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The bill would more than double the state’s recycling rate, increasing it from the current level of about 25 percent to 60 percent over the next 10 years. At the same time, it would reform the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, which owns and operates a waste-to-energy plant in Hartford’s South Meadows section, into an entity that operates more efficiently and has a renewed focus on the importance of recycling.
“CRRA became more focused on operating the trash-to-energy plants over the years,” said Abe Scarr, director of ConnPIRG, a Hartford-based consumer advocacy group. “This legislation will shift their focus back to their original mission, which was to recover materials from the waste stream that had value.”
More than $10 million in valuable commodities are burned at the waste-to-energy facilities each year, according to estimates frequently cited by state officials.
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