CRRA receives and processes over 500 tons of bottles, cans, paper and cardboard for recycling at its recycling processing center.
The garbage from 74 of Connecticut's cities and towns is
delivered to three trash-to-energy plants.
The garbage is fuel for boilers that steam, which is used to
4. The three trash-to-energy plants used by CRRA produce enough electricity to
provide for all the electrical needs of about 150,000 homes.
CRRA generates about 630 million kilowatt hours of electrical
energy per year using trash, which is a renewable fuel. Since CRRA's
fourth trash-to-energy plant came on line in 1992, CRRA has saved
more than 32 million barrels of oil. The trash-to-energy method of
generating electricity is the cleanest, most heavily regulated
combustion technology used for generating power.
Electric revenues benefit CRRA member cities and towns by helping
to minimize trash disposal fees.
CRRA also generates electricity at the Hartford landfill by
burning gas captured from the solid waste section of the landfill.
This gas powers as many as 1,000 homes.
CRRA processes about 2 million tons of trash a year. This
reduces the volume of what needs to be buried in sanitary landfills
by about 90 percent, meaning our landfills will last longer.
Since 1999, CRRA has collected for recycling more than 6.5
million pounds of used electronics. This kept lead, cadmium
and other heavy metals out of the waste stream, thus protecting the
air, ground and water.
Our CRRA Trash Museum teaches more than 20,000 visitors per year
the importance of reducing our waste and ways to accomplish this
through source reduction, reusing and recycling.
In 2002, the National Recycling Coalition awarded CRRA the prestigious
Beth Brown Boettner Award for outstanding public education. In 2012, CRRA received a CQIA Innovation Prize from the Connecticut Quality Improvement Partnership for its unique combination of single-stream recycling technology and public education.