February 2019
E-newsletter highlighting grant deadlines, upcoming workshops and available resources for municipal recycling and solid waste leaders.
Certification and Training For Solid Waste Facility Operators

Which includes municipal transfer stations and facilities with a general permit.

Operators who are currently certified no longer need to re-attend the certification class for a renewal Certificate. For renewals, simply submit an application within 6 months of your expiration date on your Certificate. New operators who have never been certified must submit an application, attend one of the listed certification classes and pass either a written or verbal examination. 

Sections 22a-209-6 and 22a-231-1 of the Connecticut Solid Waste Management Regulations requires the certification and training for operators of all solid waste facilities that are permitted or authorized by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Operators of Connecticut landfills, transfer stations, volume reduction facilities, resources recovery facilities, recycling facilities (MRFs/IPCs) and general permitted facilities may attend training classes and take an examination to obtain DEEP certification. A certification application form must be completed and an operator must pre-register to attend any currently scheduled training class

For further information, email  Carey L. Hurlburt or call (860) 424-3248.
Collecting Textiles for Reuse and Recycling webinar

Monday, February 25, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Brooks Parker, City of Manchester
Brian Bartram, Salisbury/Sharon Transfer Station
Additional speakers TBA
Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP

Please join this webinar to learn more about the textiles collection programs in Connecticut and hear from your colleagues that collect textiles at transfer stations, curbside and/or partner with non-profits, such as Planet Aid or Goodwill, or for-profits such as Bay State Textiles and Simple Recycling. Textile collection programs can help your municipality reduce waste, a goal of the CMMS.

Covered in the Presentation:
• What are textiles; what happens to textiles after collection
• Challenges and opportunities for collecting at transfer stations, curbside, schools, etc.
• Time for your questions

Who Should Attend?
• Municipal Transfer Station/Recycling Center staff, volunteers
• Recycling/Sustainability coordinators; DPW/Sustainability Directors
• CT environmental leaders & activists
• Members of recycling/solid waste/sustainability commissions/committees
• CT Environmental Educators, teachers and school representatives
Updated Outreach Materials for Haulers & their Customers

If you missed the January Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) meeting, Chris Nelson of CT DEEP shared an overview of updated outreach materials for haulers and their customers . The presentation outlines new materials posted on DEEP’s Solid Waste & Recycling Hauler Resources webpage, which include:
  • A letter (from DEEP) to Haulers Regarding Recycling Responsibilities of Haulers and their Customers;
  • A summary of Recycling Requirements and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Haulers
  • A letter from DEEP to Commercial Customers and Summary of Recycling Requirements

The letter from DEEP to commercial customers is a resource that can also be used by municipal officials to remind their local businesses of their recycling obligations The materials also encourage haulers to work with their customers to help design sufficient recycling programs (by providing adequately-sized bins for the location and adequate collection frequency).
Hauler Registration for Municipalities Webinar

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Featured Municipal Programs
Kim O’Rourke, Middletown
Jen Heaton-Jones, HRRA
Additional Speakers TBA

Presenter and facilitator
Chris Nelson, CT DEEP

Please join this webinar to learn how to use hauler registration as a tool to help improve your municipal recycling program and comply with state statute and CT’s Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy (CMMS). Whether your municipality provides curbside collection using a municipal fleet or contractor, or runs a drop-off center with private subscription haulers, this webinar will provide valuable resources. Learn from CT municipal recycling coordinators on what kinds of information they require from haulers including charging a fee. Participants will also learn how to use DEEP’s hauler resources to improve recycling in their municipality.  There will be time for questions.

Who Should Attend
• Recycling/Sustainability coordinators; DPW/Sustainability Directors
• Chief-elected officials
• Members of recycling/solid waste/sustainability commissions/committees
Please share this announcement with your DPW contacts.

Using Recycled Content Materials in Road & Infrastructure Projects Workshop

April 9, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm

79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT

On April 9 th, NERC and NEWMOA will be hosting a daylong workshop to promote the use of recycled materials in road and infrastructure projects. The workshop will bring together state, local highway, and public works officials, environmental departments, and others to hear about new opportunities, case studies, and lessons learned from experts in the field.

The workshop will emphasize case studies by peers who have successfully used the following materials in road and infrastructure projects:
  • Compost
  • Glass
  • Ground asphalt shingles
  • Plastic components
  • Shredded tires

$50 fee, lunch included
Registration deadline March 29, 2019.

The preliminary agenda is now posted.

Registration is now open. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, contact Terri Goldberg, NEWMOA.
Archived Municipal Recycling Coordinator E-News and Webinars
Monthly online newsletters began in 2017 in an effort to increase communication with municipal recycling coordinators and voluntary recycling and sustainability committees about important information and resources. Around the same time, DEEP began to recognize the need for more professional development as well as sharing of local programs and initiatives between towns. Initially webinars were not recorded, so there are no recordings. Where possible, audio recordings with audio transcripts are provided. 

Archived e-newsletters often are topical, and provide resources and information of interest to local municipalities. New Archived Municipal Recycling Coordinator E-News and Webinars webpage can be accessed here or through the Municipal Recycling Resource Center webpage.
Connecticut DEEP Issues Order With Penalty For Recycling Violations

As part of the CMMS implementation strategy, DEEP has for several years, conducted a recycling enforcement initiative to address noncompliance with Connecticut’s recycling laws, including conducting over 350 inspections and issuing over 75 Notices of Violation. On January 14, 2019, as a result of this initiative, DEEP issued a consent order to Samuel Hecht and nine Limited Liability Companies owned or controlled by Mr. Hecht after observing a pattern and practice of noncompliance with Connecticut’s recycling law. Specifically, the Respondents failed to provide for mandatory recycling services at nine multi-tenant housing locations in New Britain and New Haven, Connecticut.

In addition to reciting the violations, the consent order requires the Respondents to: identify all multi-tenant housing locations in Connecticut owned, operated or managed, wholly or in part by the Respondents; establish compliant recycling programs at all such locations; develop and administer a comprehensive outreach and education program for all tenants; and hire an independent qualified consultant to visually inspect such locations following program implementation to verify compliance with Connecticut’s recycling laws. The consent order also requires the payment of a $9,945 civil penalty.   
Further information on the CMMS and Connecticut’s recycling laws can be found on the DEEP website, ct.gov/deep.

For further information on this enforcement action or the recycling enforcement initiative you may contact Kevin Barrett, Supervising Environmental Analyst at kevin.barrett@ct.gov or 860-424-3697.
Update: 2019 RecycleCT Innovation Grant

At the December 2018 RecycleCT Board meeting it was decided to to put the Innovation Grant RFP distribution on hold. Partly due to the transition in administration, which impacts the Board leadership, and also due to the fact a 2019 budget had not been complete. It is unclear if the RecycleCT Board will continue this grant program and/or develop a new grant program. Additional updates will be provided when additional information is available.
What's IN? What's OUT?
Recent Questions from CT residents & Added to RecycleCT Wizard


This product is a great example of misleading #'s with arrows and how they can confuse residents. It reminds us there is a difference between "Acceptable" and "Recyclable".

This product is being used by food deliver companies, so increasingly it is showing up at consumers' homes. At this point the instruction is to put in the trash.
Wood Pellet Bags


While this is not acceptable in the mixed recycling program, it is acceptable in the WRAP program. 

Wood pellet bags, should be turned-inside-out to ensure all wood and dust is removed, then can be placed with other plastic film at participating retailers. PlasticFilmRecycling.org.
CT In the News
Haven’s Harvest Lifts Off (Arts Paper, January 28)
Yale launches pay-as-you-throw pilot program (Recycling Today, January 17)
Plastic Bag Ban Intensifies (CT Post, January 17)
Call To Ban Certain Plastics Grows Louder (CTNews Junkie, January 17)
Letter: No Such Thing As A Free Bag (Newtown Bee, January 16)
Trash plant likely to hit up towns (Journal Inquirer, January 5)
Stamford reps weigh tipping fee hikes (Stamford Advocate, January 4)
Towns Take Lead Pushing Plastic-Bag Ban (CT News Junkie, January 4)
 Upcoming Events: 

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 10:00am - 1:30pm Make Your Own Reusable Bag workshop, Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby, CT. More Information. Hosted by CT DEEP.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 8:00am - 4:00pm 2019 Connecticut Recycling Conference , The Aqua Turf Club, Plantsville, CT.   More information Hosted by the Connecticut Recyclers Coalition.

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm Collecting Textiles for Reuse and Recycling webinar .   More information Hosted by CT DEEP.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Hauler Registration for Municipalities webinar . More information Hosted by CT DEEP.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm Using Recycled Content in Road and Infrastructure Projects workshop , CT DEEP HQ, Hartford, CT. More information . Hosted by NERC and NEWMOA.

May 7 - 8, 2019 - Fighting Contamination through Operations and Education - A Proven Systematic Approach , for local and regional recycling coordinators in NERC region, Amherst, MA.  More information . Hosted by NERC and The Recycling Partnership.
Have an idea or topic for future municipal recycling webinar? Let us know what you and your colleagues would like to learn more about. Contact Sherill Baldwin.

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