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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
IMPORTANT COVID-19 BULLETINS AND INFORMATION
DEEP's Waste Engineering & Enforcement Division ("WEED") has responded to a number of issues that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For information on issues relating to recycling in Connecticut, see below and visit the Materials Management COVID-19 web page. For COVID-19 information on other DEEP programs, visit the Main DEEP COVID-19 web page.
PRESS RELEASE REGARDING BOTTLE BILL REDEMPTIONS: Effective March 17, 2020, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) temporarily suspended enforcement actions against Connecticut retailers for failing to accept empty beverage containers for redemption under the law known as the “bottle bill.” During this time, if stores do not accept empty beverage containers, DEEP will not issue them a notice of violation.
UPDATE: Effective April 30, 2020, DEEP is extending the period of temporarily suspended enforcement actions through May 20, 2020. Retailers, distributors, and service providers are developing plans to resume state-wide redemption with limited redemption activities beginning on May 20, 2020 and full redemption services by June 3, 2020 (see Press Release). More information is available on the Materials Management COVID-19 web page, including a list of redemption centers, and on the COVID-19 Bottle Bill Frequently Asked Questions web page.
DEEP has also created the following recommended signage for retailers to post if they choose to suspend deposit redemptions during this period of time:
— Retailer signage (horizontal version)
— Retailer signage (vertical version)
In 2015 we recycled and composted about 35% 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. To learn more about how to recycle properly visit RecycleCT.
|Waste Reduction||Electronic Waste|
|Reuse||Construction & Demolition|
|Recycling||Household Hazardous Waste|
|Composting & Organics Recycling||Frequently Asked Questions|
|Event Recycling||Laws and Regulations|
Content Last Updated May 8, 2020