Recycling

Our view: Putting a new spin on a treasured tradition

Sep 28th, 2010 | By

Time is running out for state colleges to register for The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2010 Game Day Challenge but, so far, according to the EPA website, Yale is the only college in Connecticut ready to compete. No, not athletically. Universities across the country are being asked to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle

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Towns OK funds to take part in solid waste removal program

Sep 28th, 2010 | By

GRANBY AND EAST GRANBY — Granby and East Granby have both approved fund appropriations to participate in the Central Connecticut Solid Waste Authority’s (CCSWA) request for qualifications (RFQ). The RFQ is the new authority’s first step in attempting to locate the best deals on solid waste removal for the now 22 member towns. via Towns

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Haddam Residents Oppose Transfer Station

Sep 23rd, 2010 | By

Residents of this upscale rural area continue to voice concerns over a plan to build a trash transfer station in the Walkley Hill Road neighborhood, where the town’s oldest houses are located. via Haddam Residents Oppose Transfer Station – Courant.com.



Recyling incentive in Bridgeport: get points, get discounts

Sep 20th, 2010 | By

Bridgeport residents received blue Toters last year as part of a pilot program that awards points to households that recycle.



Recycling to get easier in Old Lyme

Sep 8th, 2010 | By

Old Lyme – Residents will be able to toss all their recyclables into a lidded bin with wheels identical in size to their 95-gallon garbage bins when the town outsources recycling pick-up next year, First Selectman Timothy Griswold said at Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting. via The Day – Recycling to get easier in Old

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North Haven Rotary Club collects used cell phones for charity

Sep 1st, 2010 | By

The North Haven Rotary Club collects used cell phones and their batteries, which it submits to the PaceButler Coorperation in Oklahoma for redistribution to the military and needy people around the world. By recycling these phones fewer harmful chemicals end up in landfills, which helps protect our water supply.



Unclaimed deposits could enhance state’s recycling infrastructure: CRRA

Aug 31st, 2010 | By

Recently you may have heard or read that the state isn’t taking in as much money from unclaimed deposits on plastic water bottles as some officials had hoped.

In 2009 Connecticut expanded its bottle bill to put five-cent deposits on plastic water bottles, the same deposit Connecticut consumers pay on beer and soda bottles and cans. But where the bottlers and distributors keep the nickels from unredeemed beer and soda containers, the state would keep the unclaimed water deposits.



RFP: Recycling Meets the Arts

Aug 28th, 2010 | By

Recycling Education Through Visual and Performance Art The Hartford Recycling Coalition is soliciting proposals from nonprofit organizations for visual and performance art projects which educate residents and promote and encourage single-stream recycling in Hartford. Projects which involve children and youth are encouraged. Two proposals will be selected. Visual arts projects will be displayed and performances

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Bristol expanding recycling program

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

The city is now offering enhanced recycling to residents. Residents no longer have to separate their paper recyclables from their bottles, cans and plastics, the public works department announced Friday. via Bristol expanding recycling program – The Bristol Press.



Unclaimed Bottle Deposits No Budget Booster For Conn.

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

The Nutmeg State will come up short on the $17 million a year it had hoped to collect from unclaimed nickel deposits on water and soda bottles, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports. It turns out people are redeeming the bottles themselves, or perhaps buying less bottled water. LISTEN: WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau

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Lodgings target ‘green’ as the color of success

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

Green lodging. It’s a relatively new term, but expect it to become more common as travelers increasingly seek to stay in a place that practices environmentally responsible policies, from saving water to recycling. In Connecticut, there are already 15 accommodations that participate in the Connecticut Green Lodging program, and several of them are located in

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SUBWAY Recognizes Partners for Sustainability Efforts

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

Milford, Connecticut-based SUBWAY, which has made a commitment to make its restaurants and global operations more environmentally responsible, presented Sustainability Awards to three vendors at its recent annual convention in Chicago.

The companies recognized are: Pactiv’s PWP Industries of Vernon, California; Matosantos Commercial Corp. of Vega Bajam, Puerto Rico; and Closed Loop Recycling of Smithfield, Australia.

Closed Loop undertook a recycling initiative in Australia which saw 130,000 tons of materials removed from the waste stream to be later recycled and remanufactured.



Tolland To Leave Recycling Coordinator Post Vacant

Aug 11th, 2010 | By

Tolland’s refuse and recycling coordinator position will be left vacant for the foreseeable future, Town Manager Steven R. Werbner said in a memo to the town council. via Tolland To Leave Recycling Coordinator Post Vacant – Courant.com.



New Haven to begin overhaul of recycling program with cans in Westville

Aug 10th, 2010 | By

Single-stream recycling is here for residents of New Haven, and the city is about to launch formal efforts aimed at boosting recycling rates. Starting next weekend, some residents will receive smaller, 48-gallon, brown bins to be used for trash. The old, 96-gallon, blue bins will now be used for recyclables instead of trash. The idea

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Legislators slip in tough budget year: CTLCV 2010 Environmental Scorecard

Aug 5th, 2010 | By

Hartford, CT (August 5, 2010) – The scores are in.  And state legislators let their environmental grades slip in the 2010 legislative session, according to the 2010 Annual Environmental Scorecard released today by the bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV).  Citizens who want a sense of how their state legislators performed on environmental issues this

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Recycling in New Canaan: Is the program antiquated?

Jul 29th, 2010 | By

The town adopted a recycling ordinance in 1991 after the state passed a law requiring towns to establish a program under the guidelines that no less than 25 percent of solid waste generated be recycled.  The ordinance changes proposed and approved last Wednesday night included taking out any mention of SWEROC, of which the town

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Single-stream lifts recycling 39 percent

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

STAMFORD — Municipal recycling has increased by 39 percent since Stamford adopted a single-stream system one year ago, according to city officials.



Trash Wars: Waste Removal Companies Bid For Town Contracts

Jul 23rd, 2010 | By

It may be trash to most folks, but to those in the waste business, people’s garbage is a valuable commodity. And that’s why there;s a bidding war growing for the estimated 750,000 tons of garbage that 70 towns and cities pay more than $500 million a year to burn at a trash-to-energy plant in Hartford.

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State Green Lights Derby Transfer Station

Jul 17th, 2010 | By

A state official sent word Wednesday that Derby will receive a permit for its transfer station on Pine Street. It is not clear when the city will re-open the facility. via State Green Lights Derby Transfer Station | Valley Independent Sentinel.



It’s a crime: Some stores refuse to refund bottle deposits

Jul 15th, 2010 | By

Dennis Schain, a DEP spokesman, confirmed retailers who sell bottles must charge the deposit and then return them when a person returns a bottle of the same product. It doesn’t have to be one they sold, either; just as long as the store sells that brand, in that size, it has to return the deposit.

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