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Patch's Poll: Do You Recycle?

State is looking to modernize its approach to recycling, reduce waste through improved materials management and lower costs for municipalities and consumers.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Monday announced that he is establishing an 11-member working group to analyze and make recommendations on how the state can "modernize its approach to recycling, reduce waste through improved materials management and lower costs for municipalities and consumers."

“When we recycle more effectively and efficiently, we gain greater value from waste materials, improve our air quality and reduce costs,” Malloy said in a press release.  “Thanks to recent significant advances in technology and a rise in value of the materials we currently treat as waste, Connecticut has an opportunity to transform our recycling system.  This working group will tell us how to make the most of it.”

The Governor’s Modernizing Recycling Working Group will be responsible for examining include:

  • modernizing the state’s recycling and materials management policies, including organic composting, recycling streams and methods, possible market frameworks and education;
  • the governance, responsibilities and operations of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority to ensure the state has the proper mechanisms for reducing waste, maximizing recycling and minimizing reliance on burning as a disposal method; and
  • ensuring that Connecticut has a comprehensive plan for solid waste disposal and materials management that considers environmental impacts on host communities and the state as a whole.

Do you recycle? If not, why not? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Mom of 2 teens February 02, 2012 at 02:28 AM
We recycle so much I could use a weekly pickup instead of every other and we have the huge single stream bin. We also try to repurpose items. As a family of four, we seldom fill our garbage can. The kids got us into high gear while they were in elementary school and now they are a sophomore and junior respectively. People are just lazy not to do it. It takes minimal effort since you don't have to separate items like before.
Mom of 2 teens February 02, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Oh, and Dan..stop spending money. I cannot afford anymore shared sacrifice.
Melissa Kwan February 02, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Years ago, I visited the recycling plant in Hartford with a group of middle school students that I took on a field trip. It was fascinating to see how efficiently the materials are separated by the machines there. It has to do with the chemical breakdown of elements. Essentially, I learned that it does not matter if we separate items because when they are broken down they become separated chemically. My seventh graders at the time all came out of the day determined to convince their families of the importance of recycling. Since that day, I have not been able to imagine why anyone does not recycle. It is as easy as creating garbage would be, but I presume not everyone is well-informed on the process. I have always been passionate about recycling and it very encouraging to see that only four percent of poll participants have stated not doing so (so far).
Mary May September 20, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Too Bad recycling draws GARBAGE PICKERS esecially in Quaker Hill and people going on your property but if you don't press charges they keep coming back !!
Jeff Brown September 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
When i put out my recyclables on wednesdays there are usually 1 to 3 people throughout the day who come by to look for cans in my bin. Only once was it ever a problem and thats when the guy came by way too late at night and made alittle too much noise looking through the bin . So i told him to move it along and it was never a problem again. Other than that atleast these PEOPLE are doing something for themselves to make money . Also something alot of people don't want to do because they feel it's so beneath them . Mary May i'm sure these people come by your house when the recyclables are on the curb they're not going into your backyard our wherever you usually keep your cans. Alittle compassion and sympathy for the plight of your fellow man or woman can go along way in this life . Just saying

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