Town of Fairfield News
10/15/2015 - Fairfield Receives Clean Energy Award
First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that The Clean Energy Communities Program awarded the Town of Fairfield for community leadership, environmental stewardship and commitment to clean and efficient energy in Connecticut.
At a Clean Energy Communities Award Ceremony held yesterday with over 400 people attending, Fairfield was honored as a high-achieving participant in the Clean Energy Communities, an Energize Connecticut program made possible by Eversource, The United Illuminating Company and Connecticut Green Bank.
First Selectman Tetreau said, “Our Town is so proud to receive this award that highlights the numerous clean energy initiatives we have been achieving for years making us a model community. This award could not have been possible without the invaluable contributions of Fairfield’s Assistant Director of the Department of Public Works, Ed Boman, whose vision for a cleaner environment has resulted in our Town receiving about $8 million in grants and other financial assistance over the past 20 years. I also want to thank our dedicated Clean Energy Task Force for their forward-thinking initiatives which, along with Mr. Boman’s hard work, has saved millions in taxpayer dollars.”
The Clean Energy Communities program is administered by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF). Fairfield continues to earn additional rewards for participation in clean energy programs.
Some of the highlights of Fairfield’s Energy and Environmental Awards and Initiatives in the last few years and future include:
- By 2016, the production of over 25% of our electric needs with green, solar electricity
- An annual savings of $2,400,000 in Avoided Energy Costs in the Town Budget:
- 37.5% Decrease in Electrical Energy Use
- 39% Decrease in Energy Purchased
- 94% Reduction in Fuel Oil Use; and
- Fairfield receiving a Live Green Connecticut! Best Practices Award in 2014; and
- Fairfield receiving a $15,000 Bright Idea Grant in 2013 for its participation in the statewide Clean Energy Communities (CEC) program, an Energize Connecticut initiative that incentivizes cities and towns to support energy efficiency and renewable energy; and
- Fairfield Being Awarded with the Power of Change, Highest Honors in Municipal Excellence Towards a Clean Energy Economy by the State of Connecticut in 2013; and
- The Connecticut Green Building Council honoring Fairfield as Municipal Project of the Year for the Tri-generation project at Police Headquarters in 2012; and
- Sustainability Efforts Initiated at Fairfield’s Public Schools that include:
- Land use (lawn maintenance employing organic land care standards)
- Waste Management and Recycling
- Building Energy Efficiency
- Food (local, organic, non-GMO whenever possible)
- Transportation (route efficiency)
- Water Conservation
- A town-wide policy of using 100% green cleaning products
- Achieving nearly a 50% recycling rate; and
- Fairfield earning the Conscious Decisions as a Sustainable and Healthier Community in 2012; and
- Conscious Decisions honoring Fairfield for making Connecticut a Cleaner, Healthier and Safer Place to Live in 2011.
In addition, Fairfield is fortunate to have volunteer residents serving on town committees like the Clean Energy Task Force which was created to put the Town on the path to using more alternative, clean, and renewable energy sources; the Earth Day Committee which organizes an annual Earth Day Celebration featuring exhibitors from local residents, organizations, and businesses that are leading and supporting green initiatives which are laying the groundwork to create a green infrastructure in Fairfield; The Fairfield Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee which among many of its initiatives is to encourage the public to ride bikes instead of drive vehicles which alleviates harmful air emissions; and the Forestry Committee which promotes awareness and appreciation for the environmental, economic, and cultural value of trees in Fairfield through programs like Roots to Branches: Past, Present & Future of Fairfield's Urban Forest.
The photo shows First Selectman Mike Tetreau and DPW Assistant Director Ed Boman who is holding the award.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Saturday, August 28, 2021
9am - 2pm at Veteran's Park - 909 Reef Road
The Town of Fairfield hosts its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on a Saturday in late August at Veteran's Park to provide you with the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge. Just load up your car and your car will be emptied for you. There's no need to get out of your vehicle. See more details below.
For information on disposing of hazardous waste all other times of the year, please visit our Hazardous Waste webpage.
What is Collected
Please click here to view a list of what household materials are accepted and which ones are not.
If you have only antifreeze, motor oil or automotive batteries, you can take them directly to the Transfer Station.
There is a specific traffic pattern for the Collection Day. There will be signage posted. Police and volunteers will also be on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
To access the site proceed as follows:
- From Old Post Road or Oldfield Road turn onto Rowland Road
- At the third stop sign turn right onto Edward Street
- Proceed to drop off site at Veterans Park
- Signage is posted and police and volunteers are on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
A few tips for transporting your hazardous waste to the collection site:
- Don't mix hazardous wastes. Keep waste in their original containers if possible.
- Keep hazardous waste away from children and animals.
- Don't smoke in the vehicle.
- For safety reasons, there will be no walk-in drop-offs on Collection Day.
Chemicals from around the home, workshop or garden shed may contain substances which are difficult to dispose of safely. Your effort will help protect our Town's environment and our region's water supply.
The Town needs volunteers from 8:30 - 11:30 or 11:00 - 2:00 on Collection Day. Volunteers will not be handling any hazardous waste. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.
For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.