Regional Refuse Disposal District #1 (RRDD1) was formed in 1970 and opened in Barkhamsted in 1974 as a landfill and recycling center, serving the communities of Barkhamsted, New Hartford, and Winsted/Winchester. The landfill operated from 1988-1993 with all trash buried on site. In 1988 a trash-to-energy plant was opened in Hartford, Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA), formerly known as CRRA. RRDD1 began its conversion to operating a transfer station. Currently all waste brought into the facility is transferred out to various disposal points, with the exception of leaves, wood debris and clean fill, which are prepared on site and resold for topsoil, wood chips, and aggregate. A scale was added to the bulky waste area in September 2013 to be more customer friendly with related fees. RRDD1 operates under a nine member Board of Directors, consisting of representation from the three communities (Barkhamsted, New Hartford, and Winsted/Winchester) and a staff of thirteen employees, four full time and nine part time. Monthly Board meetings are held the 4th Monday of each month and are posted on site as well as on bulletin boards at respective town hall offices. Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 7-3 and Wednesday 4-7 for sticker holders. Resident non-sticker holders may utilize the facility on Wednesday evenings 4-7 for recyclables only. Fiscal year sticker fee is $80 ($160 for contractors / landlords). A fiscal half year sticker is $45. Stickers may be purchased during regular daytime hours at the gatehouse.
The operating budget for FY 15/16 is $1,235,022. Income is generated from waste disposal fees, sticker sales, recycling and from the cell tower and its co-locators.Equipment utilized to operate the transfer station include a 2013 and a 2015 Kenworth T440 roll off, a 2007 CAT 416E backhoe loader, a 2001 JCB 214 series backhoe loader, a 2000 CASE 621C pay loader and a vibrating screener, as well as the aforementioned scale. Districtwide 10,878 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) were delivered to MIRA in Hartford, mostly through the Torrington transfer station.This includes 3,305 tons directly from the district transfer station at RRDD1.
RRDD1 has an extensive recycling program, preserving the earth as well as producing revenue for operating expenses.We recycle batteries (alkaline,auto, and rechargeable), boxboard and cardboard, clothing, electrical wire, glass and metal food and beverage containers, "junk" mail, leaves, magazines, mattresses and box springs, office paper, paint, plastics #1- #7, scrap metal, clean asphalt shingles, tires (including rims and tubes), wood waste, as well as second hand items for sale.
Connecticut became the first state to pass comprehensive mattress stewardship legislation. Effective May 1,2015, residents will no longer be charged a fee to dispose of any mattress or box spring. This is good news for the residents of RRDD1.
Used motor oil and antifreeze are generally accepted, however, unfortunately in April of 2015 this collection came to a halt due to high levels of PCBs found in our most recent transport of used motor oil off site. These toxins were not picked up in our on site testing, but were traced back to our facility. We have just undergone an extensive decontamination procedure and are awaiting confirmation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to once again accept used motor oil. At this time we continue to ask residents to kindly dispose of this matter at another location.