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Greenwich Recycling Pioneer Receives Honor

GREENWICH, Conn. – A Greenwich resident who helped the town become one of the state’s best recycling communities was honored for his decades of achievements with the Recycling Pioneer award from the Connecticut Recyclers Coalition .

Briggs Baugh was the first chairman of the Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board, which created a drop-off center for recyclables in 1971 — 20 years before recycling became mandatory in Connecticut. He also launched a voluntary backyard newspaper pickup in 1974. He later served as Greenwich’s recycling coordinator and, when statewide recycling rolled out in 1991, he produced a quarterly recycling newsletter for Greenwich residents called “GRAB Bag.”

Baugh was an early proponent of recycling education, frequently taking Greenwich groups to Stratford to visit the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority recycling processing center and, later, the adjacent Garbage Museum.

“You could not write a history of recycling in Connecticut without including Briggs Baugh early and often,” said Paul Nonnenmacher, coalition president.

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