June 2020
Stay informed about coronavirus (COVID-19): Governor Lamont is telling Connecticut residents to "Stay Safe, Stay Home." All nonessential workers are directed to work from home, and social and recreational gatherings of more than five are prohibited. All previously enacted executive orders on all closures, distancing, and safety measures have been extended through at least May 20.
For the latest information and guidance, visit ct.gov/coronavirus
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 here for the latest updates on DEEP's response to COVID-19. DEEP COVID-19 Response

Hosted by CCM & SustainableCT

SMART Way to Reduce Trash, While Saving Money and the Environment
Thursday, June 11, 2020
9:00am - 10:00am

Connecticut has a major opportunity to reduce residential trash generation, all while saving money and benefiting the environment. “Save Money and Reduce Trash” (SMART) is a strategy that charges residents for waste disposal, based on the amount thrown away. In Connecticut, over 40 municipalities have been working to evaluate the benefits and feasibility of implementing a local SMART program.

Join the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Waste Zero and Sustainable CT for this informative workshop to learn how SMART works, hear from peer municipalities that have implemented SMART, how to calculate key metrics of your community’s waste generation, and how to earn points for your efforts in Sustainable CT under action 7.6

After the formal program concludes , we invite you to optional, small group break-out sessions for questions, answers and discussion. You will be able to select among the following break-outs: 

1. The municipal experience of implementing SMART. 

2. A deeper dive into understanding SMART and calculating your municipality’s specific numbers on residential solid waste generation per capita.

3. Receiving free technical assistance via CT DEEP and earning points in Sustainable CT.

Links will be provided via the chat box feature during the main presentation to join the optional opportunity to continue the conversation.


-Kristen Brown , Waste Zero

-Jennifer Weymouth , CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

-Alyssa Norwood , Sustainable CT

-Municipal staff representatives , sharing on their experience of implementing SMART

Accepting Applications for the NERC 2020 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) is now accepting applications for its 2020 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award program. The award recognizes individuals or organizations for the impact they have made on an environmentally sustainable economy within the NERC 11-state region. Applications are due August 14.

Missed recent webinars?

How the COVID-19 Pandemic has Impacted Reducing & Recovering Wasted Food - Hosted by NERC and NEWMOA. Recording available on NERC’s website and the PowerPoint slides and recording on NEWMOA’s website . Recorded May 21, 2020.

Recycling Markets Outlook Forum – Hosted by the National Recycling Coalition, EPA and Renew Recording on YouTube . Recorded April 30, 2020 | 1:30 hours.

Best Practices in Container Deposit Laws – Hosted by the Container Recycling Institute and sponsored by Re-Fold. Recording on CRI website . Recorded March 16, 2020 | All day livestream event with four recorded sessions of many 15-minute recorded presentations.

A COVID-19 Industry Update from The Recycling Partnership Recorded Wednesday, May 27 – 2pmET – Watch the Recording
USDA Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) Pilot Projects

These cooperative agreements will support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. Cooperative agreements support projects led by local governments that: 1) generate compost; 2) increase access to compost for agricultural producers; 3) reduce reliance on, and limit the use of, fertilizer; 4) improve soil quality; 5) encourage waste management and permaculture business development; 6) increase rainwater absorption; 7) reduce municipal food waste; and 8) divert food waste from landfills. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide assistance for conservation related activities.

Grant Webinar – June 4, 2020 (11-12 PDT):  Register HERE  

Applications Due:  June 26 2020

ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on our food system – especially the increase in wasted food that could have gone to the growing number of people facing food insecurity -- ReFED  launched this Fund to quickly get funds to those organizations that are able to rapidly scale their impact. The Fund has distributed its first $1 million of grants to organizations that will drive impact of more than a total of 10 million pounds of food waste prevented or 8.3 million meals rescued. Although the first round of applications and grant awards is now closed, ReFED welcomes additional submissions to be considered for future funding rounds and will review them on a rolling basis.

Additional Information & Online Application:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ReFEDCOVID-19FoodWasteSolutionsFund
RecycleCT Foundation Publishes
Annual Report for 2019
The RecycleCT Foundation is pleased to share their 2019 annual report, which summarizes it’s activities in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Created with the passing of Public Act 14-94, RecycleCT was formed to provide research and education activities and public information programs aimed at increasing the rate of recycling and reuse in the state.
The Annual Report 2019 highlights the continued efforts to make this non-profit organization more independent, including contracting with NERC to support the Foundation’s administrative responsibilities. This support has given the Board more time to focus on developing and implementing programs, including the start of Phase III of the What’s IN, What’s OUT recycling campaign, which focuses on promotion to the general public and tools and resources for municipalities, haulers, processors and other partners.

The Annual Report 2019 is posted on the RecycleCT 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?
Recent Questions from CT residents & Added to RecycleCT Wizard
CT In the News

Redemption Reopening Revives A Lifeline (New Haven Independent, May 25)
Turning Waste Into Energy in CT (Waste360, May 27)
Towns balk at cost of overhauling Hartford trash plant (Hartford Business Journal, May 2020)  
Opin ion: Lindsay Nolan - Single-use serving containers are the way to go for now (The Day, May 26)
Bottle and can redemption set to resume (Bristol Press, May 19)
Southington Land Owner Re-ups Waste Digester Permit (Hartford Business Journal, May 18)
Opinion: Joseph Barnes - Coronavirus gives us every reason to reconsider environmental policies (Hartford Courant, May 14)
Opinion: Mary Gadbois - Plastic shopping bags the better, safer choice (The Day, April 28)
Opinion: Thomas J. Lamy - Grocery plastic bags have good uses in hands of responsible people (The Day, April 28)
 Upcoming Events: 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Recycling 101 for Multifamily Property Managers webinar. For more information . Hosted by MA DEP.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 1:00pm - 2:30p m - Procurement of Recycled-Content Products: Stimulating Recycling Markets and Creating Demand webinar. For more information . Hosted by U.S. EPA.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:00am - 10:00am - SMART Way to Reduce Trash, While Saving Money and the Environment . Municipal Training webinar. For more information . Hosted by SustainableCT and CT Conference of Municipalities.

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm - Should Municipalities Get Back in the MRF Game? webinar. For more information . Hosted by the Northeast Recycling Council.

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 10:00am - 11:00am - COVID19: Markets with Rob Klee webinar. For more information . Hosted by the Connecticut Recyclers Coalition. Free for CRC members.

July 13 - 14, 2020 - ReUSE 2020 - Virtual Conference . For more information . Hosted by ReUSE Minnesota.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 2:00pm - Learn about the Government Recycling Demand Champion Program webinar. For more information . Hosted by NERC and APR.
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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