MIRA was created by the State of Connecticut under Public Act 14-94 which became effective on June 6, 2014. On that date MIRA became the successor to the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (CRRA) and assumed control over all of CRRA’s assets, rights, duties, and obligations. MIRA is a public instrumentality and political subdivision of the State of Connecticut and is included as a component unit in the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
CRRA was created in 1973 to modernize the state’s solid waste disposal practices by developing a network of resource recovery and related facilities and moving the State away from the process of landfilling. To that end, CRRA’s Board of Directors adopted the following mission statement which is being promulgated by MIRA:
“Our mission is to work for – and in – the best interests of the municipalities and residents of the State of Connecticut in developing and implementing environmentally sound solutions and best practices for solid waste disposal and recycling management on behalf of our constituents.
To accomplish this mission, the authority will:
Facilities were constructed in Hartford, Preston, Bridgeport and Wallingford to serve systems which have historically been known as the Mid-Connecticut, Southeast, Bridgeport and Wallingford projects respectively. CRRA secured financing, facility developer, operator and customer contracts, and administered these projects throughout their various stages over the last four decades.
While the underlying contracts for the Southeast Project remain in effect, those for the Mid Connecticut, Bridgeport and Wallingford projects expired resulting in a distribution and/or reformation of project assets and forming the foundation for the facilities, rights, duties and obligations assumed by MIRA. This foundation consists of MIRA’s Property and Landfill Divisions, the Southeast Project and the Connecticut Solid Waste System (CSWS) which is now the focus of MIRA’s redevelopment efforts being undertaken in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (“DEEP). The Mid Connecticut Project remains active under the auspices of MIRA solely for administrative close out purposes.
CSWS is a hub-and-spoke system that serves the needs of approximately 70 municipalities located throughout the State. The hub of the system includes a single-stream recycling facility and a resource recovery facility, both located in the South Meadows section of Hartford.
The spokes of the system include transfer stations in Essex, Watertown, and Torrington. These transfer stations provide convenient points of entry into the system for municipalities and haulers outside the immediate Hartford region.
MIRA’s statutory purpose is to plan, design, construct, finance, manage, own, operate and maintain solid waste disposal, volume reduction, recycling, intermediate processing, resource recovery and related support facilities necessary to carry out Connecticut’s Solid Waste Management Plan. MIRA provides solid waste management services to Connecticut municipalities, regions and persons by receiving solid wastes at its facilities and recovering resources from solid waste. MIRA is self-funded, generating revenues from these activities sufficient for it to operate on a self-sustaining basis.
Public Act 14-94 established a new consultative partnership between MIRA and Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) specifically for redevelopment of MIRA’s Connecticut Solid Waste System (CSWS) and generally for the development of new waste management industries, technologies and commercial enterprises on property owned by MIRA. The Act charged DEEP with revising Connecticut’s Solid Waste Management Plan and undertaking these consultative efforts consistent with the revised plan. The Act also transferred CRRA’s prior role in statewide recycling education to a newly created “Recycle CT Foundation”.