The Chittenden Solid Waste District’s Annual Report for fiscal year 2016 offers an overview of CSWD’s efforts to fulfill its mission to provide efficient, economical, and environmentally sound management of solid waste generated by the businesses, residents, and visitors of member towns and cities.
- A waste composition study conducted by CSWD that found that 60% of what Chittenden County residents throw in the trash could be diverted from disposal through existing recycling, composting, and hazardous waste programs.
- Revisions to the CSWD Solid Waste Management Ordinance that include trash disposal bans on asphalt shingles and unpainted/unstained plywood and oriented strand board, adding those materials to the recycling/reuse stream, rather than the landfill.
- A new 5-year strategic plan.
- A nationwide search for a new General Manager to replace Tom Moreau, who retired after twenty-one years of service. Sarah Reeves was hired as the new General Manager in August, 2016.
The FY16 report is a quick read and jammed with great news.
For example, here’s a glimpse of how much businesses, residents, and visitors in Chittenden County kept out of the landfill last year:
Blue bin recyclables: 91.4 million pounds. That’s a 1.6% increase (or 282,000 pounds) over last FY15.
Food scraps: 9.35 million pounds. That’s 40,000 pounds more than last year!
Hazardous waste: Since 1993, we’ve collected and properly managed over 11.4 million pounds of hazardous waste.
Paint: We recycled 8,364 gallons of latex paint into Local Color paint, which has covered many a living room, barn, house, and shed. That’s over 1000 cubic feet of paint. Imagine a cube about as tall as an African bush elephant. That’s a lot of paint!
Tires: 528,000 pounds of ’em were collected at our Drop-Off Centers.
Scrap metal: 2.37 million pounds recycled through our Drop-Off Centers.
Clothing & textiles: 276,000 pounds collected for recycling at our Drop-Off Centers.
And tons (literally, tons) more! Check out CSWD’s FY16 Annual Report online.
To conserve resources, the District does not publish hard copies; however, hard copies will be made available upon request.
In 1987, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 78, the state’s first solid waste law, which mandated the creation of entities throughout the state to design regional solutions to the solid waste challenges faced by their member towns. All 18 towns in Chittenden County are included in the District.
Since 1992, CSWD has implemented regional programs and constructed facilities to meet the goals and mandates of Act 78, Act 148 (enacted in 2012) and those set out in the District Charter, Ordinance, and Solid Waste Implementation Plan.
The Chittenden Solid Waste District sets solid waste policy for all 18 towns and cities of Chittenden County, including Bolton, Burlington, Charlotte, Colchester, Essex Junction, Essex, Hinesburg, Huntington, Jericho, Milton, Richmond, St. George, Shelburne, South Burlington, Underhill, Westford, Williston, and Winooski. Each member municipality appoints a representative to serve on the CSWD Board of Commissioners, which meets monthly.
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