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Connecticut, USA

Connecticut

Mandatory Recycling, Disposal Ban, and Mandatory Composting

Action(s) Taken

  • Composting policies
  • Disposal bans
  • Recycling Policies

Population

3,600,000

Mandatory Recycling Summary

Everyone in Connecticut must recycle, including all residents, businesses, governments, and events. Recyclable materials include paper, leaves, grass clippings, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass and metal containers, scrap metal, and other items.

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Disposal Ban Summary

Grass clippings were banned from landfills and incinerators in 1998. Electronics were banned from disposal in 2011 under the state’s electronics stewardship law.

The state also requires all businesses, residents and government agencies to recycle glass, metal and plastic (PETE #1 and HDPE #2) containers; corrugated cardboard, boxboard, newspaper and magazines, white and colored office paper; scrap metal, nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries and lead acid batteries; automotive waste oil; and leaves and grass clippings. Connecticut also has a bottle deposit law on beverage containers.

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Mandatory Composting Summary

Connecticut was the first state to require large-scale food waste generators to compost their food scraps and soiled paper once the local composting infrastructure developed. Generators were required to participate once there were two facilities running in the state and if one was located within 20 miles of their business. The legislation helps guarantee feedstock and creates an incentive for industry to invest in new organics infrastructure in the state.

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