February 2021
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
For the latest information and guidance, visit ct.gov/coronavirus
Connecticut Coalition for Sustainable Materials Management (CCSMM)

The Coalition finalized their "Menu of Options" in January 2021 and are now moving forward; helping coordinate connections between municipalities, COGs and other regional entities that have similar interests and opportunities to partner on different initiatives.
Organics Recycling Working Group

An initiative to facilitate ongoing dialogue and coordination to support increased organics infrastructure and services will have its kick-off meeting Friday, February 26, 2021.

Organics Infrastructure Initiative
Kick-Off Meeting

February 26, 2021
10:00am - 1:00pm

This first meeting will begin working with municipalities, developers, and other stakeholders to address expansion of organics infrastructure and diversion services, both to handle increased quantity of material, and to provide for infrastructure or services that are geographically accessible all across the state.
Increase Recycling Working Group

A new Recycling Learning Series is being coordinated focusing on topics as outlined in responses from the CCSMM members Survey from the Menu of Options.

Programs will be formatted in different ways depending on the topic. Each will include information and resources on how a municipality or regional group can take steps to implement similar programs.

Upcoming Programs:

Hauler Registration: A Municipal Recycling and Waste Management Tool

March 22, 2021

Learn how municipalities are using this as a tool to support municipal recycling and waste programs, including how they can be replicated for your town.
Unit-Based Pricing Working Group

CCSMM members identified a regional approach as preferable for pursuing unit-based pricing (UBP) and food scraps collection because of efficiencies in implementation and cost.  

Recently, regional waste authorities including SCRRRA, HRRA, BRRFOC-TROC, Wallingford Region and MIRA and Councils of Governments (COG), including RiverCOG, MID-NEROC, MetroCOG, Northwest Hills COG, Southeastern CT COG, Northeastern CT COG, Western CT COG, South Central CT COG, Capitol Region COG, and Naugatuck Valley COG met to discuss next steps on how to move forward on these priority issues. Follow-up information forthcoming.  
EPR Working Group

The EPR Working Group has been focusing mostly on legislative activities outlined as priorities in the Menu of Options.
Small Efforts for Big Change 

Join The Rockfall Foundation, RiverCOG, City of Middletown, and Wesleyan Sustainability Office for a seven-part series of conversations about waste, environmental justice, and how we all play a part in the future of sustainability.

All sessions will be held online via Zoom.

Speakers include Katie Dykes, Commissioner, CT DEEP; Ben Florsheim, Mayor, City of Middletown; Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP, Recycling; Kevin Budris, Attorney, Zero Waste Project & more!

Online Meeting Schedule:
March 18: Environmental Justice of Waste
March 25: What Happens to Your Trash?
April 8: Where Are We Heading?
April 15: Let's Get Going - Waste Audits
April 22: Advocacy Workshop
April 29: Re-use Workshop
May 6: Composting Workshop

Attend one, a few, or all 7 sessions - we recommend them all!

While registering, please be sure to select each individual session you wish to attend.

Suggested donation of $10 per session. Donations can be made here: www.rockfallfoundation.org/donate
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Climate Change Youth Summit
For High School Students

March 18 & 19, 2021
10:00am - 2:00pm

Students will participate in sessions that develop an action project for their school or community. 

For more information, including how to register.
Additional Resources
Anaerobic Digestion Data
EPA has published new survey results for Anaerobic Digestion Facilities Processing Food Waste in the United States. Thanks to all survey participants!

How to Stop Demolishing and Start Deconstructing Buildings
The C40 – a group of international cities taking bold climate actions – released an Implementation Guide on local government opportunities to reduce embodied carbon and waste.

New Zero Waste Jobs Report
GAIA, a global network of more than 800 grassroots groups, NGOs, and individuals, envisions a just, zero waste world built on respect for ecological limits and community rights, where people are free from the burden of toxic pollution, and resources are sustainably conserved, not burned or dumped. Zero Waste and Economic Recovery: The Job Creation Potential of Zero Waste Solutions

Feast of Food Waste Reduction Solutions!
ReFED has developed top 10 solutions ranked by net financial benefit that all food system players should implement to #HalveFoodWasteBy2030. Learn more about solutions at https://refed.com/food-waste/the-solutions#solutions

Buy Recycled Initiative
The Foundation for Plastic Recycling, established by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has established a new Buy Recycled initiative.

This new Buy Recycled campaign provides free resources and educational materials to help you reduce your environmental footprint.
Funding Resources
EPOC Environmental Grant Program
The Environmental Professionals Organization of Connecticut (EPOC) is now accepting applications for their 2021 Environmental Grants.

The application deadline is March 31, 2021.
For further information and application form, please visit EPOC webpage.

The EPOC Grant Program provides non-profit and not-for-profit environmental advocacy groups, community based groups and environmental education organizations funding for local projects that benefit the environment.

USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Anaerobic Digesters
Eligibility: Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures, as defined in the program regulation, are eligible to apply for this program.
Funding$33 million and any additional FY 2021 funding that becomes available.
Maximum Grant Amount: Planning Grants $75,000; Working Capital Grants: $250,000.
Closing Date: Electronic applications due Mar. 16, 2021 (Midnight Eastern Time)
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What's IN? What's OUT?

Concern about syringes and sharps has recently had an uptick from MRF operators.

Syringes and sharps are OUT.

Looking for ways to promote?

This image and others are available on www.RecycleCT.com/Social

You can use this in print media or social media such as Facebook, and Twitter, Instragram.

 Upcoming Events: 

March 3, 2021 - 12:00pm - ReUSE Minnesota Impact Study Results Register here. Hosted by ReUSE MN.

March 8, 2021 - 12:00pm - Who is at the Table? Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Waste and Recycling. Register here. Hosted by the National Recycling Coalition, Northern California Recycling Association and the Ohio Recycling Coalition.

March 9, 2021 - 2:00pm - Plastic Film Recycling & End-Markets. Register here. Hosted by NERC.

March 9, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm - Composting Indoors with Worms. Register here. Hosted by Cornell Extension, NY Broome County Division of Solid Waste Management.

March 13, 2021 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm - Composting 101. Register here. Hosted by Grassroots Gardens of Western New York.

March 23, 2021 - 9:30am - 11:30am - CT Solid Waste Advisory Council meeting. Register here. Hosted by CT DEEP.

March 30-31, 2021 - Reframing Recycling in 2021 - NERC Spring Conference. Register here. Hosted by NERC.

April 13 - 15, 2021. NYS Organics Summit. Register here. Hosted by NYSAR3.
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