DEEP: Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy

CT’s Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy
An update of the 2006 Statewide Solid Waste Management Plan

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The Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy (CMMS) is a clear, action-oriented roadmap to achieving the state’s vision for 60 percent diversion of materials from disposal by 2024.  It fulfills the requirements set by the Legislature in Public Act 14-94 , and when adopted, it will replace the state’s current Solid Waste Management Plan, which was last updated in 2006.

DRAFT Copy of the Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy (CMMS)

Brief Summary of CMMS Highlights

The past decade has seen significant changes in the state’s materials management system, including new recycling mandates, new product stewardship programs, and changes in the economics of waste-to-energy and recycling. The CMMS accounts for these changes, as well as drawing on recent studies of the statewide composition of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and Construction and Demolition Waste (C&D). It builds on several years of planning work conducted by DEEP in partnership with the Legislature, including integrating recommendations of the 2010 LPRI report Municipal Solid Waste Management Services in Connecticut, and those of the Governor’s Modernizing Recycling Working Group, and the Resources Recovery Task Force.

All of the actions called for by the CMMS are aimed directly at achieving the state’s goal of 60 percent diversion from disposal by 2024. It is a bold plan focused on meeting three objectives that are fundamental to achieving the state’s goal:

  • Connecticut must improve the performance of municipal recycling systems and increase compliance with mandatory recycling provisions. 

  • Connecticut must develop and improve recycling and waste conversion technologies.

  • Corporations that design, produce, and market products must share responsibility for stewarding those materials in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Specific Actions

To meet these objectives, specific actions called for by the CMMS include:
  • Increasing state-led enforcement of existing recycling provisions.

  • Making continuous improvements to municipal recycling programs, including implementation of unit-based pricing approaches that incentivize waste reduction.

  • Increasing outreach and education to enhance effective participation in single-stream recycling.

  • Creating the regulatory environment and public incentives to make way for the development of new materials management infrastructure, with a focus on greener alternatives to existing waste-to-energy facilities.

  • Developing new programs to relieve the financial burden of recycling programs on municipalities and share responsibility for stewardship with the producers of materials.

  • Aligning materials management planning and policy with the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and clean energy priorities.

Steps for Public Review and Adoption

In accordance with CGS §22a-228 and the regulations adopted thereunder, to provide an overview of the proposed amendments and solicit public comments, DEEP will be holding a public hearing on April 13, 2016 at both 2 p.m. and at 6 p.m., to continue until comments are received from those present, in the Gina McCarthy Auditorium, DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT.  All members of the public are invited to attend.

Copy of the Public Notice for the Public Hearing on April 13, 2016

In addition to the public hearings, DEEP will also receive written comments on the draft during the period commencing on February 16, 2016 through and including April 13, 2016. Written comments may be submitted via email to or sent to Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Attn. Lee Sawyer, MMCA, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

DEEP is also planning informal informational sessions in locations around the state. Details will be posted here when available.

The final CMMS will be adopted on or before July 1, 2016.


All individuals engaged in the planning process are encouraged to review the following resources:

Current Solid Waste Management Plan (2006)

Report of the Modernizing Recycling Working Group (2012)

LPRI Report: Municipal Solid Waste Management Services in Connecticut (2009)

2015 State-wide MSW Composition & Characterization Study

2015 State-wide Construction and Demolition Waste Composition Study (Coming Soon)


For more information about the planning process, please contact Lee Sawyer, Project Manager at 860-424-3332.

Content last updated March 16, 2016