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A Look at DEEP’s Connecticut MSW Plan

DEEP is helping the state work toward strengthening local waste reduction and recycling programs and fast-tracking deployment of new technology.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has created and released a comprehensive management strategy to reduce municipal solid waste (MSW) production in the State of Connecticut by 60 percent over the next eight years.

To help make this plan a reality, DEEP is helping the state work toward strengthening local waste reduction and recycling programs, fast-tracking deployment of new technology and gaining more responsibility and participation by corporations that produce materials in sharing in the cost and development of recycling programs.

New Haven Register has more information:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that more than 700 million pounds of turkey were purchased prior to Thanksgiving, and 35 percent of it will end up in a landfill, according to a report done by the Food Tank, a nonprofit dedicated to educating people about sustainable eating.

The good news is that the thrown out meat can be composted.

Here in Connecticut, about 40 percent of the solid waste thrown out every year is compostable organic material, according to state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the agency that has been tasked with coming up with a management plan that will reduce municipal solid waste production in the state by 60 percent in the next eight years.

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