Managing waste appropriately is critical to building a sustainable community. Waste materials are derived from residential, commercial, and industrial practices. Sound waste management helps to protect our natural environment, saves money, and positively affects the social well-being and physical health of our community.
The big picture
As the global population swells, commercial and industrial activities increase. With these changes comes a pressing need to monitor and improve waste management practices.
The town of Old Saybrook contains vibrant commercial and industrial business sectors. Additionally, there are over 10,000 people living in our community. Along with this development comes the need to manage waste. This waste comes in many forms and includes things like: trash, compostable organic matter, storm water runoff, recylable goods, chemicals, discharge and solids from septic systems, and more. Many of the items we traditionally think of as trash and the recyclable goods generated from activities in town are collected at the town transfer station and then transported by truck to the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA) Mid-Conn Trash to Energy plant in Middletown. There, it is sorted and either burned or recycled. The cost to Old Saybrook taxpayers for material waste disposal is contractually fixed at $59.50 per ton. Other types of household chemical waste are managed at the regional level and things like storm water runoff, septic system discharge, and compost are handled locally by the town government and/or the community at large.
Town departments and organizations in Old Saybrook should take on a leadership role and strive to completely eliminate material waste.