Jim Perras named CRRA Government Relations Liaison

Feb 6th, 2012 | By

HARTFORD, Conn. – Jim Perras has joined the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority as its government relations liaison, according to a news release. In this position he is responsible for providing information to state officials and government agencies regarding CRRA initiatives and issues surrounding solid waste disposal, energy generation, recycling and the environment. Prior to joining

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Pay-as-you-throw could be the future | The Connecticut Mirror

Feb 4th, 2012 | By

“It should be like another utility,” said John Phetteplace, the solid waste manager for the Town of Stonington. “You pay for your water; you pay for your electricity; you pay for your trash.” If you want to pay less, he said, generate less trash. For more on this story, visit: Pay-as-you-throw could be the future

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CT governor creates recycling working group to reduce waste and lower costs

Jan 31st, 2012 | By

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that he is establishing an eleven-member working group to analyze and make recommendations on how the state can modernize its approach to recycling, reduce waste through improved materials management and lower costs for municipalities and consumers. “Last year, unlike other states, we did not balance the

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Evicting a Visionary: CJ May leaving Yale’s recycling program | Yale Daily News

Jan 20th, 2012 | By

CJ May has been a part of the Yale community since 1988, when he started as a student at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; since 1990 he has coordinated Yale Recycling. He dresses like a cross between a recycler and office employee: his dark blue pants are constricted at his ankle by a

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CCSU wins EPA Game Day Challenge waste reduction program

Jan 10th, 2012 | By

The Results Are In: 2011 Game Day Challenge Winners WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the winners of the 2011 Game Day Challenge, a competition among U.S. colleges and universities with the goal of lowering waste generated at college football games and increasing participation in and awareness of waste reduction programs.

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New Jersey company takes CT garbage contracts from CRRA

Jan 9th, 2012 | By

New Jersey-based Covanta Energy Corp. has wooed four more Connecticut municipalities — and their garbage — away from the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority.

Enfield Rolls Out New Recycling Program

Dec 20th, 2011 | By

The town will begin a new single-stream recycling program using tipper barrels after the New Year — a $1.2 million project several years in the making. For more on this story, visit: Enfield Rolls Out New Recycling Program –

Towns renew CRRA contracts

Dec 15th, 2011 | By

The town council has unanimously approved entering into a 15-year contract with the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority. For more on this story, visit: Glastonbury: Town renews contract with CRRA – SIMSBURY — The Simsbury Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Dec. 12 to approve a new five-year contract with the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. For

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New Haven goes full steam with recycling

Dec 14th, 2011 | By

NEW HAVEN — The city this week finished rolling out an ambitious recycling initiative that aims to get residents to recycle more than they throw away. The old, 96-gallon, blue bins are now used for recyclables instead of trash, and residents have received smaller, brown bins for trash. The new system with bigger bins for

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Trucking firm stops in Franklin

Nov 28th, 2011 | By

The former Cargill Inc. animal feed plant in Franklin is the new home of a local trucking company. DW Transport and Leasing purchased the 6.5-acre site in July for $1, according to town records. Top executives, including President David Waddington and Operations Manager Lenny Rochester, recently moved into offices at the Route 32 location. For

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Tapping into garbage power, across the U.S. and here in Connecticut

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

Connecticut leads the country in “waste to energy” — the ability to turn household waste into energy to power cars, homes and businesses. it isn’t a new idea. It has been around for decades. But there’s more interest than ever in this alternative energy source and a growing number of new technologies may enable us to turn even more everyday household waste into energy. Massachusetts, Hawaii, Maine, Virginia, and Minnesota are already following Connecticut’s lead. Click on this headline to read more on this story.

Puma aiming to produce compostable trainers and T-shirts | World news | The Guardian

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

Your flowers love it, it’s environmentally friendly and saves on rubbish collection. And soon you will be able to add your worn-out trainers and T-shirts to the carrot peels, potato skins and eggshells on the compost heap at the end of your garden, if German sportswear manufacturer Puma gets its way. “We are confident that

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One day left in New Haven electronic waste recycling contest

Nov 7th, 2011 | By

Mayor DeStefano joined with the New Haven Office of Sustainability and WeRecylce! to announce the start of a statewide ewaste recycling contest sponsored by WeRecycle. Each city in Connecticut will compete against one another for scholarships and prize packages. The contest begins on Oct. 1 and ends Nov. 8 with the winners being announced on Nov. 15, National Recycling Day. The Ewaste Roundup is being held to increase participation at the recycling centers, keep the ewaste out of landfills and to give citizens the opportunity to win some cash for their town.

Yale to transition to single-stream recycling

Nov 2nd, 2011 | By

Starting next semester, students will no longer have to worry about separating their recyclables in residential colleges. Over the course of the academic year, the University will transition to single-stream recycling, a process that allows the mixing of all recyclable items such as paper, metals and glass in the same container. This change is expected

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East Hartford Considering New Municipal Waste Companies

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

A request for proposals from companies that handle the disposal of municipal waste has resulted in new, potentially less costly options for the town. Town officials reported to the town council Tuesday night that, as a member town of the Central Connecticut Solid Waste Authority — a consortium of towns looking to create more competition

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Landfilled Plastics Could Power 5.2 Million U.S. Households

Oct 19th, 2011 | By

Scientists at Columbia University say that the energy potential in non-recycled plastic is at least enough to fuel 6 million cars or power 5.2 million homes each year.

According to a study by the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University, while mechanical recycling of plastics has continued to grow in the U.S., with 2.1 million tons of plastics recycled in 2009, less than 15% of the U.S. post-consumer plastics are being diverted from landfills by means of recycling and energy recovery.

After the Disaster: A Guide to Managing Debris Waste

Sep 1st, 2011 | By

NERC has a free guidebook that can be of critical value as towns, individuals, and businesses look for solutions about how to manage storm debris.

Northeast Recycling Council Welcomes Senate Recycling Resolution

Aug 30th, 2011 | By

The Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. welcomes and endorses Senate Resolution 251: Expressing Support for Improvement in the Collection, Processing and Consumption of Recyclable Materials throughout the United States, co-sponsored by Sens. Tom Carper and Olympia Snowe — the co-founders of the U.S. Senate Recycling Caucus.

Waste Disposal Services: Manchester Staff Recommends Splitting Waste Disposal Services

Aug 24th, 2011 | By

The Manchester board of directors heard a recommendation Tuesday morning to split the town’s waste disposal services between Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority and Enfield-based Murphy Road Recycling. One major benefit of the proposal, which will be on the board’s September agenda, would be an approximatley fourfold increase in annual recycling rebates, town General Manager Scott

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More Naugatuck residents to get automated trash pickup

Aug 9th, 2011 | By

NAUGATUCK — The borough will expand automated trash and recycling collection to a small degree this year, and to a large degree next year, according to an agreement between the Board of Finance and public works officials. Read more here: More Naugatuck residents to get automated trash pickup The Republican-American.