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Connecticut is Facing a Trash Crisis

  • Waste disposal capacity in the US is shrinking.

  • The New England region is expected to lose 40% of its trash disposal capacity in the next 5 years and up to 100% by 2040.

  • The MIRA incinerator in Hartford, is no longer burning trash; this facility was relied on by 35 neighboring communities, leaving them without a disposal site.

  • This loss of trash disposal capacity is significantly affecting Stonington.

  • Siting a new incinerator or landfill in our Town is not a good option.

  • The alternative of trucking CT trash up to 600 miles out of state is expensive and not sustainable. We need a new approach.

We Need to Reduce Waste

  • Food scraps make up 20% of the waste we currently throw away and can easily be converted to energy and compost right here in Connecticut.

  • Weekly Curbside Food Scrap Collection would allow residents to conveniently recycle their food scraps.

  • Removing food waste from the trash and converting those scraps into clean, renewable energy can save us money.

Stonington is Being Proactive

  • Stonington received a $550,000 dollar grant from DEEP to implement a Town-wide pilot program.

  • The food scraps collection pilot program is free to residents.

  • All households will collect food scraps in special green bags provided by the Town.

  • A permanent program has an environmental impact equal to adding 2,743 solar panels to Stonington homes each year.

It Will Be Easy to Participate

  • Residents will receive free green food scrap bags, one for each week for the duration of the pilot.

  • Recycling of paper & cardboard and bottles & cans will continue as usual.

  • Residents should tie and close the green bags and place out for collection each week, along with your yellow trash bags

  • The food scrap bags will be collected and brought to a facility so that the food scraps can be captured and converted to green energy.

  • Learn more at the links at the top of the page!

More Information

For more information, please contact the Town of Stonington Solid Waste & Recycling Office

Stonington Town Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm.


Town of Stonington

152 Elm Street
Stonington, CT 06378


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