June 2019
E-newsletter highlighting grant deadlines, upcoming workshops and available resources for municipal recycling and solid waste leaders.
Renewing Your Waste Disposal Contract?

Important Reminder:  As your municipality contracts or renews its contract with a solid waste facility, CT General Statutes requires the submittal of the solid waste disposal contract to CT DEEP. 

Sec. 22a-213 . Approval of solid waste disposal contracts. Contracts between municipalities and solid waste facilities. (a) All contracts made after July 1, 1971, by any city, town, borough or regional authority with any person, another municipality or regional authority to provide for processing, storage or disposal outside of its boundaries of solid wastes generated within its boundaries, shall be reviewed and have the approval of the commissioner as conforming to recognized standards of public health and safety before they can be implemented. The municipality shall be responsible for providing a copy of said solid waste disposal contract to the commissioner.

Contracts will be reviewed by DEEP staff to ensure consistency with CT’s Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy and are subject to approval before they can be implemented. Please submit your municipal solid waste contract (including renewals) before the contract is finalized to Robert Isner, Robert.Isner@ct.gov.
Contract Resources
NERC's Best Practices for Solid Waste & Recycling Contracting webinar Recording and Presentations Available


SWAC meeting, October 23, 2018
Sara Bixby, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Contracting For Processing Of Municipal Recyclables

EPA's Contracts and Franchise Agreements for Waste Haulers for Transforming Waste Streams in Communities
These examples and best practices relate to provisions that local governments can incorporate into their contract or franchise agreements with waste haulers (service providers).

They correspond to strategy #46 ( Service Provider Contract and Franchise Agreement Incentives or Requirements) in the Planning Tool, and can be used by local governments interested in moving towards high diversion or zero waste or by local governments that already have a zero waste goal.


CT Green LEAF, COEEA and Zero Waste Schools will be hosting a statewide " School Recycling Workshop" on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9:00am-3:00pm at CCSU, New Britain, CT. More information coming soon.

CT DEEP is currently recruiting for an entry-level staff person in its Sustainable Materials Management program.

Closing Date for Applications is
Monday, June 10, 2019

As noted in the posting, "Spring 2019 graduates are encouraged to apply. Don't let the job title "Environmental Intern" deter you! This is a full time position with opportunities for advancement."
Please share this notice with anyone that you know who might be interested.
To apply for this position , potential candidates should follow instructions on the DAS website. This is an online application process. 
Call for Papers for NERC's Fall 2019 Conference

The Northeast Recycling Council extends an invitation to all who are interested in presenting at its Fall ’19 Conference that will be held on October 29 – 30 in Providence, Rhode Island

The primary topics for NERC’s Conference are plastics recycling issues.

NERC’s Conferences are unique in that they provide an opportunity for government and industry to jointly discuss the issues considered to be the most important and timely for sustainable materials management.  The Conferences attract an expert speaker pool and a diverse audience of government, industry, non-profits, and consultants working in sustainable materials management. 

Presentation abstracts on the following plastics recycling topics will be considered for the Conference:
  • Single Use Plastics
  • Plastics Packaging
  • Plastic Bags
  • Regulatory Approaches
  • Impact of the Basel Treaty
  • Future of Plastics Recycling Markets
  • Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
  • Micro-plastics
  • Ocean debris
  • Innovative Products or Technology

Detailed Abstract (350 words or less)  – Describe the details of the proposed session content. Include a separate document with the presenter’s bio and contact information—phone number and email address.

Submission Deadline  – July 1, 2019

Send Submissions to  –  Mary Ann Remolador , NERC’s Assistant Director & Events Organizer – Feel free to call with any questions at 802.254.3636.
Resources from
RecycleCT Grant Recipients

Last year, a number of organizations were awarded funds from RecycleCT for some innovation projects. The following produced materials that could be used by others.

Downsizing Donation Guide. HomeHaven, Inc. works with individuals to help them stay in their homes longer as they age. Downsizing becomes a burden for many as they get older, in addition to families after a loved-one dies. In an effort to reduce items from being disposed and found a new life,  The Downsizing Donation Guide: A Resource for Residents of New Haven County was created. Its broader mission is to find a new life for these items with organizations that will use them. For additional information contact Elaine Piraino-Holevoet.


Reducing Contamination from Plastic Bags and Glass in the Recycling System was a project conducted by the Product Stewardship Council, Live Green CT and the Connecticut Product Stewardship Council. Below are products developed from this project.

This project also coordinated and convened, Best Practices and Solutions for Reducing Recycling Contamination and Minimizing Municipal Costs workshop, held on January 16, 2019 and Reusable Bag Workshop, which resulted in the formation of the CT Reusable Bag Alliance.

Online educational materials and strategies for reducing contamination

    Tip card (8.5" x 6.5"): Plastic Film Recycling
 Tip card (8.5" x 6.5"): Glass Recycling
 Bill insert (8.5" x 3.5"): Plastic Film Recycling
 Bill insert (8.5" x 3.5"): Glass Recycling
 PSA language: Plastic Film Recycling
 PSA language: Glass Recycling


Recycling is Magic videos were created by the City of Waterbury and The Art of the Cell studio. The focus is on how recyclables are transformed into new products. Note, the last frame includes personalized information for the City of Waterbury, but can be changed to your community. Contact CJ May for more information on how to personalize it for your community.

Recycling is Magic video - English version
Recycling is Magic video - Spanish version
Recycling is Magic video -  Albanian version
Miscellaneous Resources

Discard Studies
Social studies of waste, pollution & externalities 

" Discard Studies is designed as an online hub for scholars, activists, environmentalists, students, artists, planners, and others who are asking questions about waste, not just as an ecological problem, but as a process, category, mentality, judgment, an infrastructural and economic challenge, and as a site for producing power as well as struggles against power structures."

This site does not provide guidance documents or answer logistical questions, but does help you look at issues in a different frame. The latest article about disposable items and packaging was particularly interesting.

5.21.19 Disposability by Gay Hawkins

The Discard Studies Compendium is a list of critical key terms. In the past few years there has been both a resurgence of approaches to studying waste and wasting as well as an interest in the potential of waste to build interdisciplinary bridges of relevance to pressing questions of our time.


West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum

A Review of Sustainability Frameworks: Expanding Material Stewardship Potential
April 18, 2019


WasteWise and Food Recovery Challenge Updates

Janet Bowen of EPA Region 1 provides monthly updates about the EPA WasteWise program and issues around Food Recovery, organics recycling and general recycling topics.

Her update is a listing of updates, tools & case studies, press clippings and articles from New England, upcoming webinars and conferences.

If interested in receiving these updates, contact Janet Bowen .


Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Announces the Food Matters Action Kit
The CEC launched the Food Matters Action Kit, a youth engagement toolkit containing activities designed for youth across North America to prevent food waste in their homes and communities. These 20 activities are arranged for two age groups, one for kids, ages 5-13 and another for youth, ages 14-25. Individuals, teams of friends or clubs and organizations can register to document their achievements, earn shareable Food Waste Hero badges and challenge others at www.cec.org/FoodMattersActionKit
What's IN? What's OUT?
Recent Questions from CT residents & Added to RecycleCT Wizard


Hard plastic nursery pots - when clean and free from soil and plant matter - are acceptable in CT's mixed recycling program.


Plastic trays that hold nursery pots and plants are also acceptable - when clean and free from soil and plant matter.
Note, some of the large nurseries have their own collection program, that might include reuse and recycling. These efforts should be promoted and supported as well.
CT In the News

Letter/John Mele: Go easy on plastic bags (New Haven Register, May 12)
Editorial: Expanded bottle bill can help CT (New Haven Register, May 8)
Final Push For Bottle Bill Hike (CT News Junkie, April 29)
 Upcoming Events: 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 9:30am - 11:30am - Solid Waste Advisory Committee meeting. CT DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT.  For more information , including how to join live-streaming. Hosted by CT DEEP.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm -  Bottle Bills - Benefits and Challenges webinar. For more information. Hosted by NERC.

SAVE DATE: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 9:00am - 12noon -  Recycling Education, Outreach and Promotion workshop. Location and additional information TBA. Hosted by Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

SAVE DATE: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm - U.S. Regulatory Approaches for Packaging webinar. Additional information TBA. Hosted by NERC.

SAVE DATE: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 9:00am - 3:00pm -  School Recycling workshop. CCSU, New Britain. Additional information TBA. Hosted by CT Green LEAF, COEEA and Zero Waste Schools.
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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