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News from State Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.

March 4, 2016

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Working with Businesses to Reduce Waste

wasteThis week, the Environment Committee held a public hearing on multiple bills, including two important bills that I believe will reduce solid waste in Connecticut without doing harm to our business community. Senate Bill 233 aims to eliminate half the packaging waste in our state by 2024 by working in concert with our business community. Consumer packaging accounts for up to one-third of the solid waste generated in Connecticut’s municipalities, raising disposal costs for our citizens. The bill asks that we take steps toward creating a stewardship program with businesses so that they can work with us to eliminate this waste. Similar programs have been successful at increasing the recycling rates for paint, mattresses and electronic equipment.

Senate Bill 226 aims to require that all single-use carryout plastic bags be made of recyclable materials by 2020. Ensuring that these bags can be recycled will go a long way toward minimizing the environmental impact they are causing. Americans use an estimated 100 billion plastic bags every year; Connecticut residents use and discard about 400 million of these plastic bags each year. Plastic bags are used on average for only 12 minutes before being discarded and can take up to 1,000 years to break down, allowing them to clog the state’s waste stream and pollute waterways.

Taking Part in Read Across America Day

Read Across AmericaI want to thank the teachers and students at Jeffrey Elementary School in Madison who invited me to join them for Read Across America Day and to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country,  millions of people shared a good book for Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Read Across America
Read Across America is a nationwide initiative created by the National Education Association to encourage reading among students. National Read Across America Day is one part of this initiative and is held on the school day closest to March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Every year, guest readers are invited into schools to read with children and promote the values of reading.

Promoting Local Food for Connecticut’s Students

farm to schoolConnecticut has a large agriculture industry that produces a wide variety of crops and animal goods. Last week, the Environment Committee voted in favor of a bill that I sponsored, which will help bring these locally grown foods to school cafeterias. Senate Bill 76 will facilitate the purchase of food produced by local farmers by boards of education around Connecticut as part of our “farm to school” program.

I regard this initiative as a "win-win." Giving preference to local farmers ensures that Connecticut's students are being fed fresh, quality foods for breakfast and lunch, while also supporting the agriculture industry in our state.


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