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Solid Waste Management Plan

Organization(s) Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description In May 2005, CT DEP's Bureau of Waste Management began the task of updating the State's Solid Waste Management Plan. DEP has contracted with R.W. Beck, one of the nation's leading consulting engineering firms to assist in the effort.

In developing the plan, the Agency will look for opportunities to reduce the amount of waste generated in CT and increase the amount of recycling and reuse in an environmentally protective manner.

There are several major tasks that have been completed or are well under way:

-A statewide Stakeholder Forum was held on June 29, 2005 and approximately 200 people attended, representing non-profits, businesses, institutions, and the public. All shared their visions and opinions about solid waste issues, such as reducing municipal solid waste, disposal of electronics, and recycling.

-An External Stakeholder Working Group has been established and is currently meeting.

-The first phase of the project, data gathering, verification and validation was completed in September 2005.

-DEP has created a website to keep the public informed about the process (see below).

-In January 2006, CT DEP and the External Stakeholders Working Group held a meeting to gather final comments on the Preliminary Draft of the State Solid Waste Management Plan.

-In June 2006, after more than a year of hard work, the draft of the Proposed Amendment to the Connecticut State Solid Waste Management Plan was completed by CT DEP staff; R.W. Beck Associates; and the members of the External Stakeholder Committee. The Plan amendment addresses solid waste management issues affecting CT as well as many opportunities for pollution prevention. Information about the Plan was posted on the CT DEP website throughout the entire planning process. The next step was to give the public additional opportunities to learn about the Plan and provide input on the final document.

-In July 2006 CT DEP sent out over 400 copies of the Plan on CD to state and local government officials, solid waste and recycling facilities, environmental organizations, and community groups. In addition, three informational meetings and three public hearings were held around the state in July and August. The CT DEP received over 70 written or oral comments about the Plan from the public and private sectors.

The comments to the draft Plan will be summarized in the Hearing Examiners Report to CT DEP Commissioner Gina McCarthy sometime in the fall 2006. If the Commissioner accepts the Report, the Proposed Amendment will be revised accordingly and adopted as the State Solid Waste Management Plan. The Plan will then serve as the basis for solid waste management planning and decision making for the short and long term future.

More Info www.dep.state.ct.us/wst/solidw/swplan/index.htm
Project Contact
Name Tessa Gutowski
Phone 860-424-3096
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Research and development
Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 16 No. 2, Fall 2006 [PDF]


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