CSWD Solid Waste Implementation Plan (SWIP)
CSWD Solid Waste Implementation Plan
In 2015, we re-wrote our 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.
Using the new approach and format provided by the State, CSWD’s new SWIP provides the following information:
- How CSWD 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 we will work with schools and businesses to improve their waste diversion programs.
- How we will improve waste reduction at events and public spaces.
- How recyclables, organics, hazardous waste, textiles, construction and demolition debris, and biosolids are managed in Chittenden County.
- How CSWD will implement variable rate pricing for residential trash and recyclables.
- Criteria for siting solid waste facilities in Chittenden County and procedures for including solid waste facilities in the plan.
- Solid waste facilities and haulers that operate in Chittenden County.
CSWD’s SWIP was approved by Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) in April 2015.