Reduce Reuse Recycle
"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.
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.
US Composting Council's 22nd Annual Conference & Trade Show
The USCC's Annual Conference & Tradeshow is the premier event for the Composting and Organics Recycling Industry. The Conference Program and suite of workshops and training courses offer the most comprehensive educational and technical program available including more than 70 presentations by nationally & internationally renowned speakers. It also hosts a trade show with over 100 vendors and the largest "Live" Equipment Demonstrations of state-of-the-art machines anywhere, expanded this year to allow more equipment than ever to be displayed.
REFOR14 WEST- Renewable Energy from Organics Conference
San Diego, California
Following the tremendous success of REFOR13, BioCycle has announce the dates for BIOCYCLE REFOR14 WEST. Save These Dates! The Call For Papers is open.
Call for Papers deadline Dec. 31, 2013
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 2014
Call for Abstracts deadline Dec. 13, 2013
ReuseConex 2014, International Reuse Conference & Expo
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, 2014|
BioCycle East Coast Conference 2014
Composting, Organics Recycling & Renewable Energy
Save the date!
|Oct 27-30 2014|
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!
Questions can be directed to K.C. Alexander
of the Connecticut Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection at 860-424-3239.
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.
- 2/7/13 Getting Those BIG Office Buildings to Recycle
- 2/21/13 Rubberized Asphalt: Innovative Sustainable Technology
- 2/28/13 Sustainable Food Management at Federal Facilities
- 5/9/13 Innovative LifeCycle Approaches for Reducing Wasted Food
- 5/29/13 Green Sports and Venues as Environmental Stewards
- 5/30/13 Potential Issues with Managing and Recycling Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs): Listening Session
- 6/20/13 Model Composting Regulations
More upcoming webinars to be announced.
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 of past SMM webinars for 2010
, and 2012
are archived on-line.
- 1/8/13 Measuring the Impacts of Consumption: Case studies from Communities
- 2/12/13 Outreach Strategies to Promote Thoughtful Consumption
- 3/12/13 Harnessing Social Media and Electronic Platforms for Repair and Peer to Peer Sharing in Communities
- 4/9/13 Addressing Consumption in Greenhouse Gas Inventories and Climate Action Planning
- 5/14/13 International Perspectives and Efforts in Sustainable Consumption
- 6/25/13 Valuing "Stuff": Innovative Ways to Better Understand Consumption, Materials, and the US Economy
- 7/9/13 Strategic planning and Sustainable Consumption
- 9/10/13 Driving Change with the Story of Stuff’s Annie Leonard
- 9/24/13 2050 Vision for Materials Management: New Frontiers in Sustainable Consumption
- 10/8/13 Climate Friendly Government Purchasing
- 12/10/13 TBA
- 1/7/14 TBA
- 2/11/14 TBA
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 available on-line.
- 1/15/13 Biodegradable Plastic Resins - Debunking the Myths
- 2/19/13 Complementing Anaerobic Digestion Projects with Composting Operations
- 3/19/13 Measuring the Economic Impacts of Organics Diversion & Product Manufacturing
- 4/16/13 A Look at E-Scrap Legislation in the U.S.
- 5/21/13 Post Consumer Resin Supply Chain
- 6/18/13 Zero Waste Strategies for Corporations
- 7/16/13 Steel Recycling 101
- 8/20/13 Aerated Static Pile Composting - Applications and Advancements
- 9/17/13 Compost: Why it Matters
- 10/15/13 The Recycled Paper Markets Roller-coaster Ride
- 11/19/13 Reverse Supply Chain - Part II
- 12/17/13 Using Food Waste as Animal Feed - Fed & State Regulatory
- 1/21/14 Zero Waste Strategies for Corporations: Part II
- 2/18/14 Greening Recycling & Refuse Truck Fleets & Operations
- 3/18/14 Recycled Plastics Market Update
- 4/16/14 Scrap Tire Markets
- 5/20/14 Lean & Green Manufacturing
- 6/17/14 China's Green Fence
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
2/14/13 E-Waste Recycling Program Expansion: Best Practices and Recovery Strategies for Batteries, Handheld Personal Devices and More
4/11/13 Institutionalizing Recycling at Special Events
6/13/13 Effective and Affordable Community-Based Social Marketing Strategies to Increase Recycling and Reduce Waste On Campus
8/8/13 Bins from A to Z: Procurement, Placement, Signage and Management
10/10/13 Composting On Campus: Trends, Innovations and Best Management Practices
12/12/13 Retail Dining Operations: Opportunities for Source Reduction and Materials Management
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. They are still building out their agenda and plan to schedule them for every other month, opposite the CURC webinar series listed above. Check their website
for updates on these and for recordings of past webinars.
2:00 - 3:30
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
- 4/25/13 How Legislated Product Stewardship Programs Strengthen the Economy
- 5/2/13 Lessons Learned from the Nation's First Statewide Paint Stewardship Program
- 5/13/13 Product Stewardship: Transition from Voluntary to Regulatory - Case Studies from Two Industry Leaders
- 5/28/13 Maximizing Eco-Design through EPR and Voluntary Guidelines - FREE
- 6/5/13 Comparing the Lifecycle Impacts of Solid Waste Management Strategies - FREE
- 6/20/13 Setting and Sharing Standards for Corporate Social Responsibility: A Key Aspect of Product Stewardship
1:00 - 2:30
Container Recycling Institute (CRI)
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. A new schedule for 2013 will be posted on their website soon.
- 4/25/13 Container Deposit and Packaging Legislation Update
- 7/11/13 Measuring Municipal Solid Waste in the U.S.: Have We Accounted For All of It?
- 7/31/13 Marine Debris - The Costs & Consequences of It
- 9/12/13 The Unveiling of the 2010 U.S. Beverage Container Recycling Rate
- 11/7/13 The Beer Store: A Model for Sustainable Packaging Management
Content Last Updated December 4, 2013