Recycling Committee

WHAT IS OUR RECYCLING GOAL AND HOW DO WE ACHIEVE IT?

In 2006, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (recently reorganized as the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection-DEEP) amended the Solid Waste Management Plan. The plan focused on municipal solid waste, MSW, more commonly known as trash--generated by both households and commercial enterprises and the debris resulting from construction.

Currently in Simsbury we recycle over 24 percent of the MSW we generate but the goal is to recycle 58 percent of our waste stream by fiscal year 2024. Ambitious yes, but also attainable.

So how do we reach our goal (and maybe even surpass it)? That is where the Simsbury Recycling Committee comes in. The Committee is dedicated to supporting residents, schools, and businesses in their efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle. To that end, we invite you to join in our programs by:

Maximizing Single Stream Recycling
In January 2011, the Committee hosted a forum titled “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Recycling But Were Afraid to Ask.” Now that single stream recycling is available to all Simsbury residents through their private waste hauler and at the Transfer Station, increasing our recycling rate is as easy as knowing what you can put in the recycling bin. Check out the forum on the Simsbury Community TV website, or go to DEP’s web page on Maximizing Single Stream Recycling.

Visiting the Swap Shoppe
The Swap Shoppe, located at the Simsbury Transfer Station off Wolcott Road, allows residents the opportunity to give a range of new or gently used items, which are then offered free to shoppers-keeping these objects out of the waste stream. In 2010, over 568 visitors browsed the Swap Shoppe, a 70 percent increase over the last full year of operation. In addition, over 783 items were reused, a phenomenal 98 percent improvement in activity. The Swap Shoppe is open on Saturdays, from 9 am until 2 pm, April through October.  (A big shout out to the Civitan Club of Simsbury and the Farmington Valley for their exemplary volunteers.)

Participating in the Nike-Reuse-A-Shoe Campaign
The annual Nike-Reuse-A-Shoe Campaign is held in the late spring, with bins placed throughout town allowing residents and people who work in Simsbury to drop off shoes they no longer wear. Once collected, Nike Company reconstitutes the rubber soles for use in making new sports surfaces. In 2010, over 1,400 pairs of shoes were kept out of the landfill.

Magazine Swap at Simsbury Library
You are also invited to visit the Magazine Swap kiosk in the coffee bar-hospitality area at the Simsbury Library where periodicals donated by library patrons are made available free for keeping. Your own donations of recently published magazines (3 months old or less preferred) will in turn be appreciated by other patrons and may be left at the Magazine Swap kiosk. However, there is no obligation to donate in order to retrieve magazines from our display. The Magazine Swap is a project of the Recycling Committee in conjunction with the Simsbury Library.

Next Steps
The Committee is focused on enhancing recycling educational resources for residents and businesses by:  updating the Committee webpage on the Town website; planning another recycling forum; and identifying ways to collaborate with our schools, municipal staff and businesses on recycling best practices. Please feel free to contact us at (860) 904-8873 or send email with any program suggestions or if you are interested in volunteering.

Together we will achieve our goal and maintain Simsbury’s reputation as one of the best places to live!

2-Year Term coterminus with the appointing Board of Selectmen
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