Those long-term contracts have expired, making trash-to-energy plants
in the state less profitable.
However, some environmental groups are opposed to trash-to-energy plants
, saying they discourage recycling and would create too much air pollution.
The proposed overhaul comes at an important juncture for solid waste management in Connecticut, which for decades has relied heavily on the state's numerous trash-to-energy plants
Last year, Smith introduced RENEW LA, a 20-year plan to increase recycling and develop European-style trash-to-energy plants
to handle the remaining waste.
The New Jersey-based company that operates trash-to-energy plants
in Wallingford, Bristol and Preston, is working with a company in suburban Philadelphia to develop a facility to recycle food and yard waste as well as other types of organic refuse.
Officials also hope to increase recycling and develop trash-to-energy plants
Smith's come up with long-term plan that envisions building trash-to-energy plants
and cutting dumping significantly in the next few years, then down to nothing over time.
With the City Council scheduled to take up the issue in the coming days, the time has come to fulfill that promise to the Valley and find alternatives by using remote landfills, building trash-to-energy plants
, and requiring apartments and businesses to immediately start recycling just like people who live in single-family houses.
The future of Los Angeles' trash policy could be decided in Sacramento, where legislators are set this month to consider a bill that could make it easier to build trash-to-energy plants
City officials plan to take the $400,000 study on an ``education tour'' beginning in late October, visiting neighborhood councils and community groups to gauge reactions and determine whether residents would support trash-to-energy plants
in their backyards.