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The Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resources Recovery Authority (SCRRRA) is comprised of twelve member municipalities in Southeastern Connecticut: East Lyme, Griswold, Groton, Ledyard, Montville, New London, Norwich, North Stonington, Preston, Sprague, Stonington, and Waterford.  SCRRRA was created in 1984 by joint resolution of those municipalities. 

The Authority is responsible for implementing solid waste recovery systems, recycling, and disposal services.  Revenues generated by Authority operations, primarily disposal fees and investments, provide for the support of the Authority and its operations on a self-sustaining basis. 

The Authority has contracts with the Member Municipalities that direct all solid waste generated within their boundaries to SCRRRA authorized facilities.  These contracts have expiration dates of December 31, 2030. The Authority provides solid waste disposal services to the southeastern portion of the state through these service contract arrangements. 

The primary vendors for waste processing services are a mass burn Waste-to-Energy (WTE) facility in Lisbon, CT for disposal, and a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Willimantic, CT which processes consumer recyclables. On January 1, 2021, SCRRRA entered into a ten-year waste disposal agreement with Wheelabrator Technologies (now known as WIN Waste Innovations), the operator of the Lisbon WTE facility, with an expiration date of December 31, 2030. On October 1, 2019, SCRRRA entered into a 5-year recycled materials processing agreement with Willimantic Wastepaper Co. (now Casella Waste Systems, Inc.) for processing consumer recyclable products from its 12 member municipalities with an expiration date of September 30, 2024.

SCRRRA provides recycling services to the 12 member municipality transfer stations for the following commodities that are collected there: used motor oil and antifreeze, freon, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, and tires.  SCRRRA also coordinates several state-mandated programs for the recycling of paint, mattresses, and consumer electronics.  SCRRRA owns and operates a horizontal wood grinder which is used to chip wood and brush collected at the transfer stations into a more manageable and useful mulch. 

In addition to the transfer station support, the Authority provides 9 household hazardous waste collection events at no cost to residents.  These events also offer free paper shredding. 

SCRRRA also provides a wide range of educational offerings to the region’s schools and civic organizations, as well as resources relating to composting, roadside cleanups, recycling with ClearStream containers, and more.