Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Solid Waste Alliance Communities needs imput.



SWAC is looking for input on the newly required Solid Waste Implementation Plan.  

SWAC is rewriting its Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP) to comply with the new Vermont Materials Management Plan (MMP). The MMP contains performance standards, including those focused on implementing Act 148 (Vermont’s universal recycling and composting law), that each solid waste entity must meet to achieve the following goals:
  • Prevent waste from being generated.
  • Promote sustainable materials management, with a preference for highest and best uses.
  • Minimize reliance on waste disposal (landfilling and incineration).
  • Conserve resources, minimize energy consumption, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other adverse environmental impacts. 
The State approved SWAC's llast solid waste implementation plan in 2005 [read the previous SWIP here and the new DRAFT SWIPhere.) The previous plan provided a history of SWAC and its activities, how each waste stream was managed at the time, and the 5-year plan for increasing diversion and improving management of certain waste streams.
Using the new approach and format provided by the State, SWAC's new SWIP will need to provide the following information:
  • How the SWAC towns will educate the public on the reduction and diversion of recyclables, yard trimmings, food scraps, clean wood, hazardous waste, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and construction and demolition debris; and beneficial uses of biosolids.
  • How the SWAC towns will work with schools and businesses to improve their waste diversion programs.
  • How the SWAC towns will improve waste reduction at events and public spaces.
  • How recyclables, organics, hazardous waste, textiles, construction and demolition debris, and biosolids are managed in the SWAC towns.
  • How the SWAC towns will implement variable rate pricing for residential trash and recyclables.
  • Criteria for siting solid waste facilities in the SWAC towns and procedures for including solid waste facilities in the plan.
  • Solid waste facilities and haulers that operate in the SWAC towns.

Where Do You Fit In?

Before the plan is finalized, SWAC needs input from you and other residents and businesses of the Solid Waste Alliance Communities. If you live or work in the SWAC towns, we would like to get input from you.
Have a look and let us know what you think:


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