A Middletown developer wants to do what the Europeans are doing, recycle their buildings.
Wheelabrator's trash to energy plant in Lisbon has been turning waste into electricity for nearly a dozen years.
Now owner and developer, Phil Armetta of Middletown, wants to build a 50,000 square foot recycling center in Lisbon designed to accept what Connecticut's last few remaining landfills can't take, construction waste.
Armetta says the center is needed because Connecticut's three remaining landfills in Putnam, Manchester and Bloomfield will soon close.
Today, he has to haul construction waste to landfills in Ohio, an expensive 1,000 mile round trip.
The $15 million project will be pitched to town leaders next month.
"He has to file site plan application with planning and zoning and we'll go through public hearings that are associated with that," said Tom Sparkman, Lisbon's first selectman.
The new facility is expected to create 100 new jobs and bring more taxes to the town. Armetta's trash to energy plant pays $1 million in taxes a year and $125,000 in annual tipping fees.
"Without new landfills, there will be no new construction, the jobs will go to new states with more capacity to take waste," Armetta said.