- On May 6, the Connecticut House of Representatives approved a bill that will reinvent the state's waste and recycling practices.
- The bill will overhaul the state's outdated practice of landfilling and incinerating its waste and recyclables. The new legislation will make recycling a priority and sets a statewide goal to recycle or reuse 60% of its waste by 2024.
- The bill will rename the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, operator of a Hartford WTE facility, as the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority. As reported by NBC Connecticut, a new non-profit council is considering redeveloping the plant, which has succumbed to lower energy prices.
Connecticut is pushing ahead in an attempt to modernize its approach to waste and recycling. This is a step toward reaching its environmental goals. In May of 2013, Connecticut became one of the first states to pass a mattress recycling bill into law in an effort to reduce illegally-dumped mattresses littering the state. A separate law addressed the recycling of these bulky items, and put a stewardship program in place. According to NBC Connecticut, the governor's office estimates that raising the recycling rate from 24.8% to 40% could save the state $35 million per year.