In the area of Waste, our overall vision is eradication of the worst trash and blight, and public education that boosts diversion, recycling, and reuse rates—which in turn cuts costs, related emissions, and environmental degradation.
For the past eighty years, Hartford has been the dumping ground for the most of the region’s solid waste, due to the two large facilities within its borders: a sanitary landfill and a trash-to-energy plant.
The recently-capped landfill is now an asset. It is topped with 35 acres of solar panels, providing the equivalent of one megawatt of electricity for 1,000 homes. It also has several pollution control systems, including a gas extraction and collection system to prevent odors and generate electricity, as well as water monitoring equipment.
Meanwhile, in the South Meadows, the State was recently considering relocating the trash-to-energy plant. Given the poor air quality, and environmental degradation associated with waste management, Hartford residents are generally strong proponents of moving the plant out of the city.
More broadly, resident awareness in Hartford is growing, and support for the City to reduce waste and increase recycling has been bolstered. These and other successes have started Hartford on a better path, but critical decisions must be made in the near term to ensure continued progress.
Given this context, the 5 goals in the area of Waste set forth in the draft Climate Action Plan are:
- Goal 1: Divert Organic Refuse from the Waste Stream
- Goal 2: Promote Recycling and Reuse in the Public Sector
- Goal 3: Promote Recycling and Reuse in the Private Sector
- Goal 4: Eradicate Litter and Blight
- Goal 5: Increase Resiliency of Waste Facilities
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