CSWD Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP)
We Want Your Input!
CSWD is seeking input on our new Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP). An explanation of what the SWIP is and how it fits into Vermont’s goals follows. At the bottom of this page you’ll find the steps in the SWIP submission and approval process, which includes multiple opportunities for input from the public.
Comments for this round of input will be accepted here through 4:30 p.m., June 3, 2020. You can submit comments by clicking on this button:
How The Process Works
Every five years, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) updates Vermont’s Materials Management Plan (MMP). The MMP provides a state-wide strategy for the management of waste including a framework for the State and its citizens to prevent waste from being generated and expand reuse, recycling, and composting efforts to attain Vermont’s statewide goals. To achieve this, the MMP outlines actions that both ANR and Solid Waste Management Entities (SWMEs)–districts, alliances, and independent towns–will take to reduce the amount and toxicity of solid waste in Vermont.
Now it’s time for CSWD and other SWMEs to update our Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP). This Plan, required by State statute, outlines how we will meet the Performance Standards outlined on pages 22-26 of the MMP:
- How information on our website will ensure our community has access to local information on state disposal bans and how to reuse, recycle, donate, compost, and safely dispose of their unwanted materials;
- How we will work with schools, businesses, and events to improve their waste reduction and diversion programs, including guidance and instruction for specific materials and management options.
- How hazardous waste, landfill-banned and dangerous materials, textiles, leaves, and certain construction and demolition debris and residuals materials are managed in Chittenden County.
- How CSWD ensures haulers and facilities are implementing variable rate pricing for residential trash.
- Criteria for siting solid waste facilities in Chittenden County and procedures for including solid waste facilities in the plan.
- Provide information to the public on solid waste facilities and haulers that operate in Chittenden County.
CSWD’s current SWIP was approved by Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) in April 2015.
SWIP Approval Process
- CSWD must submit a new draft SWIP to ANR by July 1, 2020 that is in conformance with the 2019 MMP.
- Solid Waste Program staff will review the SWIP and send a letter outlining any unmet requirements.
- CSWD is responsible for submitting a revised SWIP within 30 days to address unmet requirements.
- If the revised SWIP completely addresses all comments in the letter, ANR will recommend it for pre-approval. If the revised SWIP does not address all the comments, ANR will send a follow-up review letter and CSWD will have another 30 days to address all comments in a subsequent revision.
- Once a draft SWIP is recommended by ANR for pre-approval, CSWD must hold two public hearings in Chittenden County on the draft SWIP.
- Upon completion of two public hearings and as long as no changes were made to the pre-approved SWIP, the CSWD Board of Commissioners may adopt the draft SWIP, and then it can move toward full approval by ANR.
- CSWD must provide dates of at least two public meetings we held warning the draft SWIP, and a summary of the meeting as proof that public meetings were held in order to move toward final approval.
- If no changes were recommended on the draft SWIP at the public meetings, it can move forward for final approval from ANR. The ANR, DEC, Waste Management and Prevention Division Director will provide final approval of SWIPs via an ANR approval letter. If the draft SWIP is revised in any way, ANR will need to review the changes before moving it forward for final approval.
CSWD will widely publicize the two public-input meetings required in step 5, including on our Facebook page and in The Digest, our email newsletter.
Thank you for participating in this important process!