August 2020
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E-newsletter highlighting grant deadlines, upcoming workshops and available resources for municipal recycling and solid waste leaders.
Doing Business with DEEP during the COVID-19 Pandemic

DEEP is continuing to carry out its mission and provide services while keeping both the public and our workforce safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on link for the latest updates on DEEP's COVID-19 Response.

Find more information on the Materials Management Response to COVID-19 webpage

Additional Resources:
For more information regarding hazardous waste management and the COVID-19 response:

For more information on Connecticut’s recycling programs:
Connecticut Compost
Webinar Series

Five Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
August 26
September 9
September 23
October 7
October 28


The focus will continue to be to assist farmers and municipalities currently engaged in composting - incl. just leaves, leaves and grass clippings or manure and just manure - to understand how to add food scraps to your recipe.

Recordings from all 5 webinars will be posted on CT DEEP's Archived Webinars and E-Newsletters webpage.
Resources for Those Working on Equity or Anti-Racist Programs or Policy Development
SustainableCT Equity Support and Resources for Municipalities
Action 9.1: Optimize Equity. Equity Toolkit for Municipalities.

Any time – Free coaching for towns from a Sustainable CT Equity Coach. Coaches are available to assist municipal leaders in registered communities with any issue related to equity and racial justice (does not have to be related to Sustainable CT certification) in addition to helping towns with the equity process of action 9.1 Optimize for Equity. Request to work with a coach.

CT Land Conservation Council
CLCC has Anti-Racism Education and Resource Guides, which includes general resources and many resources for those working on environmental issues.

Environmental Law Institute
As part of their Summer Series, ELI offered a program on the history, current and future role Environmental Justice plays. Includes links to powerpoint presentations and video of entire online seminar.
Missed recent webinars?

Recordings: Contract Negotiation Webinar Hosted by NERC-NEWMOA


Recordings and Presentation: Anaerobic Digestion for Farms, 7/16/2020
Hosted by NERC-NEWMOA 

Chatter on the CTRecyclers Listserv...Federal legislation about recycling...

Post from Ginny Walton/Mansfield: Over the spring and summer I have been introduced to federal senate bill 3263 and house bill 5845, which seem to have all the elements of best recycling practices at a national level:

  • Require big corporations take responsibility for their pollution, requiring producers of plastic products to design, manage, and finance waste and recycling programs.
  • Spur innovation, incentivizing big corporations to make reusable products and items that can actually be recycled. 
  • Create a nationwide beverage container refund program, which is successful at the state level. 
  • Reduce and ban certain single-use plastic products that are not recyclable. 
  • Establish minimum recycled content requirements for beverage containers, packaging, and food-service products. 
  • Spur massive investments in U.S. domestic recycling and composting infrastructure, while pressing pause on new plastic facilities until critical environment and health protections are put in place. 

I am wondering if CRC and recyclers are aware of this bill, which could have a positive impact on recycle markets?

Response from Pam Roach/CRC Board: We will add it to the CRC Agenda for our next CRC Board meeting at 9am on 8/19/2020.

Response from Katherine Brun/West Hartford: This bill is brought up in the documentary The Story of Plastic. For those who haven’t seen it I highly recommend. It costs $2.99 on Amazon Prime. NM Senator Udall is a co-sponsors of the bill and is featured in the film. See here for more info about the documentary.
EPA FY21 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Grants
Funding opportunity to deliver Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. 
Eligibility: See solicitation, includes many government and nonprofit entities
Funding: Total anticipated funding of $3,000,000 with grant ceiling of $200,000
Closing Date: September 22, 2020
Additional Information & Solicitation: 

Department of Commerce/NOAA FY21 Marine Debris Removal Grant
The NOAA Marine Debris Program, authorized in the Marine Debris Act, codified at 33 U.S.C. § 1951 et seq., supports the development and implementation of locally-driven, marine debris assessment, removal and prevention projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources.

Eligibility: State, local, tribal, and territory governments whose activities affect research or regulation of marine debris and any institution of higher education, nonprofit organization, or commercial (for-profit) organization with expertise in a field related to marine debris. See full announcement for details.
Funding: Estimated total funding $2,500,000 with individual funding awards ranging from $50,000-250,000
Closing date: Letter of intent required by September 4, 2020, full proposals due December 4, 2020
Additional Information & Solicitation:
From the Carton Council

Recently the Carton Council hosted a webinar on Maintaining School Recycling Programs in a COVID-19 World Open the link and then download (¯) the audio file to listen to the recording.

Additional Resources:
CT Green LEAF Schools

Presentations from the Fall 2019 School Recycling Workshop (October 23) are On-Line!

Missed last fall's workshop? Check out these presentations!

DEEP's Kellogg Environment Center offers online professional development on topics including recycling, worm composting and more. Archived presentations are also provided here.

DEEP and RecycleCT offer a Facebook Live event every Tuesday morning at 10am. Topics range from composting, waste reduction, what goes in the bin and more. Program is 5-15 minutes long. Archives are also on RecycleCT YouTube page.
Managing Electronic Waste from Municipal Buildings, including schools

“Towns can piggyback on the Department of Administrative Services’ End of Life Electronic (e-Waste) Equipment Recycling Services Contract to have municipally-generated electronics, including electronics from schools, recycled at reduced rates.” 

New Haven Climate Movement youth leaders developed the Climate Justice Schools proposal with the help of the local group, the Climate Health Education Project. It calls for students to spend 30 hours each year studying climate change and working on local solutions. Schools would also implement changes in the way they operate, like providing all vegetarian options on “Meatless Mondays.”

The proposal would roll out at five New Haven high schools first, where one teacher and two students would get stipends to lead each school’s program. This would cost $3,000 per school.
Here is the student activist's Climate Justice School Proposal.
Additional Resources
EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
(Federal Reused and Recycled Product Procurement Requirements)

EPA thanks everyone who commented on EPA’s request for comments on the federal Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines. You can read all of comments submitted on

More information on the current requirements for government agencies and their contractors using federal funds to purchase 61 items made from recycled and reused materials are in this overview and on EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines website
Archived Municipal Recycling Coordinators E-News and Webinars

Missed the last newsletter on product stewardship or a recent webinar? Look for archived webinars and e-newsletters on the CT DEEP webpage.
What's IN? What's OUT?

Promoting Safety and Protection for "Essential Workers" in the recycling industry
A major focus for the WIWO campaign for the end of July and through August is about safety, reducing contamination to keep employees safe and recognizing recycle workers as essential workers.

Any of the images posted on Facebook can be "borrowed" and used now, but after paid media campaign, these images will be posted on the webpage.
CT In the News

“Runoff Art” Flows Thru West River Corner (New Haven Independent, July 17)
Can I Recycle This (The Habitat, Spring 2020) see page 5
 Upcoming Events: 

August 7 - September 11, 2020 - various times - NRRA’s 2020 Summer Webinar Series. For more information. Hosted by NRRA. Note there is a fee to attend the upcoming webinars.

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 1:30pm - A Review of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Select Experiences in the Midwest and Beyond webinar. For more information. Hosted by U.S. EPA.

August 16-19, 2020 - Destination: Zero Waste, CRRA Virtual Conference. For more information. Hosted by California Resource Recovery Association.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 2:00pm - The Path Forward webinar. For more information. Hosted by Resource Recycling and the Recycling Partnership.

August 25-27, 2020 - various times - Circularity 20 Conference, online. For more information. Hosted by GreenBiz. Free.

August 26 - October 28 - 4:00 - 6:00pm - Compost Conference Webinar Series. Five webinars. For more information. Hosted by number of partners including CT NOFA, CTRC&D, CT DEEP and RecycleCT.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 2:00pm - Measure Matters: How Do We Measure Now? webinar. For more information. Hosted by Resource Recycling and the Recycling Partnership.

September 1-2, 2020 - Northeast Glass Virtual Forum. For more information. Hosted by NERC.

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 2:00pm - State & Local Laws Mandating Minimum Recycled Content webinar. For more information. Hosted by NERC.

October 20-22, 2020 - The Changing Face of Recycling: Finding New Solutions, NERC Fall 2020 Virtual Conference. For more information. Hosted by the NERC.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 8:00am - 4:30pm - Using Recycled Content in Infrastructure Workshop, Concord, New Hampshire. For more information. Hosted by NERC/NEWMOA.

Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 2:00pm - Zero Waste Marketing Your Program: Strategies for Giveaways webinar. For more information. Hosted by CURC.
Have an idea or topic for future municipal recycling webinar? Let us know what you and your colleagues would like to learn more about. Contact Sherill Baldwin.

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