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MAP: How Much of Your Town's Trash Gets Recycled

How much trash do Connecticut towns toss and how much is getting recycled?

In the run up to Earth Day on April 22, Patch is looking at the numbers behind Connecticut’s environmental impact, including how much garbage we produce and how much of that waste is wasted.

The interactive map above shows information on municipal solid waste and compost for each town in the state in 2011, color-coded by how much solid waste (not including compost) was ultimately recycled.

[Red: 0-15 percent; Blue: 15-30 percent; Yellow: 30-45 percent; Green: 45-60 percent]

Three towns recycled more than 50 percent of garbage taken in — Middlebury (52.6 percent), New Canaan (51.2 percent) and Westbrook (50.7 percent)— with many more achieving better than 40 percent.

There were also three towns to recycle less than 10 percent — Ridgefield (9.8 percent), Lisbon (8.2 percent) and Ansonia (6.6 percent) — and several that did not report.

All Connecticut municipalities reported the total solid waste collected, however a number of towns failed to include breakdowns and information on recycling.

The 10 towns that did not report by August 2013 or filed incomplete information are in violation of state statute, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), which maintains these records.

There was also an issue with the data reported from Ansonia for bottles, cans and paper, however the remaining information was supplied.

Use the map above to compare towns and see which generated the most and least trash per person here.
Anthony Powers April 09, 2014 at 06:26 AM
It is all about the money it is not personal??? States are raking in the bucks with the passage of environmental bottle bills and recycling scams. Plain and simple the dems stay up nights trying to figure out how to get you hard earned MONEY. And they do it by scamming the public with sachems like this!!>>>>>>>>>NY's expanded beverage container deposit law ("Bottle Bill") has netted the state $120 million in unclaimed deposits.
Michael Martins April 09, 2014 at 07:14 AM
Well look in Naugatuck. We have a high mill rate at 44 and if you want to throw tires for example you go to the recycling place on rubber ave and still have to pay $5 which is bull. We already pay high car taxes and house taxes so it should be free for residents throwing stuff away. Waterbury people leave couches and etc outside and the garbage company comes by to pick it up no additional charge
Corey Lynn Tucker April 09, 2014 at 11:14 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM The Story of Stuff!
Eugene DeJoannis April 09, 2014 at 11:36 PM
The info for my town does not "add up". I am afraid something is wrong with this info: Manchester 36% of Solid Waste Recycled 39,820.39 tons per year 1,364.79 pounds per person Total SW: 22,802.41 tons | Per Person: 781.52 pounds Residential: 5,922.41 tons | Per Person: 202.98 pounds Non-Residential: 7,938.19 tons | Per Person: 272.07 pounds Residential+non residential is not equal to the total; only a bit more than half. How is 39,000 tons = to 36% of the total SW of 22,802 tons. I think this data is garbage.

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