The State of CT has a trash problem. It’s waste-to-energy plant needs rehabbing, but the governor won’t dedicate the funding. And when they plant begins to fail in 2023, the state is expected to transfer the waste to West Virginia and Pennsylvania, which doesn’t solve the real issue of how to deal with the trash.
The state needs to invest in reduction, reuse and recycling efforts. For example, curbside organic collection programs could divert millions of pounds per year from waste streams and be used as a natural fertilizer for gardens. And food waste could be processed through an anaerobic digester and turned into biomethane, which could be used for electricity.
CT needs to re-think the topic of waste to see how it could be used as a resource.