Lawmakers in the state of Connecticut have recently introduced legislation designed to prioritize the reduction of solid waste and increase recycling, particularly in the area of food scraps and waste and other organic materials. The Bill, which is currently in the state Senate is designed to clarify an existing law by establishing a launch date of January 1, 2014 and a project completion date of 2020 by which time all waste generators in the state; residential, business, commercial, and industrial would be required to divert their food and organic waste from regional landfills.
Since 2011, Connecticut has had a law which required food manufacturers, wholesalers, conference centers, and supermarkets that annually produced more than one hundred and four tons of organic waste materials to recycle at designated organic waste processing facilities.
The proposed bill also has language that aims to stop solid waste collectors from intermingling recyclables with collected solid waste. This has been proposed to reduce and possibly eliminate the contamination that renders many recyclable materials useless and therefore without any financial value on the recycled materials market.
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Recycling of food waste and organic materials such as grass and yard clippings is a popular topic in many communities and for businesses such as restaurants, landscapers, and property managers. If you’re currently spending money to dispose of this waste, it’s time to look into recycling and composting options. Not only will you be helping to reduce materials in local landfills but you’ll also save money as well!