The Law

The Law – What Businesses need to do to Comply with City Ordinances and State Law
 
Stamford's Mandatory Recycling Ordinance requires everyone to maximize recycling and reuse of construction materials, and to minimize demolition debris. Every resident, every business (including non-profits), and all public and private agencies and institutions such as colleges, hospitals, local and state government agencies,
must recycle.  To learn more about what items are required to be recycled, please use this link, http://www.stamfordct.gov/solid-waste-
 
Construction & Demolition Debris
To find out how specific materials can be recycled, reused or disposed of, try Stamford’s ‘Recyclopedia’ .
 
For guidelines on maximizing recycling and reuse and minimizing waste, below is from the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection: 
 
 
Planning before your construction or remodeling project begins can reduce waste and increase the ability to divert materials for reuse and recycling! Connecticut has a number of reuse centers (http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?A=2714&Q=324904#BuildingMaterials)  for building materials that accept leftover or unused construction materials. Work with your hauler to create a successful waste diversion program.  Wood or wallboard that has paint or other contaminants should be disposed in the trash.  
 
During demolition or deconstruction, it is important to recognize building waste may be contaminated with asbestos, lead-based paint, or other materials that may require special disposal. Before starting a demolition project, be sure to have the structure inspected by qualified professionals for the presence of asbestos, lead-based paint, mercury-containing lighting and equipment, and other hazardous materials, and ensure that these are removed, as necessary, to allow the remaining 
waste to be disposed of as regular construction and demolition (C&D) waste. For more information on the environmental issues involved with demolition, see Renovation & Demolition: Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements You Should Know About (http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?
a=2718&q=325410&deepNav_GID=1646)
 
Deconstruction activities work to recover cabinetry, decorative molding, doors, windows, flooring, and more before demolition. Although this takes planning efforts, it can save money by avoiding disposal costs and items can be sold, or donated to a community building materials reuse center. 
 
Setting up Recycle Service(s) Helps Save Money
By recycling, businesses can reduce the amount of trash or pick-up days and reduce disposal costs. To order or adjust services, contact your Hauler.
 
Get Free Support from the City
If you are a resident doing home construction, an owner of an apartment building with less than 6 units, a school or municipal organization you may contact Dan Colleluori  at (203) 977-4117 for questions, customized assistance, or to request a Toolkit for Recycling (brochures, posters, signs).
 
For owners of an apartment complex of more than 6 units, please contact your Hauler.