Information from the Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance
The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance (BCSWA) was created by the towns of Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Searsburg, Shaftsbury, Stamford, Sunderland and Woodford. The Alliance completed and adopted a solid waste implementation plan (or “SWIP”) which was approved by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources on December 9, 2015. The mission of Alliance “…is to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills, by incineration or similar means by reducing the amount of waste generated, conserving resources and promoting recycling and reuse.”
Outreach: The Alliance has contracted with the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) to provide outreach to schools and businesses to encourage recycling. If your school, business or institution is interested in having someone visit your site to discuss better ways to handle solid waste, organics, recyclables and other materials, please contact Michael Batcher at 802-442-0713 x 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paint: You don’t have to wait for our household hazardous waste event to dispose of latex and oil based paint. Visit www.paintcare.org to find locations that will accept used paint for free.
Funding and Grants: Most of the funding for the Alliance comes from the member towns. This year the Alliance applied for and received over $27,000 in grants from the Agency of Natural Resources for business outreach and for household hazardous waste events. The Agency of Agriculture and Markets provided additional funding for pesticide collection at HHW events.
Batteries, Fluorescent Bulbs and Paint: Many retail stores are accepting alkaline and rechargeable batteries, fluorescent bulbs, including both tubes and CFLs and latex and oil based paint for FREE! Visit www.bcswavt.org to find those establishments.
Recycling: Visit www.bcswavt.org and look at our Programs and Projects drop down. The A to Z list provides ideas on how to recycle and dispose of a number of items. There is also information on composting and disposing of prescription drugs. Talk to your hauler about recycling and how you may be able to save money by disposing of materials properly. Check with your town hall to find out how you can access your town transfer station.