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West Hartford seeks feedback as it navigates CT’s ‘waste crisis’

At the City Council’s Public Works, Facilities and Sustainability committee meeting in May, the Public Works Department reported that the pilot program will continue and will target 700 households, with just over 43 percent participating. To date, the program has removed 1.27 tons of waste every week – or 66 tons per year.

The survey, which closes May 23, asks residents for their feedback on finding ways “to reduce the amount of household waste our city generates and reduce the environmental impact of food scraps currently burned in incinerators and are buried in landfills.”

The questionnaire asks respondents to reveal how they currently manage waste and recycling in their own households, and also asks them how satisfied they are with the city’s current systems.

Concerned about the rising costs of waste management and the environmental impact of sending waste to out-of-state landfills, city leaders have long explored changes to those systems, including looking at unit-based pricing that would aim to reduce the total waste to lower. tonnage of waste that the city collects from its residents.

In May, the Department of Public Works also said it was in discussions with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and WasteZero about accepting a $1.45 million grant that will provide a citywide pay-as-you-throw model would be implemented. That decision rests with the city council, the department said.

The study does propose a “waste reduction option,” where “residents would pay for waste removal based on the amount of waste their household produces.” That option also includes food scraps, recycling and garden waste collection, at no additional cost.