Here are some next steps coming out of the Coalition, including the Organics Infrastructure Initiative and a learning series to help municipalities implement new programs to reduce, reuse and/or recycle. And if you missed the Information Session hosted by the CGA Environment Committee, please find a link to the recording below.

Organics Infrastructure Initiative - Kick-Off Meeting
Friday, February 26, 2021, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Goals of the Initiative - Organic materials make up a significant portion of the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream in Connecticut, and therefore the largest opportunity to increase diversion from disposal. As Connecticut faces higher costs and more limited capacity for waste disposal, diversion of organic material from disposal presents one of the most promising options for reducing disposal costs, improving environmental outcomes, and creating local jobs. For this reason, the Connecticut Coalition for Sustainable Materials Management (CCSMM) is launching an Organics Infrastructure Initiative that will advance coordinated efforts to support more organics infrastructure and services to support processing of organics material, and diversion of organic material from MSW, that is accessible to communities across the State.

Join other CCSMM members, developers, DEEP permit staff, organics collectors and processing facilities and other stakeholders on next steps to support deployment of organics processing infrastructure and services in CT. Register here.

Municipal Recycling Learning Series - The Increased Recycling Working Group is moving forward with meetings and webinars this spring and through 2021. Based on CCSMM survey results, these events will be designed to help municipalities learn about different programs and how they might implement them in their community. Topics will include: Hauler Registration as a Tool, Community Composting, CT WRAP plastic film program, How to Collect Food Scraps at Transfer Station, and more. For more information coming soon.
The CGA Environment Committee hosted a Public Informational Session on February 8, 2021. Meeting included stakeholders sharing challenges and pathway forward on Unit Based Pricing (aka Pay As You Throw/SMART) and stakeholder comments on the bottle bill. Recording here.

Any towns that are not part of CCSMM can join at any time by reaching out to Chris Nelson.

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