Inadequate landfill capacity: The city's landfill is nearing capacity, and there are no plans to build a new one. This means that the city will need to find alternative ways to dispose of its waste, such as incineration or recycling.
Lack of recycling infrastructure: The city's recycling rate is only about 20%, which is well below the national average. This is due in part to a lack of recycling infrastructure, such as curbside recycling programs and drop-off centers.
Illegal dumping: Illegal dumping is a major problem in Waterbury. This is due to a lack of enforcement and a lack of public awareness about the problem.
Cost of Disposal: Waterbury, Connecticut has been exporting waste and sludge out of state for many years. In 2021, the city exported approximately 100,000 tons of waste and sludge to out-of-state landfills and treatment facilities. The waste is primarily composed of municipal solid waste (MSW), as well as sludge from the city's wastewater treatment plant.
The city exports its waste because it does not have enough landfill capacity to dispose of it all locally. The city's landfill is nearing capacity, and there are no plans to build a new one.
The city's decision to export its waste has been controversial. Some residents have expressed concerns about the environmental impact of transporting waste long distances, as well as the potential for the waste to end up in landfills that are not properly managed. However, the city has argued that exporting its waste is the most cost-effective way to dispose of it.
In 2022, the city of Waterbury entered into a new contract with a waste disposal company to export its waste to a landfill in Pennsylvania. The contract is for a period of five years, and it is worth an estimated $20 million. The city has said that the new contract will save it money and help to ensure that its waste is disposed of in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
Wastewater treatment plant
Age and outdated infrastructure: The city's wastewater treatment plant is over 50 years old and is in need of major repairs. This has led to problems with the plant's ability to effectively treat wastewater.
Inadequate capacity: The plant's capacity is not sufficient to handle the city's growing population. This has led to overflows of untreated wastewater into the environment.
Operational challenges: The plant faces a number of operational challenges, such as staffing shortages and budget constraints. These challenges have made it difficult for the plant to operate effectively.
The Southside “Stench”
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