Preliminary results show more than 80% of voters in favor.
Release Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
On Tuesday, Chittenden County voters approved authorization for the Chittenden Solid Waste District to issue general obligation bonds to fund a new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to sort and process recycling from Chittenden County and beyond. The initial results showed over 80% in favor of the MRF ballot initiative. These results will be certified in the coming days.
“When it comes to conserving natural resources, Vermonters step up to do what’s right,” said Sarah Reeves, CSWD’s Executive Director. “We want to thank the voters of Chittenden County for supporting this important bond initiative that will allow Vermonters to recycle more. The new MRF will be more efficient and effective, providing meaningful environmental benefits and reducing Vermont’s carbon footprint. It is being designed with the ability to adapt to future changes in recyclable materials, some of which are still on the drawing board or even ones that we can’t imagine yet. It will be a modern facility to match Vermonters’ love of recycling. With this new MRF we look forward to helping Vermonters recycle better and more over the decades to come. ”
CSWD will supplement the $22 million in approved general obligation bonds and notes with funds from reserves and grants. The loans will be repaid from MRF operating revenue. The District will begin permitting and design in 2023 with construction extending into early 2025.
“On behalf of the CSWD Board of Commissioners, I would like to thank the voters of Chittenden County for their resounding support for CSWD and a new publicly owned Materials Recovery Facility,” said Paul Ruess, Underhill Commissioner and Chair of the CSWD Board of Commissioners. “You have made a real, tangible difference in our state and for our planet by voting in favor of this critical infrastructure for Vermont’s recycling.”
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