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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Recycling bins for special events now available to Connecticut communities through the DEEP

Aug 26th, 2013 | By

Bins are available to any special event within the state of Connecticut and your event is not limited to borrowing from a particular location. Borrowers must schedule a pick-up and drop-off with the town.

Norwalk Wheeled Blue Bin Hell | Greenburbs

Jul 26th, 2013 | By

The City of Norwalk has gone insane again… they are taking away all (stealing?) all the blue buckets and replacing them with giant bins on wheels. It’s fine for a residential homeowner, problem is they’ve been doing this with all the business people as well, or apartment dwellers, where people live or work up a flight or more of stairs and have no place to store their new bin on wheels anywhere.

Not all Norwalk residents use wheeled bins as directed on first day of single-stream recycling

Jul 25th, 2013 | By

By 10 a.m. Monday, a City Carting & Recycling, Inc., truck had made its way down Betmarlea Road near Fox Run Elementary School as part of the first day of single-stream recycling in Norwalk. “I watched them empty mine and I saw two others emptied,” said Linda B. Forcellina, co-president of the West Norwalk Association.

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A City’s Accidental High Meadow, by David K. Leff

Jul 23rd, 2013 | By

Now in the final stages of closure, the mountain of trash is being wrapped in a synthetic liner, covered with soil and seeded. Methane gas is recovered from 82 wells generating enough electricity to power 1,500 to 2,000 homes. Soon a six-acre array of solar panels will produce enough power for another 1,000 homes during peak sunshine.

Landfillharmonic Project: ‘The world sends us garbage. We send back music.’

Jul 23rd, 2013 | By

Welcome to Landfill Harmonic. A film about a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made entirely of garbage. Landfill Harmonic is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution. The

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Nation’s Second Mattress Recycling Bill Signed into Law in Rhode Island

Jul 18th, 2013 | By

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee this week signed legislation into law that will create the nation’s second mattress recycling program. The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) worked closely with Rhode Island Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio and House Environment and Natural Resources Committee Chair Representative Arthur Handy to craft legislation that will recycle used mattresses

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Connecticut needs to step up recycling efforts, advocates say

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

Connecticut lawmakers and a leading advocacy group say that while the state has made substantial gains recently in its efforts to reduce the level of solid waste being produced here, more needs to be done. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut needs to step up recycling efforts, advocates say- The New Haven Register –

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State’s Recycling Efforts Praised

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

State officials at a press conference Wednesday touted the state’s progress in recycling efforts and waste reduction. “Connecticut has a lot to be proud of,” said Abe Scarr, director of the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group. “We have made some good progress; that said, we still have a long way to go.” For more on

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Can we replace foam peanuts with (real) mushrooms?

Jun 4th, 2013 | By

What if you could replace styrofoam with something that biodegrades and doesn’t contain petroleum? That’s what the founders of Ecovative Design are trying to do — with mushrooms. Gavin McIntyre, co-founder and chief science officer of the upstate New York start-up, says realizing the versatility and strength of mushrooms came to him and his co-founder,

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Manufacturers embrace greater recycling burden |

Jun 4th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s latest efforts to force mattress and paint manufacturers to recycle their products at the end of their life are just the beginning. The state government is eying the philosophy — called product stewardship — for other industry subsectors like carpet and alkaline batteries, in order to increase the recycling rate and decrease the waste disposal burden on municipalities and taxpayers. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Brad Kane of Hartford Business.