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We Want Your Input!

CSWD is seeking input on our draft 2020 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.

Read or download the new DRAFT 2020 SWIP by clicking here.

We have scheduled two public hearings via Zoom where we will present an overview of the SWIP requirements and provide opportunities for public comment. We will accept pubic input on the draft SWIP through October 7, 2020. Details on how to join the meetings are available on the Meeting Agenda. You can submit comments by clicking on this button:

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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 specific performance standards that both ANR and Solid Waste Management Entities (SWMEs)–districts, alliances, and independent towns–must meet to reduce the amount and toxicity of solid waste in Vermont.

These Performance Standards are outlined on pages 22-26 of the MMP.

Now it’s time for CSWD and other SWMEs to update our SWIP. We are on Step 5 in the SWIP approval process and have scheduled two public hearings as noted above.

SWIP Approval Process

  1. CSWD must submit a new draft SWIP to the VT Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) by July 1, 2020 that is in conformance with the 2019 MMP.
  2. Solid Waste Program staff will review the SWIP and send a letter outlining any unmet requirements.
  3. CSWD is responsible for submitting a revised SWIP within 30 days to address unmet requirements.
  4. 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.
  5. Once a draft SWIP is pre-approved by ANR, CSWD must hold two public hearings in Chittenden County on the draft SWIP.
  6. 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.
  7. CSWD must provide dates of at least two public meetings we held warning the draft SWIP, and a summary of each meeting.
  8. If no changes were recommended on the draft SWIP as a result of the public meetings, it can move forward for final approval from ANR.

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!