Connecticut is Facing a Trash Crisis
Waste disposal capacity in the US is shrinking.
The New England region is expected to lose 40% of its trash disposal capacity in the next 5 years and up to 100% by 2040.
The MIRA incinerator in Hartford, is no longer burning trash, this facility was relied on by 35 neighboring communities, leaving them without a disposal site.
This loss of trash disposal capacity is significantly affecting Stonington.
Siting a new incinerator or landfill in our Town is not a good option.
The alternative of trucking CT trash up to 600 miles out of state is expensive and not sustainable. We need a new approach.
We Need to Reduce Waste
Food scraps make up 20% of the waste we currently throw away and can easily be converted to energy and compost right here in Connecticut.
Weekly Curbside Food Scrap Collection would allow residents to recycle their food scraps.
Removing food waste from the trash and converting those scraps into clean, renewable energy can save us money.
Stonington is Being Proactive
Stonington received a $550,000 dollar grant from DEEP to implement a Town-wide pilot program.
The food scraps collection pilot program is free to residents.
All households will collect food scraps in special green bags provided by the Town.
A permanent program has an environmental impact equal to adding 2,743 solar panels to Stonington homes each year.
It Will Be Easy to Participate
Residents will receive free green food scrap bags, one for each week for the duration of the pilot.
Recycling of paper & cardboard and bottles & cans will continue as usual.
Residents should tie and close the green bags and place out for collection each week, along with your yellow trash bags
The food scrap bags will be collected and brought to a facility so that the food scraps can be captured and converted to green energy.
Learn more at the links at the top of the page!
For more information, please contact the Town of Stonington Solid Waste and Recycling Department.
Stonington Town Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:00pm
Town of Stonington
152 Elm Street
Stonington, CT 06378