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    Welcome to the Office of Sustainability's website!

    What is Sustainability?

    Sustainability entails meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, by making social and economic challenges compatible with environmental responsibility. For more information on the office, click here.

    City Commits to Recycling Goal Ahead of Schedule

    On America Recycles Day, the City of New Haven pledged to reduce waste and increase recycling. The City committed to reaching the state-set 58 percent recycling goal by 2020, four years before the deadline. The City has also set a short-term goal for 30 percent curbside residential recycling by 2012, which would triple the current year's recycling rate.

    The Connecticut State Solid Waste Management Plan aims to significantly reduce the amount of the generated solid waste requiring disposal, and sets a goal for a recycling rate of 58 percent by 2024. The City's Office of Sustainability and the Department of Public Works will continue to engage stakeholders and residents in an effort to increase recycling in our City and meet the state's goal ahead of time.

    Earlier this year, the City transitioned to a single-stream recycling system. This makes recycling more convenient for residents, as materials no longer need to be sorted: the recyclables, which include, but are not limited to paper, plastic and glass, are sorted automatically at the recycling facility. For information on what types of materials can be recycled, and how the single-stream process works, go to the City's recycling webpage, at www.cityofnewhaven.com/Sustainability.

    In August, the City rolled out new 48 gallon trash toters on its Monday route (Westville) and converted the existing 96 gallon blue trash toters into recycling containers. Using the larger recycling containers has been linked to dramatically increased waste diversion, and Westville almost tripled its recycling rate in just a few weeks, from 12 percent to 32 percent.

    How can individuals make a difference? "Residents should know that they don't have to wait for new toters to recycle single-stream", said Christine Eppstein Tang, the City's Sustainability Director. "They do not have to sort their recyclables in the small blue bin." If one blue bin is not enough, residents should request a second bin by calling the New Haven Department of Public Works at 203-946-7700.

    To determine the next area that will receive the new 48 gallon trash toters and start using the 96 gallon blue trash toters for recycling, the City has encouraged a friendly competition among neighborhoods. The area with the highest recycling rate from October 18 - January 28 will receive new toters in March.

    Since 1997, The United States has celebrated America Recycles Day on November 15 to. Residents are encouraged to take (or renew) an online pledge to recycle at www.americarecyclesday.org and learn more about the benefits of recycling and buying recycled-content items.






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