MAP: How Much of Your Town’s Trash Gets Recycled?

Apr 7th, 2014 | By

In the run up to Earth Day on April 22, Patch is looking at the numbers behind Connecticut’s environmental impact, including how much garbage we produce and how much of that waste is wasted. The interactive map above shows information on municipal solid waste and compost for each town in the state in 2011, color-coded

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Conn. adopts point-of-sale fee for mattress recycling

Apr 7th, 2014 | By

A new statewide mattress recycling program here, supported by the International Sleep Products Assn., will be funded by a fee collected by retailers at the point of sale. Retailers will then pass those collected fees on to the Mattress Recycling Council, the group responsible for supervising the recycling program. State officials recently announced changes to

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Improving recycling in Conn. — ConnPIRG’s Abe Scarr on WTNH

Mar 10th, 2014 | By

Governor’s S.B. No. 27 addresses several goals including a new solid waste management plan, setting a timeline to “repurpose” the Hartford incinerator, and create what will be known as the Connecticut Recycling Foundation. Gov. Malloy wants to double the amount of recyling in the next decade. On Good Morning Connecticut Friday, News 8?s AJ Walker

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Covanta Announces First Organics Recycling Agreement in Connecticut With Lake Compounce Theme Park

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

As part of the three-year agreement, organic waste from Lake Compounce will be processed at a new organics recycling facility to be built by Turning Earth in Central Connecticut. Covanta will provide education and training for Lake Compounce employees in the proper methods for source-separating organics.

CT Resources Recovery Authority issues RFQ

Mar 1st, 2014 | By

The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority is requesting qualifications from firms that want to apply for work with the state agency in the next three years. The organization, which manages recycling and municipal solid waste for the state, is also tasked with creating environmentally friendly solutions and best practices for solid-waste disposal and recycling for Connecticut.

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Mattress Recycling Council requests streamlined mattress recycling fee collection process in Connecticut

Feb 27th, 2014 | By

Last week the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) submitted a request to Connecticut regulators to simplify the fee collection process required by Public Act 13-42. Enacted in 2013, the law authorizes mattress retailers to collect a fee that will fund the recycling of used mattresses discarded in the state. For more on this story, visit: Mattress

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Rippowam Middle School Named CT “Recycle-Bowl” Winner

Feb 11th, 2014 | By

Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit organization that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, announced Rippowam Middle School as the Connecticut winner of “Recycle-Bowl”. This is the second year in a row a Stamford school has won the competition. Last year, Westhill High School earned the title. For more on this story, visit:

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Nine Stories from Around the Waste Industry includes Connecticut CRRA story

Feb 10th, 2014 | By

Bill Urges Overhaul Of CRRA To Focus On Recycling Rather Than Burning Trash For Energy. “Legislation proposed Friday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would overhaul the troubled Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority into a leaner agency concerned more with recycling the state’s trash than with burning it for energy. As the budget for the quasi-public agency

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Covanta and Turning Earth to provide organics recycling

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By

Covanta and Turning Earth have entered into a partnership to provide organics recycling to Connecticut municipalities and businesses. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from American Recycler News Inc.

Different recycling center possible

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By

Bristol might become the home for a new regional facility to recycle food waste and other organic materials. “We’re looking at Bristol as one of the locations” for a possible site for the planned organics recycling facility, said Steve Diaz, vice president and regional business manager for Covanta Energy Corp. For more on this story,

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CT looking at battery, carpet recycling programs

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

Batteries, carpet, packaging, pesticides, and fertilizers might soon join paint, mattresses, and consumer electronics as products Connecticut requires manufacturers and customers to cover the cost of recycling. For more on this story, visit: CT looking at battery, carpet recycling programs |

PSI Awarded $180,000 to Help Reduce Environmental and Financial Impacts of Consumer Products in Connecticut

Dec 10th, 2013 | By

Connecticut residents will likely have more options in the future for safely and responsibly disposing of certain consumer products, thanks to a series of efforts led by the Product Stewardship Institute through a contract awarded by the CT DEEP.

CT’s second food recycling power plant to open

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s second food waste recycling power plant will open in Bridgeport, thanks to a deal announced with the city Tuesday. Ontario-based Anaergia announced a 20-year agreement with the City of Bridgeport Water Pollution Control Authority to buy the renewable power generated by the anaerobic digestion technology at the plant. For more on this story, visit:

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Celebrate Connecticut Recycles Day Nov. 15 (a must-watch video psa)

Nov 13th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the best way to celebrate Connecticut Recycles Day – part of the national America Recycles Day – on Nov. 15 is to take advantage of free programs that allow you to conveniently recycle obsolete or unusable electronic devices and unwanted paint. Click on this Environmental Headline to read more of this story from the DEEP and to watch a great PSA about recycling in Connecticut.

Companies Strike Deal to Bring Organic Recycling to Connecticut

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

All those leftovers we end up trashing can really pile up. In fact, according to the website Earth911, an estimated 100 billion pounds of food is wasted each year in the U.S. With a partnership formed last week, two companies are looking to capitalize on all that organic material in Connecticut. According to a press

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Hamburg recycling firm has role in Sandy aid effort in Connecticut

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, Conn., and other nonprofits in that city have new picnic tables to replace those lost in Hurricane Sandy thanks to a project involving a Berks County recycling company. The 100 tables donated as part of “Project Picnic” were made of commercial-grade recycled artificial lumber consisting of 1,200 gallon-size

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Company Rides Recycled Plastics Into Clothing Industry

Oct 21st, 2013 | By

Since the company pivoted to a focus on recycled materials in November 2009, it has used enough waste plastic in manufacturing clothing to fill eight football fields knee-deep.

Connecticut school district is launching single-stream recycling program

Sep 17th, 2013 | By

Bridgeport Public Schools is launching a single-stream recycling program at each of its Connecticut schools and administrative offices to teach students real life skills, encourage staff to manage resources, and reinforce that everyone can reduce energy consumptions and air and water pollution. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut school district is launching single-stream recycling

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Bridgeport schools launch recycling program

Sep 13th, 2013 | By

Bridgeport Public School’s 2013-14 school year marks the launch of the district-wide single stream recycling program. All students and staff at each of the schools and administrative offices will participate in the program, which will teach students how to recycle in school and at home. Green teams consisting of school principals, staff and students will

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City of Bridgeport Recycling Rate up 67 Percent with Recyclebank Partnership, Single-Stream Recycling

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

Mayor Bill Finch announced that the City of Bridgeport increased its recycling participation rate by 67 percent as compared to the previous two-year period. The increase follows the City’s switch to single-stream recycling and the expansion of the Recyclebank rewards program citywide. A recognized leader in behavior change, Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future

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