Broken equipment leads to tons of regional garbage piling up in Hartford


There’s a stinky problem piling up in Hartford, literally. Tons and tons of trash from as many as 70 cities and towns across the region is stuck at a quasi-state garbage processing facility on Maxim Road after two huge incinerators used to convert waste to energy broke down.  

That prompted the manager of the dump to send a letter to Hartford city leaders asking permission to reopen the controversial landfill nicknamed “Mount Trashmore.” Mayor Luke Bronin fired back with his own letter swiftly denying the request.

“The MIRA (Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority) facility is outdated, it’s obsolete and it’s now breaking down and the solution to that can’t be to ask the city to reopen a landfill that the community fought long and hard to close,” said Mayor Bronin.

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As result, the dump is “…diverting tens of thousands of tons of waste to out of state landfills in MA, NY, PA, and VA,” said MIRA President Thomas Kirk. He went on to say what can’t be trucked out will be “stored on site for later use as fuel after the turbines are returned to service.”

MIRA leaders expect both pieces of broken equipment to be back operational by mid-February.

“The state has a real and urgent problem when it comes to trash disposal,” said Mayor Bronin.

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