One of the largest components in our solid waste stream is compostable organics, also known as food and green waste. Compostable organics or compost is made when plant material such as vegetable peels, leaves, grass clippings, can be recovered. Separating food waste from your household trash, so it can be made into compost, or shipped to an anerobic digestor to be processed by a waste-to-energy facility is a simple yet important earth-friendly act to do.
Public Act 11-217, as amended by Section 4 of Public Act 13-285, provides a phased-in approach to commercial organics recycling. The law (CGS Sec. 22a-226e) says that if you are a commercial food wholesaler or distributor, industrial food manufacturer or processor, supermarket, resort or conference center, AND you generate a projected annual volume of 104 or more tons per year of source separated organic material, AND you are located within 20 miles of a permitted recycling facility that can accept that material, then you must ensure that those materials are recycled. In 2020, the projected annual volume triggering regulation decreases to 52 tons per year. Other compliance options under the law include on-site composting, or installation of permitted on-site organics treatment equipment.