Whacking Wood Waste

Chris Stapleton doesn’t fit the profile of an environmental pioneer. Yet, the burly third generation contractor has built a booming business around solving some of Connecticut’s waste problems.

With a big financial hand from the state, Stapleton a few months back opened Connecticut’s first licensed wood waste recycling facility. Located in the hard working blue-collar town of Milford, on Long Island Sound, Stapleton’s plant chews up wood contruction debris and turns it into wood chip boiler fuel. Concrete is transformed into road gravel, and nails and screw become scrap metal. He calls his enterprise a “low cost, long-term solution to disposal problems.”