Visitors to the Recycling Center Saturday were greeted with the arrival of 21st Century technology.
The center has gone “single-stream.”
The bays that recyclers have used for the past three decades were closed, replaced by two large green machines at the west end of the building.
Supervised by an attendant, recyclables are dumped into a single bin, from which they are compressed into a large container that is hauled by truck to a sorting center elsewhere.
Winter Brothers is providing the service under a contract with the town.
First Selectman Rudy Marconi spent time at the operation Saturday morning, seeing how it was running.
Everything — including glass, plastic, and paper —can be dumped together into the machine, he said.
There’s one exception: Plastic bags.
“We found that they’re jamming the machine,” Mr. Marconi said.
Until that problem is resolved, a separate Dumpster-style bin is provided nearby for plastic bags.
The town is now requiring a permit, costing $20 a year, to use both the Recycling Center and the adjacent trash Transfer Station.
Permits may be obtained at the town hall.