Companies partner as Manchester goes green

November 11, 2013 by  

When it comes to organic materials, the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” rings true for two companies who recently formed a recycling partnership to benefit Manchester.

During the week before last, the Covanta Energy Corp. announced a 10-year deal between itself and Turning Earth, LLC to provide organic recycling for Central Connecticut.

Food and yard waste produced in Manchester and other areas of our state will be diverted by Covanta to a facility to be built and operated by Turning Earth. Where the new facility will be has not yet been determined, but reporters believe it is likely be located somewhere in the central part of Connecticut. Covanta’s existing facilities in the state produce renewable energy to power more than 34,000 homes.

Residential, commercial, and municipal customers should be in line to benefit from the Covanta and Turning Earth partnership. The website Earth911 estimates that, each year, over 100 billion pounds of food is wasted. With improved recycling measures in place, it is to be hoped that some of that waste can be reclaimed.

Construction on the new facility will not commence until the second half of 2014. Several steps will have to take place first, such as selecting the site, obtaining permits, and making arrangements to procure the organic waste. Turning Earth and Covanta Energy Corp. may also need to partner with printing companies to design an advertising campaign to educate the public, as well as business owners, about the newest recycling opportunities.