Connecticut is in the midst of a waste crisis. The state depends on antiquated and highly polluting trash incinerators that disproportionately impact environmental justice communities. Incinerators in Hartford and Bridgeport burn up to two-thirds of Connecticut’s waste, blanketing communities of color and low-income communities with toxic pollutants like particulate matter, lead, mercury, and dioxins. Meanwhile, waste and recycling expenses have skyrocketed, raising costs for towns, cities, and residents throughout the state.
Fortunately, legislators are considering a bill that would reform the state’s recycling system and help get us out of this polluting, expensive mess.
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