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Connecticut city to cash in on recycling commodities

By: By Jennifer Kalish
WASTE & RECYCLING NEWS

April 3, 2013

MILFORD, CONN. -- Mayor Benjamin Blake of Milford, Conn., announced a new recycling contract that will, for the first time, compensate the city for each ton of recycling materials collected, according to a city news release.

"I [am] very please to finalize this agreement on behalf of Milford," Blake said in a statement. "Based upon last year's tonnage, Milford will realize over $80,000 in new annual "green" revenue."

The city is also expanding the list of items that can be recycled curbside. Acceptable curbside recyclables will now include large toys made of rigid plastic, beverage crates, laundry baskets, recycling bins, telephone directories, plastic storage containers and hardcover books, according to the press release.

"With the addition of these new, eligible items and the support of Milford residents, we will easily surpass last year's 4,000 tons of recyclables," Blake said.

The contract with the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority will go into effect July 1.