Regional Workshop on Sustainable Development: SDG 12

Ensure Sustainable Production and Consumption Patterns

Best Practices and Solutions for Reducing Recycling Contamination and Minimizing Municipal Costs

Participants will leave the interactive workshop equipped with critical knowledge and next steps to start executing collaborative approaches to CMMS compliance, minimize recycling contamination & reduce municipal costs. Bring your perspective, expertise and questions. Intended for recycling coordinators, task force members and community leaders.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

9:30am – 12:30pm

Earthplace, Westport, CT

No Charge to Attend


When items are inappropriately discarded in residential recycling containers, it causes additional costs for our municipalities and major problems for our Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). This interactive workshop will bring together recycling coordinators, solid waste and recycling directors, subject matter experts, leaders in the retail, hauling, processing, and environment, to discuss the contamination issues and explore and identify solutions that will reduce recycling contamination and municipal costs, as well as support compliance of the Comprehensive Material Management Strategy. Learn how collaboration can help us all win.

Participants will leave the workshop equipped with critical knowledge and next steps to start executing collaborative approaches to reduce recycling contamination and municipal costs. Bring your perspective, expertise and questions. (BOLD)

Workshop Goal

Reduce contamination and the impacts of contamination on Materials Recovery Facility in Fairfield County. Evaluated by reduction in downtime, contamination levels reported by MRFs in Fairfield County.

  1. Gather together informed leaders representing all key stakeholder groups who are committed to reducing contamination in the recycling stream in Fairfield County.
  2. Provide information and strategies that address contamination, bag policy best practices, and tools for developing local policy that meets key stakeholder needs.
    • Explain how plastic bags and glass cause major contamination issues in the Connecticut recycling stream, why that is a problem, and provide solutions.
    • Explain why recyclables should not be bagged in plastic and provide alternative solutions.
    • Illustrate best practices for source separated collection of plastic film and glass; waste management systems that have most effectively reduced contamination; and potential solutions (e.g., expanded bottle bill, retail-based film plastic recycling) for glass and film management in Connecticut.

State Leadership

Sherill Baldwin
Sustainable Materials Management

Jennifer Heaton – Jones
Executive Director
Housatonic Resources and Recovery Authority

Subject Matter Experts

Louis P. Grasso Jr.
Managing Partner
Urban Mining Northeast

Louis Burch
Connecticut Program Director
Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Municipal Leadership

Darren Oustafine
Assistant Director of Public Works

Michael Zembruski Sr.
Director of Solid Waste and Recycling

Peter A. Ratkiewich, P.E.
Director of Public Works

Jessica C. Paladino
Waste Programs Manager


Daphne Dixon
Co-founder and Executive Director
Live Green

Tony McDowell
Executive Director


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