Connecticut’s Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority processes roughly one-third of the state’s waste at an aging plant in Hartford, Conn. But the 30-year-old facility will soon get an upgrade with the selection of a Spanish-U.S. consortium that will pay $229 million to update the facility.
The plan also calls for about 40 percent of the trash currently going to the facility to be recycled instead of burned.
New England Public Radio has the report:
"They’ll be taking out recyclables -- metals, plastic, fiber -- as well as separating out some of the organic components of the waste stream, which they'll be sending for treatment using anaerobic digestion," Sawyer said.
The rest of the trash will still get burned.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said it's a bad use of riverfront land in the city. "This is also another perfect example of non-taxable property being placed by the state in the city," Bronin said. "I'm going to fight as hard as I can to make sure that the city of Hartford and the residents of Hartford are appropriately reimbursed for that."
MIRA’s payment-in-lieu of taxes to the city have recently declined.
"We’d like to see that significantly increase to closer to where it has been in the past -- which is closer to $4.5 or $5 million -- and perhaps higher," DEEP’s Sawyer said.
A final contract is expected to be in place later this year.