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Connecticut's looming trash crisis

MIRA Recyling Center Hartford
Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public
Tom Gaffey (left), MIRA’s director of recycling and enforcement, and inspector Dan Heisler pick out contaminants from a load of single-stream recycling at the MIRA intermediate processing center in Hartford.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin says the city will no longer send its garbage to a major state-owned processing plant.

The agency that runs the plant, the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA), says the loss of Hartford as a major customer could mean that people in surrounding towns will pay more to get rid of their trash.

To get a big-picture perspective on this, Connecticut Public environmental reporter Patrick Skahill joined “All Things Considered” to talk about why Hartford is leaving MIRA behind, what the ramifications will be, and why garbage disposal should be part of any future legislative infrastructure plans.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. In his 20th year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.

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