Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

ConnPIRG is building public support for commonsense solutions to Connecticut's waste problems, including enforcing recycling laws and eliminating wasteful packaging.

The Zero Waste Solution

It’s time to modernize recycling in Connecticut.

Connecticut burns more trash per person than any other state in the country, generating half a million tons of toxic ash every year. We're quickly running out of landfill space for incinerator ash and increasingly shipping it out state.

Recognizing this, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has set a goal of keeping 58% of our trash out of landfills and incinerators — but Connecticut has been stuck at 30% for the last decade.

The good news is, we have the tools to get to 58% and even further to zero waste.  Communities like Nantucket are already keeping more than 90% of their trash out of landfills and incinerators and Connecticut towns like Darien and South Windsor are over 50%.

In order to get on the path to zero waste, we need to reduce the amount of resources we use, reuse what we can, and recycle the rest. Over the past two years Governor Malloy has created a Modernizing Recycling Working Group and a Resources Recovery Task Force to explore these issues.  Now we are calling on the state to implement commonsense solutions, including:

  • Updating the Bottle Bill to include juice containers
  • Enforcing existing recycling mandates
  • Removing organics from the waste stream
  • Resisting attempts to incentivize incineration

Learn what the General Assembly is doing about these solutions with our Legislative Scorecard. 

Issue updates

Blog Post | Solid Waste

Hartford Courant Supports Recycling Bill, Twice | Evan Preston

The Hartford Courant has editorialized twice this week in favor of the Governor's Recycling Bill.

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Media Hit | Solid Waste

Moving Connecticut toward zero waste

Connecticut made a conscious decision 40 years ago to transform its waste management by phasing out landfills and investing in incinerators.  However, the decision we face today is not between burning or burying our waste -- it is between seeing the material we throw away as waste, or seeing it as material with a market value if handled properly.  A new bill introduced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gives us the opportunity to transform again,  from managing waste to managing material, moving us closer to zero waste.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

CFPB to Bank of America: Pay Back Consumers $727 Million | Evan Preston

This week the CFPB ordered Bank of America to return $727 million to credit card customers for deceptive marketing and unfair billing practices.

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News Release | ConnPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Spirit Is Most Complained-About Airline

Spirit Airlines passengers are most likely to complain about their experience, according to a report released today by the ConnPIRG Education Fund. Among major airlines, Spirit generates the most complaints for its size and generates an increasing number of complaints each year. Other most-complained about firms include Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and American Airlines.

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Report | ConnPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

The Unfriendly Skies

Consolidation in the airline industry, along with pressures created by new security rules and the recent high cost of aviation gasoline, has changed the way we fly. It seems as if every consumer has an airline travel story—how they were trapped on the tarmac, tricked by fees, missed their connection, or lost their bag.

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News Release | ConnPIRG | Consumer Protection

Over 30 Years, Car Lemon Law Saves Connecticut Consumers Over $60 Million

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Connecticut Car Lemon Law, the first- in-the-nation consumer protection that has returned more than $60 million in refunds and replacement automobiles to Connecticut consumers.  Its passage in Connecticut was followed by similar laws in every state in the country and several foreign countries.

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CT News Junkie: Lawmakers and Health Advocates Propose Ban on Chemical In Paper Receipts

People have begun looking to individual states to enact protective legislation because of the federal government’s inability to adequately address the issue, she said. And Connecticut has been a leader in tackling the issue, in large part thanks to the work of many lawmakers who recognize the gravity of the situation, Hulick said.

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Proposed Interchange Fee Reduction is a Win for Consumers

Today ConnPIRG applauded the proposed regulations of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors to decrease swipe fees on debit card transactions.  Consumers however, hope to see the Fed adopt a much greater reduction in interchange fees in the final rule due in April, 2011.

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News Release | Consumer Protection

Consumer and Safety Groups Laud Strongest Crib Standards in the World

A coalition of consumer and safety groups praised the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for voting today to approve the strongest crib safety standards in the world.  

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Hartford Courant: Senate Passes Food-Safety Legislation

After languishing for more than a year, a food-safety bill that has enjoyed strong bipartisan support passed the Senate on Tuesday, raising prospects for tougher and more extensive federal inspections and other safeguards.

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Mixed Signals: How TV Retailers Mislead Consumers on the Digital Television (DTV) Transition

One year from now 22 million Americans who rely on free over-the-air analog broadcasting will be at risk of losing access to TV. On February 17, 2009, analog televisions that receive over-the-air signals will go dark, unless they are retrofitted with digital converter boxes. For many Americans who are hearing about the transition for the first time, information about the change comes from electronic store retailers, where consumers ask what is necessary to maintain TV reception-- a primary source for news, information and entertainment.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

Small Business Supports an Updated Bottle Bill

Small, local businesses have signed on in support of updating the bottle bill, and this week we reached a milestone.  Over 50 businesses -restaurants, package stores, grocers, and others - agree that it’s past time for a common sense update to the bottle bill.

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Blog Post | Solid Waste

Piles of Petitions

We’ve hit our goal of collecting over 4,000 petitions to the Connecticut legislature calling on them to update the bottle bill.  Now we have the large task of sorting through the piles of petitions to make sure we deliver each one to the correct legislator.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection, Health Care

Here’s that Rx refill you didn’t order | Abe Scarr

Is your pharmacy refilling your prescription without your knowledge or approval, and billing your insurance company for the cost? 
If so, it’s the latest example of waste we shouldn't tolerate in our health care system.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

ConnPIRG Testifies in Support of S.B. 1176, “An Act Concerning Electric Rate Relief”

Jennifer Hatch, ConnPIRG Program Associate, testified before the Connecticut General Assembly Energy and Technology Committee in Support of S.B. 1176, “An Act Concerning Electric Rate Relief”.

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