Recycling rules are the same across CT
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.