Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Updates

News Release | ConnPIRG | Solid Waste

House Sends Transformative Recycling Bill To Governor's Desk

With a 144-0 vote, the House followed the Senate in passing Senate Bill 27, AAC Connecticut's Recycling and Materials Management Strategy.  The Senate passed the bill unanimously on Friday.

Recycling Bill Clears Senate

By | Abe Scarr
Director

The state Senate passed the Governor's Recycling Bill late Friday night with a unanimous vote.

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

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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.

Governor's Recycling Bill Advances

By | Abe Scarr
Director

The Governor's recycling bill, Senate Bill 27, has been reported favorably out of the Environment Committee. 

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Improving recycling in Connecticut

Governor’s S.B. No. 27 addresses several goals including a new solid waste management plan, setting a timeline to “repurpose” the Hartford incinerator, and create what will be known as the Connecticut Recycling Foundation

News Release | ConnPIRG | Solid Waste

ConnPIRG Testimony on Governor's Bill 27

ConnPIRG's testimony today in support of Governor's Bill 27, before the Environment Committee

Recycling Bill Introduced

By | Abe Scarr
Director

On the first day of the legislative session, a bill was introduced that would significantly overhaul recycling in Connecticut.

To Fill Budget Gap, Trash Authority Seeks Richer Subsidies

No state burns as much of its trash as Connecticut does. Every day, six trash-to-energy plants burn about 5,600 tons of refuse, at least two-thirds of everything thrown away.

 

But the largest player in this decades-old system has run into serious problems. The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority faces a $10 million deficit in three years, driven by sales trends that are not expected to reverse any time soon, according to an audit of the quasi-public agency's operations.

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