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"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better.  It's not."

                      ~ Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax

In 2010 we recycled and composted about 26% of our waste in Connecticut.  That rate might seem impressive; however, it has remained relatively flat over the past decade. Connecticut still disposes of 2.4 million tons of trash annually, an estimated 1,370 pounds of trash per person per year.  That's too much!  We not only can do better, we must do better by transforming solid waste management into a materials economy that can create jobs through recycling.

Learn more about how we manage our waste in Connecticut and how to help us move toward our vision for even more waste reduction, reuse and recycling, by using the navigation links on the left and in the sections below.  Specific information on local recycling programs and locations is available through your municipal recycling coordinator.  DEEP's "What Do I Do With...?" webpage may help CT residents decide how to recycle or dispose of that not-so-common item.

 Learn about CT's new Paint Recycling program.
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Recycle your computers and TVs at these locations {TV with VCR}  

 Bulletin Board   {Postit with Pushpin}
The Bulletin Board announces hot topics of short duration, such as recycling events, webinars, meetings, etc.  Check back often to see what interesting things are going on.
Organics Management in Urban & Rural Areas Workshop
Freeport, Maine
Northeast Recycling Council (NERC)
This workshop will address the technical and practical aspects associated with developing and maintaining organics management programs in both urban and rural areas. Expert trainers and pertinent sessions will teach and aid attendees to understanding the composting process, potential problems, and available technologies. In addition, hands-on exercises will give attendees the opportunity to solve common problems and to design facilities that avoid potential problems.
April 15-16
Small Urban Composting From the View of the Facility Manager - Webinar
US Composting Council
Are you a local government agency, non-profit, university or compost manufacturer interested in the “In’s-and-Out’s” of residential organics collection? Then this webinar is for YOU! Learn from expert Heidi Ringhofer, who has managed a small, urban compost facility in Minnesota.  During this webinar you will learn: 1) challenges and opportunities with expanding collection programs to include food scraps, 2) managing a facility within urban boundaries, 3) maintaining ordinances and compliance, 4) stakeholder engagement, 5) compost use outreach and education
April 23
1:00 - 2:30
Solid Waste Advisory Committee Meeting
Phoenix Auditorium, CT DEEP Headquarters
79 Elm St, Hartford
The topic for this meeting will be “Recycling Markets – Gambling or Good Business?” and will cover recent movement and future trends of the market for single stream materials. The guest presenter will be Mike Durfor from the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) out of New Hampshire.
April 29
9:30 - 11:30
12th Annual Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) Conference
Seattle, WA
May 6-8
Strive for Sustainability Solid Waste & Recycling Conference & Trade Show
Lake George, NY
Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations
May 18-21
Rooted in the Past, Reaching for the Future - 2014 Recycling Conference & Expo
Manchester, NH
Northeast Resource Recovery Association
June 9-10
Agricultural Plastics Recycling Conference & Trade Show
Marco Island, Florida
Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc.
A networking forum bringing Farmers, Nurseries, Agricultural Plastic Manufactures, Recyclers and Government Officials together to discuss the solutions to the landfilling and open burning of waste agricultural plastics.
July 20-22
Green Sports Alliance Annual Summit
The Green Sports Alliance Summit serves as a platform for the sports community to unite around sustainability – bringing together more than 600 industry stakeholders to learn from 80+ leaders and engage their peers in meaningful dialogue around better environmental practices and proven solutions that help to advance the green sports movement.
July 21-23
ReuseConex 2014, International Reuse Conference & Expo
Austin, Texas
Reuse Alliance
At ReuseConex you will find out more about the “triple bottom line” benefits of reuse, learn from and share best practices, and network with leaders in the reuse industry. The event’s theme this year is: “Reuse Means Business” and we will explore new methods and replicable models to make reuse work for your community.  If you work with a local reuse organization, if you shop at thrift stores or online resellers, if you buy or sell reusables, if you’re interested in green-collar jobs, and if you’re concerned about climate change – then attend ReuseConex!
Oct 23-25
BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014
Composting, Organics Recycling & Renewable Energy
Baltimore, Maryland
Save the date!
Oct 27-30
Reuse Marketplace Website
The Connecticut DEEP is pleased to participate in the Reuse Marketplace  - a website to help Capture Value, Exchange Reusable Items, Save Money & Reduce Waste.  The Reuse Marketplace is a free regional website that businesses, municipalities, institutions and organizations can use for posting or obtaining reusable or surplus materials that would otherwise be disposed as trash.  It’s is a quick and efficient way to manage surplus or gently used goods, which saves money and reduces waste disposal throughout Connecticut and the northeast region.  Anyone can browse the website and obtain materials, but only businesses, municipalities, institutions and organizations in the states of CT, DE, MA, NJ, NY, RI, and VT can become members and offer items for reuse.  Please check it out today and start reducing your carbon footprint!
View a webinar presentation about the Reuse Marketplace.
Questions can be directed to K.C. Alexander of the Connecticut Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection at 860-424-3239.
Not all organizations have their webinar schedules planned for the entire year.  It is recommended that you visit their webpage often for recent postings and/or join their mailing lists to be notified of upcoming broadcasts.
Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy - FREE
The 2012 Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy (formerly the Resource Conservation Challenge, RCC) series will provide information to materials management stakeholders through webinars related to EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program. Learn about key issues, successful projects, and a variety of best management practices for creating stellar waste management programs. Hear from experts around the country on what works and what doesn’t, and how to make your program more successful. The format for the calls will be a formal presentation followed by a question and answer session and discussion time.  Recordings of past SMM webinars for 2010, 2011, and 2012 are archived on-line.
Third Thursday
1:00 EDT
Materials Management Through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series - FREE
EPA's Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series is in follow-up to last year's Consumption and the Environment Webinar Series and is designed to provide examples of communities around the U.S. and internationally that are reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through creating more sustainable patterns of consumption. This webinar series focuses on helping regulators and environmental management experts share information about existing research, programs and practices. It also shares perspectives from citizens and businesses.  Recordings and/or pdf's of past SMM webinars are archived on-line .
12:30 EDT
Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series - Free
National Recycling Coalition and Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
This webinar series is made possible by a partnership between NRC and the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (PARMC) and seeks to deliver innovative programming to those who are seeking integrated opportunities for materials management.  Recordings of some past webinars are archived on-line.
Third Tuesday
College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) Webinar Series - FREE
In Partnership with Keep America Beautiful;
Assoc. for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education; and
Alcoa Foundation
CURC webinars feature recognized collegiate and industry recycling experts covering a range of topics related to sustainable materials management. The series of six, bi-monthly programs will provide technical best practices information and case study presentations. Webinars from past years are archived on-line.
1:00 - 2:30
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Webinar Series - FREE
Keep America Beautiful is conducting a series of free educational webinars with topics covering issues of interest for their affiliates and partners. 
Various Dates & Times
Product Stewardship Networking Webinar Series
To educate interested parties about recent product stewardship legislation and initiatives, PSI coordinates series of Networking Conference Webinars one to two times per year to allow participants across the nation to listen to expert presentations and ask questions on timely product stewardship issues.  Some of the webinars are free, others have a fee associated with them. Webinars from past years are archived on-line.
Various Dates & Times
US Composting Council (USCC)
The USCC is hosting a series of webinars on a variety of topics related to composting, compost use and organics recycling. Please check their website often as they add webinars and registration information.  Past webinars are also listed.
Various Dates & Times
Container Recycling Institute (CRI) Webinars
CRI hosts webinars throughout the year on topics of interest and importance to the recycling community. Some webinars are for CRI members only; others are free. 
Various Dates & Times
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Content Last Updated April 8, 2014