Arlington, VA – Lew Dubuque, vice president of chapter management for the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), testified remotely before the Joint Environment Committee in opposition of HB 6664, legislation that would implement an extended producer responsibility (EPR) scheme in Connecticut.
“The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) continues to promote EPR as the solution to the state’s ‘self-sufficiency crisis,'” Dubuque said. “This is another ill-advised attempt at legislating a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. Connecticut has excellent universal collection, many transfer stations and several modern materials recovery facilities. An EPR regime in Connecticut is not likely to achieve the goals that are expected.”
Dubuque also expressed the chapter’s opposition to other provisions in the legislation. The bill also would give DEEP complete control over Connecticut’s waste infrastructure and increase taxes on residents through solid waste assessments.
The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.