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How Will Hartford, CT Recycle Food Waste Without its Incinerator?


The Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) in Hartford, CT is planning to close its incinerator by July 2022. Every year the State of Connecticut throws away approximately half a million tons of food. What will happen to the trash that is incinerated every year?

One solution could be that residents recycle leftover food. The State of Connecticut has a law that says food needs to be recycled – however, at this time it only applies to large commercial producers in certain locations.

Seventy-four towns have joined the Connecticut Coalition for Sustainable Materials Management, which could have an impact on diverting residential food waste. When this group was surveyed earlier this year, they said they were most interested in organic waste, which includes food scraps and yard waste. The Coalition hopes to present a number of legislative options soon.

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