•  Connecticut's Voice for Sustainable Materials Management

  • 2018 Connecticut Recycling Conference

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    From all of us at the Connecticut Recyclers Coalition, we would like to give big thank you those who braved the unpredictable New England weather and made it to our 2018 Connecticut Recyclers Conference on January 17th!

    We hope that you found the conference informative and worthwhile. The primary goal of this conference was to bring together everyone in the recycling community, from individual businesses and municipalities, to State Regulators and leading environmental State Legislators to discuss all of the recycling issues facing our state and how we can best come together to meet our common goal of increasing the recycling rates in Connecticut. 

    We believe that our dynamic group of panelists and speakers provided insights to all ends of the spectrum on the various topics that were covered and the diversity of our attendees is further testament to that.

    Your presence helped to make this event a great success and we hope that you continue to stay involved by visiting our website here and stay tuned for upcoming events.

     

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  • A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

  • Panel I: Consumer Packaging Panel I: Consumer Packaging

    Connecticut's Task Force to Study Methods for Reducing Consumer Packaging that Generates Solid Waste recently completed its work investigating whether or not an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program should be implemented to address consumer packaging waste in Connecticut. The panel will review recommendations from the Task Force and further discuss how we, as consumers and taxpayers, can manage our appetite for more products delivered faster with our desire to decrease waste and disposal costs. 


         Fred Hurley

         Director, Newtown DPW 

     

     

     

         Chaz Miller

         Recycling expert and award-winning columnist 

     

     

     

         Victor Bell

         President, Environmental Packaging International

     

     

     

         Eric Brown

         Senior Council, Connecticut Business and Industry Association 

  • Panel II: Legislative Preview Panel II: Legislative Preview

    Each year, the CRC includes time on the agenda to have a dialogue with leading legislators on the Environment Committee to discuss key recycling and materials management issues expected in the upcoming legislative session. This year, the CRC is pleased to announce our legislative panelists for 2018. They are:


     

         Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. 

         Co-Chair, Environment Committee

        

        

     

     

         Representative Mike Demicco

         Co-Chair, Environment Committee

     

     

     

     

         Senator Heather Somers

         Vice Chair, Environment Committee

     

     

     

     

         Representative Stephen Harding

         Ranking Member, Environment Committee 

     

     

     

     

         Representative Mary Mushinsky

         Member, Environment Committee 

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  • Keynote Event Keynote Event

    For the first time, the CT Capitol Report political team will debate before a live audience!

    Conference attendees will get insight into how several key materials management and recycling issues are viewed in Hartford. In addition, the team will discuss significant issues in the upcoming 2018 Legislative session and the impacts on the fall races for statewide and local offices. 
     
    Hosting this roundtable discussion will be Mr. Tom Dudchik from CT Capitol Report and panelists will include CT Capitol Report regulars: 
    • Senate Republican Senior Adviser, Chris Healy
    • Former Governor Malloy strategist, Roy Occhiogrosso
    • SEIU 1199 Communications Director, Jennifer Schneider; and
    • Principal at The Drury Group, Liz Kurantowicz  

    In addition, the gang will invite long-time State Representative and environmental champion, Mary Mushinsky, to join the team to discuss CT’s bottle bill.
     
  • Panel III: Connecticut's Food Waste Infrastructure Panel III: Connecticut's Food Waste Infrastructure

    With the EPA Food Hierarchy in mind, the panel will review the available options for managing food waste to achieve the highest and best use. Panelists will share their work and experience achieving their businesses goals as well as identifying opportunities on the horizon.


         Luc Dang

         Founder and CEO, Phood

     

     

     

         Wayne Pesce

         President, Connecticut Food Association

     

     

     

         Brian Paganini 

         VP & Managing Director, Quantum Biopower

     

     


         Sam King

         Blue Earth Compost 

     

     

     

         Heather Priest

         Wilton Public Schools

  • Panel IV:  The Bottle Bill Panel IV: The Bottle Bill

    Last year, CT's bottle redemption law was the subject of numerous bills before the General Assembly, ranging from elimination to expansion and just about everywhere in between. The panel will discuss whether or not the bottle bill in CT has achieved its original environmental intent as well as if it should be "modernized" to accommodate new challenges posed by a changing waste stream.


         Chuck Riegle 

         Vice President, TOMRA 

     

     

     

         Andrew Crowley

         Strategic Materials 

     

     

     

         Lou Burch

         Citizens Campaign for the Environment 

     

     

     

         Tom Gaffey

         Director of Recycling and Enforcement, MIRA