Hinesburg Drop-Off Center Updates
Recap: Public input meeting
On Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, CSWD held a public input meeting at Hinesburg Town Hall to provide an update on the proposed CSWD Drop-Off Center (DOC) site on Beecher Hill Rd., and to gather input from local residents on preferences for services, scheduling, etc.
Residents of Hinesburg, Charlotte, and Huntington have clearly expressed their eagerness to see DOC service return, and our Board has expressed a strong interest in providing a DOC for the southern part of Chittenden County.
Because the usable area of the new Drop-Off Center site is smaller than the former site, it is unlikely that it can accommodate the same level of services as the previous location. CSWD’s Board of Commissioners and staff know that residents want a Drop-Off Center to return to Hinesburg as soon as possible. This meeting was to determine what services residents see as priorities, so staff can plan accordingly and present a realistic cost estimate to the Board.
CSWD invites public input on the Hinesburg Drop-Off Center
- Date: Tuesday, November 13
- Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
- Location: Hinesburg Town Hall
This interactive discussion session is an opportunity to share your own preferences for potential services at the Drop-Off Center in Hinesburg, and to learn more about the planning process, budget considerations, and site requirements that go into building a new facility. CSWD’s Executive Director and District Engineer will share photographs, aerial maps, and other media to aid the discussion.
All are welcome! There is no need to register for the event. Just come prepared to share your thoughts, ideas, and questions in the discussion.
On June 16th, the CSWD Board of Commissioners held a work session to discuss the current status, future needs, and overall strategy for CSWD Drop-Off Centers. During this session, the Board reaffirmed their commitment to providing essential waste management services to residents in the southern part of Chittenden County.
The Board also directed CSWD staff to gather and analyze data on all our Drop-Off Centers to inform current and future planning. We will complete this internal study by the end of 2018. Once complete, we will present the results to our Board along with a plan for the proposed Hinesburg site.
The Board will consider the level of service possible at the Beecher Hill site along with the estimated costs for providing that service. They will consider this in the context of an overall strategic plan for all CSWD Drop-Off Centers.
Here is the status of the site proposed by the Town of Hinesburg for a replacement CSWD Drop-Off Center as of August 1, 2018:
- The Town of Hinesburg needs to complete these agreed-upon site preparation tasks:
- Remove all existing garage and related structures (see photo);
- Construct storm water management system and pond;
- Grade proposed site to meet agreed upon specifications.
- Once the Town has finished grading the site, CSWD can have it surveyed. Surveying is the first step in determining placement, space and costs required to provide required—as well as any additional—DOC features. See STEP 2 in the sidebar.
Given the above considerations: If our Board approves the plan for the Hinesburg Drop-Off Center, we would expect to be ready to begin construction in the spring of 2019.
We understand that our members in Hinesburg and surrounding areas are eager to again enjoy the convenient, friendly Drop-Off Center service that CSWD has been providing since 1993.
We are heartened by the strong support voiced at the Hinesburg Town Meeting on March 5, 2018, for the Drop-Off Center to return. Because we value the relationships we have built with our Drop-Off Center patrons over 25 years of operating these locations, we want this process to be as thoughtful and transparent as possible.
We are pleased to see that construction of the Town Garage appears to be proceeding on schedule. Hinesburg’s Select Board estimated at Town Meeting that the new Garage will be complete in July 2018, with demolition of the old garage proceeding over the following month or two.
During this time, we are diligently pursuing the many steps we must follow to site any new facility (See Eight Steps to Siting a CSWD Drop-Off Center in the sidebar). We are currently working with our Board of Commissioners to formulate an overall long-term strategy for our next generation of Drop-Off Center investments.
This strategy will inform how CSWD proceeds over the next few years, most immediately concerning the two Drop-Off Centers that require re-siting: Burlington and Hinesburg. This topic is currently scheduled for discussion at our April 25 Board of Commissioners meeting.
While CSWD Drop-Off Centers may appear to be simple facilities, they require significant infrastructure that supports safe, efficient operation, and that meets an array of state and federal regulations governing solid waste facilities.
In addition, we are improving the efficiency and site operation at all Drop-Off Centers by installing compactors for trash and recycling. These compactors require “tip walls” to accommodate customer and truck access, which can reduce the amount of available space for customer queueing, parking, and for collection programs for other materials. An irregular plot shape and proximity to a busy road add to the engineering challenges on sites like the proposed Hinesburg location.
CSWD staff and Hinesburg’s CSWD Commissioner have been keeping our Board of Commissioners apprised of our work with the Hinesburg Select Board, as well as the desire of Hinesburg residents to see this facility return.
Our Board meetings are always open to the public, and we always welcome input from our members. Minutes of every meeting are posted on our Board of Commissioners page, and videos of every meeting are available on the Channel 17 website.
What should I do instead?
- It is open 6 days per week (Monday – Saturday from 8am – 3:30pm).
- It is larger, designed to accommodate more people, and accepts a much greater variety of items, including furniture, wood, drywall, and more.
- We have made recent improvements to the site, including a more efficient traffic pattern to reduce congestion during high-traffic hours, and compactors for trash and recycling that will make the facilities easier to use.
- It has the lowest traffic of all of our Drop-Off Centers.
Other Drop-Off Centers
Aside from Hinesburg, we operate 6 Drop-Off Centers around Chittenden County. Please note in the list below, some drop-off centers are busier than others. The best way to improve your experience at any of our facilities? Visit our Williston location, or plan your visit during a weekday.
Mon – Sat 8am – 3:30pm
Saturday visitors: 150-300
Tues 8am – 3:30pm, Thu 9:30am – 5pm, Sat 8am – 3:30pm
Saturday visitors: 330-500
- South Burlington
Mon, Tue, Thu 8am – 3:30pm, Fri 9:30am – 5pm, Sat 8am – 3:30pm
Saturday visitors: 460-575
Wed 9:30am – 5pm, Thu 8am – 3:30pm, Sat 8am – 3:30pm
Saturday visitors: 315-415
Tue 9:30am – 5pm, Wed – Sat 8am – 3:30pm
Saturday visitors: 550-625
Mon 9:30am – 5pm, Fri – Sat 8am – 3:30pm
Saturday visitors: 350-530
All of our Drop-Off Centers are open to the public. Learn more on our main Drop-Off Centers page.
For those of you who wish to hire a licensed hauler for trash, recycling, and/or food scrap pickup, visit our page on Pickup Services for more information.
How can I get more information?
To stay updated on the process and next steps, we recommend that you:
- Subscribe to the CSWD Digest, our monthly email newsletter
- Follow the CSWD Facebook page
- Bookmark and/or visit this page for updates
- Check your local newspaper for notices from CSWD
In addition, we will send a mailer out to all Hinesburg residents with updates as the town’s construction project nears completion.