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Creating a state sponsored reuse networks - Reuse Alliance

Connecticut

Materials Reuse

Network

Facilitated by the Connecticut

Department of Energy and

Environmental Protection

October 19, 2012

Sherill Baldwin

ReuseConex, Portland, OR

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


CT Solid Waste Management Plan

Objective 4 – Management of

Special Wastes

Priorities for Managing C & D

– Maximize source

reduction & reuse

– Maximize recycling

– Beneficial use of

special waste

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


Statutory and Regulatory Changes Needed

(executive summary)

“Create incentives to encourage businesses to

create or expand activities that will move the

state forward in meeting its waste diversion

goals”

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


Connecticut

Materials Reuse

Network

• First met in November 2008

• Developed Goals:

– Want to increase awareness

about building materials reuse

and deconstruction

– Need more trained

professionals (deconstruction)

– Discovered a barrier to

increase deconstruction

activities

• Definition of demolition

(Regulation/29‐402 CTGS)

• Demolition registration

(29‐402 CTGS)

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Photo Credit: Dave Bennink, Reuse Consulting


The Name…

Connecticut Materials Reuse Network (MRN)

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


We began to meet…

• Definitions –what is deconstruction

• Externally

• Internally

• Who else is doing it?

• Resources for us to draw on?

• Legislation, regulation, interpretation, licensing

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


What is Demolition?



Regulation of Department of Public Safety

Sec. 29-401-1. Definitions (d) Demolition means any wrecking

activity directed to the disassembling, dismantling, dismembering

and/or razing of any structure or part thereof not exempt under the

provisions of section 29-402 of Connecticut General Statutes.

State Demolition Code (Part IV)

Sec. 29-402. (a) No person shall engage in the business of

demolition of buildings without a certificate of registration obtained

from the Department of Public Safety.


Photo Credit: Joe DeRisi, Urbanminers

Accomplishments by Spring 2011:

• DPS now requires a “license”

• DPS changed their qualification requirements (no more catch 22)

• More reuse centers in CT –a few more jobs

• DEEP/CT MRN –2 brochures; Building Material Reuse Centers and

Deconstruction services

• Deconstruction webpage (CT DEEP)

• Training Programs –New Haven, Bridgeport, Hamden

• Speaking/Workshops –Network members (incl. me)

• BMRA’s Decon ‘11 –New Haven in May 2011

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


What

about

creative

reuse?

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


Creative Arts Reuse

Statewide Meeting – June 2011 in New Haven

• Local support provided free meeting space, parking and food

• Estimate 40 people in attendance

• Teachers, artists, theatres, foundation, industry, crafters,

recyclers

• Webinar with live dialogue discussion

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


• Goals:

• Raise Awareness

• Is there a need for a ‘brick and mortar’ store?

• Location(s) –can we support more than one?

• Geographical considerations

• Interest in leading effort?

• Hartford

• New Haven –Bridgeport corridor

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


Scrap‐It – leadership started in Hartford

• Incorporated December 2011; filing for non‐profit status

• Have 8 board members; legal counsel; a handful of other volunteers

• Received first grant summer 2012

• Fiscal sponsor: New England Grassroots Environment Fund

• Raising funds for building

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


LESSONS LEARNED… so far

• Identify goals early on and remind yourself of them

• Be open to learning and listening

– Don’t assume you have the answer

• Everyone’s a potential partner

• Group problem solving

– What is everyone’s goal?

– Where do the goals and interests intersect ie Common Goal

• Be open to chaos

• Determine what is needed; provide what is needed if you can

– CT MRN Members need to be heard; help bringing key people

to the table; connected to resources (matchmaker); specific

information (research); organizing; facilitating dialogues

– Sound board for crazy ideas and bad days

• Internal conversations and dialogue in understanding the value of

reuse Connecticut activities Department despite the of low Energy tonnage and Environmental Protection


Where is CT MRN Now?

For the last year CT has been focusing

on transforming how we value and

manage materials in our waste

stream.

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


Where is CT MRN Now?

• Department of Public Safety now

Construction Services, under Fire

Marshall

• No Deconstruction licenses have

been issued

• More people interested in

deconstruction; less contractors

providing service

• Building Material Reuse Centers

struggle – getting & selling stuff;

retaining good employees

• Arts Reuse just starting; still

excitement in New Haven but

haven’t found the leader(s)

• BMR community has not met with

creative arts reuse community

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


Where is CT MRN Going?

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


Recycling Means Business

• Support Reuse and Recycling Industries

• For reuse; repurposing, remanufacturing and new product

development (reuse/recycle grey area)

• REI Study in CT’s future

• Keeping reuse separate but reported

• Likely formation of Recycling Economic Advisory

Council –market development, awareness

• Focus in recycling but reuse will be a part of it

• Regional possibilities –New England or Northeast

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


Where is CT MRN Going?

• Continue to build capacity within reuse industry

• Increase awareness of reuse

• BMR & Decon folks want to regroup

– Deconstruction license

• Face to face BMR & CR?

– What about other reuse enterprises?

– How to engage municipal ‘swap shops’?

– Should we have a reuse rally/roundup?

Reuse Market Place ( formerly CT Material Trader)

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection


Sherill Baldwin

CT DEEP, Source Reduction & Recycling

Hartford, CT

Sherill.baldwin@ct.gov

860.424.3440

www.ct.gov/deep/recycle

www.facebook.com/ctrecycles

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