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Redding. HRRA discuss municipal recycling, waste disposal operations

The Redding Board of Selectmen recently discussed municipal recycling and waste disposal operations.  Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority Executive Director Jen Heaton Jones gave an update on current and future challenges to successful operations such as market conditions, capital infrastructure, and the like.  She reviewed the increasing costs of disposal and long-term challenges.  Heaton-Jones noted that there is a prevalence of incorrect recycling leading to contamination. Other challenges include generation of waste in excess of what the state can handle and due to the current market, not enough monetary return.  Options to achieve a reduction in waste and an increase in recycling were reviewed, including a pay-as-you-go system or a bag system.  Selectman Peg O’Donnell questioned if private haulers are required to follow the same rules as the transfer station. Heaton-Jones confirmed that they are and offered to educate residents on how to recycle properly.  Selectman Mike Thompson questioned ways to recycle more efficiently. Redding is currently in the Phase 1 pilot program in which glass is not included.  A guide to recycling will be posted on the HRRA website.

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