June 2017
E-newsletter highlighting grant deadlines, upcoming workshops and available resources for municipal recycling and solid waste leaders.
New RecycleCT website seeks to make recycling easier for residents
The RecycleCT Foundation, Inc. in partnership with DEEP has re-vamped their website to help residents understand what is acceptable "in" the recycling bin, and what is not.  They are promoting "What's In, What's Out" to encourage proper recycling habits.
The new website, www.RecycleCT.com includes a Recycling Wizard search tool - that makes it easy to look up different products on your computer, tablet and smart phone!

There are resources available for municipalities, haulers and MRFs to download to help them spread the word, including brochures, posters, stickers, cart tags and mailing insert.

For more information, please contact Sherill Baldwin


RecycleCT: What's In, What's Out 

June 20, 2017, 2:00pm

Sherill Baldwin will provide an overview of RecycleCT's new website, "What's In What's Out", including the Recycle Wizard search tool, templates and other resources available to solid waste and recycling professionals.  Presentation will also include the harmonization process of developing the universal list for recycling. There will be time for questions and discussion.


RecycleCT Foundation awards over $10,000 in grants to fund school recycling projects

The RecycleCT Foundation has distributed a second year of grants for its School Grant program.  Over $10,000 in grants were funded for projects such as linking food scrap composting with school gardens, composting & worm composting education and operations, purchasing reusable utensils instead of single use utensils, and education and signage to strengthen or expand recycling efforts.  

School Grant Recipients included:
*Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Laurelton Hall, Milford
*Thalberg Elementary, Southington
*Aces Mill Road School, North Haven
*Indian Mountain School, Lakeville 
*Charter Oak International Academy, West Hartford
*Alcott Elementary, Wolcott Parish Hill Middle School, Chaplin, Scotland & Hampton
Squadron Line Elementary, Simsbury
Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School, New London
Gaffney Elementary School, New Britain

The RecycleCT Foundation was created as a result of legislation in 2014 to raise public awareness and increase recycling participation. The legislation also called for the recycling diversion rate to increase to 60 percent by 2024. For more information about RecycleCT's School Grants program, please visit the RecycleCT Grants webpage.

*Connecticut Green Leaf School
Resources for Municipalities

Social. All images created by the RecycleCT are available for your use - Facebook, Pinterest, e-newsletters etc.

Resources. What's In, What's Out includes templates for your use - including brochures, flyers, stickers and more - with room for your local information.

CT WRAP: Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Initiative
DEEP is looking for more municipalities, haulers and retailers interested in promoting plastic bag and film recycling.  Grocers and retailers accept plastic bag and film such as grocery bags, newspaper bags, product bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags and even zipper bags for recycling. They also accept plastic wraps from water bottle cases, diapers, bathroom tissue, and paper towels, as well as bubble wrap and shipping pillows.

If interested in being a local "Champion" to help residents keep plastic film out of curbside recycling and bring it back to local retailers, please contact Sherill Baldwin
New Roadmap to WRAP Guide Available to Support Community Outreach
To better support WRAP Communities and Partners, the American Chemistry Council is pleased to provide a new "Roadmap to WRAP."

This guide provides step-by-step instructions, tools, and tips to support community campaigns and education.

     Upcoming Events:
Tues., June 20, 2:00pm - Save the Date: Webinar to learn more about RecycleCT What's In, What's Out website & resources.  Webinar link coming soon.

Wed., June 21, 8:30am - CT Recyclers Coalition Breakfast Series, Aqua Turf, Plantsville, CT.  Legislative and Industry panels.

Wed., June 21, 12noon - 2:00pm - Consumer Packaging Task Force, Legislative Office Building, Hartford CT 

Tues., June 27, 9:30am - Solid Waste Advisory Committee/Hazardous Waste Advisory Committee (combined) meeting, CT DEEP Headquarters, Gina McCarthy Auditorium in Hartford or on-line  This is a public meeting and an opportunity for solid waste and recycling professionals to stay up-to-date on regulations, legislation and innovation in CT and the region.
Join the CTRecyclers listserv. Stay up to date on upcoming events, ask your colleagues questions, etc. This list is open to professionals and community volunteers working on municipal recycling efforts and is for discussing recycling and solid waste recovery challenges and opportunities. DEEP is sponsoring this discussion list to encourage cross-pollination of ideas, hear new concepts, approaches and technologies, share successes, projects and programs and overall provide each other support in an effort to increase recycling and solid waste recovery in Connecticut.  To be invited, email Sherill Baldwin.
CT DEEP  |  Source Reduction & Recycling Group | 860-424-4193 | www.ct.gov/deep/recycle