Old Lyme receives incentive grant of $16,000 to promote recycling

Old Lyme - The town has received a $16,000 recycling incentive grant from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The town will work with a consultant to devise ideas to promote recycling, and resources will also be devoted to education and mailings, among other initiatives, First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsynder said.

The selectmen are expected to appoint a recycling incentives committee at their next meeting. The town is eligible for an additional $5,000 to $8,000 from the state if it comes up with additional creative solutions to promote recycling, Reemsnyder said.

In August, the town had received a letter from Willimantic Waste Paper, its recycling handler, stating that it had found "unacceptable items" in the town's "single stream recyclable materials."

Applications to be appointed to the recycling committee are on the town website, and selectmen said they have received three applications so far.

- Kimberley Drelich

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