Efforts to recycle tons of food waste in Connecticut are taking shape. State officials have granted the first permit for a new anaerobic digestion facility in Bridgeport. It comes four years after state legislators required certain commercial operations to recycle the material.
Three other proposed anaerobic digestion centers are currently in different stages of state permitting. There are currently three commercial composting facilities.
A 2011 law requires entities such as supermarkets that generate about two tons of food waste per week to separate and recycle their "food residuals." The rule, however, only applies if the producer is located within 20 miles of a recycling center.
In 2020, the law will begin applying to those producing about one ton per week. The state plans to ramp up education efforts this fall.
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