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New Connecticut App To Educate About Recycling

MIRA Recyling Center Hartford
Ryan Caron King
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Connecticut Public
MIRA inspector Dan Heisler pulls out contaminants from a load of single-stream recycling at the MIRA intermediate processing center in Hartford, Conn. lf an incoming load of recyclables isn’t heavily contaminated with trash, it gets sent to a recycling center in Berlin, where the materials will be sorted and then later sold or shipped out of state. Materials were sorted in the Hartford facility until the end of April 2021, when the operation was outsourced to the Murphy Road Recycling Incorporated facility in Berlin.

The RecycleCT Foundation has launched an app that will allow Connecticut residents to discover what items do and don’t belong in the recycling bin.

The RecycleCT Wizard App is designed to help Connecticut residents understand the importance of recycling as well.

“So it’s really to provide an easier way for residents and others to find out what is acceptable in your recycling bin and what is not acceptable,” said Sherill Baldwin, an environmental analyst for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Baldwin says that though the information is available online, the new application is easily accessible, which will help users address concerns about recycling.

“So when you open up the app, you get to a landing page, and there you can actually see the top four items, and these are the top items within the last 30 days, so you can see what other people think is confusing, but you can type in any item you want,” she said.

Baldwin said the state hopes to reduce contamination in the mixed recycling stream.

“Our mix recyclables all go in, but we want, we only want recyclables in that container,” she said, adding that what RecycleCT doesn’t want is trash and other contaminants.

The application can be downloaded from all app stores. Besides English and Spanish, users who speak French, Simplified Chinese and Portuguese will be able to use the app.