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Archived Municipal Recycling Coordinators
E-News and Webinars

Monthly online newsletters began in 2017 in an effort to increase communication with municipal recycling coordinators and voluntary recycling and sustainability committees about important information and resources.  Around the same time, DEEP began to recognize the need for more professional development as well as sharing of local programs and initiatives between towns.  Initially webinars were not recorded, so there are no recordings.  Where possible, audio recordings with audio transcripts are provided.  Archived e-newsletters often are topical, and provide resources and information of interest to local municipalities.



Past webinars/workshops



  • Setting Up A Recycling Program at Your School
    December 16, 2019
    Speakers: Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
                     Dan Collelouri, City of Stamford

                     C.J. May, City of Waterbury

  • How to Avoid PFAS in Food Service Ware
    August 28, 2019
    Speakers:   Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
                      Sue Chiang, Center for Environmental Health
                      Julie DesChamps, Greenwich Public Schools

  • What’s Working, What’s Not: Recycling Education, Promotion and Enforcement
    July 23, 2019
    Speakers: Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
                     Mitch Goldblatt, Orange
                     Brian Bartram, Sharon/Salisbury
                     Alyson Finnegan, Essex
                     Howard Weissberg, Meriden
  • Expanding Community Composting in Connecticut
    May 23, 2019
    Speakers:  Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
                    Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance 
                    Domingo Medina, Peels & Wheels Composting
  • Weathering the Storm: How SMART Communities are Surviving Rising Costs
    March 20, 2019
    Speakers: Jennifer Weymouth, Environmental Analyst, CT DEEP
                  Kristen Brown, Vice President, WasteZero
                  Jeremy Marsette, Public Works Director, Natick, Massachusetts
    Includes, audio of Interview with: Adam Clark, Assistant Division Manager, General Services Department, Concord, New Hampshire

  • Hauler Registration for Municipalities (note: webinar starts at 00:31:00)
    March 5, 2019
    Speakers:  Chris Nelson, CT DEEP
                    Kim O’Rourke, City of Middletown
                    Jennifer Heaton-Jones, Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority

  • Collecting Textiles for Reuse and Recycling
    February 25, 2019
    Speakers:  Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
                    Brian Bartram, Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station
                    Julie DesChamps, Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board
                    Brooks Parker, Town of Manchester
  • Plastic Bag Programs and Initiatives: State and County Efforts 
    December 14, 2018
    Speakers: Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
                  Meri Soll, Stop Waste, Alameda County, California
                  Walter Willis, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Illinois
  • All DEEP Staff Meeting: What’s IN, What’s OUT 
    November 14, 2018
    Speakers: Commissioner Rob Klee, CT DEEP
                  Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
  • CT Municipal Recycling Compliance Check-in 
    October 29, 2018
    Speakers:  Pete Brunelli, CT DEEP
                   Jennifer Weymouth, CT DEEP
  • Writing Effective Ordinances: It’s All About the Bags
    October 22, 2018
    Speakers: Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
                  Liz Milwe, In the Bag
                  Jeanine Behr Getz, BYO Greenwich
                  Jennie Romer, Plastic Bag Laws
  • Buy Recycled – Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
    September 10, 2018
    Facilitator: Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
    Speakers:  Tonya Randell, More Recycling
                   Christopher Newman, CT DAS
                   Donald Casella, EPA Region 5
  • Organics Recycling: Municipal Programs
    July 16, 2018
    Facilitator: Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
    Speakers:  Caren Harder, CT DEEP
                   Jen Heaton-Jones, Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority
                   John Phillips, West Hartford DPW
                   Alyssa Norwood, Sustainable CT
  • What’s IN, What’s OUT
    April 30, 2018
    Speaker:  Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
  • Carton Recycling: They’re IN!
    March 26, 2018
    Facilitator: Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
    Speakers:  Barbara Heineken, Carton Council
                   Jen Heaton-Jones, Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority
                   Kim O’Rourke, City of Middletown
  • Using What’s IN, What’s OUT Tools & Resources
    March 5, 2018
    Speakers:  Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
                   Laura MacLellan, ReCollect
  • Best Practices for Bed Bug Management of Used Mattresses, Bedding and Upholstered Furniture
    February 27, 2018
    Facilitator: Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
    Speakers:  Kate Caddy, Mattress Recycling Council
                   Dr. Gale E. Ridge, CAES, CCABB
  • Be SMART About Trash & Recycling
    January 22, 2018
    Facilitator:  Jennifer Weymouth, CT DEEP
    Speakers:  Kristen Brown, Waste Zero
                   Mark Morarity, City of New Britain
  • Connecticut’s New Universal List: What’s IN, What’s OUT
    October 23, 2017
    Speaker:  Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
  • CT WRAP: Trex Challenge, a school recycling project
    September 25, 2017Facilitator: Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
    Speakers:  Stephanie Hicks, Trex
                   Jennifer Heaton-Jones, Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority
                   Cathy Praissman, Team Leader
  • RecycleCT: What’s IN, What’s OUT for haulers and collectors
    July 12, 2017 
    Speakers:  Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
  • RecycleCT: What’s IN, What’s OUT for municipalities
    June 20, 2017
    Speakers:  Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
  • Statewide Recycling Marketing Campaign – Muni Info Session
    February 28, 2017
    Speakers:  Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP
  • Municipal Public Space Recycling
    February 15, 2017
    Speakers:  Jennifer Weymouth, CT DEEP

Archived E-Newsletters

  • April 2020 - Trash and Recycling are Essential Services, Suspension of Plastic Bag Fee, Upcoming webinars, cancellations, WIWO: Wipes and Gloves in the Trash.
  • March 2020 - COVID-19, NERC's updated MRF Blended Value Report, Upcoming webinars, cancellations. WIWO: Shredded paper.
  • February 2020 - SMART Grant RFP, Regional Recycling Markets reports, Organics Recycling Webinars. WIWO: Can I Recycle Number 5’s?
  • January 2020 - CT Organics Law Update, Organics Recycling Webinars and Tool Kits, EPR Fact Sheet. WIWO: Frozen Food Packaging   
  • November 2019 - Recycling Markets in the Northeast, TRPs Bridge to Circularity report,  MORE School Recycling Resources. WIWO: Explosives, Syringes/Sharps and Knives are OUT

  • October 2019  - RecycleCT School Grant RFP, School Recycling Resources, School Recycling Workshop, PFAS Draft Action Plan. WIWO: Spiral Wound Containers

  • September 2019 - Annual Municipal Recycling Reporting, What is product stewardship? Stewardship Initiatives in CT, Sherill Interviews Tom about EPR, GreenerGovCT. WIWO: Vaping paraphernalia is OUT
  • August 2019 - PFAS in Our Environment, PFAS in Compost, PFAS Resources, Annual Municipal Recycling Reporting, Single-Use Plastic Check-Out Bag Fee. WIWO: Batteries

  • July 2019 - Municipal Measurement Program, Update on Single-Use Plastic Bags, Compostable Bag Shopping Bag Trial, Resources: What Can We Do As Consumers About Climate Change, School Food Scraps and Waste Food, CT Green LEAF Schools, EPR for Household Hazardous Waste report (VT). WIWO Q&A: Padded Envelopes, Bubble Mailers 

  • June 2019 - Renewing Your Waste Disposal Contract, Contract Resources, Resources from RecycleCT Grant Recipients. WIWO Q&A: Nursery Pots
  • May 2019 - Markets, Waste Reduction Letter, TRP Cart Grant, New Glass Foundation. WIWO Q&A: Resin Identification Code, Children

  • April 2019 - Community Composting, WIWO Q&A: Take Out Containers

  • March 2019 – Promoting SMART webinar and Giuliana Torta visit. WIWO Q&A: Miniature Liquor aka Nips, Single-Use Coffee Pods

  • February 2019  - Class schedule for 2019 Certification and Training for Solid Waste Facility Operators, Updated Outreach Materials for Haulers & their Customers, Archived E-News and Webinars, REI Issues Order with Penalty for Recycling Violations, WIWO Q&A: Renewliners, Wood Pellet Bags
  • January 2019 - Municipal CMMS Compliance update, Waste Reduction, WIWO Q&A: Spiral Wound Containers, Wrapping Paper
  • December 2018 - Education and Outreach Resources and Tool kits, WIWO Q&A: Bubble Mailers, Bubble Padded Envelopes, when manufacturer states “approved blue recycle bags”
  • November 2018 - Contracting, RecycleCT School Grant RFP, Trex School Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, What’s IN, What’s OUT receives NERC award.  WIWO Q&A: Nursery pots, plastic packaging clam shells and wood pellet bags
  • October 2018 -CT Glass Collection Pilot Overview.  WIWO Q&A: Plastic can carriers, baby wipe containers
  • September 2018 - FY 2018 Annual Municipal Recycling Report, CT WRAP Campaign Shows Increase in Awareness, What’s IN, What’s OUT campaign wins several awards. WIWO Q&A: Sodastream bottles, pool solar covers
  • July/August 2018 - How to Reduce Contamination, Recycling Contamination, How to Embed RecycleCT Wizard Web Widget. WIWO Q&A: aerosol cans, straws
  • June 2018 - Programs and Approaches that Respond to the Waste Crisis, Are You Paying a Tip Fee for Recyclables? WIWO Q&A: tennis ball containers, food insulation packaging, mylar balloons
  • May 2018 - CT is Facing a Waste Crisis, Waste reduction is solution to help balance municipal budgets
  • April 2018 - Renewing Your Waste Disposal Contract? NEW: Waste Food Resources, Closed Loop Fund
  • March 2018 - Are You in Compliance? RecycleCT Innovation Grant RFP, Municipal Solid Waste Ordinances, Promotional Resources, Preventing and Detecting PCB Contamination in Used Oil
  • February 2018 - Promotional Resources, Be SMART About Your Trash follow-up, Tools to help you Promote Carton Recycling
  • January 2018 -  CT DEEP’s Recycling Enforcement Initiative, Key Recycling Laws, Interested in SMART Technical Assistance?
  • December 2017 -Task Force to Study Methods for Reducing Consumer Packaging that Generates Solid Waste, School Recycling Grant Programs & Contests, Update: DEEP Recycling Incentive Grants Program
  • August 2017 - Is Your Town in Compliance with Recycling Laws? WRAP Kick-Off in East Hartford
  • June 2017 - What’s IN, What’s OUT, New RecycleCT website seeks to make recycling easier for residents, Resources for Municipalities, CT WRAP: Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Initiative, RecycleCT Foundation awards over $10,000 in grants to fund school recycling projects, New Roadmap to WRAP Guide Available to Support Community Outreach
  • April 2017 - CT WRAP Plastic Film Recycling Initiative, Are you in compliance with Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy?, WRAP Artwork Downloads, Posters, Signs and More, Special Events Recycling Bin Lending Program, Municipal and Regional Grants & Technical Assistance Program 


    Content Last Updated April 7, 2020