DARIEN, Conn. -- Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has awarded a $20,000 grant to Darien to enhance the town's waste reduction efforts.
Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), Sen. Carlo Leone (D-Stamford) and Rep. William Tong (D-Stamford) made the announcement. The grant will be used to construct a permanent structure to be used as a Swap Shop at the Darien Recycling Center.
“The Swap Shop helps put old furniture, electronics and other items in the hands of people who want them while also keeping these items from ending up in the state’s waste stream,” Duff said. “We teach our children that reducing waste is about the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
"This new Swap Shop will help us focus on that second R, ensuring that more useful items find a home rather than getting tossing into a landfill. By increasing opportunities to reuse and recycle items, Connecticut is at the forefront of a national effort to limit waste and protect our environment.”
“Our environment is constantly under threat, and with a changing climate we need to do everything we can to reduce waste by recycling and reusing items,” said Senator Leone. “The Swap Shop gives our community the opportunity to donate goods and keep them out of our landfills. I am excited this investment at our Darien Recycling Center continues our efforts to act environmentally responsible.”
The Darien Swap Shop was launched seven years ago and has become a popular fixture at the Recycling Center. It is regularly packed with furniture, plates, toys and numerous other items which are free for anyone who wants them. The grant will allow for the Swap Shop to have a permanent home to ensure it continues to operate for years to come.
Waste reduction grants like the one awarded to Darien are made possible through DEEP’s Recycling Incentive Grants Program, which provides funding to funding is available for municipalities with existing outstanding waste reduction and recycling programs and for municipalities interested in implementing sustainable solid waste financing mechanisms or other waste reduction, reuse, and recycling initiatives.