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Municipal Recycling Resource Center

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"We won't have a society if we destroy the environment." 
Margaret Mead
As the recycling and waste management leader in your community, we want you to have access to important information, useful tools and resources that are easy to find.  This page is meant to be a gateway to recycling information pertinent to municipalities.
The DEEP seeks to ensure that up-to-date recycling information is available to the public.  If you are a public official, please take a moment to review and update the information we have about your town on our Municipal Recycling Coordinator and E-waste Drop-Off web pages.  Use these update forms to notify DEEP of any changes or clarifications:
The Sustainable Materials Management program at DEEP is committed to providing technical assistance and support to municipalities and regions on reducing waste, saving money, and increasing recycling.  The Municipal and Regional Recycling Assistance Program (MRRAP) supports Connecticut’s 2006 Solid Waste Management Plan which established a statewide goal of reaching 58% diversion from disposal by 2024 and identified priority strategies to provide technical assistance and incentives to municipalities and regions to save money, reduce waste and increase recycling.

Save Money on Solid Waste: Understanding Full Costs and Funding Sources

DEEP and the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 co-sponsored free workshops on transparency and full-cost accounting for solid waste, reducing the burden on municipal solid waste budgets, and increasing diversion. The workshops helped municipalities begin to develop an implementation plan and budget for updating their solid waste program.

Workshop Materials:

For more information, contact Jennifer Weymouth at 860-424-3508.
  {Chasing Arrows}  Recycling Incentive Grants
The Recycling Incentive Grants Program offers funding to municipalities and regional organizations actively engaged in reducing solid waste, reducing disposal costs and increasing reuse and recycling.  The grants are divided into three categories:
Section 1 – Recycling Rewards (deadline is February 1, 2016)
Section 2 – Unit-Based Pricing Programs (ongoing and grants will be awarded on a first-come first-serve basis for as long as funding is available)
Section 3 – Waste Reduction Initiatives (ongoing and grants will be awarded on a first-come first-serve basis for as long as funding is available)
Funds may be used for an array of solid waste and recycling expenses.  Funding is currently available for FY2016 and additional funds may become available for FY2017 and beyond.

Request for Proposals and Applications

Important:  Applications must be printed double-sided on recycled-content paper.
  • Request for Proposals   PDF
  • Recycling Rewards Application (Attachment 1)  Word (fillable)PDF;
  • Unit-Based Pricing Program Application (Attachment 2)  Word (fillable); PDF
  • Waste Reduction Initiative Application (Attachment 3)  Word (fillable); PDF
  • Cover Letter (Attachment 4)  Word (fillable); PDF
  • List of Approved Activities (Attachment 5)  PDF
  • Responses to Inquiries  PDF
  • NEW!  Sample Responses for Recycling Rewards Application  PDF
  {Chasing Arrows}  Ongoing Technical Assistance
Technical assistance available to municipalities and regions includes providing resources and best practices on waste reduction and reducing solid waste costs, meeting with and/or presenting to town or city councils or recycling committees, working with municipal finance staff to identify solid waste cost savings, providing resources to schools and municipalities on contracting for services, and providing individualized assistance on resource management contracting.  Deep staff can also work with your municipality on best practices for municipal collection, contracted collection, subscription collection or drop-off centers.
For more information about the grants or technical assistance, please contact Jennifer Weymouth  at 860-424-3508.

Related Topics

If you have questions, please call the DEEP Solid Waste Office at 860-424-3366.  If you know the name of the DEEP employee who can help you, use the staff finder.

Join the CT Recycling Coordinator Listserv. Share your ideas, resources, events and questions with others. Contact  Sherill Baldwin to be added to the listserv.

Do you have ideas for this webpage or more resources to share? If you have suggestions to add or topics to research for DEEP’s online Municipal Recycling Resource Center please contact Sherill Baldwin.


The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) maintains the content on this web site to enhance public access to information and facilitate understanding of waste reduction, reuse and recycling. The DEEP is not recommending these resources over any others and recognizes these represent only a partial listing of resources on this subject.

Content Last Updated January 6, 2016