The New Milford recycling center is a popular place.

The center, which has been open for more than 20 years along Young's Field Road, provides one stop for residents to drop off household garbage, bulky waste and recyclables.

Serving the towns of New Milford, Sherman and Brookfield, the facility is patronized by more than 2,000 each year. So far this year, more than 2,000 stickers have been issued, according to recycling laborer Jody Nickerson.

Last year, nearly 2,500 stickers were issued to New Milford residents; a count for Sherman and Brookfield is unavailable, as residents of those towns must apply for a sticker at their town hall.

One of the latest offerings at the center is a single-stream compactor. Residents may now drop off for free all recyclables into one large, sealed container, where they are compressed.

The compactor can hold five to seven tons of material, Mr. Nickerson said. For more information about what the center accepts, see the "At a glance" box.

-- Deborah Rose