Kelly tries, fails to get Garbage museum reopened

State Senator Kevin C. Kelly (R-Stratford) introduced legislation on the Senate floor last week that would reopen the Garbage Museum on Honeyspot Road Extension. He introduced the proposal as an amendment to Senate Bill 1081, An Act Concerning Recycling and Jobs.

The amendment did not pass.

“We have a responsibility to educate our children about the importance of recycling, protecting the environment and upholding stewardship of our community,” said Senator Kelly. “While in operation, the Garbage Museum in Stratford welcomed thousands of students and other interested visitors to learn more about waste management and see firsthand how recyclables are processed. Our state has served as a leader in public education about the value of recycling and innovative waste management.”

For 16 years, the Garbage Museum was operated by the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority until its Board of Directors voted to close the museum in 2011. The exhibits have since been preserved until a new source of funding is identified.

Prior to its closing, the Garbage Museum attracted about 32,000 visitors per year. It also needed between $200,000 and $250,000 annually to continue operating. Senator Kelly’s amendment would fund the museum through tipping fees.

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