March 2018
E-newsletter highlighting grant deadlines, upcoming workshops and available resources for municipal recycling and solid waste leaders.
Are You in Compliance?

As part of implementing the Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy DEEP is reaching out to municipalities to assist in developing waste management practices which comply with the current CT statutes and regulations.
Does your municipality...

• Have a designated Recycling Agent?
• Have an up-to-date recycling ordinance?
• Submit Recycling Reports annually?
• Submit Solid Waste Facility reports annually (if applicable)?
• Collect registrations from collectors/haulers who work in your town?
• Receive/request reports from collectors/ haulers who work in your town?
• Have an adopted (or established) plan for parallel collection (trash & recycling) in municipal public spaces? 
• Have an adopted (or established) plan for parallel collection (trash & recycling) in public spaces?
To be in compliance, municipalities have a number of tasks to complete.
•Develop a plan or program for residential and commercial recycling outreach and enforcement of local ordinances and update ordinances ( CGS Sec. 22a-220(f ) , CGS Sec 22a-241b and RCSA 22a-241b )
•Implement an initiative to reduce disposed waste by 10% from 2014 baseline year, this may include SMART (Save Money and Reduce Trash) pricing programs (consistent with goal established in CGS Sec. 22a-220(f) and CMMS )
•Ensure that all residents have sufficient opportunity to recycle at the rate materials are generated ( CGS Sec. 22a-220(f) )
Municipal Solid Waste Ordinances

Municipal Ordinances should address:

Parallel collection for residents and non-residential entities
Registration requirement for collectors
Residential, Multi-Tenant, and ICI (generators and collectors)
Illegal Dumping / Out-of-Town Waste
Reference CT List of Mandatory Recyclables ( RCSA 22a-241b-2 )
Include municipal facilities, schools, parks, public spaces, special events, common gathering venues, etc.
Municipalities are required to adopt an ordinance in accordance with CGS 22a-220(f)(1) : Adopt an ordinance or other enforceable legal instrument setting forth measures to assure the compliance of persons within its boundaries with the requirements of subsection (c) of section 22a-241b and to assure compliance of collectors with the requirements of subsection (a) of section 22a-220c
Have more questions about municipal compliance?

DEEP Sustainable Materials Management
New Resource from EPA

Fact Sheet:

(Found on CT DEEP webpage:
RecycleCT Innovation Grant RFP

The RecycleCT Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce a request for proposals for its Innovation Grant Program. 

Proposals due March 28, 2018, 5:00pm EST
Proposals are only accepted by email:
Subject line should be:
Innovation Grant Application

The goal of the Innovation Grant Program is to fund new and innovative processes, programs, or demonstration projects in the areas of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting in Connecticut.

The Innovation Grant targets sustainable materials management initiatives that advance local, regional, or statewide knowledge and participation in building sustainable alternatives for materials otherwise destined for disposal. 

Application and projects funded in 2017 can be found at:
 Carton Recycling: They're IN!

March 26, 2018 -  3:00pm

Wonder how to increase recycling efforts and how to help your schools recycle more?
Join us to learn about carton recycling. The Carton Council has assisted numerous communities and schools with adding cartons to recycling programs with the benefit of increasing recycling while teaching the next generation of recyclers. This webinar will also highlight programs the Carton Council is supporting in the HRRA region and Middletown.

To make this truly beneficial, there will be dedicated Q&A time for you to ask questions.

Barbara Heineken
Carton Council Representative from Resource Recycling Systems (RRS)
Jen Heaton-Jones
Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority
Kim O'Rourke
City of Middletown

Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP

  • Learn which food and beverage products come in cartons and tips to make carton recycling easy.
  • Learn about the Carton Council and their resources including small grants.
  • Hear from CT recycling coordinators working with the Carton Council to improve residential and school carton recycling.
  • Time for your questions. We will open the phone lines, so plan to call-in!

Join this upcoming webinar/conference call.
Promotional Resources
Available for your use!
Videos and other resources about Mattress Recycling
from the Mattress Recycling Council (below)
New Video on Plastic Film Recycling
from the American Chemistry Council/Flexible Film Recycling Group (below)
CT Programs in the News

Enfield Offers App to Facilitate Recycling (Journal Inquirer, March 1)

Little agreement on Conn. packaging EPR (Resource Recycling, February 27)

City carting adds glass cleanup system (Recycling Today, February 21)

What's In, What's Out? Take Note of New Recycling Rules (Ridgefield's Hamlet Hub, February 8)

City serves as case study in film recycling outreach (Plastic Recycling Update, February 7)

[Mohegan Sun, Southern Connecticut State University and Whole Food Market in Milford]
     Upcoming Events:

March 7, 2018 - 9:00am-1:30pm - Small Compost Systems Operator Training . Mansfield Town Hall, 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT. CT Recyclers Coalition, $20.  Contact for more information.

Snow Date : March 12, 2018 - 9:00am-1:30pm - Small Compost Systems Operator Training . Mansfield Town Hall, 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT. CT Recyclers Coalition, $20.  Contact for more information.

March 26, 2018 - 3:00-4:00pm -  Carton Recycling: They're IN! webinar. Learn how to increase carton recycling.  Hosted by CT DEEP.

April 24, 2018 - 9:30-11:30am - Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting. McCarthy Auditorium, CT DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT.  Upcoming and past agendas and presentations.
Have an idea or topic for future municipal recycling conference call/webinar? Let us know what you and your colleagues would like to learn more about. Contact Sherill Baldwin .
CT DEEP | Source Reduction & Recycling Group | 860-424-4193 |