April 2018
E-newsletter highlighting grant deadlines, upcoming workshops and available resources for municipal recycling and solid waste leaders.
Renewing Your Waste Disposal Contract?

Important Reminder:  As your municipality contracts or renews its contract with a solid waste facility, CT General Statutes requires the submittal of the solid waste disposal contract to CT DEEP. 

Sec. 22a-213 . Approval of solid waste disposal contracts. Contracts between municipalities and solid waste facilities. (a) All contracts made after July 1, 1971, by any city, town, borough or regional authority with any person, another municipality or regional authority to provide for processing, storage or disposal outside of its boundaries of solid wastes generated within its boundaries, shall be reviewed and have the approval of the commissioner as conforming to recognized standards of public health and safety before they can be implemented. The municipality shall be responsible for providing a copy of said solid waste disposal contract to the commissioner.

Contracts will be reviewed by DEEP staff to ensure consistency with CT’s Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy and are subject to approval before they can be implemented. Please submit your municipal solid waste contract (including renewals) before the contract is finalized to Robert Isner, Robert.Isner@ct.gov.
NEW: Waste Food Resources

The Center for EcoTechnology has announced a new webpage, Wasted Food which provides resources to help businesses, municipalities, schools, universities and others with 'wasted food', including a toolbox.

In Connecticut, CET has helped reduce wasted food at a number of K-12 schools and universities by implementing technology solutions, facilitated food donation from supermarkets such as Fresh Market, and launched a composting program at the Sheraton at Bradley Airport.

CET has helped dozens of businesses and institutions in Connecticut learn more about food recovery and wasted food diversion opportunities.

Have businesses in town that generate
a lot of food scraps/food waste? 

CET currently has funds to provide "no-cost" assistance to commercial and institutional businesses. Assistance includes an overview of all appropriate solutions for reducing wasted food, and guidance to implement the solutions that make the most sense for the business.

For no-cost help at local businesses or institutions, or for their customers or association members, contact CET at  888-813-8552 or e-mail  wastedfood@cetonline.org.

The Closed Loop Fund provides project finance that invests in scaling recycling infrastructure and sustainable manufacturing technologies that advance the circular economy.

CLF provides low-cost loans for the private sector and zero percent loans for local governments.

Last year they invested in the City of Waterbury, to implement a curbside cart program to every household.  Waterbury's goal is to increase their 6% recycling rate to 25% over the next three years.  

The partnership with DEEP brings $5 million worth of recycling infrastructure investment into Connecticut. 

If you're community cannot take advantage, please share this information with your haulers, MRFs, or other private sector partners.  Interested parties should contact Chris Nelson for more information. 
Learning opportunity

 What's IN, What's OUT?

April 30, 2018 -  3:00pm

Presenter: Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
Facilitator: Jennifer Weymouth, CT DEEP

Join the webinar/conference call to learn more about the universal list, the What's IN, What's OUT mixed recycling campaign. The campaign is aimed at CT residents to help them better understand what materials can go in the recycling bin, and what cannot.

Covered in the Webinar:
• How the universal list was created
• What's IN, What's OUT: The List!
• RecycleCT tools & resources
• Top 10 searches on Recycle Wizard
 • Who's using the Recycle Wizard?
• What's new, what's coming up next for the Campaign?
 • Time for your questions.

Who should attend:
Recycling coordinators/DPW Directors
• Members of recycling/solid waste commissions/committees
• Solid Waste & Recycling haulers and collectors with CT residential customers (esp. your marketing team)
• CT Recycling Facilities that process mixed residential recycling (esp. your marketing team)
 • CT Environmental Educators, teachers and school representatives

CT Programs in the News
Earth Day: From 1970 to 2018 (CT Post, March 3)
Millions pledged for state's recycling program (Resource Recycling, March 27)
Mixed Recycling is NEW CT Recycling Program (Ridgefield's Hamlet Hub, March 27)
Greenwich revising rules on recycling (Greenwich Times, March 25)
(We-Ha.com, March 25)
How to be a good recycling (Milford Mirror, March 20)
What's in, what's out? What goes in the bin? (Ridgefield's HamletHub, March 20)
State: No plastic bags in blue bins (Greenwich Times, March 10)
Recycle Connecticut announces new list (Westport News, March 10)
Celebrate Earth day 2018

DEEP promotes a list of Earth Day 2018 events each year encouraging residents to participate.

     Upcoming Events:

April 5 - May 6 - Art/Place Gallery "Recycled" Show Reception April 15 Fairfield, CT - The public is invited to a reception on April 15 from 3-5 pm at Art Place Gallery for “Recycled", the fourth show together by members Susanne Andover Keany and Mollie Keller. They will talk about their work at 4 pm. The show runs from April 5 to May 6. Art/Place Gallery is located at 70 Sanford Street in Fairfield and is open every afternoon See  www.artplacegallery.org or call 203-292-8328.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 9:30-11:30am - Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting. McCarthy Auditorium, CT DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT.  Upcoming and past agendas and presentations.

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 3pm - CT's What's IN, What's OUT campaign, webinar . This webinar will cover information about RecycleCT, the new universal list and What's IN, What's OUT resources available to municipalities, haulers, facility operators and schools. Please share with your staff or colleagues if they've missed this program in the past. Hosted by CT DEEP.
Have an idea or topic for future municipal recycling conference call/webinar? Let us know what you and your colleagues would like to learn more about. Contact Sherill Baldwin .
CT DEEP | Source Reduction & Recycling Group | 860-424-4193 | www.ct.gov/deep/recycle