Environment Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5146

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING RECYCLING AND THE REDUCTION OF LITTER AT PUBLIC BALLFIELDS.

Vote Date:

2/24/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/19/2016

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Environment Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The legislation adds ballfields to the list of common gathering venues at which receptacles must be provided to collect recyclable materials. Disposable containers such as water bottles and sports drinks are common on athletic fields due to their obvious link to competitive activities, but many of these bottles end up left on ballfields or thrown in trash receptacles instead of being recycled. These efforts would reduce litter on these fields while promoting recycling throughout Connecticut's municipalities.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Claire DeCarlo, Easton Resident: In her testimony, Ms. DeCarlo argues that it would be “negligent to not have proper recycle containers in place” to dispose of bottles left at ballfields. She refers to improperly disposed-of waste such as this as “one of the biggest problems facing our environment.”

Kim O'Rourke and Virginia Walton, Co-Presidents – Connecticut Recyclers Coalition: Ms. O'Rourke and Ms. Walton stated in their joint testimony that it is “critical that all ballfields have recycling containers” given the number of single-use bottles being left behind at these fields.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Expressed

Reported by: Jared Savas

Date: 2/26/16