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Reduce  {Chasing Arrows}   Reuse   {Chasing Arrows}   Recycle

 
{General Recycling Photos}
 
"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.

Review and submit comments on the CT Mattress Stewardship Plan
 
 Learn about CT's new Paint Recycling program.
  {Paint Can with Brush}
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.
 
 
 
SUBJECT DATE
Bed Bug Awareness & Prevention Workshop
Middlesex Community College
Chapman Hall, room 808 A-B
Sponsored by the CT Agricultural Experiment Station

You will learn how to identify bed bugs, how they differ from other bugs/insects, how to prevent taking them home from work, and preventing an infestation in the workplace. Who should attend? Transfer station attendants who handle mattresses; mattress recyclers, renovators, re-upholsterers; thrift stores, furniture banks, reuse centers & consignment shops that resell mattresses, wooden bed frames & upholstered furniture; rental businesses – including RVs, couches, mattresses/bed sets, upholstered furniture.
 
Certification of attendance will be provided for pest management & recycling professionals  No pre-registration.  No food served.  Bring your own lunch!
Oct 16
12:00 - 3:30
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
 
Pre-conference workshops, conference sessions, site tours and vendor hall.   Network with the who's who of the composting and anaerobic digestion industries.  Get the latest on technologies, practices and systems to collect and process food waste and other organics, strategies to build markets for compost, biogas and biofuels, and successfully operate state-of-the-art organics recycling facilities.
This conference is designed for facility managers, policy makers, public agency officials, project developers, recycling coordinators, industry plant managers, researchers, consultants, and other waste management professionals.
 
Oct 27-30
State Electronics Challenge Introductory Webinars - Free
Northeast Recycling Council
 
The State Electronics Challenge is a free program open to local, regional, tribal, and state governments, including public & private K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations.  It supports green procurement, energy and paper conservation, and responsible reuse and recycling of electronic office equipment. 
 
Challenge participants receive free technical assistance, tools, resources, and recognition.  The program also documents the success of participating organizations.  Program participants receive annual sustainability reports that detail their reductions in energy use, greenhouse gases, and waste.   
Details ( September , October , December
Oct 30
3:00
 
Dec 2
2:00
US Composting Council's 23rd Annual Conference & Trade Show
Austin, Texas
 
Save the date!
 
Jan 20-23
2015
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.
 
Ongoing
WEBINAR SERIES
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
US EPA
 
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.
 
Monthly,
Third Thursday
1:00 EDT
Materials Management Through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series - FREE
US EPA
 
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 .
 
Monthly
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.
 
Monthly,
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.
 
Bi-Monthly
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 October 15, 2014