WTNH – Some communities in Connecticut are getting some extra incentive to maintain their recycling programs. Others are getting the funds they need to start recycling programs. It’s all thanks to Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Tuesday DEEP announced that seven communities are getting the money they need to enhance local waste reduction, reuse and recycling programs. Over $60,000 will be given out. Here’s a breakdown of how the funds will be divided:
Town of Branford – $6,000
Branford implemented the third year of a Holiday Recycling Program aimed at educating residents on the importance of collecting the excess wrapping paper and gift waste for recycling.
Town of Bridgewater – $3,990
Bridgewater is applying grant funds towards a guard shed at the Town’s Recycling Facility which will allow for staff to provide recycling and reuse education and to monitor incoming loads and minimize contamination. They will also be improving their town public space recycling with new recycling bins.
Town of Columbia – $4,750
Columbia is implementing a residential organics drop-off program at sites throughout the town and will provide workshops and educational outreach to encourage widespread participation. Remaining grant funds will be used to purchase and test green cleaning products for their municipal buildings.
Town of Greenwich – $20,000
Greenwich is applying grant funds towards Leaves: Nature’s Treasures, a school and community composting outreach and education program. The program includes establishing onsite food scrap and leaf compost systems for schools and educating residents about the benefits of home composting.
Town of Hebron – $6,000
Hebron is implementing a recycling education campaign to increase residential participation and improve recycling rates at the transfer station.
Town of Mansfield – $6,800
Mansfield is implementing a Food Too Good to Waste program, modeled after a national program, in four schools to educate families about preventing food waste, proper food storage and preparation strategies, and buying and eating what is bought.
Town of Ridgefield – $13,000
Ridgefield is launching a residential organics drop-off program at the municipal recycling center. Funds are being used for kitchen collection containers, rental of a dumpster to keep food scraps separated and educational materials.