for Orange residents.  Website:; Facebook:

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