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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.

Review and submit comments on the CT Mattress Stewardship Plan
 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.
Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee Meeting
79 Elm St, Hartford, CT
CT DEEP Phoenix Auditorium
Save the date!
Jan 27
9:30 - 11:30
State Electronics Challenge - Free Webinars
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. The program provides access to free technical assistance, tools, resources, and recognition in support of efforts to decrease the environmental impact of electronic office equipment.  It also documents the success of participating organizations.  Program participants receive annual sustainability reports that detail their reductions in energy use, greenhouse gases, and waste.
Jan 28
2:00 - 3:00
Feb 26
3:00 - 4:00
A Step-by-Step Guide to Conducting a Food Waste Assessment with the
Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit -
FREE Webinar Series
US EPA Region 9
This webinar series will provide comprehensive guidance on conducting a tracking assessment using EPAís Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit. The toolkit includes a guide and a tracking spreadsheet to assist commercial and institutional food services in tracking and reducing their food and packaging waste by implementing reduction strategies. Reducing food and packaging waste saves money, reduces the environmental impacts of waste, and improves organizational image.
If your facility is a commercial or institutional kitchen located in Region 9, you are invited to sign up for the toolkit pilot, where you will be offered the additional opportunity to participate in peer group trouble-shooting calls and receive one-on-one technical assistance from EPA Region 9 in using the toolkit. Depending on group size, facilities outside of EPA Region 9* may be able to receive this service as well. Contact Amanda Hong at or 415-947-4103 for more information.
*CT is in EPA Region 1
Jan 29
Feb 26
March 26
April 23
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Improving Quality: Reducing Curbside Contamination - FREE Webinar
Curbside Value Partnership
Quality means two things to curbside collection: The right materials in the carts and good condition of that material. Contamination is an ongoing issue that requires ongoing attention.  Which materials are recyclable today? How about tomorrow? What are the major issues and opportunities as seen by the modern MRF? How do you communicate these details to the public in this age of information overload?
Last month we busted 12 common myths during a dynamic Curbside Value Partnership webinar. This webinar will expand the discussion and address resulting questions from webinar participants.
Feb 9
2:00 - 3:00 EST
Recycling Right: Tactics and Tools for Effective Residential Outreach (Part TWO) - FREE Webinar

This webinar builds on our December 24th webinar that presented tips, tactics and tools to improve residential recycling, with an emphasis on harmonizing approaches and outreach materials. We all know the importance of solid recycling communication, but given limited budgets and the rise of technology, how do you organize and prioritize your education and outreach plan? What about social media? What works best, and where should you focus resources first? This webinar will investigate best practice approaches, review campaigns that work, and leave you with practical approaches for fine tuning recycling education in your community.

Feb 12
1:00 - 2:30 EST
2015 RI Compost Conference and Trade Show
URI Campus, Kingston, RI
A conference organized jointly by the Environment Council of Rhode Island and the URI Outreach Center.
March 16
Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region
UMASS Amherst Campus
A conference organized jointly by the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium and the New England Campus Sustainability Forum.
April 9-10
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.  Itís 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 EPAís 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 doesnít, 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, 2012, and 2013 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 January 22, 2015