October 2019
E-newsletter highlighting grant deadlines, upcoming workshops and available resources for municipal recycling and solid waste leaders.
RecycleCT School Grant RFP

Application deadline is
November 20, 2019 at 5:00pm. 

The RecycleCT Foundation was created to target and promote the coordination and support of research and education activities and public information programs aimed at increasing the rate of recycling and reuse in Connecticut.
The goal of the School Grant program is to fund efforts in Connecticut K-12 schools that foster greater understanding of and promote action and engagement in:

*       waste reduction
*       reuse
*       recycling
*       composting and/or anaerobic digestion
Recycling, and more broadly sustainable materials management, preserves and conserves natural resources in Connecticut and beyond.
The RecycleCT School Grant program has one grant cycle per year.  Application deadline is November 20, 2019 at 5:00pm.
Applications will be reviewed at the December RecycleCT Board/Council meeting and decisions should be made by January 2020.
Grant RFP is posted on RecycleCT website
All applications should be emailed to RecycleCT1@gmail.com
Resources from CT DEEP webpage

All schools in Connecticut are required by state law to recycle the  ten mandated items if they generate those materials. If your school isn't recycling, use these resources to develop, improve and publicize your program and to comply with the law.

The webpage includes comprehensive guides to starting a school recycling program, how to expand a school recycling program and going beyond the 3 R’s at your school or across your school district to provide a safe and healthy environment for students.


Workshop for CT School Educators, Teachers and Administrators

Fall 2019 School Recycling Workshop
October 23, 2019
8:30am - 2:30pm
CCSU, New Britain

This professional development program, will provide a day of learning to help schools understand the magnitude of recycling, how school programs can improve, activities to engage students and time for networking. Pre-registration is required. Details on the program and how to register can be fond on THIS FLYER.
PFAS Draft Action Plan

The PFAS Draft Application Plan is available for public comment, which will be accepted through Oct. 15, 2019 and can be submitted electronically to the PFAS Task Force via email at CTPFAS@ct.gov or be mailed to:

Ray Frigon, Assistant Director
Remediation Division
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106. 

Following the close of the public comment period, the Draft Action Plan will be revised taking public comments into consideration and the Final PFAS Action Plan will be delivered to Governor Lamont on Nov. 1, 2019. 
Mattress Recycling Council's
Collection Site Spotlight
This month will begin a regular feature to shine a light on some of MRC's outstanding collection sites. This month MRC recognizes:
Willington Transfer Station

High five to the Willington Transfer Station in Connecticut, which has been participating in MRC's Bye Bye Mattress program for nearly a year and has recycled 353 units to date. Our program coordinators enjoy working with DPW Director Troy Sposato and his outstanding staff. Thank you for your continued partnership and support, Willington!! 
Bed Bug Forum XI
November 7, 2019
9:00am - 1:00pm
Jones Auditorium, CAES, New Haven

The CT Council Against Bed Bugs (CCABB) has coordinated another program to help uncover the myths of bed bugs, the behavior of these insects, current research, pesicides and bed bug law and hoarding.

This program is specifically designed for licensed pesticide applicators, however, if you or your DPW staff are responsible for houses with hoarding or need a refresher for staff that collect, or move mattresses for recycling, you may find this of interest. To register: contact Gale.ridge@ct.gov

Can't attend?

CCABB has many videos and other resources on line to learn about bed bugs, reduce panic associated with these insects, and protect the spread of them.

Some info from the CCABB webpage:

Practical Skills Compost Workshop
October 21, 2019
12:30pm - 5:00pm
Needham, MA

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is hosting a no-cost Practical Skills Compost Workshop with emphasis on composting food materials. This half-day workshop will focus on operator competency in compost site management, in-field operations, and recipe development. 

The workshop runs from 12:30pm-5:00pm and will be held at the Needham Free Public Library. 

This workshop is geared towards:
• Food materials composting operations registered with MDAR or MassDEP
• Municipal or small-scale site operators either currently accepting or considering accepting food materials
• Other interested parties considering starting a compost site and accepting off-site food materials

Using Recycled Content Materials in Road & Infrastructure Projects - Workshop
April 15, 2020
Concord, New Hampshire

NERC and NEWMOA, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the University of New Hampshire Technology Transfer Center, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Department of Transportation, NRRA, and Maine Resource Recovery Association (MRRA), will be holding a day-long workshop in Concord, New Hampshire on April 15, 2020, to promote the use of recycled content in road and infrastructure projects.

The topics will include: 
  • Plastic drainage pipes
  • Ground asphalt for roads
  • Crumb rubber
  • Glass/PGA

Presentations will focus on case studies and practical application strategies.

For more information, contact Lynn Rubinstein , NERC or Terri Goldberg , NEWMOA
NERC's Sept. 11 Packaging Webinar Recording Now Available

This webinar, U.S. Regulatory Strategies for Packaging , which took place on September 11th, provided insights into the different approaches states are taking to address packaging. 

Cole Rosengren, Senior Editor of Waste Dive, provided an overview of the different strategies states have proposed across the nation to deal with packaging and how industry groups have responded. Cole also focused in on the Northeast states' specific approaches and their status. 

Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director of the National Stewardship Action Council, presented California’s proposed strategies and the implementation steps incorporated into their plan.

In addition, Sarah Lakeman, Sustainable Maine Project Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, presented the specifics of Maine’s proposed strategies and their intended outcomes.

The recording and presentations from the webinar and subsequent webinars in the series can be found by going to the  Resources  section of NERC’s website and then selecting webinars.
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

Composting Class at CT Audubon Fairfield (Hamlet Hub, September 28)
Volunteers wanted for Pequabuck River cleanup Saturday (New Britain Herald, September 26)
State prosecutor addresses Fairfield residents on dumping case (Fairfield Citizen Online, September 19)
The Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling (The Patch, September 18)
Norwalk bans use of Styrofoam items (The Hour, September 11)
Waste Not, Want Not (CT Food Bank News, August 29)
 Upcoming Events: 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 9:30am - 11:30am - CT Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting . CT DEEP, Hartford. In person and online streaming. For more information . Hosted by CT DEEP.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 8:30am - 2:30pm -  School Recycling Workshop . CCSU, New Britain. For more information . Hosted by CT Green LEAF, COEEA and Zero Waste Schools.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 1:30 - 3:00pm - Canadian Packaging EPR webinar. For more information . Hosted by NERC.

October 29 - 30, 2019 - 2019 Fall Conference: Much Ado About Plastics . Providence, Rhode Island. For more information . Hosted by NERC.

November 7, 2019 - 9:00am - 1:00pm - Bed Bug Forum XI . CAES, New Haven. For more information contact Gale.Ridge@ct.gov . Hosted by CCABB.
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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