Re­cy­cling rules are the same across CT

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - COMMUNITY -

HART­FORD — Re­cy­cling rules have been stan­dard­ized across the state and now there’s an in­stant source of in­for­ma­tion about them.

“We worked closely with re­cy­cling co­or­di­na­tors in our cities and towns and the six fa­cil­i­ties in our state that ac­cept re­cy­cled ma­te­rial to get ev­ery­one on the same page,” said Robert Klee, com­mis­sioner of the state De­part­ment of En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion.

The pub­lic out­reach to in­crease aware­ness of re­cy­cling rules is spear­headed by the Re­cy­cleCT Foun­da­tion, a state-char­tered fund that com­bines pub­lic and pri­vate re­sources to sup­port the state’s re­cy­cling goals. The out­reach is built around the theme “What’s In, What’s Out,” and in­for­ma­tion about it can be found at http://www.re­cy­clect.com/.

The web­site of­fers a wid­get that is mo­bile friendly and pro­vides a quick an­swer to ques­tions about what can be re­cy­cled and what can’t; short videos to high­light re­cy­cling is­sues; and ma­te­rial that cities and towns can down­load and print to share with their res­i­dents, in­clud­ing a brochure with a list of items that can be re­cy­cled.

“In­creased house­hold re­cy­cling is a key com­po­nent of our ef­fort to achieve the state’s new goal of 60 per­cent di­ver­sion of ma­te­ri­als from the waste stream by 2024,” said Klee, who also is on the Re­cy­cleCT Foun­da­tion Coun­cil.

In ad­di­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits, re­cy­cling of­fers real sav­ings for tax­pay­ers and busi­nesses by re­duc­ing costs for waste dis­posal. It is es­ti­mated that achiev­ing the state’s 60 per­cent di­ver­sion rate would save an­other $40 mil­lion per year in avoided dis­posal fees.

Re­cy­cling helps to cre­ate jobs. Re­cy­cling-re­lated em­ploy­ment is re­spon­si­ble for nearly 5,000 jobs across the state and about $750 mil­lion in an­nual sales.

Com­mon re­cy­cling ques­tions: bot­tle caps go in the re­cy­cling bin if they are on the bot­tle, loose caps are out and should be put in the trash; pizza boxes go in the re­cy­cling bin if no food or lin­ers,. Keep shred­ded pa­per out of the re­cy­cling bin and put it in the trash. Dust cre­ated by shred­ded pa­per causes is­sues at re­cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties; as for plas­tic bags, keep out of the re­cy­cling bin and out of the trash. Plas­tic bags and other “plas­tic wrap” items should be kept sep­a­rate and taken back to one of the many re­tail lo­ca­tions that ac­cept them. Go to www.plas­tic­film­re­cy­cling.org.

Hu­mane so­ci­ety in­vites photo en­tries

NEW­ING­TON — En­tries are now be­ing ac­cepted for the Con­necti­cut Hu­mane So­ci­ety’s Hol­i­day Pet Photo Con­test at CThu­mane.org. Pet own­ers can sub­mit their pet’s photo for $10 each through the web­site. Then, friends, fam­ily and the pub­lic can make dona­tions to CHS to vote for their fa­vorite. The pet who earns the most “votes” (dona­tions raised) on­line wins a pet photo ses­sion with a pet pho­tog­ra­pher. The se­cond- and third-place win­ners will re­ceive two tick­ets each to at­tend the pre­miere of “A Very Nutty Christ­mas,” a new Life­time movie star­ring Melissa Joan Hart and Barry Wat­son. The pre­miere is Satur­day, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Garde Arts Cen­ter in New Lon­don and was pro­duced by Con­necti­cut-based Syn­thetic Cin­ema In­ter­na­tional.

A por­tion of pro­ceeds from the evening goes to­ward pets’ med­i­cal care. Tick­ets are on sale now at gardearts.org. The crit­ters are a cause near and dear to Syn­thetic Cin­ema In­ter­na­tional’s heart.

Af­ter the movie, the film­mak­ers will take ques­tions from the au­di­ence in a Q & A hosted by jour­nal­ist Kevin Ho­gan of WFSB.

To learn more about the Con­necti­cut Hu­mane So­ci­ety, visit www.cthu­mane.org.

Gil­lette Cas­tle ‘Friends’ of­fer hol­i­day tours

EAST HAD­DAM — The Friends of Gil­lette Cas­tle State Park re­cently an­nounced Gil­lette Cas­tle will be open for tours this hol­i­day sea­son. The for­mer es­tate of ac­tor William Gil­lette, fa­mous for his por­trayal of Sher­lock Holmes, will be dec­o­rated in a rus­tic style that com­pli­ments its unique in­te­rior.

Gil­lette Cas­tle will be open to the pub­lic for tours on week­ends only, through Dec. 23 on Fri­days from 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (last ticket sold at 8 p.m.) and Satur­days and Sun­days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m.).

Out­door en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son will in­clude bon­fires, car­ol­ers, and mu­si­cians. Live per­for­mances on the grounds will be at 2 p.m. on Satur­days and Sun­days. There will be an on­go­ing chil­dren’s scavenger hunt that in­cludes the mu­seum, vis­i­tor cen­ter, and cider mill. William and He­len Gil­lette, as por­trayed by our friends, Harold and Theodora Niver, will greet guests in the cas­tle on Fri­day nights and Sun­day af­ter­noons. Ru­mor has it Santa and Mrs. Claus may make a few ap­pear­ances as well. Fol­low the Friends of Gil­lette Cas­tle State Park Facebook page for up­dates on var­i­ous events and ap­pear­ances.

The Sher­lock Grill will be open week­ends dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son and serv­ing a win­ter menu. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Friends of Gil­lette Gift shop will be open week­ends in the Vis­i­tor Cen­ter.

Tick­ets to tour the cas­tle can be pur­chased upon ar­rival at the Vis­i­tors Cen­ter. Pre-pur­chase tick­ets on­line at re­serveam­er­ica.com be­gin­ning Nov. 16. The mu­seum en­trance fee is $6 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion, $2 for chil­dren ages 6-12, and free for chil­dren ages 5 and un­der, CT Dis­abled Vet­er­ans pass hold­ers, and those CT se­niors who hold Char­ter Oak passes.

The cas­tle was dec­o­rated by many ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and friends in­clud­ing Ballek’s Gar­den Cen­ter, Do­min­ion En­ergy Em­ploy­ees, East Had­dam Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion, East Had­dam Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, East Had­dam Stage Com­pany, Eight­mile River Wild & Scenic Wa­ter­shed, Friends of Di­nosaur Park and Ar­bore­tum, Friends of Gil­lette Cas­tle State Park , Friends of Ham­monas­set State Beach, Friends of Pachaug For­est, Friends of Rath­bun Li­brary, Friends of Sun­rise-Ma­camoodus State Park, Good­speed’s Sta­tion Coun­try Store, Ja­panese So­ci­ety of Greater Hart­ford, Of­fice of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Melissa Zio­bron, Sher­lock Grill, and the Yuris Fam­ily.

Founded in 1998, The Friends of Gil­lette Cas­tle State Park is a non­profit, all-vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion that is ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion, con­ser­va­tion, and ed­u­ca­tion of the cas­tle and its grounds. We are al­ways ac­cept­ing new mem­bers.

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