The State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the RecycleCT Foundation have awarded grants to municipalities and organizations. This is the first year of the Lee Sawyer Community Waste Reduction & Recycling Grant program, which supports waste reduction and reuse in addition to recycling and composting efforts. 33 applications were received.
Among those awarded funding is the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority. $14,250 will be used by Ridgefield to expand the town's food scrap collection, composting-on site at the transfer station, educating residents on home composting, and creating options for residents seeking to divert food scraps. Easton has been awarded $3,190 for printing to provide recycling education.
The grant program is intended to fund projects that reduce or eliminate solid waste at its source, promote sustainable reuse of existing materials, promote recycling of materials not currently being captured, or increase diversion of Connecticut’s mandatory and non-mandatory recyclables and organics from incineration or landfill. Projects should help communities build lasting capacity to either reduce waste, reuse/divert materials from the waste stream, or increase public awareness of waste reduction and recycling.