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Darien Creates New Committee To Promote Recycling

DARIEN, Conn. – Darien, looking to increase its recycling, is creating a new committee tasked with educating the public about what they can and can’t recycle.

One of the main focuses of the Transfer Station Advisory Committee will be to spread the word throughout town about single-stream recycling , a method that allows residents to mix all recyclables into one container and eliminate sorting. Darien adopted single-stream recycling in May.

Another task for the committee will be to oversee the Transfer Station. The Board of Selectmen has recently discussed the Transfer Station's losses from year to year, and the new committee will be in charge of overseeing its business model.

“The Transfer Station is a great town resource, and we want to make sure that it is run efficiently and effectively,” said Dot Kelly, who was picked by First Selectman Jayme Stevenson to lead the committee.

Kelly has been involved with environmental causes in Darien for many years. She has served on the Darien Environmental Task Force and the Darien Environmental Group and was instrumental in establishing the Swap Shop at the Transfer Station. She believes that single stream is good for the town and has increased the amount of recycling because it is easier. Darien schools have also reduced trash by having one dumpster for single-stream recycling and one dumpster for trash, she said.

One of the ways the new committee can be most efficient is through feedback from the community, Kelly said. She wants the committee to be an enhancer and resource for the town and wants residents to become part of the conversation. She invites people to send their questions, thoughts and concerns to .

The Board of Selectmen will formally vote on the creation of the seven-member committee at its meeting Monday. The first meeting will likely be held later in October, Kelly said.

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